Women In Horror Series: “Hellraiser”

"I have seen the future of horror and his name is Clive Barker." So declared reigning horror master Stephen King upon the publication of Barker's first story collection, Books of Blood, in 1984. In the decades since Barker rose to prominence as one of the genre's best and most innovative creators, but he's immortalized for a specific contribution... Continue Reading →

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Women In Horror Series: “Black Christmas”

Murders on a holiday. A mystery man stalking women. Teenage girls trapped in a house. Sound familiar? The 1974 Canadian cult classic Black Christmas never reached the same level of recognition as the 1978 film that drew heavy inspiration from it - aka, John Carpenter's legendary Halloween. Both films eschew gore for suspense and utilize their low budget to... Continue Reading →

All Right, Y’all, Let’s Shout Out Some Of My Favorite Fictional Moms

Putting this haphazard list together spur of the moment only reminded me just how badly mothers lack decent media representation. The majority are either dead, too absent to matter, flawless inspirations without character, or evil corruptors. They’re, especially, almost all white, cisgender, heterosexual, and able-bodied. Sigh. Please tell me your favorites and any I’ve missed! Cordelia... Continue Reading →

Thomas Harris, Clarice Starling, and Me

The name Hannibal Lecter was a constant in my household. Long before I was cognizant of the context, I knew the infamous character and his creator, Thomas Harris, were held in reverence. My mom and sister vociferously devoured (pun intended) the 1981 novel Red Dragon and its fame-eclipsing sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, on... Continue Reading →

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