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 fourteenth 10 of them.
C.C. Spivey is the author of the vampire novel Reborn. It is about an African vampire, Tytarion, who rescues Mayan, an African American runaway slave of mixed heritage, from the evil plantation master who is her father. He turns Mayan into a vampire and nurses her back to health in hopes that she will become strong enough physically to carry his immortal heir.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Member: HWA, SAG. Cherrae L. Stuart has worked for over a decade in broadcast television and as an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles. She lends her voice to many up and coming horror authors as a regular narrator for the Nightlight Horror Podcast, Pseudopod and Cast of Wonders, and the new hit, Horror audio-drama Afflicted. Cherrae has BAs from UNC-Chapel Hill in Dramatic Arts and Film/Television. She has several horror stories that have been produced for The Reading Horror Podcast and is the creator and head writer for the Dystopian Scifi Comedy Series Good Morning Antioch a pitch-black comedy space opera following a derelict mining ship as they navigate working for the MostEvil™ company in the Galaxy. You can listen to her latest horror short story 3115 Wicker Street on the NightLight Horror Podcast. She is currently shopping her first novel. www.CherraeLStuart.com
Tawanna Sullivan is one of the founders of Kuma2.net, a website that encouraged black lesbians to write erotica. She was raised in Baltimore with a solid foundation in the Baptist church and 80s horror movies. Her short stories have been featured in various anthologies, including Forever Vacancy, Iridescence: Sensuous Shades of Lesbian Erotica, Swing! Adventures in Swinging by Today’s Top Erotica Writers, and Life, Love & Lust. Currently living in New Jersey, Tawanna is working on her first novel and finding new ways to make her wife laugh.
Denise N. Tapscott left her heart in San Francisco, but somehow managed to leave her soul in New Orleans. She enjoys dining on spicy tuna rolls, sharing a bottle of red wine with friends, and watching the latest monster flick, and from time to time this radiant left-handed pirate will even challenge others to a fencing match. She recently joined the podcast Beef, Wine and Shenanigans with Steven Van Patten, Marc Abbott and Kirk A Johnson and can be seen as “Tasha” on the YouTube web series The Vamps Next Door. She published her first novel Gypsy Kisses and Voodoo Wishes as well as the short story The Price of Salvation. She’s currently working on a collection of short stories called The Friends and Foes of Zenobia and a sequel novel, Enlightening of the Damned. Find her on Twitter: @DeniseNTapscott, Instagram:@piratesunny, Facebook: @TheDeniseNTapscott. www.denisetapscott.com
Sheree Renee Thomas
Ledig House/LEF Foundation award winning author Sheree R. Thomas is the reason many of the women on this list are here: her innovative and game-changing and multiple award winning Dark Matter series is one of the most influential anthologies of African American speculative fiction to date. Her work, “Black River Ritual” received Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2003). www.shereereneethomas.com/
Tabitha Thompson is an African American horror writer from Florida. Her first short story “Heading West” was picked up by Sirens Call Publications in 2013 for their online magazine Issue #12: Dead And Dying. “West Nile” was released in 2014 also with Sirens Call Publications for their Issue #16: Apocalyptic Fiction. She has released several horror short stories and flash fiction. Her latest release, “Decency Defiled,” a workplace based horror short story, was released through J Ellington Ashton Press as part of the anthology titled Rejected For Content 6: Workplace Relations. tabithathompson391.wordpress.com
Tamika is a writer, producer, and journalist. She is author of speculative fiction collection, Unshod, Cackling, and Naked (Unnerving Books), which Publishers Weekly calls “powerful,” “unsettling,” and “terrifying,” as well as author of horror novella Salamander Justice (Madness Heart Press). Her work has appeared in several speculative fiction anthologies as well as in Interzone, Prairie Schooner, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Southern California. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find her on Twitter and Slasher @tamikathompson and at tamikathompson.com.
Lori Titus is the author of Lazarus, Hunting in Closed Spaces, Blood Relations, The Bell House, and several other novels and novellas in the dark speculative fiction realm. Her Afrocentric paranormal Marradith Ryder series is about Sojourner: a slayer or hunter tasked with seeking out and addressing supernatural threats like shape-shifters, demons, and warlocks. loribeth215.wordpress.com
Bessie Head Literary Award and Black Crake Books Award winning author Tlotlo Tsamaase from Goborone, Botswana writes sci-fi and horror short stories and poetry rife with sub-textual messages regarding black woman’s struggle. Her works include the Rhysling Award nominated “I Will Be Your Grave;” “Sebeteledi Holds the Dead (from the anthology An Alphabet of Embers); “The Palapye White Birch;” and “Virtual Snapshots.”
Tanesha Nicole Tyler
Spoken word poet Tanesha Nicole Tyler wrote the horror poem “Polydactyly” for Sycorax’s Daughters. Her talk “My Art is Active: Exploring Social Activism through the Spoken Word” uses spoken word and is available through Westminster College SLC on Youtube. Two of her poems were published in Ink&Nebula Poetry Magazine. Her poems include “This Body” and “Afterparty.” Tanesha Nicole attended competitions at both the regional and national level including Utah Arts Festival, CUPSI, IWPS and the Women of the World Poetry Slam where she placed 9th out of 96 poets.