Wednesday, October 30, 2013

As Seen Online: The Power of Horror Authors, Black & Female

Pheare has a face. And it's... this cool-looking, promising new fiction author by the name of... Pheare! Author Pheare Alexander's first novel, Str8 Laced, which was published in 2010 has gained its fair share of buzz. Check out her website, interviews, and reviews in the hyperlinks provided above!


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Women of Color in Horror: More Discussions

Planet Fury is 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 today, 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.

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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:

"Like others before me, my choice of book topic is intimately connected to who I am--a feminist and an avid horror fan--a combination some might regard as an oxymoron. Nevertheless, it is precisely my conflicting and evolving interests that have led me to treat this as an important topic of intellectual inquiry. Prior to my realization that the relationship between feminism and cinematic horror is an uneasy one, my interest in the horror film was strictly recreational...I am interested in understanding why the genre is such a powerful source of pleasure for me and for others, but especially for women. What does this say about us? How does it help us understand the social world in which we live? How does it help us to develop strategies for bringing about progressive social change?"

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

As Seen 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.

First To Die: Evil Dead & Blackness in Horror by Joshua Alston, The Feminist Wire, April 13 2013

"It's a shame that the topic of blackness in horror has been written about so scarcely, given how rich a discussion it is...The horror universe is one in which black characters are seldom afforded the opportunity for survival, heroism, or love."

Why Don't Black Filmmakers Make Horror Movies? by Ayanna Guyhto, Yahoo! Voices, February 24 2011

"Black people love horror films as much as the next person. But this is a film genre dominated by other ethnic groups. Sure, black people are in many great mainstream horror films. But their presence within the genre has always been slight."


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Monday, October 21, 2013

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.

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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.


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Quote of the Day

"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."

-Filmmaker Tiffany D. Jackson on  the difficult task of receiving recognition as a female horror filmmaker, and as an African American female horror filmmaker, the obstacles are multi-layered.

Source: Hannah Neurotica, Horror Show: Women Horror Directors to Watch, Bitch Media, October 8 2010
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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.

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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 a 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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