Date: Ongoing through February 2015
Website/Social Media Links: http://www.horrortree.com
Description: For this year’s Women in Horror Month, Horror Tree will be providing a variety of interviews and guest posts by some of our favorite authors!
February 7, 2015- Story Worms: Interview with Chantal Noordeloos, a Women in Horror Month Special
Excerpt: “As part of WiHM, I have interviewed fellow female horror writer, Chantal Noordeloos. When she’s not raising her supervillain daughter, Chantal writes the stories that haunt her most. She’s a self-proclaimed genre floozie, who battles demons as easily as she travels through rips in space and time. If she had a warning label, it would read: “Warning, contains shenanigans.”
“A lot of people use the argument that ‘women don’t write horror’, and that’s bull. There may be less female authors out there than male in the genre, but we’re there… and there are quite a few of us. What I’ve learned so far is that quite a few people shy away from female authors. What I suspect is that people assume that if horror is written by a woman, it will automatically focus on romance somehow. I’ve been told that women can’t write ‘real horror’, and that we don’t go as ‘deep’ or as ‘far’ as men do. To anyone who thinks that, I invite you to read my novel, or even my short stories. There is little I shy away from. I write brutal stuff“
February 19, 2015- WiHM: Angel of Death in Horror
Excerpt: “It’s the ultimate high. Here, why don’t you come on over and try it? Everyone is doing it. All you have to do is give in. All you have to do is take a step, and then a leap and I’ll catch you because that’s what I do. Didn’t you know what you were getting into before you decided to take my hand? There’s no going back now. Look down, you’ll see where you came from, but only I know where you’re going.
Death. It’s the end of everything and yet something we all have to face. Don’t you agree?”
February 21, 2015- WIHM: Being Accepted As A Young Writer
Excerpt: “An interview with Mariesa Inez whose short “Seven Minutes” will be released in the upcoming ‘Paying the Ferryman’ anthology.” -Jerry Benns
February 22, 2015- WiHM: Short Kisses And Dark Nights
Excerpt: The relationship between the writer and the reader has been described as an intense but brief love affair, distant yet freakishly intimate. While a novel can be seen as a lengthy romance, Stephen King suggested “a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.” – Amanda Hard
February 25, 2015– WiHM: What Horror Means To Me
Excerpt: I can still remember sitting on the couch as a child watching Psycho with my mom. She had enjoyed watching Alfred Hitchcock films growing up and wanted to share this interest with me. I watched the film with wide eyes; scared but unable to take my eyes away. It took me about a year to be able to shower with my eyes closed after that, but somehow it didn’t deter me. My interest in horror only grew.
In elementary school while other kids were interested in shows like Teletubbies and reading The Boxcar Children series, I was watching Are You Afraid of the Dark? and reading R.L. Stine Fear Street books -Heidi Lane
February 28, 2015- WiHM: Women Editing In Horror
Excerpt: “In my experience as an editor of horror, I have worked on some horror stories from women that were for lack of a better word—extreme. Women horror writers can kick ass when it comes to writing hard-core horror and do not pull any punches. I’ve read plenty of stories with blood and gore and terrifying monsters and there was still a good story plot. Women can write extreme horror. Not every vampire a woman writes about is going to brood and whine and pose, they are going to eat their victim’s face off. Women are able to hang with the best of the men and I have read/edited stories that made me a little squeamish. As an editor my job is to make sure the story is as strong as possible. What I have seen is in between the gore and action are very good, solid stories of horror. There is a market out there for extreme horror and women are able to deliver with the best of them—everything from psychopathic killers to the most fantastical monsters.” – Margaret L. Colton