Day 8: Nuzo Onoh

•February 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Onoh is a unique voice in black horror, I have have the privilege of interviewing her here twice. Please see Eden Royce’s thoughtful piece on this amazing author.

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Nuzo Onoh is a British author from Enugu in the Eastern part of Nigeria, in what was formerly known as the Republic of Biafra. Their civil war with Nigeria, which she experienced firsthand, had an enormous impact on her writing style. In her books The Reluctant Dead and Unhallowed Graves, you get a deep draught of local Nigerian culture and her writing reflects the oral storytelling traditions of the Igbo tribe. Onoh doesn’t shy away from the gritty details when creating trauma to put her characters through.

She states that her goal is to establish African Horror as bona-fide horror subgenre, rather than the general perception of the term as a negative condition of the continent portrayed by the popular media. It is Nuzo’s hope that soon, African Horror will be recognized and enjoyed as other regional horror— Japanese, Korean, and Scandinavian.

 Her latest release, The Sleepless is…

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Day 5: Zin E. Rocklyn

•February 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This is one of my fellow authors from the Forever Vacancy anthology.

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Zin E. Rocklyn hails from Jersey City, New Jersey and is of Trinidadian descent. As such, she says she’s always been surrounded by the spine-tingling tales of ghost children, devilishly handsome men, and mysterious, lost spirits, all looking for your soul when you’re a little too careless.

Her immersion in these tales have made her stories older and deeper than her years, much like the name she’s chosen to pen them under. Zin passes the time daydreaming, reading, and thinking up new ways to creep her most loved ones out.

Her short story “Need” is in the Colors in Darkness anthology Forever Vacancy, and is a visceral tale of an ageless being who gives two mysterious men checking in to the Kretcher motel more than they bargained for when they attempt to possess her.

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Her short story “Summer Skin” is in the upcoming Sycorax’s Daughters, an anthology of…

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Maria Nieto releases sequel to ‘The Pig Behind the Bear’

•February 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Maria Nieto’s latest novel, “The Water of Life Remains in the Dead” ranked #5 on The Latino Author’s Top 10 for 2015. “The title comes from forensic evidence that was used to determine where some o…

Source: Maria Nieto releases sequel to ‘The Pig Behind the Bear’

Interview with Valjeanne Jeffers, Author of Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds

•February 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This 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 Month (WiHM).  The Black Women in Hor…

Source: Interview with Valjeanne Jeffers, Author of Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds

Women’s Horror Month in Second Life

•February 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre.

Join us for a SecondLife Treasure Hunt through Sumiko Saulson’s Reading Room, Castle Nemesis, The Asylum, Unknowable Objects (Rat Run), and the Buffalo Reading Room and other locations to find freebies like excerpts and items from their books. This event is sponsored by Unknowable Objects (Hekate Galatea), w00t w@t3ver (Masiko Preis), Iconoclast Productions, 4Flavaz, Stagefright, The Asylum, Castle Nemesis (Nemesis Navaranthna), and horror authors Sumiko Saulson and Suzi Madron. If you would like an inworld interview with one of these two lady horror writers, message us inWorld: Miki Bizet (Sumiko Saulson), Suzi M (Xirconnia Morphett)

Interviews when Requested:

Send either of these two authors a message to sit and chat in SecondLife! Suzi M or Sumiko Saulson. Also contact us on Facebook to arrange a SecondLife chat about women in horror and/or a tour of our digs there.

 

Locations for the Treasure Hunt (sURLs):

Castle Nemesis and The Asylum, Agravain

Book Excerpts and Other Freebies by Suzi Madron. Excerpts from the book Nemesis. Check out scenes from the book done in SecondLife!

Buffalo Reading Room, Bodhisena

Free 4 prim mike and stand with pose, 4Flavaz Musical Entertainment virtual t-shirts, and other Iconoclast Productions offerings:

Sumiko Saulson.s Reading Room, Agravain

Full inWorld copies of 60 Black Women in Horror (Notecard, and Kindoll Reader versions), free t-shirts, books, artwork by Sumiko Saulson. Comic books and book excerpts by Sumiko.

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Free Masiko Preis fashions, shrunken heads, headstones, and other items, artwork by Sumiko Saulson.

Hekate Galatea, Unknowable Objects, Rat Run

Free WiHM tshirt, WiHM poster, wearable pet snake, pet rat, textures and building items, and paintings.

 

You know what’s worse than white feminism? Jef Rouner’s mansplaining.

•February 9, 2017 • 1 Comment
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Here’s my response to Jef Rouner‘s statement “You know what’s worse than white feminism? Staying silent.”
That’s true, but the need for feminism is no excuse for white women to trot out the same victimhood card they’ve been using to shut down white men, and beat women of color over the head with it in order to silence our unique voices.
Furthermore, considering that white women are the ones who pushed Trump into office, I think we can tone down the victim blaming that embodies white feminism a little bit if we try hard.
Why are black women and disabled women being relegated to the sidelines? We can lead all by ourselves. Toni Morrison isn’t trying to lead your feminist revolution – she has her own revolution to lead – and she currently has a bigger audience than Gloria Steinem.
Conversely, the same people who bitch about POC asking them to be more inclusive bitch about how pop stars are doing it wrong. Madonna, Beyonce, Emma Watson, and other public figures who embrace and espouse feminism are being told by the old guard they are doing it wrong. It’s like the old 80s sex-positive versus Andrea Dworkin style feminism arguments are coming back to roost. It’s like no one ever read A Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s loving treatise about how the sex-shamey puritanical face of separatist feminism might bite us in the ass.
One of your commenters suggests that WOC should become educators, patiently holding the hands of the white feminists instead of telling them they are doing it wrong. But how can we be educators when people are unwilling to hear our voices?
Isn’t it better for us to just speak to our own audiences, and avoid bumping heads with people who have no desire to listen to us anyway?

Day 2: Jemiah Jefferson

•February 4, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Jemiah Jefferson was born in Denver, Colorado. Now living in southeast Portland, Oregon, she works in the editorial department at Dark Horse Comics, Inc. and is a regular contributor to Popshifter.com.

Jefferson started writing fiction at the age of twelve, always with the goal of writing the material she wants to see but that doesn’t yet exist. According to her website, the first draft of the novel that would become Voice of the Bloodwas written in 24 hours in 1990 in a fit of inspiration.

After another six years (and several more novels and short stories) she took her experiences of living in San Francisco and of her contacts with the young, amoral, and beautiful that she had there and applied them to situations and characters already in existence in her imagination, fueling the creation of an extended vampire “family.” This led her to four novels–Voice (originally titled Vox Sanguinus

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