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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Women Of Color Horror Writers: Interview With Rebecca Pierce


Sometimes I stumble upon fantastically inventive writing in my travels online, and when that writing is horror written by a woman of color, I take notice. Rebecca R. Pierce writes horror poetry and short stories that have a graceful quality that lives among the creeping darkness. Her experience with the poetic form bleeds into her prose, filling it with resounding symbolism and lingering metaphor. She is able to move between sub-genres of horror, while maintaining the ability to give the reader the sense of awe and what all horror readers love—that gasp of surprise.

Some readers shy away from short stories, feel they aren’t long enough to get involved in the characters and be pulled along into a plot. Short stories are a skill unto themselves—the ability to craft an immediate connection to protagonists and villains alike, as well as craft an intriguing storyline that unfolds and resolves within an abbreviated number of pages.

Pierce shows she’s in control of the short story form in “Shambles,” which gives us a view of the apocalypse through the eyes of a zombie trying to understand and come to terms with what he has become. Vivid and squirm-worthy description combine to make a surprisingly touching read. 

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Horror Blackademics: The Get Out (2017) Syllabus

illustration by Sharlene Artsy
I'll be in the movie mania that was/is still Get Out for a very long time. I had my initial response soon after my first screening and sung its praises of being an all around great film. Literally, a piece of cinema that is almost perfect. And the follow up from other writers that have celebrated and highlighted other facets of symbolism in relationship to the dynamics of race as well as what Get Out woefully underdevelops has been necessary to the conversation.

Crystal Boson, PhD is the woman responsible for creating a syllabus inspired by Jordan Peele's 2017 shockwave. A film that brilliantly tackles the nuances and fine threads of racial discrimination that often aren't addressed with care, Get Out uses them to tell a darker, more overt, genre-fied tale about the outcomes of them.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Quarries (2016): Movie Review


During a nature hike, seven women encounter a group of men and must put an end to their murderous rampage in order to survive.

Written by Nils Taylor & Nicole Marie Johnson
Directed by Nils Taylor

There's a constant awareness of how unknown and vast the wildness is. It has been alluded to as its own dimension with living creatures and objects that humankind has yet to witness or comprehend. If ever there is a physical or emotional need to journey through this space, the first rule is to reverence both its beauty and danger. There are so many films that give the outdoors this credit, and horror turns up the dial on dread, capitalizing on the uncertainty with just about anything it can muster. This includes the broad depravity of humanity.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Should You Watch This? Blair Witch (2016)


Did you ever wonder if you could trust those rating sites on their reviews of movies? I mean all those strangers can’t know if you’re gonna like a movie! Leave it to just one stranger... me. I’m gonna tell you whether or not you should watch movies (there will be spoilers). Let’s go.

Movie Name: Blair Witch

Year: 2016


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Nightmare On Elm Street: Dream Warriors Live Commentary


Wizard World Horror Fest held a remarkable event during Philadelphia Comic Con weekend that gave A Nightmare On Elm Street fans a treat in the form of a screening of the franchise's most popular installment, Part 3 sub-titled Dream Warriors, along with live and in-person, star Heather Langenkamp (Nancy) and director Chuck Russell giving commentary with hosts Andre Gower (Sean) & Ryan Lambert (Rudy) of 1987's The Monster Squad.

Chuck and Heather were pleasantly responsive to random crowd inquires and those from Gower and Lambert. You got a little bit more than what was even detailed in the Never Sleep Again documentary. With all the fan fare and accurately timed applause during memorable scenes, I figured a simple recap was just not good enough.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Watch R. Shanea Williams' Psychological Horror Film Paralysis Now


The best of #Blackwomeninhorror in 2016, R. Shanea Williams' psychological horror film, Paralysis is at the top of the stack. As a visionary, Williams' work is packed within these digital pages because of the way she's taken her Hitchcockian methods and molded them into something of her own. The beating heart of her work is horror, but the connective tissue threads drama, thriller, and suspense that's arguably unrivaled due to her relentless push for the centrality of Black women; their stories, and just how they confront the horrific.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rue Morgue Library Women With Guts Edition Giveaway


Rue Morgue Library is all abuzz with its latest entry, Women With Guts: Horror Heroines In Film, TV And Print by Alison Lang. Just as the title states, this is a collection on the women in horror in front of the camera and behind the scenes that made discourse on the topic so ripe for discussion for so many years. Inside the soft bound cover are essays, interviews, and features on Ginger Snaps, Linnea Quigley, The Blair Witch Project, Alien, Elvira, Ana Lily Amirpour, and much more including a little something from myself. A brief geekout here is necessary because being published with the likes of Liisa Ladouceur, Alexandra West and Andrea Subissati, and Alison herself is a humbling experience. In honor of such, I want to spread the geek by giving someone an opportunity to get this must-have for free!

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