Authors Lisa Kroger and Melanie Anderson’s Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction highlights female writers who have greatly contributed to the horror genre since its inception. From the classic gothic tales of Margaret “Mad Madge” Cavendish (the 17th century Kardashian), Ann Radcliffe, and Mary Shelley to the contemporary and modern stories of Anne Rice, Helen Oyeyemi, and Jewelle Gomez, Monster, She Wrote provides a glimpse of horror’s evolution as a genre and how each female writer helped cement the tropes that we understand to be horror and speculative fiction.
Monster, She Wrote is divided in eight parts, separating authors by the theme they were exploring and the era in which they were writing. Each of the author has a brief but very informative biography. Additionally, at the end of each biography, Kroger and Anderson provide a reading list that helps connect works by different authors as well as expand the wealth of authors already mentioned in the biography.
Monster, She Wrote has the fascinating and informative aspect of a reference guide as well as the fun quality of reading an illustrated book. This book is a good introduction to those who are new to horror and speculative fiction and a good starting point for long-time fans who are looking to expand their repertoire of books in the genre.
Besides, if you’re a Jessica Fletcher fan, how could you not love the play on the title?