Women In Horror Recognition Month Poll Winners

Just thought I would let you all in on who going to be spotlighted in a few weeks for Women In Horror month.

Coming in a dubious first place, Morbid Curiosity by Deborah LeBlanc:

It seemed like the answer to Haley’s prayers. The most popular girl in her high school promised Haley that her life would change forever if only she performed certain dark rituals. And if Haley can convince her twin sister to participate, their power will double. Together they will be able to summon mystical entities that will do their bidding, some more powerful than they ever dreamed possible.

But these are uncontrollable forces, forces that can kill—forces that demand to be . . . fed.

From Deborah LeBlanc’s Website

Next up is Spellbent by Lucy Snyder:

Jessie Shimmer’s roguish lover, Cooper, has been teaching her ubiquemancy, the art of finding the magic in everyday things. But things go terribly wrong when the couple try to call a rainstorm in downtown Columbus. A hellish portal opens, and Cooper is ripped from the world. Worse yet, a vicious demon invades the city. Jessie barely manages to slay it, but she’s gravely wounded and the capital’s center is destroyed. As if losing an eye and a hand isn’t bad enough, the city’s ruling mage, Benedict Jordan, brands her an outlaw. With only her ferret familiar to help her, Jessie must find the dimension Cooper’s trapped in and bring him back alive before sinister machinations make both of them vanish for good.

From Lucy Snyder’s Website

In a close third, the classic, The Haunting of  Hill House by Shirley Jackson:

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers-and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

From the Penguin Website

Rounding out the month will be Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel:

The Bram Stoker Award-nominated novella “Mama’s Boy” is the cornerstone of this 14-story collection from author Fran Friel and Apex Publications. A man whose mother’s demented love for him has turned him from an innocent boy to a serial killer to a near-comatose mental patient opens his world to a psychologist determined to reach him as a way of dealing with her own mother’s battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But is she helping, or is there more damage to be done?

In “Mashed,” a son’s simple request for potatoes with his birthday dinner opens up a world of past fears and childhood torments for his mother, while the flash fiction story “Close Shave” presents a horrifically funny solution to an everyday women’s issue.

From mother and son to broader family ties, Friel explores the bonds of human connection into every dark turn. The humorous yet wickedly creepy “Under the Dryer” begins as a tale told by the family dog and ends in a bloodbath; “Special Prayers,” perhaps the most disturbing offering in the collection, exposes a family secret of abuse and power; and the tragically soft and beautiful “Orange and Golden” explores the purest form of the human-animal bond as the sun sets on a natural disaster.

From the Apex Publications Website

Start The Countdown

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Women In Horror Recognition Month

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.