This is Women in Horror Month, and the women who write horror are a diverse and fascinating group. Mary Shelley, Anne Rice, Suzy McKee Charnas, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Barbara Hambly--if these names aren't familiar to you, they should be. They are some of the Mistresses of Horror.
But I would like to focus on one of the most prolific Women in Horror that you might never have heard of--with the exhortation to remedy that situation as soon as possible. Charlee Jacob has been writing for more than 25 years. In that time, she has garnered almost a thousand credits. Poet, novelist, and painter, Stoker award winner--Charlee is a multi-talented artist whose visions are dark and rich.
This Symbiotic Fascination, for example, is a haunting tale of love and death, loneliness and destruction. It will delve into your unconsciousness and root there. If you have ever desired to be a horror writer, this is a must read, and a bargain for the Kindle.
Her short story, "Flesh of Leaves, Bones of Desire" is available free here.
An example of her incredible poetry, "Why the Journey's Far" can be found here.
As you might guess, I am a big fan of Charlee's. I consider her my horror mentor. She was instrumental to me finishing my novel, Skellyman. No celebration of Women in Horror would be complete without her.