Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The House of Erzulie: African American Gothic

*From The Press Release

Historical Fiction Imbued with the Uncanny: Obsessions and Racial Guilt on an 1850s Plantation

The House of Erzulie tells the eerily intertwined stories of an ill-fated young couple in the 1850s and the troubled historian who discovers their writings in the present day. Emilie St. Ange, daughter of a Creole slaveowning family in Louisiana, rebels against her parents by embracing spiritualism and advocating the abolition of slavery. Isidore, her biracial, French-born husband, is horrified by the brutalities of plantation life and becomes unhinged by an obsessive affair with a notorious New Orleans vodou practitioner.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Exploring Black Femininity In Horror With Rhonda Jackson Joseph

Rhonda Jackson Joseph, a writer, editor, family woman, and educator from Texas imports in her online biography that the most intense, physical experiences she's had has prompted her foray into horror writing. It's no surprise that managing the unpleasant aspects of the human condition is sometimes best rectified by an investigation of why horror makes us tick. With published short story titles like “A Woman’s Work,” “To Give Her Whatsoever She May Ask,” and “Mama’s Babies,” is where Rhonda's intuitive nature in gender and reproduction as tangible terror sparkles.

Rhonda's critical analysis gets into Black femininity, vampires, and her fascination with the present-absence of Black femininity in Get Out. With this new knowledge in horror scholarship, Rhonda's been recognized on an international scale and has presented her researched theories across the globe. When her bags are unpacked, she's serving as an assistant professor of English at Lone Star College. Lucky for us, Rhonda was eager to discuss her love of horror combined with the importance of representation that extends to both fictional characters and real people that have provided the inspiration she found to confidently call herself a 'horror blackademic'.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Oh, The Horror Of Zombies & More With Author Denise Tapscott

San Francisco native and Supernatural defender Denise Tapscott has a degree in TV/Radio Broadcasting from San Francisco State University. She is the author of Gypsy Kisses and Voodoo Wishes, described as a "southern gothic, paranormal dark fiction novel" part of a triology series titled the Zenobia Tales. This fellow left-hander is also an actress, taking supporting roles like the web series The Vamps Next Door and certainly someone to keep an eye out for on future screens.

While currently working on a short story titled "The Price Of Salvation", Denise wanted a moment to talk about how travelling helps with writing, world building, and why zombie narratives are relentlessly evergreen.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Black Horror Films: Hair Wolf (2018)

What about zombies in hair salon? A Brooklyn-based artist/film director Mariama Diallo pondered once while staring at a street aesthetic I, and am sure others are familiar with: the lost hair extension that has lost its temporary head home drifting in the wind on the conrete. Mariama's boyfriend mistook the word "braid" for "brain", kicking off the association game that birthed her Sundance-winning (Grand Jury prize for Narrative Short Film), Hair Wolf.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Bringing Monsters To Life With Visual Artist Samara Barks

Originally from Detroit, Samara "Sam" Barks is an Art Insititute of Pittsburgh graduate, 2D illustrator/3D designer, and recent freelancer whose Instagram account is one, massive story about many things horror and roller derby accompanied by prints, convention appearances, the people she gets to meet, work with, and cares for with autographs from the likes of Robert England on her own work, inspired by his status as Freddy Krueger to shine on the results of her great work. Sam is the founder of Mixed Hues, LLC out of Austin, Texas where she provides custom fine art, graphics, and illustrations where you can additionally purchased work inspired by Stranger Things, Alien, The Evil Dead, Get OutHellraiser, and a wide variety of life's joys that include giving the side eye.

I love connecting with visual artists who dabble into horror art as well as fellow A Nightmare On Elm Street fans that I can obsess about the films over, so when Sam reached out, I really wanted to get to know the creative, ecclectic person who wants to bring more representation of women of color in roller derby, who has found her groove with convention boothing, and the critical emphasis on the combination of patience, creativitiy, and commerce to be successful at your craft.


Friday, March 2, 2018

Sycorax's Daughters Is Up For A 2018 Bram Stoker Award

*From The Press Release

Sycorax's Daughters, a horror collection of prose and poetry from 33 authors and published by Cedar Grove Publishing has been announced as a 2018 Bram Stoker Award Finalist in the area of fiction for Superior Achievement in Anthology. Sycorax's Daughters is the first anthology written exclusively by African American women and published by an African American woman-owned publishing house.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Going Where No Black Woman Has Gone Before With Scholar Diana Mafe

Professor, scholar, and gamer Diana Mafe is an explorer. As the author of Where No Black Woman Has Gone Before: Subversive Portrayals in Speculative Film and TV, she investigates how black female characters in speculative narratives became sociopolitical symbols of their time. Using black feminist theory, history, and psychoanalysis, Mafe makes the case for black women in 21st century speculative film and television in an attempt to decode if we're truly receiving fresher depictions in this post-Uhura renaissance. Mafe insists that there have been Black women characters in recent years that define what it means to be "primary and radical" in the cross landscape of Black womanhood, speculative storytelling, and representation.

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