I am a wildly negligent blogger. Often, I don’t post about topics because I figure that anyone who reads this blog is already fairly well-versed since we’re all part of the same community. We’re writers, for the most part — and a large chunk of the demographic reading this blog are in some way invested in dark fiction in one medium or another. We deal with bleak stuff. We know all about the Horror Writers Association, and the Stanley Hotel Writers Retreat, and if we’re ladies, well we definitely know about WiMH because we’re making efforts to represent ourselves and we take note of the projects that are striving to recognize the female presence in the horror industry.
Or at least, that’s what I usually assume when selecting blog topics. (I have a big list of blog topics — some more ambitious than other. Some I cringe at. Often, I go for the obscure rather than the obvious because that’s how my brain works.)
That’s not the case, obviously: the readership here comes from a variety of different backgrounds and are invested in a bunch of different things. In the effort to strive against redundancy, sometimes it’s the really obvious stuff I should be acknowledging because it needs a signal boost. Often, I feel like an idiot repeating the same thing everyone else is talking about, but the “everyone” in that statement is probably a smaller sliver than I imagine it to be.
I’m just a lowly blip on the radar, after all.
There are bigger blips making louder beeps out there, I’m sure, but at the end of the day, this is something that needs the acknowledgement and should benefit from the repetition:
About Women in Horror Month
Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre.
WiHM celebrates these contributions to horror throughout the year via the official WiHM blog, Ax Wound, The Ax Wound Film Festival, and with the official WiHM event/project database in February. This database—in conjunction with the WiHM social media fan base—actively promotes do-it-yourself annual film screenings, blogs/articles, podcasts, and any other form of creative media with the ultimate goal of helping works by and featuring women reach a wider audience.
This inclusive and positive movement is open to everyone, just as we believe the horror genre should be.
For more information, or to get in touch with us, visit our Contact page.
– from the WiHM website
I wanted to offer my thanks to the great women of horror who’ve inspired me, and send others to a few places run by women who kick some serious ass.
Accordingly, my post this week at The Midnight Society showcases a handful of horror blogs run by some amazing ladies, and I encourage you to check them out at the site:
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I’m indebeted to them as well as a bunch of others for continuing to inspire me and spur me onwards in my creative endeavours.
So: Ellen Datlow, Ania Ahlborn, Mary Wolstonecraft Shelley, Shirley Jackson, Anne Rice, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne Radcliffe, Charlaine Harris, the Bronte Sisters, Daphne du Maurier, Joyce Carol Oates, and so many others… Thank you.
Check out the website to find horror-related events near you to celebrate the long legacy of kickass female professionals in the horror industry.