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21 women from across the world came together to evoke their inner Lizzie Borden and re-invent the slasher. Some embrace the tropes; others rip them to shreds. These powerful tales are provocative, contemporary and need to be told. Featuring own voices, you will discover the pen is mightier than the machete.
Serial killers, revenge, lust and even the supernatural are just some of the elements in SLASH-HER.
Like the authors, these stories are strong.
They are bloody and they pack a punch.
Are you ready?
“It's a book the horror community needs and deserves to have - a love story to us horror nerds and to our beloved horror genre.” Kelli Maroney – Chopping Mall
“It’s got the blood, it’s got the guts, it’s got the heart and it’s got truckloads of anger: here’s 21 stories for the slasher fan, all written by slasher fans.” Stephen Graham Jones – The Last Final Girl and My Heart is a Chainsaw
- ASIN : B09TH5HXWZ
- Publisher : Kandisha Press (February 25, 2022)
- Publication date : February 25, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 13976 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 332 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,273 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I did read three of the stories and they were OK, but the formatting problems was distracting.
Women in horror are more than prototypical final girls and Slash-Her proves that in a variety of gory, graphic, and dark ways🔪
While all the stories are bloody and violent (especially to eyes 👀), they vary in tone and emotion so there’s something here for every horror fan. Like most collections, every story wasn’t for me but I enjoyed many and a few stood out as favorites: Hooking Up by Laurel Hightower, The Toe Scene (Extract - The Murder Girls) by Christine Morgan, The Butcher on Blue Jay Way by Haley Newlin, The Crimson Bride by Mocha Pennington, and The One Who Won by Ali Seay.
I appreciate the copy of this ARC for my honest review.
What’s interesting, though, is, as you read them, you’ll find more of a range of motive and emotion than in the ‘traditional’ male-dominated tales of the genre. As if women NEED a motive, a legitimate reason, are still stuck playing a reactive role ... while society accepts the idea of men as killers just, well, just because.
So, in many of these stories, the characters’ actions might seem understandable, almost righteous. Mothers driven to drastic measures to protect their children, for instance. Avenging the betrayal of a cheating partner, or treacherous friend. Striking back against control and abuse. Being put upon and pushed to the (bleep)ing brink.
I mean, sheesh, you might think, can’t women also be sociopaths? Can’t they also kill for the thrill? Can’t it be just because? Well, don’t worry; this book’s got plenty of that sort too!
With a total of 21 stories, as well as an intro by the notorious Sisters of Slaughter, there’s quite the variety. There are teenagers, housewives, career women, party girls. Some delve into the paranormal, others are straight-up psycho.
As enjoyable (in their evilly twisted way) as they all are, I had a hard time choosing my top faves, but have to give a couple of special mentions:
For witty sheer-fun cleverness to Cynthia Pelayo’s “I Hate Slashers,” a chatty conversational podcast-style influencer tutorial full of helpful tips and tricks and advice;
And to “A Helping Hand From Peter Pan” by Stephanie Rabig, one of the best creepy-kid ghostie yarns I’ve read in a long time!
There’s also, at the end of the book, a handy list of potentially upsetting subjects, so that readers can be forewarned and/or choose if they might want to avoid reading certain stuff. Thought that was a good way to approach an often-contentious debate.
And the hits just keep on coming with the latest offering from Kandisha: SLASH-HER, a new anthology that explores the classic genre trope of (duh) the slasher.
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!
SLASH-HER is practically perfect in every way. And I'll admit to having some concern that the stories would eventually be too similar as my reading went on, but NO. Each of the authors managed to put a unique spin on their tales that kept me turning page after page.
This book is the unicorn of anthologies, where often times the collections can be a mixed bag. Not SLASH-HER! Each story is absolutely top shelf. My favorites did include:
HOW TO POSE THE DEAD by Holly Rae Garcia
TUPPERWARE PARTY by Villimey Mist
THE BUTCHER ON BLUE JAY WAY by Haley Newlin, and
I HATE SLASHERS by Cynthia Pelayo
BUY THIS BOOK! The women have really brought their A game to the table and this new volume of horror from Kandisha Press is not to be missed.
I was absolutely blown away by the talent oozing from this collection. I enjoyed every single story and would have a hard time picking favorites. These women pulled at my heartstrings, rattled my nerves, evoked emotions typically reserved for real-life scenarios, and made my stomach churn at times.
This is, by far, my absolute favorite anthology. No ifs, ands, or buts about it!
Top reviews from other countries
If you’re of a nervous disposition, this book is not for you - across the board, these tales are violent, gruesome, and often pretty nasty. But, if you’re a fan a great writing and short stories that slap you in the face, you’ll be pleased to know Slash Her delivers in spades.
In terms of my selected highlights, I would like to pick out the following - but caveat it with a note that everything here is absolutely worth reading. Anyway, my favourites; Sarah Budd’s The Grukken was a powerful tale of a mother finding her fight, the black comedy of Holly Rae Garcia’s How to Pose the Dead was incredible, Sarah Jane Huntington’s Predator was chilling, Mai Kil’s Lefty got pretty weird and pretty dark, Stephanie Rabig’s A Helping Hand From Peter Pan was tight and effective, Ali Seay’s The One Who Won was nasty and fun, and I loved Briana Morgan’s dark tale of revenge Railroad. Oh, and remind me never to attend a Tupperware party organised by Villimey Mist!
However, I wanted to give some extra special credit to a few more. Cynthia Pelayo’s I Hate Slashers was impressively creative and also made me scared that - if she follows me on social media - I hope she likes my content! Mocha Pennington’s The Crimson Bride was incredible - I happened to be reading it at work and actually said ‘WOAH’ out loud at the ending, which earned me a few weird looks - totally worth it. But, my overall top pick was Somer Canon’s You’re Dying Up There - a brilliant explanation of why life is too short for bad art.
My only gripe with this collection is that I wanted more from each story - to the point where some of them felt a little rushed at the end. My guess is this was to do with word limits on the submission call, and I totally get that - but I could have happily had a bit more from each story if there was extra waiting in the wings.
Anyway, overall this was truly excellent - get it on your TBR now!