Women are few and far between in the horror genre, let alone writers. Obviously it is a male dominated genre because the majority of women do not like horror as a whole. With that being said, out of the few prolific women horror writers, I have narrowed down my top 5 women authors. Feel free to disagree but please do let me know who your favorites are in the comments.
#5 Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton is a prolific woman in horror. She has written over ten different horror novels, short stories, and much more. She’s famous for her Anita Blake series. What drew me to her originally was her writing style. She really draws you in and holds you tight. You feel something for the bad characters which is a rarity in the horror genre as a whole. If you haven’t read her work before, I’d definitely recommend her.
#4 Alison Littlewood
Alison Littlewood is an up & coming bombshell of a writer that published the novel, The Hidden People, in 2016. That book drew me in and spit me back out, leaving me to wonder what the hell I just read, in a good way. Her writing style shows just how much foreboding is crucial in horror. I hope to see more amazing work from her in the coming years.
#3 Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson is one of the most iconic horror writers of the past. She has serial published short stories, novels, and more. Her novel, The Haunting of Hill House, made me legitimately fear haunted houses once more. If you haven’t read any of her novels or short stories I would recommend it. Shirley will leave you breathless, making you wonder if your house is indeed haunted.
#2 Anne Rice
Anne Rice shot into horror infamy for her Vampire Lestat novels. Most famously, Interview with the Vampire. Several of her novels have ended up on the big screen, including Queen of the Damned. She is an amazing vampire novelist and with the current vampire craze, she knows how to make people afraid of vampires once more.
#1 Mary Shelly
What women horror author list would be complete without her? Her Frankenstein novel rose to infamy, selling millions of books world wide and dug deep into pop culture infamy. As one of the first female horror writers, she will always be in our hearts as the woman who gave birth to Frankenstein.