Women have always been making horror, they have always been an audience for the genre, and today, as this book reveals, women academics, critics and filmmakers alike are committed to a genre that offers almost unlimited opportunities for exploring and deconstructing social and cultural constructions of gender, sexuality and the body.

Women Make Horror is designed to inspire dialogue between critics, filmmakers, industry gatekeepers, festival programmers and horror film fans. With this book we can transform how we think about women filmmakers and genre.


It had an online launch in October 2020 with contributors and audience members from all over the world. It has gathered a number of global award nominations and wins including: Book of the Year at the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards; Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction at the Bram Stoker Awards (ahem, the oldest and most prestigious horror awards in the world), Best Edited Collection at the BAFTSS 2021 book awards and Best Non–Fiction at the British Fantasy Awards 2021. It also went up on display at the British Film Institute Library which made Alison very happy indeed.


“It’s about time a book like this came to light! May books like this - eloquently written - help to bring about

a shift toward equality and embracing female artistic perspectives whatever they may be.”

 - Katt Shea, feature film writer-director

"Get the book."

- Gigi Saul Guerrero, feature film writer-director

"A brilliant anthology. Both fascinating and revelatory,

it should be go-to reading for any filmmaker and cinema lover'"
- Gaylen Ross, feature filmmaker and female lead in Dawn of the Dead

"If you’re interested to learn more about the film industry, this should be your pick"

-  Spooky Non-Fiction, Ladies of Horror Fiction

"This book is a fantastic tool for anyone who loves horror films and wants to
deep dive into the themes of feminism within the genre"

Mikayla Daniels, Journal of Screenwriting

"A much-needed collection of feminist horror film criticism. Highly recommended"

- Lizzy Walker,  Monster Librarian

"accessible but bitingly incisive"

Chris Hogg, University of Westminster

"this collection is a worthwhile addition to the fields of both film studies and gender studies"

– Heather Duerre Humann, Journal of Popular Film and Television

'"I found this collection of essays (the first all-female and female edited book of its kind)

deeply moving, oftentimes upsetting and always incredibly inspirational"

- Rebecca McCallum, Ghouls Magazine

"At a time when academic presses are churning out edited collections about anything and everything,

Women Make Horror is likely to have a true impact on how popular cinema

is written about, discussed and taught in years to come'" 

- Johnny Walker,  New Review of Film and Television Studies

'"It points out the potential of the female voice in genre filmmaking and horror as a means of expression

and as a challenge to the status quo, a possible path towards gender equality and resistance'"

- Tanja Bresan, Film International

"This thrilling collection of essays confirms what women have known since Mary Shelley: patriarchy is scary, and the horror genre can gruesomely, gloriously play out its nightmares. It will jumpstart a new playlist of women’s horror cinema."

 - Professor Linda Mizejewski, Ohio State University

Referenced in "We Spit on Your Grave: Women and the Video Nasties'" article

- Alexandra Heller–Nicholas, Sight and Sound Magazine

"There are many reasons why it is an important book: it responds to its time (the #metoo movement, the horror resurgence and the renaissance of women in horror), it starts the uphill battle of filling the gap in the scholarship

regarding women as makers of horror and carves up space for filmmakers and the writers of the book

to be recognised within the ‘boys club’ that is the industry and academia"

- Bruna Foletto Lucas, The Dark Arts Journal

"A fabulous and much–needed  collection of film criticism"

Audra, Ouija Reads

"it seeks to demolish assumptions and misconceptions based on decades of 

flawed scholarly, critical and industrial thinking about horror cinema and gender"

James Gracey, Behind the Couch: Safe Fear in a Domestic Setting

"A book to read, and reread"

Les griffes de la forêt 

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 Ladies of Horror Fiction

"Women Make Horror excels in providing rigorous criticism of horror cinema in terms of the genre's production and reception"

- Christina Brennan, Ghoulish

"The work of incredible academics... A fundamental work of analysis for understanding how fear is embodied in women"

- Mujeresdelterror

Profiled, New Releases for October 2020

-  Horror Writer's Association

"I would've bought the collection for Alison Peirse's essay alone, a really wonderful introduction to this sweeping subject. Check it out"

- Horror in Real Life

"As a huge fan of the genre, it’s so heartening and inspiring to hear from women, about women who have worked/are working in the field"

- How to Breathe Deep

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The Roarbots

"Women Make Horror is an excellent addition to any fan’s library who is interested in the scholarly examination of a genre that is often demonized or dismissed by critics."


"Even though it's a perfect read for Halloween week, it's an essential text for course-correcting film history."

The Future of Film is Female

"Fantastic reading material"

- Final Girls Berlin Film Festival

"Fascinating stuff and something that has been on my mind since I started watching horror films and was told women weren't supposed to."

Typical Books YouTube Channel

"Our favourite holiday present of 2020... A perfect gift for all"

- Magic Dog Productions

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