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Once upon a time, there was a woman, and she was tired. Tired of pushing. Tired of being pushed. Tired of feeling alone. Tired of so much. So she gathered together a pack of wolves, a band of mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, partners, friends, lovers, survivors, victors and brilliant, shining things, and she told them to sing. And sing they did. The result is We Are Wolves Once upon a time, there was a woman, and she was tired. Tired of pushing. Tired of being pushed. Tired of feeling alone. Tired of so much. So she gathered together a pack of wolves, a band of mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, partners, friends, lovers, survivors, victors and brilliant, shining things, and she told them to sing. And sing they did. The result is We Are Wolves, a chorus of of terrifying, moving and heart-breaking stories from some of horror’s finest contemporary writers including Gemma Amor, Laurel Hightower, Cina Pelayo, Sarah Read, Hailey Piper, V Castro, Sara Tantlinger, Sonora Taylor and many more. All proceeds from the sale of this charity anthology will go towards helping the survivors of abuse and assault.


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Once upon a time, there was a woman, and she was tired. Tired of pushing. Tired of being pushed. Tired of feeling alone. Tired of so much. So she gathered together a pack of wolves, a band of mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, partners, friends, lovers, survivors, victors and brilliant, shining things, and she told them to sing. And sing they did. The result is We Are Wolves Once upon a time, there was a woman, and she was tired. Tired of pushing. Tired of being pushed. Tired of feeling alone. Tired of so much. So she gathered together a pack of wolves, a band of mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, partners, friends, lovers, survivors, victors and brilliant, shining things, and she told them to sing. And sing they did. The result is We Are Wolves, a chorus of of terrifying, moving and heart-breaking stories from some of horror’s finest contemporary writers including Gemma Amor, Laurel Hightower, Cina Pelayo, Sarah Read, Hailey Piper, V Castro, Sara Tantlinger, Sonora Taylor and many more. All proceeds from the sale of this charity anthology will go towards helping the survivors of abuse and assault.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    WE ARE WOLVES An Anthology. Proceeds go to help survivors of abuse and assault. Compiled by Gemma Amor, Laurel Hightower, and Cynthia Pelayo TOC: Intro by Gemma Amor- Gemma's introduction is brilliant in its raw honesty. She shares her own, personal experience unique to her in the details but familiar to so many women. I won't be reviewing this collection because I have a story in it but please do pay attention to my updates as I will share my thoughts on each & every story. xo THE BLACK WALLPAPER WE ARE WOLVES An Anthology. Proceeds go to help survivors of abuse and assault. Compiled by Gemma Amor, Laurel Hightower, and Cynthia Pelayo TOC: Intro by Gemma Amor- Gemma's introduction is brilliant in its raw honesty. She shares her own, personal experience unique to her in the details but familiar to so many women. I won't be reviewing this collection because I have a story in it but please do pay attention to my updates as I will share my thoughts on each & every story. xo THE BLACK WALLPAPER by Cynthia Pelayo THOUGH YOUR HEART IS BREAKING by Laurel Hightower ANGEL by Gemma Amor TROUBLE WITH FATE by Sarah Read A KEY FOR ANY LOCK by S.H. Cooper THE CURSE OF SHE, Part 6: The Final Girlfriend by Hailey Piper THE MUTATION OF ALMOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Sara Tantlinger BY THE THROAT by J. Danielle Dorn WHERE A WITCH GOES WHEN SHE BURNS by Eve Harms EXTRA WEIGHT by Laurel Hightower THE PARROT by Sonora Taylor THE SILENCE OF SARAH CROSS by Beverley Lee LOBSTER TRAP by V. Castro DOLL HOUSE by Red Lagoe RUTHIE'S GARDEN by Cassie Daley PLAYING WITH GODS AND DOLLS by Erin Al-Mehairi ROOM SEVEN by Gemma Amor WATER BABIES by (me) WOMAN. MOTHER. GODDESS. DEATH by Lilyn George POKE, STIR, FLESH, BONE by Amanda McHugh A MARRIAGE OF DUST AND BLOOD by The Sisters of Slaughter, Michelle Garzon & Melissa Lason WELCOME HOME by Jessica Guess THE BODY YOU LOVED by Gemma Amor Presented by Burial Day Books. Thank you for this opportunity.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sci-Fi & Scary

