Women in Horror Month a Peek Behind the Pages: Women Who Create Nightmares, Final Thoughts

I hope you have enjoyed meeting some female horror writers and I hope you will check out their work. To wrap up Women in Horror Month, I’ll leave you with a few thoughts of my own.

Thank goodness I write better than I speak! Until next time, Never Turn Off the Lights!

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Women in Horror Month a Peek Behind the Pages: Women Who Create Nightmares, Ellie Douglas

I have been having such a good time with my sister nightmare makers! There is a common experience that many of us female horror writers share, it is the reaction we get when someone finds out our chosen genre and the inevitable question of why!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to the multi-talented Ellie Douglas. Like me, she is mother to several children and she has a set of twins so you can guess that not much scares her! She’s here to share with us why she writes in the horror genre. Take it away Ellie!

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Hi there, 

Ellie here 🙂 

Why do I write horror? I write horror because I personally love it, I also love to scare people, the reaction I get from my books is a grand reward. I’m a bloodthirsty writer, in terms of, I write a lot of gore with exceptional characters too. So it isn’t all about guts and gore. I love the fear I create within my stories, and the fear is to evoke in my readers. Listening to them say how it gave them nightmares, or that their skin spiked and crawled is really awesome to hear. My love of horror started at a very early age and it stuck with me.

 

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Website: www.authorellie.com

Twitter: @AuthorEllie

About Ellie

Ellie Douglas, born and raised in New Zealand. A graduate of Massey, is a freelance graphic artist, spent 10 years working with Autistic Children, and has done some overseas traveling. She is a member of NZSA and SpecFicNZ.

 Ellie went into motherhood, with four children, including one set of non-identical twins. Ellie was able to dive right into her creative side. She started out as a freelance graphic artist, and to this day she still creates award-winning professional pre-made book covers.  During her designing of book covers she would write, sparking her inner desire to be an author.  Writing more and more until she finished her first novel, Zombie Dogs.

Ellie has two brothers, one younger, one older, both of whom she adores dearly. Ellie is a very warm, fun-loving, friendly, generously giving woman, she’s mysterious and enjoys keeping the suspense going.  She is hard-working, loyal and very down to earth.

 

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Women in Horror Month a Peek Behind the Pages: Women Who Create Nightmares, Christine King

Next up in my Women in Horror Month blog series is author Christine King. We met hanging out in writer’s groups on Facebook and she is lovely and spooky! Christine is going to share with us why she writes horror and extend a wonderful invitation to anyone who already writes horror or would like to with the possibility of publication! Come on kids, our coven-Wait. What. I meant-our writer’s groups can never be too big!

 

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I guess for me horror has always been my literary friend. I started with Dracula and Frankenstein from my mother’s book collection when I was ten, they were a means to escape the poverty my family lived in, and then I moved on to Stephen King and Dean Koontz at my local library. 

I feel in love with Stephen after reading his introduction to ‘Skeleton  Crew’ a book of his short stories. That’s where he mentions a short story being like a kiss and why I called my short story collection ‘A kiss in the dark.’ 

I have sometimes felt that Horror, as a genre, is male-dominated and that my stories may be overlooked because I’m a woman and women ‘don’t do horror.’ Yet I keep writing. I also started a Facebook group for Female Horror Writers to help support and promote them. I have a Facebook author page too.
I work as an English teacher in a Spanish school helping children to be international with their language skills. I have also worked in English schools and I found many kids felt that books for their age group spoke down to them or dumbed the language down. So with my teen and young adult books, I have never done that.
I recently started a blog to try to get other writers involved and to publish a book of our joint efforts at the end of the year. Anyone can join us and give it a try: https://chrissyswritingchallenge.wordpress.com/

My author page will tell you more.   http://christinekingauthor.wixsite.com/mysite

My best advice to other writers is just to keep writing. There is no better advice. Keep writing, keep submitting. Write what scares you, and at some point, you will find a kindred soul in a publisher who will love your work as much as you do.
Thanks,
Christine King
About Christine

“Mostly I write Horror but I chuck out a few fantasy and other genres when I feel the urge. I also write poetry when I am feeling melancholy or adventurous.

I live in Barcelona at the moment but hail from London, England. I enjoy archery, a good cocktail and sushi. My influences are Stephen King (whom I have loved since I was 15) and Terry Pratchett (who gave me encouragement and a place to escape to RIP sir)

I am a mum and a wife and always get the same response when I say I write Horror. “But you seem so nice!”

 

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Women in Horror Month a Peek Behind the Pages: Women Who Create Nightmares, LC Champlin

My next installment for Women in Horror Month is LC Champlin. She is an author of horror but also writes thriller, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, action-adventure, and survival books. Sounds like a good companion in any situation! Welcome LC!

