Author: Selene MacLeod

WiHM 12: Quick Six Questions With Catherine Lundoff

Welcome to The Horror Tree, and thank you for participating in Women In Horror Month. First, tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in horror.
Hi there! Thanks for including me! I write a fair amount of horror and horror-adjacent work, including a lot of ghost stories and classic tale retellings, often seen through a queer lens. You can find my collected horror and dark fantasy in a collection called Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic (Queen of Swords Press, 2019). You can also find my work in publications like American Monsters Part 2 and Fireside Magazine and in media tie-in anthologies for World of Darkness games such as Vampire the Masquerade and Wraith. In addition, I write “horror-adjacent” work such as my Wolves of Wolf’s Point menopausal werewolf books and vampire erotica as Emily L. Byrne.

Apart from that, I’ve always loved certain kinds of horror – ghost stories, the kind of monster stories that hum along just below the surface of fairy tales and thoughtful smart horror like Ginger Snaps and Shirley Jackson and Angela Carter. I like the snark and diverse representation of new shows like The Dead Lands (2020) as well as Victorian-style horror books and films like Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black and Del Toro’s Crimson Peak. I like a good scare, but am not big on gore.

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WiHM 12: Quick Six Questions with Selah Janel

Welcome to The Horror Tree, and thank you for participating in Women In Horror Month. First, tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in horror.

Thanks so much for having me! I write in a few genres, but horror and dark fantasy hold a special place in my heart. There’s just so much possibility in horror, so many what-ifs, that it really opens itself as a genre to unlimited opportunity for ideas. There’s something really interesting about exploring visceral, terrifying situations (that may or may not be possible) and the emotions they provoke in a relatively safe way. My background is in theater, and I’ve built and designed costumes for about twenty years, so creativity and the love of story has always been part of me. Growing up, I was the biggest scaredy cat, but there was still something about horror that fascinated me. I’d sneak books here and there or read the back of video boxes in the rental places when my parents weren’t looking. It all bothered me, but a lot of the concepts fascinated me, and that dual reaction really made me wonder what was going on. Later on, as I grew up and really started reading and watching more, I was impressed by just how many subgenres there are and how they play on your mind in different ways. Everyday life can be scary, especially now, but there’s something cathartic about taking that same fear and putting it into a different situation that you either won’t go through, or you at least know/hope that things may work out, Even if a story doesn’t end happily, there’s still that release, that catharsis, that I think we don’t always get in our own lives.

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WiHM 12: Quick Six Questions With Kala Godin

Welcome to The Horror Tree, and thank you for participating in Women In Horror Month. First, tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in horror.

I’m 23, physically disabled,and I typically write poetry. I didn’t know that I was interested in writing horror until I worked on Teeth. Which was a short, multi-authored story. To be honest though, I didn’t think I would be publishing poetry either. I knew I wanted to be an author, but I thought that I would be publishing YA fantasy.

 
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WiHM 12: Quick Six Questions With A. F. Stewart

Welcome to The Horror Tree, and thank you for participating in Women In Horror Month. First, tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in horror.

I’m from Nova Scotia Canada, and I write under the name A. F. Stewart. Most of my horror writing so far has been in short fiction, although I do have a novella out, with another in the works, and some darker fantasy novels as well. I prefer writing in the mythological, supernatural, or psychological side of horror, although I’m not shy about the body count or the gore if need be. I love exploring the darker side of human nature and mixing with things that go bump in the night. I also never set out to write horror, but I tried it one day and enjoyed it and I’m still creating mayhem.

Why is Women In Horror Month important, and what do you say to someone who says ‘Oh, I don’t care if it’s by a man, a woman, etc., as long as it’s a good story’?”

I think Women in Horror month is important because of the prevalent dismissive attitudes towards female writers. Personally, I hesitate to call my stuff paranormal in part because I’m female and the possible assumption about “oh, she must write romance”. There’s still this viewpoint that women cannot write dark and gritty, that we’ve all must pen fluffy love stories. As to what I’d say to ‘Oh, I don’t care if it’s by a man, a woman, etc., as long as it’s a good story’, I’d reply, ‘Good for you, I wish everyone felt that way.’

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WiHM 12: Quick Six Questions With Lori Michelle

Welcome to The Horror Tree, and thank you for participating in Women In Horror Month. First, tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in horror. 

Thank you for having me! My name is Lori Michelle. I am the co-owner of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and the Editor-in-Chief of Dark Moon Digest. In addition, I am the formatter for several small horror presses, so chances are, you have seen my work.

