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Roundtables, Panels Wanted! Let's Talk Black Women In Horror

Horror has given me confidence... That statement was probably the biggest takeaway as I sat on a stage with other brilliant 'women in horror' due to a film screening I put together to celebrate female horror directors. I spoke horror's positive impact on my life into existence. As a Black woman.

Horror Author Faye McCray's Belts: The New Zombie Narrative

My genre literature consumption journey has been downright pathetic. I've always leaned more towards non-fiction and theory which has both paid off and is enjoyable, but very rarely allows me to put down the highlighter and pen. Although sparse, in the past few years I've gained more of an interest in doing the very thing I was too bitter to do in high school with all my disconnect from "canonical" works and way too busy for as an undergrad in college and pick up fiction by authors I truly wanted to support.

5 Questions with Filmmaker Lary Love Dolley

Actress/writer/model/vocalist/DIY filmmaker Lary Love Dolley , a.k.a. "The Evil I" caught my eye when we connected on Twitter via her micro-blog,  Blood of Ganja  where she highlights Black women in horror in similar fashion to our Tumblr site . Exciting things are happening for Dolley as one of hardest working emerging scream queens/screenwriters in the horror industry. Dolley has made appearances in many mediums from Grindcore & Punk bands, independent films, magazines to TV notably HBO's Treme .  Additionally, she had a part in The Butcher , a short horror film by Filmbalaya Films and her latest self produced film Ectoplasm has recently been submitted to the Grolsch Film Works Short Festival.  The way Lary puts it,   " ...people need to seriously recognize that black women are not a monolithic group regardless of what the media constantly attempts to perpetuate. That is why we have to tell our own stories. " Great minds think alike!

#SciFiSunday: A Look At The Novel, Divergent

By Takima Bly  ( @emma_fRhost2 ) Book: Divergent Synopsis: A dystopian society is divided into five factions, in which each contributes a part to maintain balance. At the age of 16, you get to choose whether to stay in the faction of your parents or choose your own, but you must past initiation first. The story centers around a girl named Tris who decides to leave her family’s selfless faction to join a more risk taking faction called Dauntless. The new initiates for Dauntless must go through tests to prove their bravery, fighting skills, management of fear, and overcoming their worst nightmares. During the trials, Tris starts to realize something different about herself opposite from her peers.

Race, Vigilantism, & "Zombies" In Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs

Horror's true effectiveness is executed when its busy making us uncomfortable in our comforts. The everyday and mundane that lures us into a false sense of security can become the very sight of anxiety. Wes Craven's mission as a storyteller early on was to do exactly this. And I appreciate that. He does so with a certain complexity and I think his sleepers don't get the attention they deserve. And I admit that some of them have taken me awhile to get to and that while like any filmmaker, his body of work suffers in some areas. 1991's The People Under The Stairs is not a film I grew up watching strangely. How this one slipped into the cracks of my mum's VHS collection is some kind of freak accident. So I went into a viewing with no nostalgic childhood memories.

5 Questions With Horror Fan Cassie

Cassie is an almost 32 year old just-married horror fan living in the Midwest who has loved the genre for as long as she can remember.  She actually got her husband Bryan to become a genuine fan as well, even though he initially said he "loved horror movies" when they first started dating, a lie exposed when they finally sat down to watch a horror movie together and he was cringing and cowering in his seat the entire time. It was Zombieland in case you were wondering. Yup.

Tara: True Blood vs. The Sookie Stackhouse Novels

By Takima Bly   ( @emma_fRhost2 ) Tara is the sassy and strong minded best friend of Sookie in HBO’s True Blood television series centered on vampires in the south. The True Blood series was derived from The Sookie Stackhouse Novels , but detoured from most of the book’s concepts. There are a lot of elements that differ from the show to the book including the timeline of events and character traits. One of the major differences is Tara. First off, in the books, Tara is Caucasian with an olive complexion and black hair. The Tara we see being portrayed in the TV show is a dark complexion African American female. In the show, Tara is introduced in the first season, but in the books, s he is introduced in the second book, Living Dead in Dallas . In the books, Tara opens up a clothing store called Tara's Togs, but on the show, she worked as Merlotte's restaurant bartender before Pam employs her at Fangtasia , as a bartender and dance r.

Black Women Vampires in Film

Needless to say, vampires have an infinite history in folklore and the popular imagination. Often metaphors for infection, addiction, opulence, and burgeoning anxieties about the presence of the unfamiliar like many mythical monsters, vampires add an additional lure that embodies something to be desired and/or envied for as many reasons as there are films and books on them. Black female vampires have been depicted in a variety of ways that map the history of Black women's negotiation with intersectionality. I decided to look at one well-known character from each decade beginning with the 1970s, deciding that each character forms a narrative about how we possibly see Black female identity, even within ourselves. The 70s: A Promising Beginning

The Hue of Gloom: True Blood’s Tara & Symbolic Representation

While having a discussion with an ex- co-worker about our laundry list of issues with the treatment of Tara Thorton from HBO's True Blood , I thought about the very touchy subject of colorism and semiotics in popular culture. But for the sake of time, sanity, and attention retention, I'm working with an approach that is hopefully profound, yet (somewhat) brief. Tara, executed strikingly and hypnotically by Rutina Wesley , has arguably had it the roughest on a series whose very lifeforce is over-dramatization with a heavy dose of all things supernatural. With that being said, I think an examination of its religious implications (or lack thereof) would be easier than what I'm about to tackle.