Just when you thought the list was over, 6 more Black Women in Horror!
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.
While we were busy putting together the list of 150 – we came up with 6 more!
Ava (Avie) M. Fields
Ava (Avie) M. Fields is a horror advocate and poet based in Boston. Her work positions horror as immersion therapy, an untapped resource for coping and prioritizing underserved communities/voices. In February 2023, she was awarded the Mass Cultural Council award for The Horror Advocate, a hybrid advocacy and equity resource project that meets inequities at their root rather than their symptomatic effect. She works to reframe and re-purpose traumatic content by developing innovative community response models that illustrate the transformative impact of blending horror film, equity, and compassion. The goal is to transform antiquated social structures that feed harm and starve survival. She blends horror advocacy work with a passion for prison reform, restorative justice, harm reduction, and investigating wrongful convictions. Her only wish is that people experience as much catharsis engaging with her work as she does by creating it. Twitter: @ahorroradvocate Instagram: @alycevoorhees
Writer, Actor, and YouTuber Tira Adams wrote Black Girls’ Hearts in a Poem (2011, Kani Publishing, Inc), an illustrated book of poetry along with Deanna Clark, and Shanta Duck Black. She was on Black Women Are Scary Podcast (Dusky Projects) She has created numerous video essays on black women in horror for her Mistress of the Imaginarium video blog on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/@mistressoftheimaginarium2698 She can be found on Instagram at @mistressoftheimaginarium and everyone else at https://lnk.bio/zojo/
Denise J Bryson
Author of the horror novels In The Footsteps Of A Killer (Artist Words Publishing), and A Thru Zach, Denise J Bryson started writing horror in 4th grade, with a short story “The Last Witch In Salem,” and is a member of Motown Writers & Michigan Literary Network and Horror Writers Association. oneblackrose.webstarts.com/
CA Wittman writes horror, science-fiction, and psychological thrillers. Her books include The Other Nadia Bisset, The Incarnation of Lydia Bisset, May Eve, Good Neighbors, Sleep Martyrs, The Ugly Girls’ Club, The Girl in the Garde, Her Last Memory, Milk, and her young adult horror novel The Curse of Sara Douroux. She also wrote Synanon Kid, a memoir about her childhood experiences with a cult leader who manipulated interpersonal experiences. She credits these experiences with themes that play out in her fiction regarding outlier communities, dystopian worlds, dogmatic religion, corrupt leaders and corporations, secret pasts, displacement, and fear of new science and technology. www.cawittman.com
Author of “Coiled at the Roots,” the short story prose narrative form preface to Vampire the Masquerade: Revelations of the Dark Mother by Phil Brucato, Rachelle Udell has written material for a number of horror, dark fantasy and fantasy table top role-playing games, including The Fallen Tower: Las Vegas (Mage the Ascension), The Orphan’s Survival Guide (Mage: the Ascension), Chicago by Night (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition), The Bitter Road (Mage: the Ascension), The Order of Reason (Mage: the Sorcerers Crusade), and The Mage Cookbook (a book of recipes related to Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
Octavia Grant is from Jacksonville, Florida. She discovered her love of creative writing and storytelling in 2002, at the age of sixteen. In December 2016, Octavia was signed to True Glory Publications. However, because she did not enjoy being “boxed in” or given storylines to write about, she made the choice to leave the company and became an Independent Author in November 2018. As an Independent Author, she has penned over 30 novels, been interviewed by Narrator iiKane, interviewed by Book Reviewer Tamara Walker of Tam Telling Tales, been Featured Author Of The Month for Eye CU Reading and Chatting Book Club and featured in WYB Lifestyle magazine. Octavia loves reader interaction and encourages her readers to follow her on social media: FB: Octavia Taneka Grant IG: Otaneka TikTok: Otaneka
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