Black Women in Horror

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100+ Black Women in Horror

February is African American History Month here in the United States. It is also Women in Horror Month (WiHM). In 2013, as an Ambassador for Women in Horror Month, the original book 60 Black Women in Horror was born during the intersection of the two. . Over the past five years, the world women writing horror from the African Diaspora has nearly doubled. 100+ Black Women in Horror is a 2018 update, containing 109 biographies. The booklet also includes interviews with seventeen of the women.and an essay on LA Banks and Octavia Butler.

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The Interviews

Linda Addison

Darlene Black

Tyhitia Green

Valjeanne Jeffers

Jemiah Jefferson

R. J. Joseph

Briana Lawrence

Violette L. Meier

Nnedi Okorafor

Nuzo Onoh

A.L. Peck

Eden Royce

Cinsearae Santiago

Sumiko Saulson

Tabitha Thompson

Lori Titus

L. Marie Wood

The Lists (with Bios)

Twenty Women in Black Horror Writing (List One) (2013)

Twenty One More Women in Black Horror Writing (List Two) (2013)

19 More Black Women in Horror Fiction (List Three) (2013)

20 More Black Women in Horror Fiction (List Four) (2017)

10 Black Women in Horror 2018 List 1 (List Five) (2018)

10 Black Women in Horror 2018 List 2 (List Six) (2018)

10 Black Women in Horror 2018 List 3 (List Seven) (2018)

The Full List (Alphabetical)

Listing with webpage links

  1.    Linda D. Addison
  2.    Pheare Alexander
  3.    Angela C. Allen
  4.    Paula D. Ashe
  5.    Miracle Austin
  6.    Tiffany Austin
  7.    Kamika Aziza
  8.    L.A. Banks
  9.    Tracey Baptiste
  10.    Darlene Black
  11.    Regina N. Bradley
  12.    Kinitra Brooks, PhD
  13.    Chesya Burke
  14.    Claudia Mair Burney
  15.    Octavia Butler
  16.    Patricia E. Canterbury
  17.    Pearl Cleage
  18.    Crystal Connor
  19.    Vicy Cross
  20.    Arielle Crowell
  21.    Joy M. Copeland
  22.    L.M. Davis
  23.    Lexi Davis
  24.    Dahlia DeWinters
  25.    Amber Doe
  26.    Tananarive Due
  27.    Janiera Eldridge
  28.    Ann Fields
  29.    Dormaine G
  30.    V.H. Galloway
  31.    Robin Green
  32.    Tyhitia Green
  33.    Dicey Grenor
  34.    Jewelle Gomez
  35.    Virginia Hamilton
  36.    Chanel Harry
  37.    Donna Hill
  38.    Allison Hobbs
  39.    Lawana Holland-Moore
  40.    Akua Lezli Hope
  41.    Pauline E. Hopkins
  42.    Nalo Hopkinson
  43.    Zora Neale Hurston
  44.    Alledria Hurt
  45.    Monica Jackson
  46.    Tish Jackson
  47.    Tiara Jante
  48.    Valjeanne Jeffers
  49.    Jemiah Jefferson
  50.    N.K. Jemisin
  51.    Delizhia D. Jenkins
  52.    Alaya Dawn Johnson
  53.    Tenea Johnson
  54.    R. J. Joseph
  55.    A.D. Koboah
  56.    Nicole Givens Kurtz
  57.    Alexandra Lane
  58.    Kai Leakes
  59.    J. Locke
  60.    Kyoko M
  61.    D.K. Mason
  62.    Faye McCray
  63.    Carole McDonnell
  64.    Dana T. McKnight
  65.    Violette L. Meier
  66.    Melinda Michelle
  67.    Donna Monday
  68.    Tonya R. Moore
  69.    Toni Morrison
  70.    Kenya Moss-Dyme
  71.    Pam Noles
  72.    Nnedi Okorafor
  73.    Nuzo Onoh
  74.    Helen Oyeyemi
  75.    Ama Patterson
  76.    A.L. Peck
  77.    L. Penelope
  78.    Ann Lane Petry
  79.    Mina Polina
  80.    Rasheedah Prioleau
  81.    Dia Reeves
  82.    Evie Rhodes
  83.    Jewell Parker Rhodes
  84.    Jill Robinson
  85.    Zin E. Rocklyn
  86.    Leone Ross
  87.    Eden Royce
  88.    Kiini Ibura Salaam
  89.    Anna Sanders
  90.    Andrea Vocab Sanderson
  91.    Cinsearae Santiago
  92.    Sumiko Saulson
  93.    Nicole D. Sconiers
  94.    Nisi Shawl
  95.    RaShell R. Smith-Spears
  96.    CC. Spivey
  97.    Cherene Sherrard-Johnson
  98.    Tabitha Thompson
  99.    Sheree R. Thomas
  100.   Lori Titus
  101.   Tlotlo Tsamaase
  102.   Tanesha Nicole Tyler
  103.   Deborah Elizabeth Whaley
  104.   Kenesha Williams
  105.    L. Marie Wood
  106.    K. Ceres Wright
  107.    Zane
  108.    Deana Zhollis
  109.    Ibi Zoboi
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16 Responses to “Black Women in Horror”

  1. […] is a part of our Black Women in Horror Interview Series.  February is African American History Month here in the United States. It is also Women in Horror […]

  2. […] is a part of our Black Women in Horror Interview Series.  February is African American History Month here in the United States. It is also Women in […]

  3. […] is a part of our Black Women in Horror Interview Series.  February is African American History Month here in the United States. It is also Women in […]

  4. Hello Sumiko, I heard your interview on the radio and I would like to be added to your list as well. I am an African American female horror writer. my name is C.C. Spivey and I am the author of the Vampire novel REBORN. REBORN is about vampires that originate from Africa. If you would like, I could send you an autograph copy of my novel. Thank you .
    C.C. Spivey

  5. Hello, I heard your interview on the Tom Joyner morning show and I am so glad that you have brought light to women horror writers. My name is C.C. Spivey and I am an African America woman horror writer and the author of REBORN. REBORN is a novel about vampires that originate from Africa and I would be proud and honored to be added to your list of writers

    • I really do need to do another list – February is almost over, and I know at least five women who aren’t in the book. I would also love to interview you for this blog.

  6. Thank you, I would love to be interviewed. Please contact me at C.cspivey@yahoo.com

  7. Hi Sumiko Saulson,
    How does one get added to your women’s horror (WiHM) list? I would love to be a part of this movement. My name is Alexandra Lane, I’m the author of DONUM-The Prophecy Has Begun. A pre-apocalyptic horror story about a boy born with special gifts; gifts that will manifest themselves once a powerful and invading evil quickly moves in and overtakes a small town.

  8. […] I’ve got Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror list/bios of 60 writers, which is an extensive and exciting resource. But I’m not looking […]

  9. Hello,

    I am a Black woman horror writer. I would like to arrange a meet-up of other Black women horror writers here in New York City. Is anyone interested?

    Loretta H. Campbell
    lucianikita@verizon.net

    • Add me on Facebook, more than half of the women in the book are connected with me on social media, I think about 3/4s of them, and we have a group. You can network with us there. I’m Sumiko Saulson on Facebook.

  10. […] of my ongoing projects on this site, as you probably well know if you follow me, is Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing list. It’s been a really fun experience, and I’m not even 1/3rd of the way through it. […]

  11. […] sisters out there writing horror and supernatural suspense stories (because we do) with her “Black Women in Horror” series. Black Magic Women is a selection of stories by authors profiled in her guide (me […]

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