We are wrapping up Women in Horror Recognition month with a book that exemplifies what women bring to the genre. Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel is a collection that in one light is very diverse, is also tied together by recurring themes and ideas you don’t see much in horror.
Sally Bosco closes out our Many Genres, One Craft interview series. A writer of dark fiction, she finds her place in an area not well explored in the horror genre: Young Adult fiction. And what do many teenagers enjoy these day? Manga. So join us as Sally tells us about horror’s role and perception in both the YA and Manga audiences as well as few other tid bits on women writer of horror and horror’s relation to paranormal romance.
Some of the contributors of the recently released book; Many Genres, One Craft; are making a swing around NHRS during their Virtual Blog Tour. First up is beautiful and talented Mary San Giovanni. A Bram Stoker Award nominee who has written acclaimed novels since her time at Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program. Come see what she has to say about what is horror, what makes horror effective, and women’s unique role in the genre.
We are lucky enough to have Jodi Lee, Editor in Chief of Belfire Press and The New Bedlam Project, take a moment out of her hectic schedule and answer a quick fire for us. Writer, editor, mother, she has seen many the permutations of Horror. After years of editing for places like Apex Publications, LBF Books, Lachesis Publishing, and freelancing, she started up one on the newest small presses that is building a name for itself. Let’s see what she has to say about the state of Horror.
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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:
- Fran Friel
- Deborah LeBlanc
- Sarah Pinborough
- Sarah Langan
- Lisa Mannetti
- Mary SanGiovanni
- Poppy Z. Brite
- Amy Grech
- Jezzy Wolfe
- Elizabeth Blue
- Alexandra Sokoloff
- Caitlin R. Kiernan
- Elizabeth Massie
- Sephera Giron
- Rhodi Hawk
- Gabrielle Faust
- Allyson Bird
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.