Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Searching for Sycorax: Black Women's Hauntings of Contemporary Horror


It tends to begin with a novel, or a comic book, someone on a screen. In the most extreme of circumstances or prosthetics, one character makes an indelible impression on our soft, youthful sensibilities. That one in horror is the pinnacle of overstimulation. Our imaginations run rampant; distorting truth and creating a reality that shakes our sense of safety to its very core. Yet, through terror, we are still here. Physically unscathed by what the screen makes possible. And for a little black girl in Louisiana, solving the equation of Grace Jones' alluring presence in 1986's Vamp was the spark that gives us "the first sustained critical examination of black women in contemporary horror," ever.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Yuletide Terror: New Anthology Book & International Screening Tour This December!




*From The Press Release

For many, Christmas is an annual celebration of goodwill and joy, but for others, it’s a time to curl up on the couch in the dead of winter for a good old-fashioned fright. The festive holiday season has always included a more somber side, and scary tales of child-stealing demons to ghost stories told ‘round the fireplace go back to pre-Christian celebrations. These long-standing traditions have found modern expression in the Christmas horror film, a unique and sometimes controversial subgenre that cheerfully drives a stake of holly through the heart of cherished Christmas customs.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Call For Submissions To Black Magic Women


Women listed in the 80 Black Women in Horror Fiction reference book are welcome to submit new short stories to a will-be-published by Mocha Memoirs Press anthology series, Black Magic Women: 20 Terrifying Tales By Scary Sisters curated by author Sumiko Saulson.

Theme: Black Magic Women.

These stories should include centralized, complex black women characters. We are actively seeking stories with diverse characters that are more than tokens and sidelined to secondary or villainous roles. Magic in the title refers to Black Girl Magic. Stories referencing that in some way is a bonus challenge to potential picks. Stories do not necessarily have to incorporate magic, but incorporating some sort of magic practice or object into your storyline are stories that will be especially considered. We want your best, polished, and ready to publish work that's fresh and invigorating to the universe of genre fiction.

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