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Black Women Horror Writers: Interview with Linda Addison

By Eden Royce (@EdenRoyce)

I’m always on the lookout for great writing to fill my to-read shelves. Whenever I come across another Black woman author and her dark fiction, I rejoice. Once I’ve read her work—and sometimes before—I reach out to make contact and to add her to my social networks. But even though our numbers are growing, it’s important for horror authors of color to boost the signal for each other, best achieved by reading and reviewing each other’s work.
This time, I’m featuring the work of poet and author Linda D. Addison. She is also the first Black woman to win the Horror Writer’s Association’s Bram Stoker Award® for excellence in horror. And it is well deserved. I read Addison’s How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend, a collection of poetry and prose.
Mastery of the poetic form is something that has eluded me, even in my school years. Addison’s poetry is somehow simultaneously visceral and melodic. Her command of meter is ideal for dark poetry and the result…

Interview With Macabre Make-Up Artist, Somica Spratley

A visual makeup artist with dark, alluring fantastical appeal, Somica Spratley is on the path of being one of the makeup arts most standout legends. As Birmingham, Alabama's Birmingfamous, Somica's resume cuts through film and print from The Hospital(2013) to Prysm Magazine's "For The Love of Horror". The optics of seeing a Black woman create her own rendition of Elvira or Trick 'r Treat's Sam is astounding. I imagine there isn't a groundswell of women of color pounding the pavement in the division of makeup artistry where Somica resides. It's one of the reasons why I was eager to pick her brain about her work and of course, horror in general.

Interview With Horror Journalist Tamika Jones

It's really important to see women of color working in the horror industry with well-known outlets. One day while doing some idle research on one of my favorite news sites, Daily Dead (now headed by the inspirational Heather Wixson), I stumbled across the name Tamika Jones who has been a Daily Dead staffer for the past seven years. With help from the Real Queen Of Horror, we were able to sit down and talk many things horror: writing, more opportunities for women of color as well as American remakes vs. the original foreign films.


Black Women Horror Bloggers

Blogging is known in many forms; a creative outlet, business, book foundation, news source, or all the above. When you're putting love into it, the hard work alone is rewarding, its lasting impact, astounding. In the spirit of creating a consistent brand in the most do-it-yourself way possible, having a blog means you're thinking on your toes even when you're sleeping. 
The online horror community fits right in to these sentiments. And while those engaged know where to go for their news, I'm not confident that the majority are aware that women of color are building their own body of meaningful work to add to the variety of perspectives horror has always thrived upon. Below are five older and newer Black women horror bloggers out there to cape for. 
Wicker Girl: Welcome to my World of Horror

Writer Helen Oyeyemi's Haunting Tale Of Beauty, Horror, & Race

By Rochelle Spencer (@rochellespencer)

If you’re a woman who has ever squeezed her feet into high heels, spent a Saturday in the hot, chemically scented air of a beauty parlor, or had hot wax poured then ripped off some of her more sensitive areas, then you’ll immediately recognize the theme of Helen Oyeyemi’s novel boy, snow,bird: beauty and horror are all intertwined. The literary critic Wolfgang Kayser once described how the grotesque the images that repel and repulse us grow even more horrifying when juxtaposed with the sublime, those images we exalt. It’s no coincidence that Oyeyemi does the same.

Audre's Revenge Film Collective

Chicago native and artist Monika Estrella Negra has recently launched an exciting new film production collective with a keen focus on queer women of color accurately titled, Audre's Revenge. I couldn't possibly articulate a description of this space the way Monika already has in such a clear, direct manner. Her words echo many long held sentiments by women of color who love the horror genre and who have worked tirelessly to etch out a network for themselves and their interests: