This month, Graveyard Shift Sisters is headed west for a fun, informative weekend at Geek Girl Con in Seattle from October 11 to 12 at the Washington State Conference Center! We're honored to have been invited to join a panel relating to horror fandom and women of color in the genre:
(Not So) Strange Appetites: Women And The Horror Fandom
Looking at cult classics and recent releases in film, television, and literature, the panelists will analyze the appeal of the horror genre to female fans. The discussion will touch on some classic and emerging archetypes in horror media, as well as the presence of women creating works in horror. More importantly, the panelists will look at what compels them to engage with the genre as fans, as media critics, and as women.
My panel mates: organizer Tanya F, Christina Ku, and Grace Moore
While brainstorming, it was suggested we provide resources for those who will be in the room as observers. Here are my recommendations:
BooksHorror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present
by Robin R. Means Coleman
Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing
by Isabel Cristina Pinedo
Articles available online
by Harry Benshoff
by Frances Gateward
by Manthia Diawara and Phyllis Klotman
In addition, this blog breaks down trends in horror with a slight focus on Black women in regards to historical presence in film, urban horror, vampires, werewolves, and more!
Films to watch
Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
Sugar Hill (1974)
Ganja & Hess (1973)
The People Under The Stairs (1991)
Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)
In addition, be sure to use the official Geek Girl Con hashtag (#GGC14) in any social media posts pertaining to your experience with these panels.
Looking forward to seeing you all who'll be attending!