Women in Horror – Introduction

February is official Women in Horror month. If you don’t want to click the link and read the official blurb, I have posted the mission statement here.

“Every February, Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists underrepresented female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support. WiHM seeks to expose and break down social constructs and miscommunication between female professionals while simultaneously educating the public about discrimination and how they can assist the female gender in reaching equality.”

A group of fellow writers have come together on AbsoluteWrite to promote WiHM, as we did last year. Here is a list of participating blogs. Not everyone has begun to post yet, but please check out these blogs regularly over the next month to keep up to date with what’s going on.

Diane Dooley
The Girl in the Soap Dish
Glitter and Gore
Smoking Simian Scribbles
The Graveyard
Die Laughing
Johnny Compton
Lizzy’s Dark Fiction
Crunchy Says
Stained Glass in the Night

Last year I promoted several female horror writers. This year, in an attempt to do something different, I’m going to showcase fictional kick-ass heroines of horror. I realise that fictional characters do not completely conform to the WiHM mission statement. However, I think female role models are crucial to young women, and the fictional ones, who know how to stand up for themselves, are just as important as real-life role models. So for the next four weeks I am going to showcase female leads who are no victims. Who do not stand there and scream before getting eaten by the monster. Women who know how to fight back. Women who know how to kick serious butt.

I will be running this series on Wednesdays, cross-posted on the WriteClub blog, so check back on 6 February to meet the first of my kick-ass horror heroines. Oh, and there will be no prizes for guessing who she will be.

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5 comments so far

  1. Diane Dooley on

    I think it makes a lot of sense for writers to focus on characters. They’re our bread and butter, after all. Looking forward to reading about kick-ass heroines in horror!

  2. Sealey on

    Oh–yes–the ones who stand up and scream. I love it! Can’t wait to see what’s to come this month, Sara.

  3. sarahellender on

    Bring on the Buffys!

  4. Laurel on

    Woohoo! If I didn’t mention this on AW, I’m perfectly okay with being linked. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see your take on Alice–I’ve always been in the Silent Hill camp of that particular fandom war, but the movies are real fun.

  5. […] Friends announce the intention to showcase fictional kick-ass heroines of horror this month, kicking off with Buffy, the character that has seemingly served as inspiration for a […]


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