As part of our support of Women In Horror Month, Motherhood of the Monstrous brings together some of the finest genres finest writers to discuss the authors who inspired them to take up the pen, and which of the new and emerging horror authors we should all be taking notice. In the spotlight today we are proud to welcome Michelle Garza. Michelle Garza writes alongside her twin sister Melissa Lason. They have been dubbed the Sisters of Slaughter. They write all levels of horror and some dark fantasy. They have been published by Sinister Grin Press, JEA and Fireside Press.
My earliest female influence would definitely be from Mary Shelley. My mother bought my sister Melissa and I some of the classic horror books when we were young. She got us Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and also Bram Stokers Dracula because we had already read all the Goosebumps books and the scary stories to tell in the dark books. We were looking for horror and she happened upon them for like fifty cents each and brought them home for us. We were around thirteen years old at the time. Opening Frankenstein and delving into it felt like being shown some sacred texts, the words were poetic, atmospheric and moving, though some of it went over our heads a little bit ha! It was a dark story, creepy but also sad. It brought with it a sense of becoming an adult, as opposed to those horrors specifically written for kids. By that time we had already been writing stories together for fun, but this book really showed us the difference in literary styles to our young minds it was the difference in watching Nickelodeons are you afraid of the dark and then watching the twilight zone, the complexity of the story was obviously deeper because it was written for adults. Reading Mary Shelley was like a coming of age ritual that we reveled in.
A female author I’d like to take the opportunity to shine the ghastly horror spotlight on would be Somer Canon. I just finished Mischief Night and it was a great Halloween read. She also penned Vicki Beautiful which was an excellent, bloody little tale about the lengths true friends will go to fulfill their bestie’s final wishes. There are tons of fantastic female writers kicking ass in the genre like Jessica McHugh, Jamie Johnessee, Stephanie M. Wytovich and the witchy bizzaro queen Leza Cantoral. Add Somer Canon to those brutal babes and the horror world is in for some seriously awesome reads for many years to come.
Xibalba, home of torture and sacrifice, is the kingdom of the lord of death. He stalked the night in the guise of a putrefied corpse, with the head of an owl and adorned with a necklace of disembodied eyes that hung from nerve cords. He commanded legions of shapeshifting creatures, spectral shamans, and corpses hungry for the flesh of the living. The Mayans feared him and his realm of horror. He sat atop his pyramid temple surrounded by his demon kings and demanded sacrifices of blood and beating hearts as tribute to him and his ghostly world.
These legends, along with those that lived in fear of them, have been dead and gone for centuries. Yet now, a doorway has been opened in Georgia. A group of college students seek their missing professor, a man who has secretly uncovered the answer to one of history’s greatest mysteries. However, what they find is more than the evidence of a hidden civilization. It’s also a gateway to a world of living nightmares.
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