I will tell you a little bit about me. Growing up, my mother was a huge fan of the show Dark Shadows. I'd come home from school, and we'd watch it together. On Saturdays, it was Chiller Theater, with old Hammer films and movies loosely based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe.
As I got older, she'd let me read her paperbacks from Stephen King and Peter Straub.
I cannot speak for everyone, but horror just makes sense to me. How, you ask? Taking ordinary people and putting them in peril, what could be better? Of course there aren't any monsters under the bed (right?), but what would you do if there were...
That's always been the question for me. As I got older, I wanted to make up my own stories, too. I wasn't a boy like Poe, and King, and the rest, but as I read more from people like mary Shelly and Anne Rice, I realized I didn't have to be.
And this is the important idea behind Women in Horror Month, Black History Month, and all the others. Yes, in a perfect world, we shouldn't need these things, but we need the reminder that 1) you don't have to be a white guy to make art, or anything else, and 2) everyone, and I mean everyone, benefits when more people of different backgrounds joins the party.
I'll get into this more as the month progresses. Feel free to jump in, but remember to play nice.
For the month of February, I'll be posting my thoughts on women, writers, and horror, both as an author in the genre and as a life-long horror fan.
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