It’s been a while since anything has been going on here. I meant to get a post about Anthology 2011, but got busy and haven’t had a chance. But I did want to let you know that I’m getting ready to start things back up come the new year. So here are some of the things that will be coming your way:
- Stephen King: 2012 with be the 35th anniversary of the publication of The Shining. While that may not matter to most people, it was the first King book I read. So, as a special series, I plan to highlight some of King’s books and look at his effect on the genre of horror through his career.
- Forgotten Masters: Now that I have an e-reader, I have better access to a lot of authors that shaped the horror genre. Many of their books and stories have been out of print for a decades, but many of them are now in the public domain allowing publishers and sellers are making ebooks of them. It is a great time to get into the horror genre because of this.
- Women in Horror Month – Year 2: February is coming up and that means it is time again for Women in Horror Month. This year, I’m going to let you in on a part of what is planned. I have a number of books to choose from. Until January 20th, comment on this post if there are any that you want spotlighted from that list. The top 4 that have the most recommendations will be used. Here is the list:
- The Book of the Damned by Tanith Lee
- The Gentling Box by Lisa Mannetti
- Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel
- Threshold by Caitlin R. Kiernan
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- A Twisted Ladder by Rhodi Hawk
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- Spellbent by Lucy Snyder
- Morbid Curiosity by Deborah LeBlanc
- Suicide Girls in the Afterlife by Gina Ranalli
- The Keeper by Sarah Langan
- Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
- Unwelcome Bodies by Jennifer Pelland
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Pass along the word. Check Amazon if you haven’t heard of any of these books or women. Vote for the books you want to know more about.
- Survey Down: I’ve thought hard about this and now is not the right time to do an actual survey. I’m not giving it up completely, but there is simply not the traffic to keep it up at the present time. I hope this changes, and I will be working on the side on a revised survey. For now, the site will be more about the verb survey than the noun
And all that is just a taste for what is to come next year. Have a happy holiday season and I’ll see you all in about a month.
The last two days, I’ve been working on a new page here. The Twitter Horror List came about after seeing #FantasyTwitterList go crazy. Since a part of the idea of The Non-Horror Reader Survey is to get people test the waters of horror more or for the first time, it seemed a great idea to give direct access to those involved in the horror. Twitter is a great medium to find people and has been effective in helping writers gain readers because they like their tweets.
It is an ongoing effort. I’ve added countless names to the list already and I still have more to put up when I have the time and suggestions continuing to come in. So check it often. I’ll also be adding links next to names of those that have either been interviewed, spotlighted, or did a guest post on here.
Take a look at the list, check out some Tweet streams, and who knows, you may just find the author that writes your kind of horror!
In less than a week, February will be in full swing. Along with it comes Women in Horror Recognition Month. It is only in its second year, but with the number of women involved in Horror, it will have many more years to bring notice to women in the genre and the fights to crush stereotypes. Through out the month, there will be numerous events around the world. From film festivals to interview series to blood drives, they will in some part honor the integral role of women in the telling of terror.
While the majority of the events last year have been about the film end of the genre, it doesn’t mean its limited. Horror literature is not separate from Horror films. Both are written, in some cases by the same people. Many movies are based of books and are just a visual interpretation of the text. What effects one effects the other equally. Many stereotypes that Horror literature are branded with stem from the current state of Horror films. The same women that don’t get recognized for directing, producing, writing, even acting in Horror films are hidden by the same veil that hides female authors. The stereotypes of female characters and the circumstances they face are equally perceived in both film and literature.
So, this month, pick up a book or magazine with a female author in it. Check out some of the events listed on the WiH website. To help out on the literature front here is just a small list of female writers:
These are just a few. There are many more out there. Through places like Twitter and Goodreads you can find even more. What ever your taste is, there is a female writer for you.
#SupportTheLittleGuy is a Twitter campaign to help spread the word of the small press, both publishers and authors. While all the genres have a small press, Horror is one genre that thrives because of it. There is debate amongst those in the genre between small and big press. Both have their pros and cons, but one of the cons that hurt the small press is the lack of publicity and advertisement. #SupportTheLittleGuy tries to negate that set back.
Started by Brandon Layng, #SupportTheLittleGuy started as just a hashtag used during Writer Wednesday and Follow Fridays to get the word out about small press writers. From that it became a way of alerting more people to the release of new books. Just last month, Brandon has put out the first issue of the #SupportTheLittleGuy E-zine, a bi-monthly web magazine featuring short fiction by small press writers as well as reviews of short fiction that can be found on the internet. The second issue will be out later this month. The campaign website features profiles of various small press writers and publishers as a resource for those not on Twitter.
To find the diversity of Horror fiction, it is almost mandatory to read the small press. Few horror writers get sold to big press houses at the start of their careers, even as they continue, the small press has more demand for horror than big press houses. If anyone was interested in contemporary Horror fiction, #SupportTheLittleGuy is a new resource shining a bright light on it.