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Join the pack, ladies!
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020
I've been looking forward to this anthology since its announcement on Twitter. I already admire many of the ladies involved in the work, and the rest I simply haven't read yet (but now I'm a fan of them too!). The proceeds go to charity for survivors of abuse and assault, something which means so much to me as one of those survivors. And it's a horror anthology by women, for women--how could I refuse to read this?
Each story and poem is powerful, some even brilliant. This is without a doubt one of the finest anthologies I've ever read. Gemma Amor, Cynthia Pelayo, Laurel Hightower, Sarah Read, S.H. Cooper, Hailey Piper, Sara Tantlinger, J. Danielle Dorn, Eve Harms, Sonora Taylor, Beverley Lee, V. Castro, Red Lagoe, Cassie Daley, Erin Al-Mehairi, Sadie Hartmann, Lilyn George, Amanda McHugh, Michelle Garza, Melissa Lason, and Jessica Guess -- you are all champions. Each story hit so hard, whether it related to something personal or was based on fantastical metaphors and monsters. Didn't matter because the writing still resonated.
While this is for women, that doesn't mean men shouldn't read this. Much can be gained from such intimate glances into the female experience. Empathy and understanding is always of value. For women, especially survivors, some of these stories are filled with triggers. Some may be uncomfortable or difficult to read. I can't tell another person what to do as that wouldn't be right. But for me, even the darkest tales in this collection offered a sense of closure for wounds I'd long since believed were healed. I'm grateful this experience made me feel better, stronger with the reminder that other women know and they understand.
Thank you again, ladies! You're all wolves and heroines to me💖