Posts Tagged "women of horror"

Women of Horror: Why I Love Jennifer Pelland

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Women of Horror | 0 comments

I suppose I should have titled this blog post something like “Why I Love the Works of Jennifer Pelland,” because otherwise people might think I’m talking about the person and not the writer and her works. Or perhaps I should have gone the other way and called this blog post “Nominate Machine and ‘Sacrifice’ for the Hugo,” because by the time you’re done reading it, I hope you’ll feel that way. But maybe that would have been too on the nose. I should disclose from the beginning that Jen and I are friends. We became friends years ago when I mistook her for Vonda McIntyre online (no, really; Jen had taken over a SFWA email address for Vonda) and a few months later Jen made...

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Women of Horror: Four Frighteningly Talented Artists

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Women of Horror | 2 comments

I recently went to the Experience Music Project’s horror exhibit, Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film. It was, to use the academic term, totally boss. There was a sign there that explained the difference between fear and horror; I’m paraphrasing, but the sign more or less said that fear is the dread that something terrible might happen, and horror is the realization that it already did. To quote the illustrious Chazz Michael Michaels, “Yikes.” In honor of Women of Horror Month, here are four women whose creations bring me fear, and then horror, and then admiration for their wonderful, terrible skill. Four Women Who Bring Fear, Horror,...

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Women of Horror: Okay, But Who ARE We?

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Women of Horror | 2 comments

By Elizabeth Massie “We Are Strong, No One Can Tell Us We’re Wrong…” Raise your hand if you remember the raucous 1983 video of Pat Benetar’s “Love is a Battlefield”? Pat and all those other gals in the brothel turning on the pimp and dancing toward him like they are going to eat him alive. Same gals, then, pouring out onto the street in the night to exert their innate powers, kick some major ass, and show the world they won’t be ignored, trifled with, or put down and woe to anyone who tries. That is the attitude represented in some of the best of horror fiction written by women. The same energy, brashness, and fearlessness that seemed to have been, for a long while...

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Women of Horror: Misogyny and Schadenfreude: 400 Years of Treating Female Artists Badly

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Women of Horror | 5 comments

For Women of Horror month, I plan on using two big words today, and that’s two more than I’d use on a normal day. Of course, on a normal day most of my words just have the four letters in them, so it may not be that big of a stretch. Here it goes anyway. The two words we’ll be talking about today are “Misogyny” and “schadenfreude”. See, I told you they were big words. They are also indicative of some serious issues in the world, some that have been around for centuries. Misogyny + Schadenfreude. Now, just so that this old article of mine doesn’t go on forever (even though it will seem like it does), we’re really going to be talking about those two words as if they are...

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Women of Horror: The Heart of Horror (Happy Valentines Day!)

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Women of Horror | 0 comments

With February being “Women of Horror” month, I hope to have a momentary reprieve from list after list of horror’s greatest authors. Whenever I see a mention of such lists, I invariably cringe. I click on links, holding onto hope, only to have those hopes dashed time and time again. And why? The usual authors are always listed: Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James. You can’t deny their impact. They deserve to be included. But, more often than not, those same lists reveal a glaring absence of female authors. Sure, sure, you say, don’t get yourself in a tizzy. Those lists are only someone’s opinion. Sorry,...

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