Graveyard Shift Sisters Turns 2!

My first and only niece turned two on September 30th this year. And while I've spent a considerable amount of time with her and remember holding her receptive presence in my arms when she was only a few hours old, she's a pretty wise tiny human for someone still very much growing.

This mirrors the station that paints Graveyard Shift Sisters now at the same age. Ripe yet undoubtedly still growing. I'm alright with having no precise design of exactly what the future of this space is. I only hope people continue to discover more women of color in the genre and their work. If there's one goal I can promise, it's to bring y'all completely unique content to the horror journalism landscape.

Black Women In Horror Comics: Regine Sawyer's Eating Vampires

Talented creative writer and life long lover of comics, Regine Sawyer is the owner/creator of Lockett Down Productions Publications, "a multi-media company specializing in comic books and promotional apparel". Additionally, Sawyer is the coordinator and founder of Women in Comics NYC Collective International and an all-around convention attending, exhibition planning, and panel guru going strong for nine years and counting.

Black Women Horror Writers: Interview With Constance Burris

On the blog today is author Constance Burris, whose story, Black Beauty, is her first in the horror realm. Black Beauty follows a mysterious woman named Jade who makes contact with three Black youths grappling with issues of identity and beauty who discover that her mysterious powers are fact and not myth.

Burris explores the issues we as black women can face with accepting our beauty on its own terms. These aren’t issues that only adults deal with; Black Beauty is listed as a children’s book on Amazon. It shows that identity issues and standards of beauty are ingrained early on in kids. And the real horror is the lengths these teens will go to achieve that so called beauty. I’m sure any parent will want to reassure their children that they are strong and beautiful after reading this story and that beauty comes in all forms.

Black Beauty is a timely, refreshing, yet cautionary story peppered with some chilling events. As it is marketed toward younger people, there isn’t a visceral, gory storyline, but it is disturbing in its message. When Jade’s identity begins to show through, another otherworldly danger is revealed. I will let you know that Black Beauty ends on a cliffhanger, as it is The Everleaf Series Book 0.  But Book One is available and is titled Coal, which also happens to be Jade’s son’s name. I’ve also read Coal but it isn’t a horror story, so I won’t be reviewing it here (I’ll do that on my blog) but it is an engrossing read, full of elves and magic, swordplay, and high fantasy action.

Girls Will Be Ghouls Episode 7: Back To School With Venom (2005)


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Movie Discussion Venom (2005)

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Recent Watch Recommendations

Ashlee: Final Girl (2015)

Zena: Black Sabbath (1963)

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Black Women in 21st Century Horror Films: The New Masters

Behind the scenes on Bree Newsome's (right) film, Wake
It is an extremely promising and empowering time for artistic innovation. The essential need to spread new ideas, track permanently relevant historical perspectives and build upon projects that ultimately create communities has been infectious. A space deeply dear to me, being black and female in the horror community is very slowly becoming a fact removed from an anomaly in the shadows. In film in particular, it feels only of late that Black women in horror have truly rippled the tides, igniting screens with their faces, but also their own visions.

Sci-Fi Sunday: ASTRONOMMO | Speculative Fiction on Film + Black Women

*From the press release

Mini-festival to open sci-fi doors to under-represented Black women filmmakers

The International Black Women's Film Festival launches ASTRONOMMO, a 1-day, 3 hour event highlighting the outstanding work of speculative fiction films featuring women-of-color. 

ASTRONOMMO re-frames the speculative fiction discussion to show that communities-of-color are producing creative, imaginative, and outstanding work that is not being recognized. New audiences will be introduced to new sci-fi, horror, and supernatural films. 3 premieres will screen, including one by local filmmakers Kathleen Antonia and Nijla Mu'min.

Dark Matters: Your One-Stop For Diversity in Genre Media

We've arrived at an intriguing crossroads in popular media. Audiences, consumers, fans and the like are getting a consistent headcount of people of color in film, television, novels, and games, but struggle with the reproduction of old tropes and tired practices that make these characters nothing but window dressing masked as progress, while adding more weight upon the promise of meaningful stories and multi-dimensional bodies (I'm looking at you, Sleepy Hollow).

There's so much to comb through and even more to preserve. The women behind Dark Matters are Cate and Erica; "genre-lovers exploring issues of race and 'other' in various arts, media, and academic disciplines, in the context of science fiction, horror, fantasy, the supernatural, and all things geek-friendly". This digital platform operates as a resource and tool to drive the need for cultural and racially multiplicitous voices in genre media.

After chatting with Erica face to face weeks back, I realized that Dark Matters has a much greater agenda that revolves around the importance of preserving information and the legacy of current and future communities with an interest in its content.