WOMEN MAKE HORROR
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 been well received critically and commercially and has gathered a number of award nominations including: Book of the Year at the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards and Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction at the Bram Stoker Awards, the oldest and most prestigious horror awards in the world. In April 2021, it won Best Edited Collection' at the BAFTSS 2021 book awards. Which was very pleasing.
“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
Women Make Horror is 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
"October is the time when everyone cozies up with horror movies, and if you’re interested to
learn more about the film industry, this should be your pick"
'"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
"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."
- Linda Mizejewski, distinguished professor of women's, gender and sexuality studies, Ohio State University
"There are many reasons why Women Make Horror 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
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"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"
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"I would've bought the collection for Alison Peirse's essay alone, a really wonderful introduction to this sweeping subject. Check it out"
"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"
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"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."
"Fantastic reading material"
"Fascinating stuff and something that has been on my mind since I started watching horror films and was told women weren't supposed to."
"Our favourite holiday present of 2020... A perfect gift for all"
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