    Disclaimer: I have a story in this, so some bias, however, I'm rating the book as a whole. We Are Wolves is a book all women need on their shelves for those days when they feel they aren't enough, when the world says it's their fault, or when they can't see their own strength bc they've been told their whole lives that they're weak. Solid collection. Disclaimer: I have a story in this, so some bias, however, I'm rating the book as a whole. We Are Wolves is a book all women need on their shelves for those days when they feel they aren't enough, when the world says it's their fault, or when they can't see their own strength bc they've been told their whole lives that they're weak. Solid collection.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I, like many women, suffered through harsh words, gaslighting, coercion and abuse. These stories gave voice to that. I found it hard to talk to my family, friends and especially other women. I felt I would be judged and then blamed. But by not talking I said it was ok. And it’s not ok. I’ve come to a place in my life where I am talking about it and it’s truly because of brave women and stories like this! Oh and horror...lots and lots of horror. My escape.... If you identify as a woman who still r I, like many women, suffered through harsh words, gaslighting, coercion and abuse. These stories gave voice to that. I found it hard to talk to my family, friends and especially other women. I felt I would be judged and then blamed. But by not talking I said it was ok. And it’s not ok. I’ve come to a place in my life where I am talking about it and it’s truly because of brave women and stories like this! Oh and horror...lots and lots of horror. My escape.... If you identify as a woman who still remains silent GET THIS BOOK! If you have finally broken the silence Get this book...Hell, if you’re man who loves a strong woman get this book! 5 stars and Thank You!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael Tichy

    A subject that regularly comes up in discussions of male privilege is the things women take for granted that men never think about. Basic self preservation means making sure someone knows where you are and who you are with, never leaving a drink unattended, having an exit strategy when you are meeting someone new. Put simply, there is a level of vigilance required to survive as a woman that most men never have to bother with. And it would be fair to begrudge us this ease, and telling a woman she A subject that regularly comes up in discussions of male privilege is the things women take for granted that men never think about. Basic self preservation means making sure someone knows where you are and who you are with, never leaving a drink unattended, having an exit strategy when you are meeting someone new. Put simply, there is a level of vigilance required to survive as a woman that most men never have to bother with. And it would be fair to begrudge us this ease, and telling a woman she should just relax is probably only incrementally less awful than telling her to smile. Reading this collection, it is apparent why women are natural horror writers. They don’t have to imagine a hostile world, a wilderness filled with precarious terrain and predators invisible and all too visible. It is the landscape they were born into. I have to put myself into the mind of a character living under an existential threat. They just have to open their eyes. In these stories, so many of the threats come when someone lets their guard down, lets someone in, assumes their apparent kindness can be taken in good faith. The wilderness is full of horrors that punish the empathetic. There are cautionary tales here about threats unseen, warnings unheeded. The real takeaway, however, is the strength of these characters, women who fight back, standing up and overcoming seemingly impossible odds. In many of the stories there is a strong sense of history, of familial bonds. Trauma that spans generations but also a strength that comes in connection to the women who came before you and I am reminded of a connection from mothers to daughters that masculine expectations so often deprive men of. There is a feeling of community in many of the stories and the power that comes from shared experience. The strength of the wolf is the pack and the pack of wolves on display in this table of contents is truly formidable. This is a gut punch of a collection with artists working at the top of their game. Beautiful stories that also teach, and we would do well to heed the lessons, not confuse kindness or humility for weakness, because the fang and the claw are close to hand.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donnie

    I tend to read anthologies and collections in short bursts over a long period of time. I'll leave them on my bedside table and dive into them here and there, savoring them. Well, I devoured WE ARE WOLVES in 2 days. It rendered me into a pool of fat and bones and left me sinking into the floor of my home. This collection continues the 2020 trend of non-stop, impactful, important releases. The voices featured within this book scream loudly, passionately, and provide a synchronous and amplified cal I tend to read anthologies and collections in short bursts over a long period of time. I'll leave them on my bedside table and dive into them here and there, savoring them. Well, I devoured WE ARE WOLVES in 2 days. It rendered me into a pool of fat and bones and left me sinking into the floor of my home. This collection continues the 2020 trend of non-stop, impactful, important releases. The voices featured within this book scream loudly, passionately, and provide a synchronous and amplified call to arms that resonated deeply within my love of horror. This pack will fuck you up. You better not deserve it. 5/5 howls. Some stories I particularly enjoyed: Lobster Trap (V. Castro) Water Babies (Sadie Hartmann) The Black Wall Paper (Cynthia Pelayo) The Parrot (Sonora Taylor) Room Seven (Gemma Amor)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patrick R. McDonough

