Righting an Imbalance
The HWA has designated February their Women in Horror Month, which is an excellent idea. We also just completed a Sexism in Horror Roundtable over at the HWA, which further opened my eyes to something I hadn’t realized but now want to do something about.
I’ve read a hell of lot of short stories written by female writers, but only a handful of novels. Over all my years of reading, to have only read so few books written by female writers is appalling. But it wasn’t intentional, and it sure as shit wasn’t because I’m a sexist prick. I just don’t think about the sex of the author, to tell the truth. If the book looks and sounds good, I’ll read it. Half of the time, I don’t know if an author is male or female, and I don’t care (heck, for a long time, I thought Kim Newman was a female!). Yet somehow, I’ve always navigated towards male writers.
HWA Roundtable 16: Horror History 101
Who are the founding fathers of the horror genre, and what is it about their work that allows it to stand the test of time? Let’s look at some of the iconic figures in the horror fiction genre, books and short stories that are required reading for all those who love the genre. But let’s do that from a global perspective. We will go as far back in time as we can, and then fly forward to the present day, illuminating along the way crucial moments and writers in the genre. It’s a history lesson 101.
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THINGS TO SEE AND DO AT MARTY’S WORLD:
You could visit Parkton, where odd things happen more often than they should (pack a lunch, cos a day trip could turn into weeks)…
Or you can check out my plan of attack for world domination. As a mad scientist, ruling the world goes with the job description.
There are more attractions on their way as the local government has just agreed to invest into improving the infrastructure to support the budding tourist attractions.. I even hear there is going to be a page on Palynology, so when the next person says ‘huh?’ when I explain what my day job entails, I can point them here…