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Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson, authors of MONSTER, SHE WROTE (Quirk Books), discuss women in the horror genre.

The Monster She Wrote Podcast Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson

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Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson, authors of MONSTER, SHE WROTE (Quirk Books), discuss women in the horror genre.

    Octavia Butler's "Bloodchild"

    Octavia Butler's "Bloodchild"

    Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild” is a coming-of-age story, featuring Gan, a young man living on a faraway planet--which at some point in the distant past was colonized by humans. The planet is home to a sentient giant worm-like people. When the humans first arrived, they tried to kill the worms. The worms, in turn, tried to enslave the humans, as they could be used to incubate their own young. But now, it seems, the planet has reached a kind of precarious balance. The humans and the worms are able to live side-by-side. The worms protect the humans by giving them lands to live on, away from worm society. In exchange, the humans--specifically the boys and men--are used as breeding stock for the worm eggs.
    Recommended in this episode: Lisa Tuttle's short fiction
    Some extra reading on "Bloodchild":
    https://www.tor.com/2018/09/06/why-men-get-pregnant-bloodchild-by-octavia-e-butler/ 

    https://bookriot.com/is-it-possible-to-misread-octavia-butler/
    Please rate and review us, or better yet, tell a friend. 
    Our social media is @MonsterWrote on Twitter and Instagram. Our email is monsterwrote@gmail.com. This episode was produced and researched by Lisa and Mel. Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini. 

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    Elisabeth Thomas's Catherine House

    Elisabeth Thomas's Catherine House

    Catherine House is a kind of utopia. The graduates go on to be the world’s top doctors, lawyers, and politicians. Even better, tuition is completely free. Students have every need provided for them--all at no cost. The catch? You can’t leave the campus for three years. Each student must cut ties with their “old” lives. It is an experiment in the perfect community. But just how perfect is it?

    Our social media is @MonsterWrote on Twitter and Instagram. Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas

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    Kelly Link's "Two Houses"

    Kelly Link's "Two Houses"

    Kelly Link’s story “Two Houses” (which appeared in her collection titled Get in Trouble) is at once both a classic ghost story and one that is entirely unique. It combines elements of the dusty old English manor home and the idea of sharing ghost stories with friends around a fire with elements of space travel and science fiction.

    Recommended in this episode: Kelly Link's Get in Trouble and Craven Manor by Darcy Coates. 

    Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini, used with p

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    Horror for Children and Young Adults: An Interview with Becky Spratford

    Horror for Children and Young Adults: An Interview with Becky Spratford

    Becky Spratford is a Readers' Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist and a horror review column for Library Journal. Becky is the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition and is currently hard at work on the 3rd Edition. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.  

    Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini (used with permission). 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s "The Yellow Wallpaper"

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s "The Yellow Wallpaper"

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a different kind of ghost story. Join us as we discuss the story, isolation, hysteria, and the problem of the "rest cure."

    Recommended: Priya Sharma's Ormeshadow and Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due's Freedom in the Family

    Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini (used with permission). 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Silvia Moreno-Garcia's MEXICAN GOTHIC

    Silvia Moreno-Garcia's MEXICAN GOTHIC

    Mexican Gothic opens in Mexico City with socialite Noemi Taboada reads a letter from her recently married cousin who lives in a remote manor house called High Place. Catalina claims to see ghosts coming out of the walls and believes she is losing track of time. Noemi begins her journey to the heart of High Place, during which she will learn that Catalina’s letter didn’t even scratch the surface of the depravity and Gothic horrors the house, and the family within it, contain.      

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