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!


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!


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.



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.
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!”



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?

LC Champlin

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!


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


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!



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


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.




Women in Horror Month a Peek Behind the Pages: Women Who Create Nightmares, What I’ve Been Reading



One of the best ways to improve the craft of writing is reading. I read a new book about every six weeks, sometimes I have one or two going at the same time. If it’s one I really love I can devour it in a few hours! I read across genres but my favorite is horror, of course!

Zombies are one of my favorite escapism and in the past few months, I have read some amazing zombie horror by women and even had the opportunity to interview some of these nightmare makers. Here is a recap of two indie-published zombie writers that I believe you will enjoy.


Infected Waters: A Titanic disaster

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Alathia Paris Morgan

What a great premise! I always wondered how in the heck the Titanic ran into a giant iceberg, now I know! Knowing how the story goes, the tension is already high before you even begin to read, but then Alathia Paris Morgan ratches it up and keeps the pages turning. The characters draw you in and I found myself googling facts about the Titanic in hopes that my favorites would have a chance at survival! Such entertaining story-telling. I am definitely looking for more from this author and am going to share this one with my reluctant teen reader. I think he’ll love it!

Click here to read the interview…

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Dottie Daniels

This book has such a unique twist to the familiar zombie-survival tale that I could not put it down once I started reading! The author has a way of surprising the heck out of you just when you think you have it figured out! The main character, Seanna, is a twenty-something paramedic that we meet just as a mysterious and violent outbreak is gripping her city. She’s smart and strong like other female leads in the genre, but make no mistake, she’s quite different! The story is told from her POV and Ms. Daniels does an excellent job of bringing us into Seanna’s head and body…you have to read to see what I mean! It’s tense and funny and terrifying and moving in all the right measures. When I hit the last page I scrolled back several times to be sure it was over because I was so into it! I’ll be waiting for the next installment!

click here to read the interview…

Up next…Author Jeannie Wycherly! Until next time, Never Turn Off the Lights!


Women in Horror Month Blog Series


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!