FROM STOKER AWARD™ NOMINATED WRITER R.J. JOSEPH…
The Black women in these tales are women we all know. The mothers, wives, business owners, creatives, and more, that we see in everyday life. They perform the impossible and hold all ends together.
Sometimes, they’re an open book, their stories written in the beloved lines of their faces and the varied bodies they wear with pride or weariness.
Other times, their secrets squirm beneath the surface, aching for release and discovery while beckoning others to lean in. They whisper the horror of their predicaments, closer to home than you realize.
These Black women are more than we know. They’re also victims, monsters…and often, a little of both.
“She has absolutely hit the nail on the head with this collection!…everyone needs to give this collection a read! As a woman, it stoked the internal flames already burning. My heart bled for these characters and the suffering so many were born into, and made me desperate for every form justice and fairness that has never existed in this world.”
“R.J. Joseph’s debut collection Hell Hath No Sorrow Like a Woman Haunted is spectacular. The characters are vibrant and true to life, and their reactions to a gamut of horrors make the stories in this collection pop. Joseph is a writer to watch.”
“The stories in this book are straight punches to the heart. They’re not easy reads, but they will stick to you forever. Particular standouts for me include, “Conflict Resolution,” (which I remember hearing on Nightlight Podcast), “I Will Only Love You Better After Death,” “Keep on Trucking,” “Bloodline,” and “And Old-Fashioned Type of Girl.” What an incredible writer!”
“My hope is that this collection, Hell Hath No Sorrow Like a Woman Haunted, will allow far more horror readers to discover the brilliance and genius of Rhonda Jackson Joseph’s works and to reflect more critically on writers like her who deserve far, far greater recognition for her works.”
“A look across the room that tells you you’re not alone in your Otherness. A caress from a blade. A book full of stories to make you feel profoundly unsettled. Hell Hath No Sorrow like a Woman Haunted is a superb collection that mixes smart, complex narratives about who we are with fast, bloody hardcore horror. Don’t miss it.” – Gabino Iglesias, The Devil Takes You Home
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Excerpt from Hell Hath No Sorrow Like a Woman Haunted:
The city art gallery buzzed with the excitement of its patrons. Awe filled squeals of delight could be heard exclaiming, “Oh, look at this one!” and, “Wow, this guy sure has a lot of talent.” One of the most popular exhibits in the show was the one that showcased the work of a previously unknown artist, Taryn Slater. Her portrait, simply titled “Angela Eternal”, drew the most public interest. Her reviews centered around the realistic nature of her paintings.
“I don’t know, Harry. There’s something funny about this painting,” Myrtle uttered in a loud stage whisper to her husband. “I feel like…it’s staring at me. That lady looks like she’ll start speaking in a minute.”
Harry grunted his disapproval. “A lot you know, Myrt. Don’t you know all pictures do that, make you feel like they’re following you?”
About Author R.J. Joseph
R. J. Joseph is a Stoker Award™ nominated, Texas based writer who earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and who must exorcise the demons of her imagination so they don’t haunt her being. A life long horror fan and writer of many things, she joyously discovered and embraced writing in the academic arena about three important aspects of of her life: horror, Black femininity, and popular culture. She has had works published in various venues, including the Halloween issue of Southwest Review and The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Series. When she isn’t writing, reading, or teaching, she can usually be found wrangling her huge blended family of one husband, four adult sprouts, seven teenaged sproutlings, four grandboo seedlings, and one furry hellbeast who sometimes pretends to be a dog.
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