    Ranging from the emotionally-driven to the fantastical, WE ARE WOLVES puts on a full display of contemporary's finest within the horror and dark fiction genres. The forward by, Gemma Amor, sets the tone of this collection with a powerful story that is both personal and uplifting. WOLVES is a call to arms. A call for not only women to be picked up and feel connected through their varying experiences of pain, treatment by society & men, and how they overcome their obstacles, but a call to allies t Ranging from the emotionally-driven to the fantastical, WE ARE WOLVES puts on a full display of contemporary's finest within the horror and dark fiction genres. The forward by, Gemma Amor, sets the tone of this collection with a powerful story that is both personal and uplifting. WOLVES is a call to arms. A call for not only women to be picked up and feel connected through their varying experiences of pain, treatment by society & men, and how they overcome their obstacles, but a call to allies too. Either join the pack or get out of the way. For the wolf pack is in motion... and nobody can stop it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    The best Having read a number of anthologies now, this is the first time - if memory serves - I have read one by women about women. Here are terrific stories whose nature you probably wouldn't see gain much space in those other books simply by virtue of this perspective, the essence of the female. These are stories of heart and blood, resonating with loss and pain, some of which spoke directly to me of my own loss and therefore felt extraordinarily personal. Whilst I know authors love to get shou The best Having read a number of anthologies now, this is the first time - if memory serves - I have read one by women about women. Here are terrific stories whose nature you probably wouldn't see gain much space in those other books simply by virtue of this perspective, the essence of the female. These are stories of heart and blood, resonating with loss and pain, some of which spoke directly to me of my own loss and therefore felt extraordinarily personal. Whilst I know authors love to get shoutouts, I am not going to pick any favourites in this instance because I feel to do so would be a disservice to those I don't mention and in truth, I loved them all. I say this is an anthology by women about women but it is FOR everyone. Written for a worthwhile cause, this is a pack you should all follow.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Gruesome yet oddly satisfying.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aina

    4.5 rounded up! We Are Wolves is a powerful collection of stories and poems that highlights the courage, survival, weariness, and anger of women. This is a response to all the times when women are told to smile, to be silent, to be beautiful, because they are not worth more than that. But as this book brilliantly shows, women are a force to be reckoned with and those who stand in their way will pay the price. The stories include a haunting look at a cry for help, a delightful twist on the grievin 4.5 rounded up! We Are Wolves is a powerful collection of stories and poems that highlights the courage, survival, weariness, and anger of women. This is a response to all the times when women are told to smile, to be silent, to be beautiful, because they are not worth more than that. But as this book brilliantly shows, women are a force to be reckoned with and those who stand in their way will pay the price. The stories include a haunting look at a cry for help, a delightful twist on the grieving husband trope, a heartbreaking portrayal of the unfairness of motherhood, a familiar tread on male privilege, and a harrowing tale that declares: enough is enough. There’s tragedy, heartbreak and rage, but also joy, freedom and triumph. I loved this book. Absolutely recommended! You can find the full review on my blog. CW: sexual assault, rape, infant death, child abuse, suicide book blog | twitter | instagram

  10. 4 out of 5

    S.J.H

    I'm giving five stars. This book got me right in the heart. I loved every single story equally and I couldn't pick a favourite. Its absolutely brilliant. Love love love. Highly recommend this I'm giving five stars. This book got me right in the heart. I loved every single story equally and I couldn't pick a favourite. Its absolutely brilliant. Love love love. Highly recommend this

  11. 4 out of 5

    K.P. Kulski

    A strong and painfully beautiful collection. Too many women will recognize themselves in these pages and it is a reminder that we will rise, sometimes soaked in our own blood and sometimes in the blood of those who have hurt us, but most often in both.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erica Robyn Metcalf

