WiHM 2024: 5 March Horror Book Releases From Women

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March is often our last month before spring gets its foothold into the earth, sprouting flowers and ushering us out into the sunshine. As goth girls who can’t get enough of reading dark books by a crackling fire, we hope you take this opportunity, like we are, to stay inside, cozy under a black blanket for a little bit longer. And since March is Women in Horror Month, what a great excuse to pick up these five March horror book releases by women. 

1. The Haunting of Velkwood by Gwendolyn Kiste, March 5th Simon and Schuster- Saga Press.

Described as “heartbreaking” and “poignant” by fellow authors, this novel by indie horror darling Kiste, is a must-buy. This suburban horror is even compared to the Showtime series Yellowjackets! The cover’s haunting lake marked with fog and mysterious figures has us intrigued, as The Haunting of Velkwood seems like the perfect book to stave away the cheery advent of spring. 

2. Tender by Beth Hetland, March 12th Fantagraphics.

We are huge fans of graphic novels, especially the horror variety, so this upcoming debut title from Beth Hetland sounds like it was made just for us. Tender is a psychological thriller about Carolanne, a woman obsessed with the perfect, curated life. Of course, things go awry, and body-horror tropes ensue. Yay! We’re impressed that Hetland both writes and illustrates Tender, and that she is devoted to making a feminist piece of horror literature, our favorite kind.

3. In Excess of Dark by Red Lagoe, March 15th Darklit Press.

Red Lagoe has made a name for herself in the contemporary horror literature scene with works in fun anthologies like Slashertorte: An Anthology of Cake Horror and Nightmare Sky: Stories of Astronomical Horror as well as her own collection, Dismal Dreams. Her novella, In Excess of Dark sounds like yet another spooky delight about Karina, a woman grappling with a new supernatural ability while navigating her guilt. And best yet, it’s a steal on Kindle, for only .99!  

4. Bury Your Gays: An Anthology of Tragic Queer Horror Edited by Sofia Ajram, March 19th Ghoulish Press. 

Anthologies are a wonderful way to find your next favorite authors. We recommend this upcoming title from Ghoulish Books, including stories from female, queer horror authors like Charlene Adhiambo, Meredith Rose, Gretchen Felker-Martin, and November Rush. Described as “a manifestation of ecstasy, heartache, horror, and suffering rendered in feverish, lyrical prose.” I mean, how could you go wrong with that? 

5. Diavola by Jennifer Thorne, March 26th Tor Nightfire. 

Just the creepy cover alone draws us into this novel. The smudged looking oil painting of a mysterious woman is downright scary, and we’re sold. Described as a “vacation gothic” Diavola is marketed to both fill you with the dread of horror and the dread of being with family on vacation. Who can’t relate to that? And it takes place in a remote, haunted villa in Italy, so, yeah, we’ll hide from the spring sunshine to devour a novel like this. 

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