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Saturday, February 12, 2011

It's Women In Horror Month Let's Honor Them!

Let's face it, we owe them a huge debt not just the women writers of horror but the actresses too.

On the literary front Mrs. Radcliffe is considered to have begun the gothic genre. She wrote: The Mysteries of Udolpho, The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne, Gaston de Blondeville, The Italian, The Romance of the Forest and A Sicilian Romance.

Continuing onward would be the teen-aged Mary Wollstonecroft (soon to be Mary Shelley) writing the masterpiece, Frankenstein. This novel, to my mind, is the real starting point of the entire horror genre.

In more recent times: Shirley Jackson (The Haunting of Hill House) Susan Hill (The Woman in Black) Angela Carter (The Bloody Chamber) Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles, Lives of the Mayfair Witches, Servant of the Bones, etc)--!

These are the greats of literary horror, thinking horror. Horror with richly drawn characters and a plot to die for!

So what about the actresses? Those iconic ladies that frightened the daylights of me, for instance! Although there have been more there are two who stand out: the late, great Ingrid Pitt and Barbara Steele.

I spent many a night with the light on and the covers pulled up over my head because of these two.

Women have contributed greatly to horror fiction and film and they deserve our respect.

I seek in my own small way to honor them by contributing what I can in writing good horror fiction.

I thank those who first led the way and the greats who continue to do so.
And if you don't think a woman can write terrifying horror, here's scene from Susan Hill's The Woman In Black:

'Nuff said!


Lisa Lane said...

All greats (I do have a soft spot for Gothic horror). I had never heard of THE WOMAN IN BLACK; thanks for sharing the clip!

Anonymous said...

Lisa, thanks so much.
If you can try to see it.
I don't scare easily but it is the most eerie, scary film I've ever seen.
It's done as a stage play too.

the novel is excellent as well.

Lee said...

Mary Shelly has massive shoulders!

Anonymous said...

Lee, you're a riot! That's why she wrote Frankenstein! She began life nearly shoulderless! And Dr. Leopold (Lee, for short) Von Frankenstein (!!!) an early pioneer in plastic surgery did this op on her. And eventually Mary remembered, well how could she forget--and so she wrote Frankenstein!

Anonymous said...

Carole, nice one. I had planned on including Barbara Steele in my write-up, too, but then ran out of space. No one can forget the witch Asa!

Anonymous said...

Barbara Steel scared the daylights out of me when I watched her as a kid! Wow!
yes so true, but Guido I commend you for your blog posts, it far outshines mine!

It is amazing!