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The Sisters Of Halloween

Dear Halloween film franchise,
I need(ed) you to do better. The other horror franchises of acclaim are not out of the woods when it comes to a variety of representation, but compared to some, your approach to casting any characters of color is abysmal. I guess it wasn't "safe" enough or not even a thought to discombobulate the neat narrative of suburbia's all-white occupancy. An essential thought that is woefully inaccurate.
There is no consistent way of summing up Black female representation in the franchise because it just passes the non-existent barometer of having any at all. There is a huge leap from one of the earliest roles in the franchise to the entertaining yet face palming latest (and hopefully last). It being Halloween season and all, these ladies needed a spotlight for a moment so they aren't forgotten in polite, proper context conversation.

Horror Hollywood's Unsung

Since beginning this venture, I have grown to be enamored by, respect, and admire the Black women in the horror genre who aren't highlighted enough in retrospectives and historical horror work. It's so important to know that these women have stories to tell and that there is an incredible life left to live if agents stop calling. The work they've demonstrated in genre film is truly memorable, and I'm relieved that there are more people going in depth to discuss the effort these women put forth in the entertainment industry. Beautiful, talented, visible,  you need look no further in asking if Black women's presence in horror has had any impact.

Black Women Horror Writers: Interview with Lynn Emery

By Eden Royce (@EdenRoyce)

This post is a bit of a deviation from my usual horror author posts.  But there is a reason. (At least there is this time.)
Lynn Emery considers her work to be in the thriller genre, and I agree with her assessment. The reason I wanted to feature Lynn on the Female Horror series of blog posts is due to how the media views the subject matter she writes about.
Voodoo, and those who practice it, is so often seen in movies and television as evil and frightening to the general public. So I felt that Only By Moonlight was the perfect title to read and review in order to present another side of the topic; one that places these practices in a positive light. For many people—some of my family included—conjure magic, hoodoo, and the like are a way of life. Maybe one that is not always understood by current writers and filmmakers. And because of that lack of understanding, these beliefs can be vilified and turned into fodder for horror books and movies.

Emery does it…

Interview with Teen Wolf Writer, Angela Harvey

By Takima Bly(@emma_fRhost2)
Teen Wolf is one of MTV's most popular shows. I love horror shows, but I must admit I was not interested in watching it until one of my most trusted “blerd” friends @_LoisLane and fellow writer convinced me to watch it. I loved it from the first episode I viewed! It has become bigger and better with each passing season. The show takes us on an adventure about a teenage werewolf and all the supernatural events he encounters.
Teen Wolf has a surprising amount of minority fans, but the show itself has limited people of color.