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    Guest Post: Creativity, Agoraphobia and Isolation by Jennifer Anne Gordon

    At the height of the most powerful creative work of her life, Shirley Jackson suffered from intense agoraphobia. There were months that she was unable to leave her home. Her isolation, and at times deep mental instability led her to create work that inspire me and legions of other horror lovers, now. If there were no Haunting of Hill House, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, then books like Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent and From Daylight to Madness (my Literary Gothic Horror novels) would not exist. I would have a voice that I would perhaps still be afraid to use. In my past, I too have also suffered…

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    Guest Post: How To Survive A Horror Movie

    We have a special guest post today from horror reviewer Ellen Avigliano! You may have seen Ellen around Twitter and Instagram promoting horror for Dead Head Reviews and spreading joy, Supernatural gifs and book love like nobody’s business! Take it away, Ellen. The Unbreakable Power and Unity of Sisterhood We don’t have much time. All eyes are on me. THUNK, THUNK, THUNK. His footfalls are heavy against the tiled floor. Standard issue military combat boots, clomping along in a muted bass tone, echoing and bouncing through the narrow corridor. Between the steel-toed structure of his footwear and immense physical stature, there was no way he was going to tread quietly,…

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    Guest Post: Countess Bathory the Early Years by Lana Popovic

    When I started writing YA speculative fiction, my one rule for myself was to stay firmly rooted in the present. While I’ve always enjoyed historical fantasy to the hilt—Mists of Avalon and Jacqueline Carey’s Renaissance-inspired Kushiel’s Legacy series both hold uncontested places in my heart, and I’m still totally ready to swoon over rereads of Outlander—contemporary fantasy just seemed to offer up that sweet spot for my own writing. A modern world, blessedly without the need for too much research, but with a liminal sense of existing within the seams between the mundane and the magical? Pretty much perfect. I’ll play in that sandbox all day, I thought, and never…

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    Guest Post: Haunted Women, Haunted Houses by Jo Kaplan

    The first haunted house story that truly unsettled me was Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” It’s also the story I keep coming back to, again and again, to better understand haunted house stories as a peculiarly feminine type of horror. I’m sure you know the story: a young mother being treated for hysteria is confined to a hideous old nursery with hypnotic yellow wallpaper, and as her mind unravels she begins to see a woman lurking behind that wallpaper. The duality between freedom and confinement, between monstrousness and the expectation of passivity, between madness and trauma—there’s so much to unravel in this story which makes it the perfect example…

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    Guest Post: Drinking From the Devil’s Cup by V. Castro

    Tables come in all shapes and sizes, but every table has finite places. What are you supposed to do when that table is occupied, and no one wants to give up their seat? Do you sit on the floor and hope to hear from a distance what is being said?  Do you try to interject as loud as your voice will carry despite gazing at a row of backs? Maybe someone in a seat will hear what you have to say.  Do you try to wedge yourself between two seats, hoping there is enough space for your body before the ones seated become too uncomfortable with your proximity as you stand…

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    Guest Post:Zombie Bait & Screaming Bimbos: Diversity in Horror By Ann Dávila Cardinal

    Zombie Bait & Screaming Bimbos: Diversity in Horror by Ann Dávila Cardinal Sadly, the concept of diversity in horror is more of a fantasy than a reality. Don’t get me wrong, we have made SO much progress in the last few years. Leaps and bounds, but when I looked back at the continuum of horror literature and films over my fifty-six years of being a fan, I realize just how limited the scope was. From the start horror has been a male-dominated field. Yes, you can point to Mary Shelley, Anne Rice, and Kathryn Bigelow, but the VAST majority of work has been published and produced by men. Specifically, young…

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    Guest Post: Motherhood and Horror by Gemma Amor

    Motherhood and horror By Gemma Amor Let me get this out of the way in the first sentence. Ready? Okay. ‘Mommie Dearest’. There. I said it. Now that I have, that expression can sod off and climb into the bin and we can have a proper chat about Motherhood and horror without the spectre of maniacal, glamorous movie star Joan Crawford and her bloody coathangers looming above us. Let’s get something else out of the way while we’re here. I’m both a writer of horror fiction AND a Mother. Does this make me more qualified to talk about it at length? Probably not. But it has changed how I consume…

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    Guest Post: Mothering the Horrific by R.J. Joseph

    Mothering the Horrific By R. J. Joseph Blinding pain vibrates throughout, snatching the remnants of my breath. Soiled demons tear at my spirit as they claw their beings from deep within my body. I am left a revenant, as they refuse to allow me solace even after their evacuation. They haunt me, expending my soul as they insist I give all. I am never free of them until they have depleted me and gone out to seek other forms of sustenance. I could be talking about motherhood here…but I’m not. As horrific as pregnancy and childbirth can be, I’d only characterize my children as demons on every other Monday, especially…