    We Are Wolves: An Anthology compiled by Gemma Amor, Laurel Hightower, and Cynthia Pelayo is an absolutely horrifying and gut-wrenching collection of tales that cover a broad range of topics. But what ties them all together is the power of women who have been pushed too far for too long and what they will do to rise up. This collection will make you want to hug the special women in your lives extra tight the next time you see them. Post-COVID of course! I cannot wait to see my grandma and my mom w We Are Wolves: An Anthology compiled by Gemma Amor, Laurel Hightower, and Cynthia Pelayo is an absolutely horrifying and gut-wrenching collection of tales that cover a broad range of topics. But what ties them all together is the power of women who have been pushed too far for too long and what they will do to rise up. This collection will make you want to hug the special women in your lives extra tight the next time you see them. Post-COVID of course! I cannot wait to see my grandma and my mom when it’s safe to do so again. Proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to causes that help survivors of abuse and assault. Trigger Warnings: Abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse and other harm to children, self-harm, child death, rape, and more. Per usual with collections like this, I have added my quick thoughts about each story or poem. In some sections, I have pulled some my favorite lines from the story. Those passages will appear in italics. Forward by Gemma Amor This forward is the single most incredible forward I have ever come across. It was honest, it was brutal, it gave readers a heads up with content warnings, and it was also a warrior cry. Our capacity to minimize the severity of Bad Things is limitless, it seems. I wonder where that comes from, that instinctive need to gloss over the terror or the hurt, to pull up the smile-curtains tight across our faces and upon questioning, lie, endlessly lie: ‘I’m fine!’ We say, over and over, but many of us aren’t. The Black Wall Paper by Cynthia Pelayo – 5/5 Oh my gosh. I related to how this woman felt so much at the beginning. I totally feel the push to always be productive, to do more, to BE more. I loved how this story was set up with the quick little bursts that hinted that all was not well here. The ending was quite a shock. Everything and everyone demanding more of time than I could ever provide. I was always needed. By someone. By something. And I was very tired. Though Your Heart is Breaking by Laurel Hightower – 5/5 HOLY. What a tale! Anyone who has ever had someone tell them to smile… this one will resonate with you. I absolutely loved the set up and pacing of this one! Such an awesome ending too! Angel by Gemma Amour – 5/5 This one is brutally heartbreaking! My gosh, I can’t even imagine being sent on calls where children are in danger, let alone to this extent. Trouble With Fate by Sarah Read – 3/5 Fate is certainly a fickle thing! A Key For Any Lock by S.H. Cooper – 5/5 It’s so upsetting to see the victim blaming and nastiness that random people spew after sexual assaults. I just can’t wrap my head around it. But this tale… what a beautifully poetic kind of revenge. The Curse of She, Part 6: The Final Girlfriend by Hailey Piper – 5/5 What would happen if film character archetypes could cross decade and jump films? I loved this story and how unique it was! It also made me really sad to see the jealousy and loneliness. The Mutation of Almost Beautiful Things by Sara Tantlinger – 3/5 This was intense! By the Throat by J. Danielle Dorn – 4/5 Yikes! What a tale! And so refreshing for a character that’s potentially in danger to LISTEN and get out of there. Where A Witch Goes When She Burns by Eve Harms – 4/5 Woah, I was not expecting where this one ended up! Extra Weight by Laurel Hightower – 5/5 Another incredibly powerful tale. I loved how this was written in a format of short bursts of narrative that almost flowed like poetry. And this line, oofh. Such a gut punch- She knows now that she is the only thing standing between her students and the possibility of some thing very bad. Today it is disease, but yesterday it was bullets. The Parrot by Sonora Taylor – 5/5 I loved the smart home element of this one! And phew what a nasty man Charles is! The Silence of Sarah Cross by Beverley Lee – 4/5 Yessss! I love the ending of this one. A story that began so proper sure took a fun turn! Lobster Trap by V. Castro – 4/5 I loved the opening of this one with the beautiful description of the coastline and the ocean. It made me so homesick! But then the tale took a turn from peace and beauty to terror! Doll House by Red Lagoe – 5/5 Woah, this one was brutal and so sad. This poor girl… I loved this one! It made me want to go watch House of Wax again! Ruthie’s Garden by Cassie Daley – 5/5 I love how this tale was laid out; starting in the present, flashing back to provide context, then finishing up not by actually taking action, but leading the reader to know exactly what is about to happen. Go Ruthie! There was nothing that could be done well enough or throughly enough to turn her husband into a better man, and it wasn’t her responsibility to keep trying. She could see that now. Playing with Gods and Dolls by Erin Al-Mehairi – 3/5 Woah! This one was heartbreaking and filled with horrific scenes of a brutal childhood, but what a tale! I loved the ending! Room Seven by Gemma Amor – 4/5 Woah! Water Babies by Sadie Hartmann – 3/5 That scene by the cross!! So unsettling. Woman. Mother. Goddess. Death. by Lily’s George – 5/5 My goodness. This was horrific and brutal. While my heart broke for this family, I counselor help but want to jump up and cheer as we watched our main character make her way toward her goal. Poke, Stir, Flesh, Bone by Amanda McHugh – 5/5 Brutal! What a pack! Colors can’t be hidden, but people can blind themselves to what they don’t want to see. Choice is a powerful thing. A Marriage of Dust and Blood by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason – 4/5 Yikes, what an angry man! I loved the setting and the haunting elements of this one! Welcome Home by Jessica Guess – 4/5 I loved tales like this, when you can tell something is up, but you don’t know for sure until it’s all laid out. The Body You Loved by Gemma Amour – 4/5 What a wonderful poem to end this collection. My Final Thoughts Reading this collection was such a rollercoaster of emotions. So many of these stories had my blood boiling, while others had me feeling like I could jump up and cheer.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebeka Schwarz

