Women in Horror Month is off to a great start. As I read the articles and posts I’ve been struck by one thing: just how deep and broad the genre is. There are so many different flavors of horror and every one has their fans. Here’s a sample of what I’ve been reading about women in horror this month:
From the Celebrating Women in Horror Blog Chain:
Imaginary Friends announce the intention to showcase fictional kick-ass heroines of horror this month, kicking off with Buffy, the character that has seemingly served as inspiration for a whole new generation of female writers, including SelmaW., who mourns the misuse of the character Kate Lockley in Buffy spin-off, Angel.
My own contributions to the chain were the official WiHM blurb, a growing gallery of gorgeous book covers of dark fiction by female writers, and a guest post, Victims or Survivors, from author, Luke Walker.
From my reading this month I’d like to share some links I found interesting around the old intertubes:
An oldie but a goodie, from Terence Rafferty of the New York Times: Shelley’s Daughters.
Quote: “…in the nearly two centuries that have passed since this teenage English girl delivered herself of the first great modern horror novel, men — as is their wont — have coolly taken possession of the genre, as if by natural right, some immutable literary principle of primogeniture.”
Quote: “And my response to people who say in condescending tones, “This horror movie is a girl’s movie,” is this: “AND? It’s a good fucking movie. Shut up and watch it!””
The Horror celebrates Women in horror Month with an excellent post, No Ordinary Ghosts.
Quote: “But what you may not know is that women have been highly instrumental in the developmental history of Horror – and not because our gender looks better in a flimsy nightgown and can scream loud enough to stampede shellfish.”
Quote: “In many horror novels and films, women are depicted as the objects of violence, yet the blinders are still on in regard to their input as artists, authors, directors, and special effects people.”
Hope you enjoy these links of love. Stay tuned to my blog for more posts celebrating Women in Horror Month.