Thursday, January 28, 2016

The 7th Annual Women in Horror Month is Coming February 2016!

Graveyard Shift Sisters is always proud to be a part of February's exciting Women in Horror Month festivities. This year, we wanted to begin by giving those who may not be familiar with the movement, an overview of its history, what to expect, and how you can take part!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Black Women Horror Writers: Interview with Tonya Liburd

I’m so happy to be back with Graveyard Shift Sisters this year doing interviews with women horror writers of color. This year, I want to expand this feature to include women of color who are directors, filmmakers, even editors. That brings me to my interview with Tonya Liburd, author, editor, and supporter of People of Color in dark fiction. I’ve had the privilege to chat with Tonya about on a number of writing and publishing topics and we’ve shared in process versions of our stories with each other.

When I asked her, Tonya readily agreed to an interview and I’m pleased to have her as my first Graveyard Shift Sisters interview of 2016.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Forsaken (2001): Movie Review

I'm a product of my generation in a sense that as a casual cinephile, I would watch all the mid to late 1990's teen targeted films and see the beauty in each. Especially the genre products. But I caught 2001's vampire tale The Forsaken just last year during an archive film binge marathon of sub-sub genres, so while I hopelessly defend unrewarded cinema, The Forsaken lies somewhere between awful and underground cult creation with a re-watch percentage. Here's the lowdown:

Strapped for cash, Sean (Kerr Smith) an editor for an independent film company takes an odd job driving a swanky car to southern California with a few rules but one that was made firm; no hitchhikers. Of course, along the way he loses his wallet and busts a tire, leaving him  he no choice but to pick up an insistent hitcher named Nick (Brendan Fehr) who has the money he needs to make up for the highly inconvenient mishaps.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

5 Questions With Horror/Sci-Fi Author V. H. Galloway

From her roots in Brooklyn, New York to Austin, Texas, I.T. veteran and author V.H. Galloway has had a fruitful existence with plenty of tales to share. Her work crosses oceans and time in settings, demonstrating her interest in multiple cultures as well as the fantastic. Her latest horror/sci-fi hybrid, The Un-United States Of Z is a trilogy series that even for non-zombie fans has been described as "tasteful insanity" in a most delightful manner:

In a near-future Los Angeles, Dr. Zen Marley is torn between two conflicting realities: his buried southern roots and his preppy west coast professor persona. He must travel home to face the reality of his mother's failing mental health. But he finds an aberration: a monstrous imposter wearing the rotted shell of his mother’s skin. In a twisted case of self-defense, he kills her, but not before he is also infected.

With his humanity eroding, Zen sets off on cross-country quest through a racially divided America to rescue his sister, find a cure, and stop the advance of the sentient flesh-eating army led by his highly intelligent, but psychotic former student.

Continuing our 5 Questions series below, Galloway talks horror favorites, why race plays a significant factor in The Un-United States Of Z and important steps to becoming a successful writer.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sci-Fi Sunday: Directory Of Black/African Speculative Fiction Writers

It’s not always easy finding books by newer and lesser known black Speculative Fiction (Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal) writers.  Beyond the lists of more well-known Black Speculative Fiction authors including Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, Nisi Shawl, Tananarive Due, N. K. Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, and L.A. Banks are more black women authors who write featuring black characters!

This list or “directory” was compiled with the intention of making it easier for readers to find some more books with black protagonists written by black women. The genre focus is Speculative Fiction in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Paranormal genres. (Graveyard Shift Sisters does an awesome job of featuring these women in horror already.)


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Presentations: Black Women in Horror Films from the 1930's-Present

Last November, I had the pleasure of presenting a historical overview of Black women in horror film history at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference. These regional divison gatherings display a massive range of scholarship in just about every corner of Liberal Arts/interdisciplinary studies with enthusiatic participants from fresh-faced undergrads to former grad students-turned-independent scholars like myself to long tenured, PhD holders.

Simply, you spend two or three days in a hotel lobby talking, listening, arguing, asking questions about the producer-distributor-conglomerate connection between the hesitancy of complex, non-white, straight characters in your favorite television and film texts and other wide-ranging topics. Needless to say, the program is always pretty lengthy.

Below is an overview as a guide for my topic that I presented and hope to improve upon for future use.
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