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Guest Post: Hawthorne as Horror & the Monstrous Woman by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Guest Post: Hawthorne as Horror & the Monstrous Woman by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Hawthorne as Horror & the Monstrous Woman


By Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam


Before I read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” I didn’t understand that women in fiction could be monstrous. Or that “monstrous” didn’t always mean a stalker in the night.  


Beatrice, the daughter of a botanist who breeds poisonous plants, is herself poison. You may argue that she cannot be monstrous because she means no ill will to the man who tries to love her, but villains maintain their own sense of logic. Beatrice...


Guest Post: Tropes Aren’t Bad. They’re Everything by Brandon Applegate

Guest Post: Tropes Aren’t Bad. They’re Everything by Brandon Applegate

 

Tropes Aren’t Bad. They’re everything.

by Brandon Applegate



It’s funny, the way this whole thing got started. I have a Discord chat with a few other writers, and we were goofing around, and someone suggested we come up with the worst anthology ideas we could. We tossed a bunch of them around, some pretty horrible, before I blurted out “It Was All a Dream: An Anthology of Bad Tropes.” But within the space of a few chat lines, we had already switched from making fun of...


Cover Reveal: THE SURVIVAL OF MARGARET THOMAS by Del Howison

Cover Reveal: THE SURVIVAL OF MARGARET THOMAS by Del Howison

 

THE SURVIVAL OF MARGARET THOMAS

By Del Howison

 

In this action-packed debut adventure novel, Margaret “Peggy” Thomas’ peaceful life is turned upside down after the murder of the local sheriff, her husband, James. Author Del Howison has crafted a dark, nuanced tale about justice, found family, and the choices we make in the throes of desperation when we are faced with nothing to lose. The Survival of Margaret Thomas transcends genre into a tale of hope, heart, and revenge.

 

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My Dark Library Interviews

My Dark Library Interviews

MY DARK LIBRARY NOVELLA SERIES

Don’t read with the lights on…this is My Dark Library.

My Dark Library is a collection of novellas curated by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann to represent her favorite themes, tropes, and subgenres in horror fiction today.

 

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Double Cover Reveal: Rabbits in the Garden and Hares in the Hedgerow by Jessica McHugh

Double Cover Reveal: Rabbits in the Garden and Hares in the Hedgerow by Jessica McHugh

Night Worms has been given the special honor of revealing two book covers for you exclusively by Perpetual Motion Machine's & Ghoulish Books senior editor, Max Booth III.

Rabbits in the Garden and Hares in the Hedgerow

the first two installments of Jessica McHugh’s Gardening Guidebooks Trilogy, to be published later this year by Ghoulish Books.


Artist credit for both covers: Don Noble


 

Rabbits in the Garden

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