Ginger Nuts of Horror's Motherhood of the Monstrous continues its celebration of female horror writers of the past present and future. Today we welcome one of the UK's most imporrtant female horror writers V.H.Leslie. V. H. Leslie’s stories have appeared in a range of publications including, Black Static, Interzone and Shadows and Tall Trees and have been reprinted in a range of ‘Year’s Best’ anthologies. Her short story collection Skein and Bone from Undertow Books was a finalist for both the 2016 British Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards for Best Collection. Leslie was also a finalist for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for her novelette, ‘The Quiet Room’ and she won the 2013 International Lightship First Chapter Prize. She has also been awarded Fellowships at Hawthornden Castle and the Saari Institute in Finland, where she was researching Nordic water myths for her PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Her non-fiction has appeared in History Today, The English Review, Emag, Thresholds and This is Horror. Her debut novel, Bodies of Water was released last year from Salt Publishing.
The first female writer who inspired you most in your writing:
There are so many women writers who have inspired me but the first who had a profound influence on my writing was Angela Carter and in particular her collection The Bloody Chamber. Not only did these stories revisit and revise many of the seminal fairy tales we are told as children in a radical and feminist way, but they are told in such an unconventional manner, with the absence of speech marks, the shifting of narrative voices and dense, rich, superfluous language. Carter encourages us to revisit the literary past and construct new stories from the gaps and silences of old ones, an idea I find particularly appealing.
A female writer who is published now, who we should all take notice of:
There are some extremely talented women writers working within the genre right now but one writer I’ve admired for quite some time is Laura Mauro. What I particularly like about Laura’s stories, besides the dark and often beautifully grotesque imagery, is Laura’s use of language. There is a level of precision, an exactness of vocabulary and description that makes even the most fantastical of situations seem perfectly plausible, evoking the strange worlds she conjures more potently. Her stories endure in your mind long after reading and on certain grey days, particularly with this lingering fog, I can still see her grey men suspended in the sky.
Den of Geek Top Books of 2016 Ginger Nuts of Horror Top 20 Books of 2016 After ministering to fallen women in Victorian London, Evelyn has suffered a nervous breakdown and finds herself treated by the Water Doctors in the imposing Wakewater House, a hydropathy sanatorium. Years later, Wakewater House is renovated into modern apartments and Kirsten moves in, fresh from a break up and eager for the restorative calm of the Thames. But her archivist neighbour, Manon, fills her head with the river's murky past and with those men of science and art who were obsessed with the drowned women who were washed up on its banks. As Kirsten learns more about Wakewater's secrets, she becomes haunted by a solitary figure in the river and increasingly desperate to understand what the water wants from her.
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