(Black) Women in Horror Month: How What We Think Horror Is About Determines Who “Writes” It (Part 1)

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Please read this insightful and deeply important article from KC Redding-Gonalez

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When it comes to Horror written by “minorities”, one has to wonder: just what are we afraid of?

During this Women in Horror Month we cannot help but look to our most obvious problem: exclusion of writers of color – especially noticeable in the volume of work not-included in the Horror genre… So here we are also in Black History Month in the United States. And here the twain will meet…

Because the off-putting drive to keep contemporary Horror tied to the white Weird Fiction of Lovecraft and not let it breathe and grow is perplexing. The message is clear: keep it clean, guilt-free, and colorless. Write for that prepubescent white male and yet produce “original” fiction – just not too original.

Why is it we still believe that no one wants to read Horror written by women or writers of color? Why is it we still believe that there…

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12 thoughts on “(Black) Women in Horror Month: How What We Think Horror Is About Determines Who “Writes” It (Part 1)

  1. I read through but also bookmarked to read, again and again, simply because, while horror might not be my genre, there is one thingee that IS – and that is my absolute belief (thus far – I’ll let you know if it changes!) – – “most folks can stand anything as long as they never have to consider the possiblity of sitting with their own dark sides” – and I believe, horror genre fan or NOT – this shared post, RIGHT here – is such a prime example of it and I’ll have to clear my mind of my own ‘dark, cynical, ‘one line to explain my bias’ against both a genre and those who write it – simply because, I can’t bear to sit through reading horror when it abounds aplenty in every day life/society/systems – – I promise to report back when I’ve sat long enough with my own general genre biases long enough to fully hear what is being told – which, to me, is just another example of systemic, long supported, horror in everyday life, across so many, many spectrums – – but, I learned to sit with Grief – and those who write about it – thus, I can do this too! Thanks for the excellent inspiration to get me better at sitting with horror to listen to what it has to say – really – and not just what I THINK it’s really saying – –

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