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The Wonderfully Horrific World of Female Horror Writers

February 6, 2015

In January 2014, I ran a Horror Roundtable for the HWA called Sexism in Horror, and after that discussion, I went to my bookcase and considered the novels I owned. About eighty percent of them were by male writers.

It wasn’t something done on purpose. Those who know me know I’m anything but sexist. It’s just that somehow, over the years, I had tended towards male writers. Heck, when I’m selecting a book, I don’t really consider the author unless I’m a fan of theirs; it’s more what the story sounds like. And often, I don’t know if the writer is male or female; it doesn’t matter to me. It’s not something I try to find out. I’m embarrassed to admit that for many years, I thought Kim Newman was a woman. It wasn’t until I started chatting to him for a Roundtable that I realized my mistake!

I was also asked by my writer friend Gillian Polack to write a post on any female artist I admired for Women in Horror Month that following February, but due to my crazy schedule at the time, I couldn’t get it done. So I made a goal to only read novels by female writers during 2014 and to write an article covering this for next year’s Women in Horror Month. This rambling piece is the end result.

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Currently Working On:

Latest Novel: Motel of Blades is now sitting at 33,099 words. this will be a demented joyride into the depths of insanity and depravity…

Blurring the Line: Cover revealed (and it rocks!), and the final acceptances/rejections will be made over the next couple of weeks. The anthology is coming together well. Full details of the anthology can be found here.

The Midnight Tree novels – how far would one man go to get to the truth? and how far would those he has wronged go to extract their terrible revenge?

Update: the first three books have been edited, so I’ll soon be delving back into these books to address the issues identified. Very likely these books will be self-published.

The titles in this series thus far are:

Revelations (Book I)

The Midnight Tree (Book II)

A Plague of Locusts (Book III)

Things to see and do at Marty’s World:

There’s free fiction to whet your appetite (and more due to be added), plus an article on Ghost Hunting, written after an adventure at Muncaster Castle in the UK.

You could visit Parkton, where odd things happen more often than they should (pack a lunch, cos a day trip could turn into weeks)…

There’s a page dedicated to the Bram Stoker-nominated and Australian Shadows Award-winning Macabre, and another on Writer’s Resources.

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 involves, I can point them here…


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