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Fear, an emotion we hate and yet love. We avoid it in day to day life, yet we seek it when we feel the drag of routine. In a controlled form, horror, dread, and terror give us a high. It’s the rush that I love with the Horror genre. Horror spans all genres, from sci-fi to fantasy to thriller to romance, and takes us out of the ordinary in ways more visceral and vivid than real life ever can. In the end, perhaps a mundane existence is the real horror?

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A terrifying thought!

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Business trips to San Francisco aren’t supposed to include terrorist attacks. They’re definitely not supposed to

have a cannibal plague and earthquakes. It’s going to be an interesting night for New York businessman Nathan Serebus and his attorney Albin Conrad. They’re up to the challenge, though. Their motto: buy when there’s blood in the streets.


About LC Champlin

Writer, traveler, adventurer. Lover of all things Geek and Dark. I admire villains, antagonists, and rogues more than a little. They really do have more fun, and they can teach us important life lessons.

I write fiction because the characters in my head have too much attitude to stay in my skull, I want to see the world through different eyes, and I want to live life through different souls.

I write zombie apocalypse/horror/thriller books because it’s in the dark that we see a person’s true character. Plus, who doesn’t like shooting zombies?

Check out my site lcchamplin.com for book updates, and blog posts about villains, weird science, and more.

Up next in the series Women in Horror Month: Women Who Create Nightmares, author Christine Brown! Until next time, Never Turn Off the Lights!

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Women in Horror Month a Peek Behind the Pages: Women Who Create Nightmares, Jeannie Wycherley

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All during February for Women in Horror Month I’ll be highlighting my sister nightmare makers and their work! Today’s installment is the incredibly talented Jeannie Wycherley. She is going to share her thoughts on why she writes horror. Take it away Jeannie!

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Getting Under the Skin of It With Jeannie Wycherley

The reasons I write horror are a little oblique, to me at least. I’ve wanted to ‘write’ practically my whole life, but I got caught up in being an academic and having a career. When I finally listened to my soul and put pen to paper, I simply explored the things that were in my heart and in my mind. I was in a dark place, severe anxiety, depression with suicidal ideation, so those early forays were bleak and black and unhappy. In any case, people always say ‘write what you read’ and I would say a third of what I read is horror, with the rest made up of classic Victorian literature, historical drama, and murder mysteries.

I’m a writer, yes, but being a woman who writes horror puts me in a unique place because it allows me to dissect female experience based on my own inimitable experiences as a female, using scary situations. The things that terrify any of us are likely to be different in every case, so I utilise the emotions and knowledge that I’ve gained as a woman and a human, and they become my monsters. I find this process absolutely fascinating. Getting under the skin of all my characters, regardless of who they are, gives me a real thrill.

I’ve always hated the ‘woman-as-sidekick’ character, or woman-as-victim, or the female teen scream queen. We can be those characters for sure, but since I noticed I had the central role to play in my own life, I’ve always enjoyed stories where the woman is complicated and multi-dimensional. While I think it is important characters are likeable and can be identified with, I don’t mind incorporating faults and flaws.

As a result, Crone, has received high praise for the characterisation of the witch Aefre (including an Indie B.R.A.G Award). She’s not just evil for evil’s sake, she actually has her reasons, because let’s face it, when you or I make a decision that will have repercussions, we usually have a line of reasoning behind it that we find rational (even if no-one else does).

One aspect of writing that I love, even when I’ve plotted a good outline, is when the character runs away with story themselves. I found this with the character of Elizabetta in A Concerto for the Dead and Dying (my long short story written for the Mrs Dracula anthology and now available by itself). She is a vampire, but as I wrote, I became very aware of how nuanced she was, so this is a very bittersweet story.

Horror and dark fantasy are immensely satisfying to read and write. Women in HorrorMonth is fantastic because it highlights some of the wonderful writing out there, tales you may not stumble across otherwise. I recommend casting your net wide, and trying out a few new women horror writers! Enjoy!

Links

 

Crone http://mybook.to/CroneJW

A Concerto for the Dead and Dying http://mybook.to/ConcertoDead

Deadly Encounters http://mybook.to/DeadlyEncounters

Follow me: https://twitter.com/Thecushionlady

https://www.facebook.com/jeanniewycherley/

Website: https://www.jeanniewycherley.co.uk/ 

 

Jeannie Wycherley has always been blessed with a wildly overactive imagination. Her formative years were spent inhabiting the glorious worlds that other writers had created, and even now she finds it a wrench to leave Narnia and Alderley Edge behind. As a child she loved history, and visited many sites of interest, with her family, in the UK and around Europe, and was a keen – and sorrowful – observer of the evil man perpetrates. No surprise therefore that she went on to study history at University, and left – or was eventually politely turfed out – with a PhD in modern and contemporary social history.

After 16 years teaching in higher education, Jeannie hung up her mortar board and scaled down her life. She moved home to Devon with her husband and the fur-kids, three beloved dogs who are spoilt rotten. They all reside in Sidmouth, Devon, where a rocky coastline meets the glorious East Devon countryside, providing immeasurable inspiration for Jeannie’s writing.