Not sure when my actual interest in horror began. I always thought Halloween was a great time of year (I like dressing up), and the Haunted Mansion was always one of my favorite spots at Disneyland, but I wasn’t the type to go after horror movies. I think horror became more important to me when my son was diagnosed with Leukemia. I was in the hospital and started reading short horror fiction. Maybe because I could escape the horror of reality by reading a horror that I knew didn’t exist?

Why is Women In Horror Month important, and what do you say to someone who says ‘Oh, I don’t care if it’s by a man, a woman, etc., as long as it’s a good story’?” 

Women seem to get the short end of the stick in everything. We get less wages, less promotions, and more work. Even today, women writers still have to fight to get noticed. We need to help promote the strong women who help the horror community move forward. Not to shut out the guys, but to show the world there are others. Plus, I think a woman can actually capture the nuance of some horrors better than a guy can. Most of us experience severe pain once a month (along with some lovely hormone swings) and several of us have experienced life. I know that no guy will ever capture the fear I have of something happening to the child I carried for 9 months. So when someone says something like that, I let them know they need to look for nuances in writing from women, from minorities, from other voices. They will get a perspective they may not have thought of before.
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WiHM 12: Quick Six Questions With Emerian Rich

Welcome to The Horror Tree, and thank you for participating in Women In Horror Month. First, tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in horror.

I’m Emerian Rich, the Horror Host for HorrorAddicts.net and a writer, artist, and fan of all things horror! As a child, I loved reading all those spooky novels where a woman falls in love with the ghost in the lighthouse or meets a mummy guy when exploring a pyramid. When I got older I discovered vampires and my fate was sealed.

Why is Women In Horror Month important, and what do you say to someone who says ‘Oh, I don’t care if it’s by a man, a woman, etc., as long as it’s a good story’?”

In some ways it’s true. The story is the most important part, but for so many years it was said that women couldn’t write horror. I don’t understand this. Shelley, Radcliffe, Bronte, they all wrote horrific fiction, and yet still here in 2021, there are those who think good horror can only come from men. WiHM is about giving readers a chance to hear about these great women horror writers who haven’t been seen or heard because the noise of male horror writers drowns us out. Give us women the chance to change your minds!
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WiHM: Quick Six Questions With Lydia Prime

Welcome to The Horror Tree, and thank you for participating in Women In Horror Month. First, tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in horror. 

 

Thank you for having me, it’s an honor and a pleasure! I’m Lydia Prime—just your typical soulless ginger kid, trying to steal everyone else’s—no big deal, right?

My interest in horror stems from childhood if I’m completely honest. I was always a bit… off. My infatuation with all things mysterious and spooky peaked after I received a deep sea creatures book. Upon seeing some of those terrifying beasties, boogie-men became real, and I wanted to find them—I wanted to find others outside the depths.

I suppose it goes without saying at this point, but I love, love, love creatures! The freakier the better. My favorite part of horror is getting to go on a wild ride with the unfortunate characters in universes created for them. There’s something hauntingly beautiful in being able to vicariously live through their experiences and feel what they feel. I found that while my real life was chaotic (to say the least), I could put those issues into my own works. Having the ability to share my own monsters (real and imaginary) and fears (also, real and imaginary) through writing gave me a catharsis I’ve never turned away from. 

A few years back, Nina D’Arcangela took a chance on me. She brought me into her world and welcomed me to the Sirens Call Publications family. Although I stepped down from my role at SCP, we still work closely to keep the Ladies of Horror Picture Prompt Challenge going every month on her blog, Spreading the Writer’s Word.

When I’m not working to promote the work of others in our community, I’m always working on the next project, piece, or finding a way to summon the undead. Y’know, just girly things. 
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WiHM 12: Quick Six Questions With Sheri White

Welcome to The Horror Tree, and thank you for participating in Women In Horror Month. First, tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in horror.

 

Thank you for interviewing me! I’ve loved horror almost all my life, but only started writing it about 20 years ago. I’ve always wanted to be a writer – I asked for a typewriter when I was about ten years old or so. I wrote my autobiography! It wasn’t a long manuscript.

 

I believe my fascination with horror began when I was only two years old and watched The Wizard of Oz on TV. That was back when it was an event once a year, which is why my mother let me watch it with her. Funnily enough, even though the witch scared me, I developed a fear of tornadoes, even though we live in Maryland. Now, though, any big winds will provoke a fear response in me.


Why is Women In Horror Month important, and what do you say to someone who says ‘Oh, I don’t care if it’s by a man, a woman, etc., as long as it’s a good story’?” 
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