Celebrate Women in Horror Month

by Shawna

Celebrate women in horror films and literature throughout the 10th annual Women in Horror Month. Stock up on spine-chillling books and movies created by women, care of the Iowa City Public Library (or through our digital services)! 

Broken monsters

Lauren Beukes

MYSTERY Beukes Lauren

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Beukes offers a creepy story filled with gruesome imagery in this 2014 book set in Detroit. Mystery and Horror fans will both find appeal in this novel in which detective Gabi Versado is hunting down a murderer/grotesque artist. -Shawna

The babadook


Amelia is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband. When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at her house, she is forced to battle with her son's deep seated fear of a monster. Soon she discovers a sinister presence all around her.

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This 2014 Australian Horror film written and directed by Jennifer Kent blends psychological and supernatural horror. The end result is an unnerving a creepy film that will linger in your thoughts. -Shawna

The love witch


Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder.

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The style and color of this film pays tribute to 1960s horror films, while offering a modern look at gender roles and relationships. Find this in our DVD collection at the Library building or online for streaming (must be an Iowa City/University Heights/Hills/Lone Tree/Rural Johnson County Resident) through Kanopy. -Shawna

The haunting of Hill House

Shirley Jackson

FICTION Jackson, Shirley

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With the new Netflix rendition of this chilling classic, now is the perfect time to pick up this quick read. -Shawna

Stephen King's Pet sematary


After moving to an idyllic home in the countryside, life seems perfect for the Creed family-- but not for long. Louis and Rachel Creed and their two young children settle into a house that sits next door to a pet cemetery--built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Their mysterious new neighbor, Jud Crandall, hides the cemetery's darkest secret-- until a family tragedy brings the secret to life. Now, an unthinkable evil is about to be resurrected.

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The original film adaptation of Stephen King's best selling Pet Sematary was directed by Mary Lambert. With a 2019 adaptation slated for release in the coming months, now is the time to revisit Lambert's 1989 Pet Sematary. -Shawna


Daphne Du Maurier

FICTION DuMaurier, Daphne

A young girl becomes the second Mrs. Max de Winter, only to find that she is not the mistress of Manderley. Instead the house and its occupants are dominated by the memory of Rebecca, her predecessor.

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With several of Author Daphne du Maurier's books and short stories turned into films, it is likely that you are already familiar with some of her work. Alfred Hitchcock in particular loved her work, creating three films based on her ideas, including The Birds in 1960. -Shawna

Black dahlia & white rose

Joyce Carol Oates

FICTION Oates Joyce
Short Story

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Joyce Carol Oates, winner and nominee of several awards, including the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and National Humanities Medal has quite a prolific collection of work. This 2012 collection of stories received the Bram Stoker Award (BSA) for superior achievement in Horror. BSA winners and finalists make great reading options for horror fans as the award winners are chosen by Horror Writer's Association members and lovers of Horror writing. -Shawna



Watch four deadly tales directed by four killer women in this horror anthology.

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Romantic outlaws : the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley

Charlotte Gordon

BIOGRAPHY Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft

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Mary Shelley's 1818 publication of Frankenstein brought life to one of the most recognizable horror creatures. Learn more about her and her mother, philosopher and feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft in this 2015 Biography. -Shawna