Horror Roundtable 15 – Sexism in Horror
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When: 16 January, 2014
Time: 7pm EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)
Sexism in Horror
With so many brilliant female horror writers (think Anne Rice, Shirley Jackson, Daphne Du Maurier, Lisa Morton, Nancy Holder, Sarah Pinborough, Lisa Tuttle, Sarah Langan, Kaaron Warren, and many more), why is it that few of them–if any–ever appear on lists of the ‘best horror writers’? Is that the industry’s fault, or the fans? Is there sexism in the horror genre, a bias towards male writers, or is it just that there are more male writers? If a magazine gets 300 submissions for an issue and the majority is from males, isn’t it likely that the final Table of Contents will contain mostly men? Is that the magazine’s fault for not actively pursuing female submissions? And what if they’re then bullied into putting out a ‘women only’ issue; is that fair? If sexism is prevalent across the horror genre, what can be done about it, and where does the fault lie?
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Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty years as fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCIFICTION. She currently acquires short fiction for Tor.com. In addition, she has edited more than fifty science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year, Lovecraft’s Monsters, a reprint anthology of stories, each involving at least one of H. P. Lovecraft’s creations, the six volume series of retold fairy tales starting with Snow White, Blood Red, and Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy (the latter anthologies with Terri Windling).
Forthcoming are Nightmare Carnival, The Cutting Room, and The Doll Collection.
She’s won nine World Fantasy Awards, and has also won multiple Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, Stoker Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, Shirley Jackson Awards, and the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. Datlow was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre” and was honored with the Life Achievement Award given by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgment of superior achievement over an entire career.
Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, award-winning prose author, and Halloween expert. Her most recent release is the novel NETHERWORLD (JournalStone); forthcoming this June is ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: WASHINGTON DECEASED (Constable & Robinson). She currently serves as Vice President of the Horror Writers Association, and can be found online at http://www.lisamorton.com.
R.B. Chesterton’s first horror novel, THE DARKLING, was published last March by Pegasus Books. THE DARKLING was named one of the top 10 horror novels of the year by www.bloody-disgusting.com. A second dark novel, THE SEEKER, is set for publication March 6, 2014. R.B. Chesterton is a pseudonym for Carolyn Haines, who has published in a number of genres. Haines is a native of Mississippi. She teaches fiction writing at the University of South Alabama and also runs a non-profit animal rescue, Good Fortune Farm Refuge, where she tends cats, dogs, and horses. In 2010 she was honored with the Harper Lee Distinguished Writing Award, and in 2009 the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. You can find out more at www.carolynhaines.com.
Gary A. Braunback – bio to come.
Jason V Brock is an award-winning writer, editor, filmmaker, composer, and artist, and has been widely-published online, in comic books, magazines, and anthologies, such as Butcher Knives & Body Counts, Disorders of Magnitude (nonfiction collection), Simulacrum and Other Possible Realities (fiction/poetry collection), Fungi, Weird Fiction Review, Fangoria, S. T. Joshi’s Black Wings series, and many others.
He was Art Director/Managing Editor of Dark Discoveries magazine for more than four years, and has a biannual pro digest called [NAMELESS], which can be found on Twitter: @NAMELESSMAG, and on the Interwebs at www.NamelessMag.com.
He and his wife, Sunni, also run Cycatrix Press, and have a technology consulting business.
As a filmmaker, his work includes the critically-acclaimed documentaries Charles Beaumont: The Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man, The AckerMonster Chronicles!, and Image, Reflection, Shadow: Artists of the Fantastic. He is the primary composer and instrumentalist/singer for his band, ChiaroscurO. Brock loves his wife, their family of reptiles/amphibians, travel, and vegan/vegetarianism.
He is active on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter (@JASUNNI_JASONVB), and their personal website/blog, www.JaSunni.com.
Sephera Giron is the current head of the Ontario Chapter of the HWA and contributes to the Canadian Content Corner of the newsletter. She has over twenty books published with a new novella, CAPTURED SOULS, coming from Samhain Publishing on February 4, 2014.
Lisa Mannetti’s debut novel, THE GENTLING BOX, garnered a Bram Stoker Award and she has since been twice-nominated for the award in both the short and long fiction categories: (“1925: A Fall River Halloween” and Dissolution). Her story, “Everybody Wins,” was made into a short film by director Paul Leyden starring Malin Ackerman and released under the title Bye-Bye Sally. Recent short stories include, “Corruption,” in Nightscapes Volume 1 (September 2013) and “The Hunger Artist” in Zippered Flesh II (February 2013).
She has also authored The New Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (second edition to be published by Smart Rhino early 2014), two companion novellas in Deathwatch, (new edition Nightscape Press, December 2013), a macabre gag book, 51 Fiendish Ways to Leave your Lover, (Bad Moon Books, Feb 2010) as well as non-fiction books, and numerous articles and short stories in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. Forthcoming works include additional short stories and a novella about Houdini, The Box Jumper. She is currently working on a paranormal novel, Spy Glass Hill.
Lisa lives in New York.
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