Tag: horror

Women in Horror Month

Enter, you. You’re a writer. You’re a horror writer. You’re a woman.

In Defense of The Price

I miss horror movies where every bet is off save for one eternal rule: The Price.

“Violet is the Color of Your Energy” [The Playlist]

As is appropriate for a story that’s a reworking of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space,” “Violet is the Color of Your Energy” is named after two songs centered on color: 311’s laidback, beachy “Amber,” and Hole’s angry, feminist “Violet.” I doubt that MRA… Continue Reading ““Violet is the Color of Your Energy” [The Playlist]”

A Walking Study in Demonology

As someone who is writing her own female villain, I would like to suggest a few of the noteworthy “bad girls” that came before her and helped to inspire her – female villains that are authentically scary, violent, and arguably evil.

Welcome to the Bestiary

I have a soft spot for the use of animals as symbolic entities – not as monster bait, nor necessarily as the monster itself, but as a sort of gateway, sometimes a hallucinatory one, between the normal and paranormal world, or between the mundane and the sublime.

The Control Group

This is why a lot of people tell horror stories – they want to conquer some fleeting thing, some image, some sentence, some idea, that scares them.

“bad houses hate our warmth and our human-ness”

Title quote from one of my favorite monologues on haunted houses, in Rose Red (which itself is heavily inspired by The Haunting of Hill House).  The speaker is, of course, a ghost who embodies the “bad house” in question. The Paris Review has a great essay… Continue Reading ““bad houses hate our warmth and our human-ness””

Our Horror Heroines, Our Selves

It’s Women in Horror month, and when I think of “women in horror,” I think of one of my go-to answers for why I write horror: because I think there’s a lot more room in horror for the kind of female characters I love… Continue Reading “Our Horror Heroines, Our Selves”

bait and bleed

Inspired by Paul Tremblay’s revised post on his blog, and just in time for Halloween: a list of some of my favorite scary scenes from horror movies.  Not all of my favorite movies made the cut – some, like Paranormal Activity, didn’t leave me with… Continue Reading “bait and bleed”