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5 Questions With Horror Writer Michelle Mellon

The core of Michelle Mellon's biography invokes a wealth of experience from her multiple stints in globe trotting and personal relationships. One can guess, the connection between her written anthology, Down by the Sea and Other Tales of Dark Destiny has a connection in the way she introduces herself to the reader as this collection of thirteen dark stories lament over the anxiety of faith, reason, and destiny. Michelle's approach to horror is heavy on the psychological element, as the feeling of instability makes many people squirm. Personally, it makes me physically ill which speaks to how much horror can creep into our everyday lives.

Black Women Horror Writers: Interview With Dicey Grenor

By Eden Royce (@EdenRoyce)

Sex-positive horror.

Blood lust.
Um… regular lust.
And narcolepsy.
I’ve just described Sleepy Willow’s Bonded Soul, the first book in Dicey Grenor’s The Narcoleptic Vampire series.
Aren’t vampires done to death? Not at all. And most horror lovers of color agree: we want to see ourselves reflected in the previously pale, translucent-skinned bloodsuckers. We want to be represented in vampire lore because vampires were at one time, human like us, with all the failings and foibles of the same. And taking people of color out of the vampire equation isn’t going to cut it.

Horror Blackademics: The New Black Vampire

"Daywalkin' Night Stalkin' Bloodsuckas: Black Vampires in Contemporary Film"
Written by Frances Gateward

Genders OnLine Journal, Issue 40 (2004)

Thesis: The construction of the vampiric and their qualities are figures of a creators expression of a personal or shared (cultural) anxiety. From AIDS to women's sexuality, there is nothing that is feared that hasn't been made manifest by some monster or monstrous form on screen. In "historically one of the most racially exclusive" genres, Gateword seeks to examine the direct approach to race in horror along with the intersections of gender and vampirism; how they all work to revise the genre and provide a critique of racial and prejudicial cultural norms.

Writing Horror Made For The Screen With Jean Nicole Rivers

Jean Nicole Rivers has a vision. With the clarity of an AMC Original Series, I began to see her book series, Black Water Tales simply by reading the description. My introduction to her art was no disappointment. On top of mounting her presence in literary horror; a third place runner-up at 2013's National Black Book Festival for Best New Author and many more, the successful aesthetics of her digital resume and interconnected themes in her work is an abyss of mystery in the shadows and light heralded by her brave protagonists. The Florida International University grad lives in Houston where Rivers reports that the horror scene, if it exists, is "not a large one." So she spends some of her down time "living for the release of the latest seasons of Netflix’s Black Mirror and Season 4 did not disappoint."