“RJ Joseph’s short fiction debut, Hell Hath No Sorrow like a Woman Haunted, cuts deep and often. If you’ve ever read a short story and wondered if the author was pulling their punches, you won’t have that concern with this one. Every story seeks to tear back the skin and pour salt in the wound, capturing a variety of black and female experiences in a way that grabs the reader by the shirt collar, shakes them, and screams ‘pay attention!'”
“All the stars…I’ve been anticipating this collection since I first saw it announced. I’ve read RJ Joseph’s short fiction wherever I could find it, ever since catching her haunting story in TWISTED ANATOMY. Every story between these (gorgeous) covers is strongly written in Joseph’s inimitable voice. An ongoing theme of motherhood and lived experiences turned toward horror in every conceivable way.”
“The stories in this book are straight punches to the heart. They’re not easy reads, but they will stick to you forever… What an incredible writer!”
“Long story short… 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.”
“A perfectly titled collection of horror focused on Black women haunted by human and literal monsters, the ambivalent specter of motherhood, racism, exhaustion, and even the ancestors whose ghosts keep them alive. Sad, bloody, sometimes bleakly funny, and vital though weary. A treat.”
“This collection is everything I wanted and needed. Every story hit me in the black feelings I refuse to acknowledge in order to stay sane…RJ Joseph pulled a Roberta Flack and told the stories women are told not to feel: murderous love, hot despair and best of all–REVENGE… I already knew about this talented author’s work from her short story in the HWA nominated anthology Sycorax’s Daughter and was eagerly awaiting her debut collection. Trust, it does not disappoint. 10/10. I can’t wait for more!”
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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.
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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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