Women of Horror Anthology – Under Her Black Wings Vol 1 – A Review

Hello friends! It’s been a bit since I’ve posted and that’s just a matter of me letting myself get bogged down by laziness. Working from home, not going out much, I don’t have the same motivation to read as I did before in the sense that I’m not reading, I’m acquiring more to read but not actually getting it done. However I did get the change to read the first volume in the Women of Horror Anthology series and it honestly blew me away.

So today I thought that I would give my review and talk about what I liked about this book!

– A glamorous actress whose very flesh is reanimated by a beloved Hollywood icon
– A Boy Scout Troupe encounters a frightening mythological creature in an American forest
– A lonely woman finds a home among a group of lost-and-found souls, all cared for by a tentacled sea-creature called Mother
– A Faceless Woman attacks like a virus and takes on the identities of her victims
– A post-apocalyptic battle for survival rages between human and insect
– A Shadow Woman leads the spirits of the murdered to take revenge in the desert

These are just some of the stories nineteen women came up with when tasked with creating their own Women Monsters. Step inside and experience tales of bloodsucking entities in the jungles of Southeast Asia, Cuban river goddesses, an Aztec bruja, werewolves, mermaids, soul-stealers, obsessive lovers, furious spurned wives, bloody murder in Gothic manors and on Southern plantations… and so much more…

With Foreword by Brandon Scott (Author of Vodou and Sleight, Devil Dog Press)

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Review:

I’ve never read an Anthology, least of all a Horror Anthology, before but I was very lucky that when I submitted my entry for Volume 3 that they offered to let me read the first to volumes in exchange for reviews.

There are are 18 stories in this anthology, all with horrifically delightful and distinct voices. I won’t touch on every story but some of the ones that stood out to me, I loved every one of them though. These are a perfect group of authors mixed together. The theme of women monsters was told with a mix of gore and suspense that I had a hard time putting down. The first story really sets the tone for the whole book.

What You Eat by Alys Hobbs is a story that left me feeling a little bit nauseous from the descriptions alone. The story itself is well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it as the start to the rest of the anthology.

The Riddled Path by Somer Canon had a touch of humor with the classic elements for the woman monster. Desert Kisses by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason told a tense revenge story that I think some of us could relate to in some way. Heart for the Heartless by Charlotte Munro had an ending that I wasn’t expecting at all with this monster being one that I could feel just a little sorry for.

Abigail’s Army by Sharon Frame Gay was a chilling tale during the 1800’s and just what two women will do to survive. Pontianak by Tina Isaacs was quite the twist on what felt like classic folklore tale that I thought was a perfect cap to all the amazing stories that were a part of this Anthology.

Every one of these stories is a showcase of the talent that the horror community has in these women. Every one of them deserves to be noticed for their work! I look forward to reading the next volume!


I would highly recommend this Horror Anthology to anyone that wants to read some great horror short stories! You won’t be disappointed!

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