Women in Horror month is February.
But women continue to write horror, contribute to the genre and struggle to be read all year long. When topics of diversity in table of contents come up, I am always surprised at how few women writers are mentioned, and even fewer are published.
I asked on Facebook for some names of speculative fiction writers, and then went looking on my own. At first this was to expand my own ‘to-read’ lists, and editorial rolodex. But then I asked myself, why was I keeping it to myself? I went and found websites (or tried to, best I could) for each of the names I found, and made a list.
I cannot stress how easy it was to find 400 names. You could fill TOC after TOC with the talent listed below and never once sacrifice anything to do it.
Is this list done? No, not at all. I’m not even done with the writers in my own Facebook friends list. This is a drop in the bucket of women writers.
But MOST importantly: I am just some guy with a website. Inclusion or Exclusion from this list is irrelevant to the legitimacy of any one as writer. This list is here to help spread the word about women horror writers of all types, not as something ‘official’.
I will endeavor to update it, however. I have two more sources to look through already, which will add quite a few names.
Still, know someone who needs to be on this list (maybe even yourself)? Drop a note here or on Twitter, and let me know, and I’ll add them on. Same if I have you on this list, but got the web address wrong.
Women in Horror month is February, but the time to read women horror and speculative writers is all year. And the time to see them as anything less than a full contributing part of the genre has long passed.
So take a look, click a link, go, read a book and see what you are missing. I know I will be.
Women Horror / Speculative Fiction Writers
Writers I could not find websites for:
- Amanda Nethers
- Anna Haney
- Erin Coughlin
- Evangeline Frost
- K. T. Jane
- Kimberly Yernia
- Leigh Rhyne
- Meg Moore
- Megan Rhode
- Sarah Reed
- Violet Addison
- Karin Tauscher Fuller
- Jessie Grayson
- Nora Younger Azzi
- Ellen Bolt
- Sara J. Larson
- Ann Stapleton
- Catherine Bader
- Allison Sutherland
- Michelle Witte
- Brie Bahmer