2018 Black Women in Horror List #3

2018 WiHM Black Women in HorrorThis Part Three of the three part 2018 series on Black Women in Horror, a continuation of the Black Women in Horror project that started in 2013 as a part of Women in Horror Month, and lead to the publication of 60 Black Women in Horror in 2014. 20 more women were added to the list in 2017. This year, we have an exciting new 30 Black Women in Horror to add to the list. The new women were discovered largely due to Eden Royce’s 2017 blog series Black Women in Horror on the Dark Geisha, Colors in Darkness and their 2017 anthology Forever Vacancy, Graveyard Sisters,  Kintra Brooks, Linda Addison and Susana M. Morris’ anthology Sycorax’s Daughters, and my project with Nicole Kurtz, Black Magic Women on Mocha Memoirs. Iconoclast Productions will be releasing 100 Black Women in Horror on February 15, the same day Black Magic Women comes out.

  1. Deborah Elizabeth Whaley

Deborah Elisabeth WhaleyShe is the author of Women: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Black Counterpublics, and the Cultural Politics of Black Sororities about the cultural practices, cultural work, and politics of the oldest historically Black sorority and Black Women in Sequence: Reinking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime which explores the portrayal of women of African heritage comics and the films and television shows based on them. She wrote the horror poems Red Scorpion and Whispers & Liesfor Sycorax’s Daughters, and is working on a compilation of creative essays, images, and poetry tentatively titled Bodyflow, and a monograph, Feeling Her Fragmented Mind: Women, Race, and Dissociative Identities in Popular Culture.


  1. Ceres Wright

K Ceres WrightCeres Wright is a speculative fiction author and poet who writes sci-fi, dystopian fiction, horror, weird, and dark fiction. She wrote the short horror story Of Sound Mind and Body for Sycorax’s Daughters. She wrote the sci-fi novel Cog, about a futuristic world where personalities can be downloaded at will. Doomed was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s highest honor. Her work has appeared in Hazard Yet Forward; Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; Many Genres, One Craft; Far Worlds; Diner Stories; The Dark God’s Gift; FictionVale’s Pick Your Punk (February 2015), and The 2008 Rhysling Anthology. K. Ceres Wright graduated from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program in 2007.


  1. Deana Zhollis

Deana ZhollisDeana Zhollis is a science-fiction, dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and horror writer. She wrote the horror short Perfect Connection for Sycorax’s Daughters, however her primary genre is sci-fi romance. Her novels include the dark sci-fi romance The Made, which won 1st place in 2001 at the Houston Writers Convention. It became the first in The Calling Series, which also includes Jetta and Creations. Her other titles include Irid, Ruby, Flesh, & Heart, The 9th Symbol, and Tirna Magique. She won 3rd Place and published in PARSEC/Confluence 2002 Contest and Honorable Mention 5th Place in SFWoE (Science Fiction Writers of Earth) Short Story Contest 2002.


  1. Alledria Hurt

Alledria HurtAlledria Hurt is horror, fantasy and science fiction writer. She contributed the horror short story The Prizewinner to the horror anthology Black Magic Women. Her books include Chains of Fate, October Sky, Dark King Rising, Objects: Stories of Things, Hush, Ruins of Fate, Blades of Fate, Wearing His Ring, Harmony: A Killer Mystery, Born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Alledria Hurt has traveled Europe and the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and her Master of Arts in Liberal and Professional Studies degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University.


  1. Delizhia D. Jenkins

Delizhia JenkinsHorror, paranormal, urban fantasy and paranormal romance author Delizhia Jenkins wrote the urban horror story Dark Moon’s Curse for Black Magic Women. She writes paranormal and paranormal romance titles under the name Delizhia D. Jenkins. Her titles include The Dark Royals Series, which includes Blind Salvation; The Vampire Hunter’s Academy Series, which includes The Darkness and The Reckoning; In the Light of Darkness, Viper: The Vampire Assassin, Into The Shadows, Sin: Daughter of the Grim Reaper, Nubia Rising: The Awakening, and Love At Last.


  1. Mina Polina

Mina PolinaShe wrote the short story Appreciation for the horror anthology Black Magic Women. Mina Polina has written short stories since high school, and is a newly published author.  Her preferred genres are horror and fantasy with a mixture of realism.  When not writing, Mina Polina also spends her time working on her various Graphic Design projects.  She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.


  1. Tabitha Thompson

Tabitha ThompsonBorn in South Florida, Tabitha Thompson has been writing horror since the age of sixteen. Her first short story Heading West, was picked up by Sirens Call Publications in 2013 for their online magazine issue #12 Dead And Dying. West Nile was released in 2014 also with Sirens Call Publications for their issue #16 Apocalyptic Fiction. For the past few years since then, she has released several horror short stories and flash fiction. Decency Defiled, a workplace based horror short story, was released through J Ellington Ashton Press as her first featured anthology titled Rejected For Content 6: Workplace Relations. She wrote the short medical terror tale Alternative™ for the horror anthology Black Magic Women.


  1. Kenesha Williams

Kenesha WilliamsShe wrote Sweet Justice for Black Magic Women. Kenesha Williams is an independent author, speaker, and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Black Girl Magic Lit Mag. Her books include Love, Lust, and Letters, Nadine & Agwe: A Passion Denied, Do For Love, she has short stories in the anthologies Something Wicked This Way Comes: Paranormal Boxed Set, and The Scribes of Nyota: Our Voices, Our Imagination, A Compendium, and issues 1, 2, 3, and 5 of Black Girl Magic Lit Mag.


  1. Tyhitia Green

Tyhitia GreenTyhitia Green writes horror, fantasy, and science fiction. She sometimes dabbles in other genres as well. She began writing poetry as a child and ventured into fiction years later. Her horror flash story, Margie, appeared in the July 2009 issue of Necrotic Tissue magazine, and her non-fiction has appeared in Lightspeed magazine and on Black Girl Nerds.com.


  1. Kinitra Brooks, PhD

Kinitra D Brooks PhDThe author of the Bram Stoker nominated Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror, Dr. Brooks is a scholar who specializes in black female contributions to horror. Searching for Sycorax is a monograph examining the works of women across the African diaspora. She is also one of the editors of Stoker-nominated Sycorax’s Daughters, a horror anthology featuring short stories by black women. She wrote The Black Maternal: Heterogeneity and resistance in literary representations of black mothers in 20th century African American and Afro-Caribbean women’s fiction. She is working on a book called Divinely Monstrous: Black Women Conjuring the Grotesque in Popular Culture.  She is also coediting a volume on black women and horror entitled Towards a Black Women’s Horror Aesthetic: Critical Frameworks with Susana M. Morris and Linda Addison. She has published articles in African American Review, Obsidian, and FEMSPEC.


February 21, look for the reference book 100 Black Women in Horror!

February 15, look for its companion book, the anthology Black Magic Women.

~ by Sumiko Saulson on February 13, 2018.

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