    I wrote a full review 5-star review at https://abitwordsy.blog/book-reviews/..., but I will say that I needed this book. I felt seen by it. This anthology of very diverse stories by some amazing women in horror explores the many horrors that women and girls have to bear, sometimes on a day-to-day basis. Some very raw and dark. I believe that any woman that reads this will recognise themselves, whether they’ve been through great trauma in their lives and I think any woman, even if they’re not a ho I wrote a full review 5-star review at https://abitwordsy.blog/book-reviews/..., but I will say that I needed this book. I felt seen by it. This anthology of very diverse stories by some amazing women in horror explores the many horrors that women and girls have to bear, sometimes on a day-to-day basis. Some very raw and dark. I believe that any woman that reads this will recognise themselves, whether they’ve been through great trauma in their lives and I think any woman, even if they’re not a horror fan, will be able to relate in some way to the stories and poetry from the amazing writers in this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ElleEm

    This is an anthology about women written by a diverse group of authors. While reading through the stories and a few poems, I was impressed with the inclusion of different styles and sub-genres. More than a few of the authors in this book were those that I had never read before so it was nice to be able to be introduced to them. I have already purchased one the author's books based upon their story in this book and I'm sure there will be several more that I will purchase. I enjoy short horror fict This is an anthology about women written by a diverse group of authors. While reading through the stories and a few poems, I was impressed with the inclusion of different styles and sub-genres. More than a few of the authors in this book were those that I had never read before so it was nice to be able to be introduced to them. I have already purchased one the author's books based upon their story in this book and I'm sure there will be several more that I will purchase. I enjoy short horror fiction so this was a great book for me. I'm not going to review every single story but I was planning on listing those that stood out for me. I went back to the Table of Contents and realized that my list would include so many that it would be silly to list them. Since there were so many sub-genres represented there were a few that fell into a category that I normally avoid but even those were good.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Runalong

    A smart and thoughtful yet unsettling horror anthology exploring the role of women in horror and reality Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl... A smart and thoughtful yet unsettling horror anthology exploring the role of women in horror and reality Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Dawn Drenning

    Women warriors Stories that touch the heart and soul for those of us who can relate to these harrowing situations. Women wolves. Women warriors. Fighting back.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Soucy

    Join the pack, ladies! I've been looking forward to this anthology since its announcement on Twitter. I already admire many of the ladies involved in the work, and the rest I simply haven't read yet (but now I'm a fan of them too!). The proceeds go to charity for survivors of abuse and assault, something which means so much to me as one of those survivors. And it's a horror anthology by women, for women--how could I refuse to read this? Each story and poem is powerful, some even brilliant. This is Join the pack, ladies! I've been looking forward to this anthology since its announcement on Twitter. I already admire many of the ladies involved in the work, and the rest I simply haven't read yet (but now I'm a fan of them too!). The proceeds go to charity for survivors of abuse and assault, something which means so much to me as one of those survivors. And it's a horror anthology by women, for women--how could I refuse to read this? Each story and poem is powerful, some even brilliant. This is without a doubt one of the finest anthologies I've ever read. Gemma Amor, Cynthia Pelayo, Laurel Hightower, Sarah Read, S.H. Cooper, Hailey Piper, Sara Tantlinger, J. Danielle Dorn, Eve Harms, Sonora Taylor, Beverley Lee, V. Castro, Red Lagoe, Cassie Daley, Erin Al-Mehairi, Sadie Hartmann, Lilyn George, Amanda McHugh, Michelle Garza, Melissa Lason, and Jessica Guess -- you are all champions. Each story hit so hard, whether it related to something personal or was based on fantastical metaphors and monsters. Didn't matter because the writing still resonated. While this is for women, that doesn't mean men shouldn't read this. Much can be gained from such intimate glances into the female experience. Empathy and understanding is always of value. For women, especially survivors, some of these stories are filled with triggers. Some may be uncomfortable or difficult to read. I can't tell another person what to do as that wouldn't be right. But for me, even the darkest tales in this collection offered a sense of closure for wounds I'd long since believed were healed. I'm grateful this experience made me feel better, stronger with the reminder that other women know and they understand. Thank you again, ladies! You're all wolves and heroines to me💖

