If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about women making horror media, this is your month. Women in Horror Month is going strong for February; you should take a look at their fun and often knowledge-filled hashtag on Twitter.
Being a single blog post, this is only going to be a drop in the bucket of the fucking amazing work being done by women in the world right now with horror, written or cinematic. But I keep running into folks who haven’t had a chance to dig into the work of women in horror, so consider this a bite-sized intro.
- To follow some amazing women working with horror as directors, bloggers, writers and journalists, The Horror Honeys has a list to get you started.
- Last year, SF Signal had a great horror edition of their feature MIND MELD, which you can use a well of horror picks to refill your towering to-read pile. All the books mentioned in that MIND MELD are by women!
- If someone ever told you black women haven’t written horror, here’s a list of books that proves they’re obviously from an alternate and less awesome timeline than our own.
- Should someone ever tell you that women don’t write Lovecraftian horror, Silvia Moreno-Garcia has a list that would demonstrate otherwise. Speaking of…
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a great writer, and an equally talented publisher. The Innsmouth Free Press puts out books that go beyond the U.S. borders many of us are familiar with from prominent genre books, bringing in a harvest of horror from places you may have never been. Fiction is one of the gateways we have to a bigger world than our own, and that includes horror. So. Go visit those links and buy every book in sight. You will be better for it. Accept the ensuing nightmares as part of your mental chrysalis to a stranger, creepier, and more well-read being.
- If you’ve never heard of @GraveyardSis, go find them on Twitter. Horror ceases to be entertaining, or teach us about our world, unless we continually seek out horror that is unfamiliar to us. If you’re not familiar with horror cinema created by women, particularly black women, then following them on Twitter or their blog is going to be time well spent.
- Like historic flavored oddities? In one book of fiction, you can find an autobiography, a murder mystery, and a trail of tantalizing occult secrets. If you’re into tabletop or live action roleplaying, you can also use it as a slender tome of inspiration. Paula Dempsey’s The Book Of The Smoke won a Gold ENnie in 2012, and it’s not hard to see why once you read it.
Leave info and links on your favorite women working with horror. I gotta add to my to-read/to-watch pile, and I’m not waiting till October to get recommendations.