Literary

Weird Fiction by 2 Female Authors

Let’s take a look at some strange stories by female authors!

Nancy A. Collins

American horror writer who cites J. G. Ballard and Flannery O’Connor among her influences.

Her novels include The Reflected Ones and Some Velvet Morning.

It was when DC finally got their act together and roped in splatterpunk vamp Nancy A. Collins, that Swamp Thing got his groove back. In fact, I think Collins’s time on the title (issues #110 to #138) is probably my favourite run on any comic ever. Den of Geek

Nancy A. Collins. Female authors of weird and strange fiction
Nancy A. Collins. Female authors of weird and strange fiction

Margo Lanagan

Australian short story and YA author and World Fantasy Award winner.

Her books include Tender Morsels and Sea Hearts.

In Margo Lanagan’s “Singing My Sister Down”, a young boy watches as his sister Ikky is publicly executed, not by lethal injection or firing squad, but by slow submersion in a tar pit. Ikky’s crime is never explicitly discussed, although it is inferred that she killed her husband with an axe (which calls to mind Lizzie Borden, the supposed female murderer who has become a part of American folklore and the public imagination at large). An intimate moment with family becomes a public event, as Ikky sinks further into the deeps, and a young woman accused of murder becomes fodder for the eagerly watching crowds. Weird Fiction Review

Margo Lanagan. Female authors of strange and weird fiction.
Margo Lanagan. Female authors of strange and weird fiction.
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