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brennan LaFaro

    From the onset of Amor’s fierce introduction, WE ARE WOLVES never lets up for a moment. Delivering stories and poetry from some of the best women writing horror today, this anthology sings a symphony of beauty and strength, all the while ready to rip your still-beating heart out of your chest. Cina Pelayo’s “The Black Wallpaper” is a demonstration of never feeling good enough, never feeling like you’re doing quite enough. It’s a powerful and heavy opening that lets you know exactly what you’re in From the onset of Amor’s fierce introduction, WE ARE WOLVES never lets up for a moment. Delivering stories and poetry from some of the best women writing horror today, this anthology sings a symphony of beauty and strength, all the while ready to rip your still-beating heart out of your chest. Cina Pelayo’s “The Black Wallpaper” is a demonstration of never feeling good enough, never feeling like you’re doing quite enough. It’s a powerful and heavy opening that lets you know exactly what you’re in for in this anthology. I had read Laurel Hightower’s “Though Your Heart is Breaking” when it was originally released by Ink Heist, and I found it just as poignant and every bit as hard-hitting as I did initially. Gemma Amor’s “Angel” made for a hard-as-hell read, highlighting the unfairness of those who can become parents and take it for granted. A knock-down drag-out trio of stories from the women who built this book. S.H. Cooper’s “A Key For Any Lock” is a standout. Distressing, but unfortunately not surprising, it reminds the reader of some privileged white males who have made the news and had their sins forgiven because they have such a promising future. Cooper says no more, here. Sonora Taylor’s “The Parrot” gives us a touch of tech horror and a main character with no redeeming qualities surrounded by compelling story. V. Castro’s “Lobster Trap” takes us into the land of metaphor, but don’t let that make you think she pulls any punches. Pretty sure V isn’t capable of that. “Doll House” by Red Lagoe is really brutal, really hard to read. In an anthology like this, that’s saying something, but staying the course is worth it. “Ruthie’s Garden” by Cassie Daley, utilizes a bit of misdirection, but it’s ultimately the characters that draw you in, breaking your heart, but leaving you with a little bit of hope.  This review wouldn’t be complete without a mention of “Woman. Mother. Goddess. Death.” by Lilyn George, a narrative that won’t let you look away, minces no words, and provides an unflinching view of wrongdoing and revenge. It was my honor to read an early version of this book, including not only the incredible authors above, but also people such as Jessica Guess, The Sisters of Slaughter, Sarah Read, Hailey Piper, Sarah Tantlinger, Eve Harms, and more. The proceeds from this anthology go to benefiting the victims of abuse and assault. There’s no downside here. A book full of astounding and heartfelt stories that does some good on the backend. Pick this one up today. I received a copy from the editor for review consideration.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dave Williams