Jeannie writes dark stories, suspense, horror … and just the plain weird. As Betty Gabriel she has written some erotica – just for fun! She has seen her short stories successfully published in the UK and the USA. Her debut novel CRONE is available from April 2017.

 

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Women in Horror Month Blog Series

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WiHM9-GrrrlLogoTall-BR-SFebruary is a terrific month! Winter is in full swing, but Spring is just around the corner, it’s my birthday month, and it’s when we celebrate Women in Horror Month!

“Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre.

WiHM celebrates these contributions to horror throughout the year via the official WiHM blog, Ax Wound, The Ax Wound Film Festival, and with the official WiHM event/project database in February. This database in conjunction with the WiHM social media fan base— actively promotes do-it-yourself annual film screenings, blogs/articles, podcasts, and any other form of creative media with the ultimate goal of helping works by and featuring women reach a wider audience.

This inclusive and positive movement is open to everyone, just as we believe the horror genre should be.”

All month long I’ll be doing my part by highlighting some sister horror authors with a blog series called Peek Behind the Pages: Women Who Create Nightmares. These talented ladies will be sharing their work, telling us why they write horror, why they believe female voices are important to the genre, what they love about horror and advice or encouragement for other writers!

Stop by and spread the word to support my fellow nightmare makers!

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Author Alathia Paris Morgan Explains a Historic Mystery: It was Zombies!

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To warm us up going into February which is Women in Horror Month, I got to chat with author Alathia Paris Morgan. I picked up her book Infected Waters: A Titanic Disaster after I saw it on twitter and it was recommended in a Facebook group I belong to. Not only was it a great read, but it explained a question about history that has always bugged the heck out of me: how did no one see the giant iceberg that sank the Titanic? Well, Ms. Morgan has given me the most plausible explanation yet, it was zombies of course! Screen Shot 2018-01-30 at 8.02.36 AM

Knowing the story of the Titanic, tension was already high before I began to read, but then the author twists the screws and I could not stop reading, I had to find out what happened. I even found myself googling facts about the Titanic to try and guess if my favorite characters would have a chance at survival! Zombie outbreaks are pretty intense when you can run away, but try that on a ship at sea and see how far you go and how long you survive! Now I’m questioning a variety of other historic disasters and I think I’ll blame zombies for a vast majority of them.

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Alathia, I am so excited to have found your work! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m an avid reader. I have about 4k books and have always dabbled in writing. With three children and a hubby my life got crazy busy. I started Avon as I finished college and it was a great way to be flexible with kids and make money for us. Then some unexpected life changes happened and I realized that life was short, I couldn’t wait to become a writer when I retired. I had stories that needed to be told now. So I started during a NaNoWriMo camp in April of ’14 and I finished it after the July camp. Since then I’ve been writing and learning a lot and hope to continue writing because I keep getting more ideas with every story that actually gets written.

Life has a way with us, doesn’t it? What led you to pursue writing?

I had written some in high school, but the need to write wasn’t there. Now, I have to write because the voices in my head need to find a way out onto the page. Some stories jump to the front wanting urgent attention while others wait quietly until it’s their turn. So this is why I’m a writer because the world so obviously needs one. (Wink Wink) 😉

Well, I for one certainly enjoyed your story and look forward to reading all the others. What genres do you write in?

So, the two genres I write in are zombies and mysteries. I hope to branch out as time goes on into other areas.

Two of my favorite genres! What about the zombie genre intrigues you the most?

While the zombie thing has been done a few times, I wanted to give zombies a new twist. Put some reality into the end of the world, where are all the children? What happened to the military? Why are there no babies born? Or are there?

Sounds intriguing!

Your book “Infected Waters: A Titanic Disaster” is brilliant! Where did you get the idea for the story?

My daughter loves Titanic and she said, “Mom wouldn’t it be fun if there were zombies on the Titanic?” So I asked if I could use her idea and it took about six months to get it right. Along with watching the movie for atmosphere while writing, I’m good with not watching the movie for a few years.

I could see your story being made into a movie. Do you hear that Netflix or SyFy? Zombies. Titanic. Need I say more?

I keep a running tally of things that scare people so I have ideas on how to spook readers. What kinds of things scare you?

Unlocked doors. Unexplained noises.

Thank you! Filed away.

What’s next for you?

I am working the 3rd book in my Nova Ladies Adventures for Nano and I have the 2nd book in the Against Zombies series featuring the Military.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

Alathia Paris Morgan Stalker Links:

Author page: www.facebook.com/apmorganbooks

Twitter: www.twitter.com/alathiamg

Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1442476186066361/

Book Launch: https://www.facebook.com/groups/533488213404927/

Website & Newsletter signup: www.alathiamg.wix.com/books

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8611387.Alathia_Paris_Morgan

Thank you so much Alathia! Keep the books coming and have a happy Women in Horror Month!

Until next time, Never Turn Off the Lights!