Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Black Women Horror Writers: Pheare Alexander

“I’ve met with a lot of people who think African Americans need to stay away from the horror genre…someone even said that people don’t want to read horror unless it comes from a Caucasian male. That said, I hope to change the face of horror. I hate to be told I can’t do something.”


Monday, October 28, 2013

Women of Color in Horror: More Discussions

Laura Caro in Here Comes The Devil (2012)
Planet Fury was a great online resource for horror news, interviews, reviews, and general fan insight. The virtual community aggregate of the past, the message board may be a lost art in our Tumblr/Twitter golden age, but it remains a very thoughtful, viable resource for informative perspectives.

About four years ago from the date posted, a thread about "Women of Color in Horror" was started:

"Well I was thinking about this a lot being a Latina and a big fan of horror movies and still think I'm not represented a lot in the genre."

What this discussion at the very least does is open the floor for considering not only Black and Latina women in horror, but Asian women as well as a brief overview of speculative fiction and the implication of women of color's narratives in the binary of the traditional Western European narrative in that bracket.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Scholar Isabel Cristina Pinedo on Race Horror

Latina and Assistant Professor of Media & Cultural Studies (my future job) Isabel Cristina Pinedo, author of Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing breaks down "Race Horror" in chapter five, but not prior to expressing some personal sentiments that requires our attention in the introduction:


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Found Online: Race & Horror

Here are more links to feed your inquiring minds on the topic of race in horror. While I grow weary of the 'black people die first' mantra in our cultural film milieu, I am open to any differing perspectives on the topic.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Candice Frederick's Horror Inspiration

Confession: I’ve always been a scaredy cat.  Even as a child, I’d watch horror movies with the blankets pulled over my face and tense up whenever the music became extra chilling. But I love scary movies. Blame it on the adrenaline rush, the idea of doing something by which I’m genuinely frightened, or something else, I am hooked on the genre.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Writer & Producer Veetra King's Horror Film, Twinge

Veetra King, better known as VeeVee, is the writer and producer of an upcoming indie horror flick Twinge. Twinge tells the tale of the lengths a woman would go to keep her family intact after her children are tragically taken from her in an accident. Veetra and her growing cast and crew are looking forward to a Summer 2014 release and the efforts of this promising film is definitely something to keep an eye on.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Inspirational Quotes: Author & Filmmaker Tiffany D. Jackson

"Looking back, my most serious projects were all horror/suspense films. It's just the genre I always felt I belonged to. Being a black filmmaker, you get a lot of pressure to make "poignant" films. But that's never been my passion. [Horror] is not an easy genre to belong to. But if I'm weird, I'll be [weird and] proud."


Monday, October 14, 2013

Interview With Dr. Robin Means Coleman, Author Of Horror Noire

Depending on the portions of horror film history that you hold dear to your heart, when imagining African American characters, it may be easy to think of only a scant few in horror films that held   your attention enough to make them symbols in your memory.

Dr. Coleman challenges us horror film aficionados to amplify our memories with her book, Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890's to Present. Just in time to usher in the Halloween season, Dr. Coleman took some time out of her busy back-to-school schedule to answer a few, burning questions I concocted about horror film scholarship in academia and Horror Noire to get at the heart of the importance of the book's perspective on race in the horror genre.


Friday, October 11, 2013

As Seen Online: Black Women In Horror

To get us started with what will hopefully turn into a nice chain of additional resources for inspiration:


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Why We Exist: A Call For Community

On August 1, 2013, I contributed an essay to the increasingly popular site Black Girl Nerds (BGN) titled, "Graveyard Shift Sisters: In Search Of Black Women Horror Directors":

Google is perhaps the most frequently used search engine and one would imagine to find any and all combinations of what even the modest of curiosities peak. I even tried Bing and several combinations (Black, African American, women, female, horror, directors, filmmakers). Either the World Wide Web is trolling me or the state of Black women directing horror films is a lonely, desolate highway.

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