150 Black Women in Horror Part 7 (Jackson – Knight)

February is African American History Month here in the United States. In 2013, when this series began, it was also Women in Horror Month (WiHM) which is now celebrated by many in March during Women’s History Month. In 2013, as an Ambassador for Women in Horror Month, Sumiko Saulson put together the original book 60 Black Women in Horror at the the intersection of the two. Over the next five years, the world of women writing horror from the African Diaspora nearly doubled. and 100+ Black Women in Horror, a 2018 update, containing 109 biographies, was born. Now, in 2023, five years after 100+ Black Women in Horror, with the assistance of Kenya Moss-Dyme the list is once again being updated, to include over 40 new names compiled in a new book, 150 Black Women in Horror.

Here is the combined list of 150, listed alphabetically, in batches of 10. Here are the seventh 10 of them.

Tish Jackson

Tish Jackson wrote “The Love of a Zombie Is Everlasting” for the horror anthology Whispers in the Night (A Dark Dreams Anthology #3), and the short story “Cheaters” for the horror anthology Sycorax’s Daughters. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from an HBCU in New Orleans. She is working on a short story collection about tales of love gone awry.


Tiara Jante

Tiara Janté is a Locus Award-winning and Hugo-nominated author, journalist, and national bestselling ghostwriter. She specializes in writing Black centered, character-driven stories that weave the fantasticism of speculative fiction with the realities of the past, present, and future. Her characters are created to reflect the authentic and multilayered dimensions of Black people, their traditions, and their experiences in America. A staunch advocate for amplifying Black voices through media, Tiara frequently collaborates with other Black creatives to help bring their stories to life. Her work spans the gamut of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. Tiara has a BA in English & Literature from Muhlenberg College and she defends for a MA in Professional and Digital Media Writing from East Stroudsburg University in 2023. Presently, Tiara resides in the metro Atlanta area with her children. Connect with her on FB, IG, & TikTok: @iamtiarajante or at tiarajante.net.

Valjeanne Jeffers

Author of the Immortal erotic horror series, which includes Immortal, Immortal 2: The Time of Legend, Immortal 3: Stealer of Souls, and Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds. She is also the author of The Story of Eve (nonfiction); The Switch II: Clockwork; Grandmere’s Secret and Colony. She is a member of the Carolina African American Writer’s Collective.


Jemiah Jefferson

The hero of nerdy black women everywhere, Jemiah Jefferson is like a superhero: comic book editor by day, author by night. She works at the editorial department of Dark Horse Comics. Her Gothic Horror series The Vampire Quartet begins in San Francisco with the adventures of Daniel Blum and then follows his extended vampire family across the ocean and back in time. It has been published in multiple languages.  


N.K. Jemisin

Science-Fiction & Fantasy author N.K. Jemisin won the Locus Award and has twice been short-listed for the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her dark fantasy The Killing Moon: death, dark magic, and a peaceful religious society with a creepy “angel of death” style mercy-killing squad with a dream blood addiction all add up to the kind of disturbing thought provocation associated with top-notch horror.


Delizhia D. Jenkins

Horror, paranormal, urban fantasy and paranormal romance author Delizhia Jenkins wrote the urban horror story Dark Moon’s Curse for Black Magic Women. She writes paranormal and paranormal romance titles under the name Delizhia D. Jenkins. Her titles include The Dark Royals Series, which includes Blind Salvation; The Vampire Hunter’s Academy Series, which includes The Darkness and The Reckoning; In the Light of Darkness, Viper: The Vampire Assassin, Into The Shadows, Sin: Daughter of the Grim Reaper, Nubia Rising: The Awakening, and Love At Last.


Alaya Dawn Johnson

Speculative fiction writer Alaya Dawn Johnson’s work of paranormal science-fantasy Moonshine gives us an alternate 1920′s New York that is crawling with blood-drug addicted vampire mobsters. Social activism isn’t enough to keep her protagonist Zephyr Hollis off the radar of a darkly seductive blood sucker named Amir. Its sequel is Wicked City. Zephyr works on outlawing the blood-drug Faust. 


Tenea Johnson

Dark futures dominate the landscape of Tenea D. Johnson’s speculative fiction. “The Taken” was her contribution to Dark Dreams III. Publisher’s Weekly dubbed the short story a “provocative meditation on revenge.” R/evolution, her science fiction dystopian novel, takes place in a future USA marred by stark class divisions, economic and racial divide and limited access to advanced new biogenics.


R. J. Joseph

Rhonda Jackson Garcia, AKA RJ Joseph, is an award-winning, Stoker Award™ nominated, Texas-based academic and creative writer/professor whose writing focuses on the intersections of gender and race in horror, romance, and popular culture. She has had works published in two fiction anthologies of Black, female horror writers, Sycorax’s Daughters, and Black Magic Women, as well as the 2020 Halloween issue of Southwest Review and The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Series. Her recent horror collection, Hell Hath No Sorrow like a Woman Haunted, was released by The Seventh Terrace in August 2022. Rhonda is an instructor at The Speculative Fiction academy and co-host of the Genre Blackademia podcast. When she isn’t writing, reading, or teaching, she can usually be found wrangling her huge blended family of one husband, five adult sprouts, six teenaged sproutlings, four grandboo seedlings, and one furry hellbeast who sometimes pretends to be a dog. 

Social media: @rjacksonjoseph or  www.rhondajacksonjoseph.com

Kish Knight

Kish Knight is a New Adult and Young Adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance and teen thriller author. Her forever goal is to create fun, escapist novels with characters of color or otherwise. She is the author of the following projects: the Dark-Inferno urban fantasy novels, the Returned urban fantasy series, the Immortal Blood young adult urban fantasy series, and the Senior Year young adult contemporary series. She has also the author of a middle grade novel, Our Crew PLUS boys! (under the pen name Cher Cabal). Her current round of busywork involves developing a plethora of design documents for her latest e-book series.



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