Monday, June 17, 2013

Women in Horror

I am a huge advocate for women in horror. One of my favorite panels at the 2011 ZomBcon touched on this topic. Horror is a genre that would not exist without women as creators, characters and fans.

Thanks to Tom Piccirilli (not a woman, as you may have guessed by the name, but one of my favorite authors), I came across  this article from Apex Publications. Check out the list of female authors writer Robert Brouhard mentions:

"Some of the great women authors that Cemetery Dance has published outstanding horror writing from include (in random order): Daphne Du Maurier, Rain Graves, Gemma Files, Julianna Baggott, Nancy A. Collins, Lucy Taylor, Lisa Morton, Elizabeth Voss, Sarah Langan, Melanie Tem, Nancy Holder, Barb Hendee, Anke Kriske, Lisa W. Cantrell, Janet Fox, Kim Antieau, Lisa Lepovetsky, Holly Newstein, Elizabeth Voss, Sophie Littlefield, Lisa Tuttle, Elizabeth Massie, Karen Heuler, Sarah Monette, Charlee Jacob, Loren Rhodes, Michelle Scalise, Sèphra Girón, Sherry Decker, Nancy Kilpatrick, Yvonne Navarro, and Elizabeth Engstrom."

Way to go, CD!

 This would be a great time for me to mention some of my favorite women in the field.

Vuckovic first came to my attention as a contributor then editor-in-chief of Canadian horror magazine Rue Morgue. She's gone independent now and released Zombies! An Illustrated History of the Undead in 2011 and will have Vuckovic's Horror Miscellany out this fall. In between, she is applying everything she's learned about horror to her own films, including The Captured Bird, Self-Portrait and the now-filming The Guest. 
Seriously, what would horror--or English-language literature in general--be without Frankenstein? My world, and yours, would be quite different, I'm sure. If nothing else, I'd have one less T-shirt and wouldn't have been able to buy my son a plush Frankenstein's monster.

Cindie Geddes
You will find this amazing woman's horror stories under the name CC Geddes. She had a story in the anthology Robert Bloch's Psychoes for crying out loud. I was lucky enough to participate in a workshop with Geddes when I lived in Henderson, Nevada. Along with Judith Harlan, Geddes started Lucky Bat Books which you should check out.

Mary Lambert
After directing music videos for Madonna, including Like a Prayer, Lambert helmed Pet Sematary and its sequel. Awesome, right?

I could go on and on, but I'd rather give you a turn. Who are your favorite Women in Horror?


  1. I think an obvious one here would be Anne Rice. Perhaps too obvious to mention? ;)

    However, when I think of women in horror (not necessarily literature,) my mind turns immediately to Kathy Bates in Misery. Sure, she didn't write it; but she certainly made the role her own. I'll never forget the calm and simple way she went about swinging that sledgehammer.

  2. Rice was going to be the next one on my list before I decided to leave this open for others.

    And we'll never, EVER forget Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes. Rarely has anyone captured the essence of a character as well as Bates did.