The inaugural issue released on October 27, 2016, The Feminine Mystique Redux features "how women navigate the genre of horror, specifically through the prism of neurosis." SVLLY(wood) welcomes the voices of the marginalized in film criticism and visual arts who run on an autonomous yet edible standard of prose. Forever elated to see the terrain of horror and academia collide with new work, I reached out to Rooney soon after this launch to learn more about the Black woman running this ship and why horror echoes in her consciousness.
What is your first memory of discovering your interest in the horror genre?
My earliest memory was watching Child’s Play (1988)! I woke up in the middle of the night and watched pieces of the film from the staircase as my older siblings sat around the television watching Chucky and his insane shenanigans. I vividly remember being caught and my mom putting me to bed and telling me I was way too young to watch the film but alas - the seed was already planted. My first taste of horror was through a voyeuristic lens which is so congruent with the genre, it’s truly the only medium of movies that thrills me which is why I deem it the most emotionally accessible template of cinema.
How would you describe SVLLY(wood) magazine to anyone who may be interested in why you choose this name for your publication?
SVLLY(wood) magazine is a new experimental print and digital publication geared toward curating a new kind of cinephilia, through diverse themes and prisms of ideology and aesthetic. SVLLY roughly translates to socialist vérité underpinnings of a new style of film writing.