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Black Women Horror Writers: Pheare Alexander

“I’ve met with a lot of people who think African Americans need to stay away from the horror genre…someone even said that people don’t want to read horror unless it comes from a Caucasian male. That said, I hope to change the face of horror. I hate to be told I can’t do something.”

From The Archives: The Call For More WoC In Horror Discussions

Former site Planet Fury had a great online resource for horror news, interviews, reviews, and general fan insight. The virtual community aggregate of the past, the message board may be a lost art in our Tumblr/Twitter golden age, but it remains a very thoughtful, viable resource for informative perspectives.
Years ago, a thread about "Women of Color in Horror" was started:

"Well I was thinking about this a lot being a Latina and a big fan of horror movies and still think I'm not represented a lot in the genre."

What this discussion at the very least does is open the floor for considering not only Latinx, WoC, and Black women in horror.

Race & Horror Resources

Here are more links to feed your inquiring minds on the topic of race in horror. While I grow weary of the 'black people die first' mantra in our cultural film milieu, I am open to any differing perspectives on the topic.

Candice Frederick's Horror Inspiration

by Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker)

Confession:I’ve always been a scaredy cat.  Even as a child, I’d watch horror movies with the blankets pulled over my face and tense up whenever the music became extra chilling. But I love scary movies. Blame it on the adrenaline rush, the idea of doing something by which I’m genuinely frightened, or something else, I am hooked on the genre.

Interview With Dr. Robin Means Coleman, Author Of Horror Noire

Depending on the portions of horror film history that you hold dear to your heart, when imagining African American characters, it may be easy to think of only a scant few in horror films that held   your attention enough to make them symbols in your memory.

Dr. Coleman challenges us horror film aficionados to amplify our memories with her book, Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890's to Present. Just in time to usher in the Halloween season, Dr. Coleman took some time out of her busy back-to-school schedule to answer a few, burning questions I concocted about horror film scholarship in academia and Horror Noire to get at the heart of the importance of the book's perspective on race in the horror genre.

Why We Exist: A Call For Community

On August 1, 2013, I contributed an essay to the increasingly popular site Black Girl Nerds (BGN) titled, "Graveyard Shift Sisters: In Search Of Black Women Horror Directors":
Google is perhaps the most frequently used search engine and one would imagine to find any and all combinations of what even the modest of curiosities peak. I even tried Bing and several combinations (Black, African American, women, female, horror, directors, filmmakers). Either the World Wide Web is trolling me or the state of Black women directing horror films is a lonely, desolate highway.