The “Ladystack” Recap

During the month of August, the Ladies of Horror Fiction team hosted a #ladiesofhorrorfiction challenge on Instagram. The challenge was to post a photo of a horror book(s) written by a woman author corresponding to the prompt of the day for each day of August. We don’t think any of us knew how rewarding (or hard!) this challenge was going to be! (There was also a not-inconsiderable drain on a few of our checking accounts as we discovered all these books we didn’t know existed that we simply had to have. )

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in or share the challenge. The response and the support we received was incredible. We finished the challenge with over 1300 photos of books by women horror authors being shared using the #ladiesofhorrorfiction hashtag. It was such great fun to see women horror writers positively promoted every day! The discussion the prompts and QOTD’s brought were amazing as well.

Over the next 30 weeks we will be sharing highlights from each day of the challenge. We discovered a lot of really amazing books and women authors over the course of the challenge. Our TBRs are toppling over. We hope you will check out our recaps each week and please let us know if you discover anything new to add to your stack.

The first challenge prompt was to show us a book stack made up entirely of horror books by women. We realized from day one how hard it was going to be to only select a few photos to highlight each week. The participants in the challenge rocked!!

Be sure to check out more from each instagrammer who participated in the challenge.

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Today is Day 1 of #ladiesofhorrorfiction challenge. This is the first challenge I ever do on Instagram …I figured it would be interesting to see how many of my horror books are written by women. Today's prompt was "lady stack". My stack is made up of both read and unread books (probably a 1:1 ratio) and both horror and thriller books. I've featured one book per author only. Everything I"ve read out of the stack I've enjoyed and everything else I'm really looking forward to. #instabook #bookstagram #ladiesofhorror #japanesehorror #horrorbooks #psychologicalthriller #creepywriting #asanonami #marikokoike #yokoogawa #tanafrench #marissapessl #anniezaidi #jacjemc #kanaeminato #alexmarwood #laurenbeukes #jennifermcmahon # rhianellis #gillianflynn #natsuokirino #kristidemeester #shirleyjackson #booktube

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When the #ladiesofhorrorfiction challenge was announced I was super excited to participate, and then thought “oh crap, I don’t think I own any horror written by ladies” and then I thought “it’s ok girl, just buy you a stack from Amazon.” 🤦🏽‍♀️ well days went by and I forgot….and so the day has arrived and look what I was able to pull from my shelves!!! Woohoo! I guess book hoarding does come in handy 😜 I’ve only read one book from this stack 😩 . Day 1 – Lady stack . . . #Bookcommunity #bookstagram #bookworm #booknerd #books #booklover #bibliophile #reading #bookaholic #igreads #bookish #reader #goodreads #instabook #bookaddict #read #horror #womenauthors #bookhoarder

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Who run the world? That’s right—girls. Thank you, Beyoncé, I’ll take it from here. 😉 Welcome to a new month and I’m so excited to be participating in the #ladiesofhorrorfiction challenge! I feel really strongly about balancing my reading between men and women authors, especially as a fiend for horror, which tends to underrepresent the ladies. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. I’m not only hoping to highlight some amazing horror authors who are women this month, but I am dedicating this month to reading books solely by the ladies (minus 2 review books, I think!) Here’s to a great August! What do you have on your tbr? • Day 1: lady stack . . . . . #bookstack #booktower #booksbywomen #horrorfan #horrorbooks #horrorstack #womenwhowrite #womenwhowritehorror #womenofhorrorwednesday #womenofhorror #annerice #joycecaroloates #vcandrews #susanhill #shirleyjackson #tananarivedue #aniaahlborn #helenoyeyemi #agathachristie #daphnedumaurier #maryshelley

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New book challenge for the new month and it's all about my favorite fiction: horror! My birthday is in a week and I'm excited to check out everyone's #ladiesofhorrorfiction stacks to get some new books on my birthday to-buy booklist! 💀🔪♀🖤Here's my Lady Stack.🖤♀🔪💀 I also have a ton of Kindle horror books by rad women authors, but alas they don't photograph as pretty🤷 #womenofhorror #horrorstories #horrorfiction #reader #readhorror #booknerd #bookish #bookstack #womenauthors #scarybooks #igreads #alwaysreading #booklove #creepyreads #frightnight #womenlikegoretoo #ladyhorror #booksandskulls #bookstagram #booksbywomen #horrorstack #womenwhowritehorror

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Did you spot any of your favorite Ladies of Horror in these book stacks? Be sure to let us know!

Next week we will be sharing our favorite selections from the “Haunted” prompt.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. I couldn’t share my ladystack as I’m not on Instagram but maybe I’ll put it on a blog post at some point when time allows! I love some of the photos here and look forward to seeing more horror and horror fans here!


    1. Laurie | Bark says:

      That would be terrific!


  2. fuonlyknew says:

    I had a lot of fun following this feature. Spotted some old favorites and discovered some new authors. And enjoyed all of the photos!


    1. Lilyn G says:

      Yeah, I loved seeing what people would come up with for the challenge!


    2. Laurie | Bark says:

      It was such a nice mix of new and old.Thanks for following our challenge!


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