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Graveyard Shift Sisters has become a valuable resource for artists and fans affirming the need and merit for fresh, diverse perspectives on Black women and women of color in the horror genre. Here are some ways in which to ensure that the visibility of these women continue to emerge from the shadows.


Create A Film Class Lecture

Teach a class, a workshop, or lecture on the history of horror films? Why not incorporate some Black horror history in your Powerpoint! Foundational background on Black women in horror films can be found here. In regards to Black horror films of the 1970s, we have quite a few posts unpacking its legacy from the Black final girls to institutional objections to the films.

Additionally, check out Black Horror Movies for additional historical insight that offers essays, lists, and film reviews.

Watch & Create Black Horror Film Screenings/Series

Freddy, Frankenstein, Dracula, Jason: this rag tag group of monsters and many more memorable icons in horror cinema are more than cool, but incorporating Black horror movies into the fold will enrich the experience of your audience. Start with this list and witness the kind of conversations that are sparked and which characters stick with you and the people you're watching with. Watching horror films with diverse casts and introspective themes will help shift discussions beyond token characters and their mortality prospects.

Read Critical Horror Film Theory/History by Women of Color

There is so much horror scholarship available now more than ever. With numerous published perspectives on the genre, themes can become repetitive under certain umbrellas such as feminist horror film theory. Race horror, and written work from women of color in horror emerges as a unique division that we want to see grow. Here are a few women of color in academia who are writing about the genre:

Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman

Searching for Sycorax: Black Women's Hauntings of Contemporary Horror By Dr. Kinitra Brooks

Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing by Isabel Cristina Pinedo

Finding the Humanity in Horror: Black Women's Sexual Identity in Fighting the Supernatural by Dr. Kinitra Brooks

Sycorax's Daughters edited by Kinitra Brooks, PhD., Linda D. Addison, and Susana Morris, PhD.

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