    Earlier this year, I read the anthology “Nevertheless She Persisted,” which included sci-fi/fantasy stories by women — and “We Are Wolves” is the horror equivalent: Stories of women rising up against forces that try to keep them down. The characters in these stories (and a couple poems) are tired of enduring the passive suggestions and physical abuse and downright murder. “Though Your Heart Is Breaking” involves a man telling Sarah to smile, despite the turmoil inside her. “A Key for Any Lock” in Earlier this year, I read the anthology “Nevertheless She Persisted,” which included sci-fi/fantasy stories by women — and “We Are Wolves” is the horror equivalent: Stories of women rising up against forces that try to keep them down. The characters in these stories (and a couple poems) are tired of enduring the passive suggestions and physical abuse and downright murder. “Though Your Heart Is Breaking” involves a man telling Sarah to smile, despite the turmoil inside her. “A Key for Any Lock” involves a popular guy on a college campus sexually assaulting the unnamed narrator. Several stories include murder. Then the characters move past endurance to fight back, using their power and cleverness. As far as I can remember, in one story — “A Key for Any Lock” — the character tries to use the justice system to gain societally approved justice. But the system fails her. So she goes beyond it. In the other stories, characters don’t try the official system — they seek their own justice. These aren’t episodes of “Law and Order,” these are horror stories. Justice here is gained by knives, contraptions, claws. The characters are wolves who hunt alone and in a pack with allies. Cliche has us believe that women are “the weaker sex.” Yet that is a box (cage) in which to place women. Of course they are far more complicated and strong than a simplistic stereotype. Stories can entertain us, and some can challenge us. These stories accomplish both. I felt a couple stories were too rushed, and could’ve used a bit more to build the scenarios. But that’s a blip in the variety of characters and situations crafted by the variety of these talented writers. There’s horror aplenty along the different paths.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McHugh

    *Full disclosure, I have a story included in this anthology. We Are Wolves is a painfully-realized collection bringing together some of the finest voices in contemporary horror. Anthologies can be tricky to review because tastes inevitably vary, however, this is a solid collection highlighting a range of talent and subject matters. Given the unifying theme, each author approached the story differently, creating a diverse, exciting reading experience. So, if you're looking for entertainment or sca *Full disclosure, I have a story included in this anthology. We Are Wolves is a painfully-realized collection bringing together some of the finest voices in contemporary horror. Anthologies can be tricky to review because tastes inevitably vary, however, this is a solid collection highlighting a range of talent and subject matters. Given the unifying theme, each author approached the story differently, creating a diverse, exciting reading experience. So, if you're looking for entertainment or scary, this is the collection for you. There are some incredibly gruesome moments that will haunt me. But it's also smart and insightful, honing in on relevant topics that many women face, including gender roles and sexuality, body image, abuse, identity, motherhood, and societal pressure to be *insert whatever the current female paradigm is*. Perfect, beautiful, thin, subservient--these authors explore the ramifications of unattainable expectations in brutally honest prose. I won't review each story individually as I'm on the TOC, but two of my personal favorites were Doll House and The Black Wallpaper--both striking and visceral imagery that gutted me. Overall, We Are Wolves is a bangarang way to see 2020 all the way out. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy ASAP.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daniplx

    4.5 stars to this devastating, heart wrenching and dark short story anthology featuring some of the best women writing horror today. I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for this one in paperback since I first heard about it; a book of horror shorts, all by women, with proceeds going to help abuse and assault survivors – it was pretty much and instant buy for me. The stories and poems in this collection are all so good, that I think there was maybe one or two that just didn’t land for me (and I would 4.5 stars to this devastating, heart wrenching and dark short story anthology featuring some of the best women writing horror today. I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for this one in paperback since I first heard about it; a book of horror shorts, all by women, with proceeds going to help abuse and assault survivors – it was pretty much and instant buy for me. The stories and poems in this collection are all so good, that I think there was maybe one or two that just didn’t land for me (and I would still consider them good reads!) – and that is rare in short story collections. This collection is full of stories of women, women who have been pushed too far, women who are tired, women who seek vengeance, women who love, strong women, broken women, sad women and resilient women. It is amazing, and some of these will break your heart, some will make you cheer and others will disturb you to your core. Some of the 5 star stories that really stood out for me and will stick with me are: -The Black Wallpaper by Cynthia Pelayo -Angel by Gemma Amor -A Key for Any Lock by S.H. Cooper -The Parrot by Sonora Taylor -Doll House by Red Lagoe -Welcome Home by Jessica Guess -The Body You Loved by Gemma Amor I cannot recommend this collection enough if you like darker fiction. There is a story for everyone and the howl of these wolves will haunt you for long after you close this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Jones

    This was a powerful read with women who have had enough at the forefront. Whether it be from abusive men, damaging societal pressure, parental trauma or horror tropes, the women in this anthology made their stand and fought back. Showcased are some of the most brilliant voices in horror and their voices will not be silenced!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alex Llera

    Incredible read

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joe Scipione

    Review coming soon to horrorbound.net

  25. 4 out of 5

    nicole

    Finished in one sitting Great stories. Finished in one night . Could not put it down for a second . Highly recommend it. Yay

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peter

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marta Trumpjonas

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dennise

  30. 4 out of 5

    MR

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