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 ninth 10 of them.
Author of the Amazon Bestselling supernatural thriller The Black Parade, about an alcoholic waitress who becomes a seer tasked with helping one hundred earthbound spirits to cross over into the afterlife. It is the first in a three book series along with She Who Fights Monsters and The Holy Dark. Of Cinder and Bone combines sci-fi, fantasy and horror when scientists learn to clone once-extinct dragons. The embryos are stolen by Yakuza, who mutate them, turning them into bloodthirsty, gruesome, malformed beasts. shewhowritesmonsters.com/
The author of Belly of the Mountain, and Back in the Belly of the Mountain, horror stories surrounding the havoc wreaked by the restless spirit of a slave haunting the East Kentucky mountains. She also wrote a short story for the Winter’s Chill horror anthology. www.facebook.com/AuthorDKMason
Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, second generation Caribbean, she has traveled widely in the US. In her long career in public policy in Washington, DC, in which she wrote policy statements, speeches, public correspondence and opinion pieces. Ellen is a life-long storyteller whose earliest tales were transcribed by her mother on scrap paper. Ellen’s career has taken her from the halls of the US Congress to boozey poetry slams. She has performed nonfiction memoir storytelling on the DC stage, occasionally making enough for cab fare home! Yes, she has performed at The Moth. Today, she is active in the San Francisco literary community. Founder of the Beta Readers and Writers Group, organizer of the Afrosurreal Writers Workshop and board member of the Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter Her short story Negrita is available now in the Midnight and Indigo 2 annual speculative fiction anthology. Twitter
McCray is author of Dani’s Belts, short horror collection on Kindle about a college student surviving the zombie apocalypse, and Boyfriend, a novel. Dani’s Belts is released in a series of installments such as “White Belt” and “Yellow Belt.” She has contributed to Madame Noire, Black Girl Nerds, Black and Married with Kids, and Rachel in the OC. www.fayemccray.com
Carole McDonnell is a horror, paranormal, sci-fi and inspirational writer. She is Jamaican but grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her books include Turn Back, O Time: and Other Tales of the Faes of Malku; The Charcoal Bride; The Daughters of Men; Wind Follower; My Life as an Onion; A Fool’s Journey through Proverbs; Scapegoats and Sacred Cows of Bible Study; The King’s Journal of Lost and Secret Thing; NO! Not the Deli!; Great Sufferers of the Bible; and Blogging the Psalms. She contributed short stories to the anthologies So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy; While the Morning Stars Sing: An Anthology of Spiritually Infused Speculative Fiction; Diversity Is Coming, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination:and Rococoa. She contributed “How to Speak to the Bogeyman” and “Terror and the Dark” to Sycorax’s Daughters. carolemcdonnell.blogspot.com/2
Dana T. McKnight
Dana T. Mcknight is a black, queer American speculative fiction and multimedia artist. Her disciplines include illustration, literature, sculpture, experimental sound, performance art, poetry and painting. She is the founder of Dreamland Art Gallery, an alternative art and performance space in Buffalo, NY and a Co-Creator for RIQSE (Radical Inclusive Queer Sex Education). She contributed the short story “Taking the Good” to Sycorax’s Daughters.
Violette L. Meier
Violette L. Meier is an Atlanta-based speculative fiction writer, poet, folk artist and published author of eight books. Tales of a Numinous Nature is a spine tingling collection of her short horror stories. She writes horror-tinged paranormal tales like Ruah the Immortal; The First Chronicle of Zayashariya: Out of Night; Angel Crush; and Son of the Rock. Her other titles include: Violette Ardor: A Volume of Poetry; This Sickness We Call Love: Poems of Love, Lust, & Lamentation; and Loving and Living Life. www.VioletteMeier.com
A writer of religiously inspired supernatural fiction, she is the author of a series of novels called Chronicles of Warfare, depicting the age old battle between good and evil, and individuals who fight to survive against demonic influences with the help of angels. She also wrote the short horror story “You Can Never Leave,” available electronically on Amazon. www.melindamichelle21.com/
The author of the adult vampire romance series Best Black Vampire Story, consisting of two books, The Best Black Vampire Story You’ve Ever Read; and Best Black Vampire Story – Bloodlust, Dangerous Secrets and Fatal Attraction. The first title is also available as an audio book. She has also written several non-fiction titles.
American short story writer L.H. Moore contributed stories to all three of the Dark Dreams paranormal horror and suspense anthologies. Her contributions included “Empty Vessel” (Dark Dreams), “Breath of Life” (Dark Dreams II), and “Flight” (Dark Dreams III). Her Dark Dreams II entry, ”Breath of Life” was mentioned on Beyond Victoriana (A Multicultural Perspective on Steampunk).
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