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25 Female Horror Writers That Will Haunt Your Bookshelves Forevermore

These female authors will make your blood run cold.

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Experimental Film

Experimental Film

By Gemma Files

April Fools

April Fools

By Richie Tankersley Cusick

little eyes

Little Eyes

By Samanta Schweblin

spook lights

Spook Lights

By Eden Royce


Broken Monsters

By Lauren Beukes

1. Ann Arensberg



By Ann Arensberg

2. Mo Hayder

3. Kathe Koja

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The Cipher

By Kathe Koja

4. Ania Ahlborn

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By Ania Ahlborn

5. Alma Katsu

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Alma Katsu

By The Hunger

6. Mariko Koike

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Mariko Koike

By The Graveyard Apartment

7. Jac Jemc

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Jac Jemc

By The Grip of It

8. Daphne du Maurier (pictured above)

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By Daphne du Maurier

9. Silvina Ocampo

female horror writers

Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories

By Silvina Ocampo

10. Sylvia Townsend Warner

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Lolly Willowes

By Sylvia Townsend Warner

11. Ann Radcliffe

The Mysteries of Udolpho

The Mysteries of Udolpho

By Ann Radcliffe

12. Shirley Jackson

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The Lottery and Other Stories

By Shirley Jackson

13. Marjorie Bowen

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Black Magic: The Rise and Fall of the Antichrist and Other Works

By Marjorie Bowen

14. Tananarive Due

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My Soul to Keep

By Tananarive Due

15. Elizabeth Hand

Wylding Hall

Wylding Hall

By Elizabeth Hand

16. Carmen Maria Machado

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Her Body and Other Parties

By Carmen Maria Machado

17. Mary Shelley



By Mary Shelley

18. Sarah Rayne

Property of a Lady

Property of a Lady

By Sarah Rayne

19. Diane Hoh

20. Joyce Carol Oates

Dis Mem Ber

Dis Mem Ber

By Joyce Carol Oates