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Episode 8 Diversity in Horror with Alice Collins

Book stack for the LOHF Podcast announcement

Join Toni as she talks to her special guest Alice Collins about the bury your gays trope and representation in the horror community.

Welcome to the Ladies of Horror Fiction podcast. I’m your host Toni with The Misadventures of a Reader. One of the main purposes of the LOHF has always been to promote diversity in horror every day. June is pride month and I have a special guest today we are going to be talking about the bury your gays trope and the inclusiveness of the horror community.

My special guest is Alice Collins who writes the trapped by gender column for Bloody disgusting. The LOHF recently published a guest post by Alice about the use of descriptors and how they define people.

Diversity in Horror

Over the last year or so I have seen the question Why is diversity important? If the authors were as good as a,b or c, wouldn’t we be seeing their work more often. Why do we need to have x,y and z characters in horror novels? The answer to this question is complex and I am not sure I am really qualified to give an answer. But I will tell you my thoughts.

Humans have the shared experience of being human. However, there is more to a human’s life experience then just being human. They love, work and live their day to day lives. Each person’s experience valid and offers a new and different perspective on the shared human experience. This is why diversity in any genre is so important. As a reader when you read a book that is written a diverse author you are getting a story that is told from a perspective that is different than your own. Readers can learn something from that other perspective that may not have occurred to them before.

Diversity also allows a genre to grow and evolve. When there are varied voices the genre itself will grow. Diversity will bring new readers to the genre. A reader who may not necessarily been a fan of horror may pick up a book and continue to read in the genre. This will allow more people to come to the genre. Thus, in turn growing the reader base. Really a simple concept when you think about it. The evolution of the genre will allow for more interesting reading, more concepts to play with and mesh together. How could this not be for the betterment of the genre? Personally, it is a win/win all the way around.

The last point where diversity is very important is that of recognition of yourself. For a long time in the horror genre to see a woman would be to see a victim. A victim who had been raped, tortured and put through some of the ghastliest things imaginable.  However, this is changing slowly. It is important for people to see themselves in the stories that they are reading. When you see someone like yourself in popular media then you have a feeling of belonging. Not the feeling of otherness that often accompanies being different than the majority in a genre.

These are only my thoughts on diversity in horror. Lets keep horror inclusive and evolving for everyone.

If you would like more information about Alice’s article regarding the bury your gay’s trope can be found on Films and Fishnets by clicking here. The movies that Alice and I talked about on the podcast are listed in the article as well as her sources. If you would like to know more about Alice please check out her guest post on the LOHF site.

LOHF Pride Month Recommendations

  • Danvars: The Reckoning by Rebecca McNutt
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  • The Bloody Mary Series by Hillary Monahan
  • Grave Matter by Juno Dawson
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Fist of the Spider Woman edited by Amber Dawn
  • F4 by Larissa Elaine Glasser
  • The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
  • The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R Kiernan
  • Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn

Em and Alex’s #pridehorrorthon goodreads group.

What I am currently reading

New Music for Old Rituals by Tracy Fahey

Synopsis: New Music for Old Rituals brings together a selection of stories that illustrate the pervasive power of the past in the present. Together they present a strange yet familiar country where cautionary tales still server a purpose: Where sacred sites of sea and forest, valley and forts hold power. Where old legends live and where new myths are born within these pages. Bog bodies sleep, contagion rages, ancient rituals are enacted. Battles are fought, ghosts linger and time stutters. Fails and turns back on itself.

Diabhal By Kathleen Kaufman

Synopsis: Ceit Robertson, age ten, is the next Matrarc to the society, a cultish matriarchal group living in an inconspicuous cul-de-sac in Venice beach.  When Ceit’s mother is attacked by spirits from the old world a failed exorcism results in Ceit’s exile into the foster care system in Los Angeles. She eventually lands in the infamous MacLaren Hall, a very real and historically auspicious center for the disturbed and abandoned children in El Monte, CA. Diabhal is the sympathetic story of the devil in Los Angeles. The exploration of the true nature of evil and how intention colors what our definition of wickedness truly is. Ceit grows into a force of nature, as she contains the potential and the mythology of the darkest degree but discovers that perhaps the devil is not what we should truly fear.  Diabhal releases October 29th just in time for Halloween.

New Releases for June

The release that I am most looking forward to this month I When I arrived at The Castle By Emily Carroll and here is the synopsis:

“A castle, a killer, and prey all bound and blurred by lust and blood.”

Like many before her that have never come back, she’s made it to the Countess’ castle determined to snuff out the horror, but she could never be prepared for what hides within its turrets; what unfurls under its fluttering flags. 

LOHF Community News

This month is Pride month. Make sure that you check out some of the amazing guest posts that we have for the month!!

LOHF Presents stories of horror is taking submissions for July. The theme of the month is Creature!! Make sure that you get your submissions into LOHFPod@gmail.com before July 1st.

Laurie has started our very own good reads group. Make sure that you join so that you can stay up on read alongs and our current reads.

We are now on Facebook as well. So make sure that you connect with us there as well.

Horror Community News

Gingernuts of Horror has put together a horror blogger tribe with a badge. If you are a horror blogger make sure that you join the horror blogger tribe.

If you would like to reach out to the LOHFpodcast, our email address is LOHFPod@gmail.com. We would love to hear about new releases, news in the community, and suggestions for the podcast. You can find out more about the members of the Ladies of Horror Fiction via our website at www.ladiesofhorrorfiction.com.

The music for this episode is from Nicolas Gasparini at thedarkpiano.com

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