Graveyard Shift Sisters currently operates as more of an archive of written work/scholarship on Black women in the horror (and sometimes science fiction) genre. Learn about Black women creators in the genre, other resources on the topic, academic breakdowns of intesectional speculative work and more!
How it started...
Tired of seeing Black women ignored in the space of horror, creator Ashlee Blackwell created this blog in order to talk about the contributions of Black women in the horror genre, beginning with Kristina Leath-Malin's work, My Final Girl and Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman's book, Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890's to Present. They were a few of the originators.
This space blossomed organically; evolving into something truly special, well supported, and a treasured resource for horror fans worldwide and those interested in Black history. I could not have imagined this several lifetimes ago back in October of 2013 when I was bored with my 9-5 and a bit directionless after graduating from grad school.
What does it mean...
The 'Graveyard Shift' refers to the symbolic meaning of it being the shift no one wants to work or, the night time where there ain't too many people around, seeing the work that's done during those hours that should be appreciated more for the day dwellers. Plus it sounds spooky!
And 'Sisters', the way sometimes Black women greet or refer to each other in an effort of solidarity.
Note: All written work, unless otherwise noted at the top and bottom of each post, is written by creator Ashlee Blackwell.