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 twelfth 10 of them.
Tonia Ransom is the creator and executive producer of NIGHTLIGHT, an award-winning horror podcast featuring creepy tales written by Black writers, and Afflicted, a horror thriller best described as Lovecraft Country meets True Blood. Tonia has been scaring people since the second grade, when she wrote her first story based on Michael Myers. She’s a World Fantasy Award Winner, and This is Horror Award runner-up. She lives in Austin, Texas. You can follow Tonia @missdefying on all the socials. Risen is her debut book.
P.M. Raymond hails from New Orleans but currently lives on the East Coast with 27 cookbooks and an imaginary dog named Walter. You can find her enjoying a café au lait and indulging in the storytelling mastery of Shirley Jackson, M.R. James, Joe Hill, Tananarive Due, and manga maestro, Junji Ito. Her work has appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine, Kings River Life Magazine, Dark Fire Fiction, Pyre Magazine, The Furious Gazelle, Dark Yonder, and Rock, Roll, and Ruin anthology from Down & Out Books. Follow her on Twitter or find her at www.pmraymond.com.
Dia Reeves is a young adult horror and paranormal writer. Her novels Bleeding Violet and Slice of Cherry both are of dark fantasy/horror. They are marketed as Young Adult, but contain enough blood, sex and angst to make them inappropriate for younger teens. She has written short stories for the anthologies Defy the Dark and Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances. She wrote Rhymes With Vampire, a pairing of two short stories in the same universe as Bleeding Violet and Slice of Cherry.
Award-winning gospel singer Evie Rhodes is the author of several books in the urban fiction genre about the battle between Good and Evil. Her 2006 novel Criss-Cross is a psychological horror novel that pits Detective Micah Jordan-Wells against a dangerous serial killer who marks the bodies of the young women he murders with
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Her debut novel Voodoo Dreams, and her Marie Laveau Trilogy, Season, Moon, and Hurricane, which are based on the legend of famous New Orleans voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, tell terrifying tales of ritualized magic being used to enslave black women and create zombie-like Sleeping Beauties for a horrifying modern revival of the fetishizing quadroon balls. She has received the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Ninth Ward, and the American Book Award for Douglass’ Women. jewellparkerrhodes.com
She contributed the story “BLACKout” to Dark Matter: Reading the Bones. It is about reparations becoming a reality and the issues that might arise if it should. She has also contributed short fiction to Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, and ANANSI: Fiction of the African Diaspora.
Zin E. Rocklyn
Of Trinidadian descent, Zin E. Rocklyn (she/they) is a horror and dark fantasy author hailing from Jersey City NJ. A contributor to several anthologies, including a non-fiction essay in the Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine’s Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, the Joseph Pulver Award-winning writer is a graduate of 2017 VONA and 2018 Viable Paradise workshops. Their Nebula and IGNYTE-nominated, and Shirley Jackson award-winning debut novella Flowers for the Sea was published by tor.com in October 2021. You can follow them on Twitter at intelligentwat.
K T Rose
K.T. Rose is a horror, thriller, and dark fiction writer from Detroit, Michigan. She posts suspense and horror flash fiction on her blog at kyrobooks.com and is the author of a suspenseful short story series titled Trinity of Horror, an erotic thriller novel titled When We Swing, and A Dark Web Horror series. She also writes supernatural and paranormal horror novels and short stories.
Leone Ross was born in the UK and grew up in Jamaica. She is a three-time novelist, short story writer, editor and educator. The Guardian has praised her ‘searing empathy’ and the Times Literary Supplement called her ‘a pointilliste, a master of detail…’ Ross has taught creative writing for 20 years, up to PhD level. Her 2017 short story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway [Peepal Tree Press]includes erotica, body horror, Afrofuturism and fantasy elements. Her third novel, the magic realist This One Sky Day aka Popisho was published in 2021 [Faber & Faber/FSG] named a New York Times Editor’s Choice and nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Award and the Royal Society for Literature’s Ondjaate Award, among others. In 2022, she won the UK Manchester Prize for Fiction for a single short story, ‘When We Went Gallivanting’, the story of a high rise ‘ghetto’ building that dances across England. Ross is the editor of Glimpse: A Black British Anthology of Speculative Fiction, the first of its kind, published in 2022 [Peepal Tree Press].
You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Dark fantasy and paranormal fiction author Eden Royce has contributed short stories to over a dozen horror publications, and is the author of two novellas. Containment, her dark fantasy novella, is the compelling story of a power plant run by a quarter-demon named Feast that operates on energy supplied by the spirits of the dead. Her horror haiku “Devil’s Playground” is on the Strange Tales of Horror audio collection.