Thursday WiHM Blog Talks: Evil Women in Pop Culture

Welcome to our fourth day of Women in Horror Month Blog Talks featuring a discussion on evil women in pop culture. Below is a list of blogs and guests in today’s talks.

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W. J. Howard hosts
The Worst Kind of Villain
by James P. McDonald

James is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fic author, technology and futurist speaker.
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James P. McDonald hosts
Women Who Kill
by C.A. Verstraete

C.A. Verstraete loves writing with a bit of a scare! She is author of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and a young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie.
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W. J. Howard hosts
My top 5 Villainesses in Horror/SF Horror list
by Juli D. Revezzo

Juli writes fantasy and romantic stories filled in with elements garnered from a lifetime love affair with magic, myth, witches, wizards, and fated lovers and legend.
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C.A. Verstraete hosts
Death Personified
by Zrinka Jelic

Zrinka Jelic lives in Ontario, Canada. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and its Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal chapter, as well as Savvy Authors.
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Claire Fitzpatrick hosts
Beverley Allitt: Serial Murderer and
Evil Woman in Pop Culture
by W. J. Howard

Wendy Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two boisterous beagles, and wine is an important part of her diet.
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My top 5 Villainesses in Horror/SF Horror list

Juli D. Revezzo writes fantasy and romantic stories filled in with elements garnered from a lifetime love affair with magic, myth, witches, wizards, and fated lovers and legend. She is the author of The Antique Magic series and the Paranormal Romance Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, Gothic romance, Lady of the Tarot, as well as a steampunk historical romance. Her short stories have appeared in Eternal Haunted Summer, Luna Station Quarterly, among others. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.

Wendy asked me to come here and give you a glimpse of my favorite women in Horror. Trouble is, my mind went blank. How many could I include? What formats are we to pull from? Fictional? Or Films? Or filmmaking? Historical? Can one consider scifi “horror”? As some do? I must say, my writing and my heroines owe much to all of those subjects.

Considering it all, there are a lot to choose from, so in the end, I decided to do what I like to do best and mash my list together. Here, then, is my very eclectic top 5 villainesses, in no particular order.

1. The Alien Queen (From the Alien series). Who else would even think to tear off part of their own body to go after a meal? I know she’s more animal than anything else, so maybe she just works on pure instinct, but ouch!

2. Carmilla, proved vampirism isn’t just for Eastern European men! To young Laura, Carmilla is an intriguing new friend. But she is odd… She seems ageless, possibly can change into animal form, and resembles a portrait of someone centuries old. And young girls all around Carmilla start dying in mysterious circumstances. Yet, she’s charismatic and beguiling.

3. Gozer the Gozerian from Ghostbusters. She has one of the best lines in movie history, I think: “Are you a god?” I wonder how she got so evil, and what gave her such a short temper? (Think of it, if she’d zapped the ghostbusters way too quickly! No sympathy for humanity at all). Why? Was she brought up hearing people worship her from day one? Or did she have to fight her way to her position and won’t take shit, because of her past battles? Hmmm….

4. Jennet Humfrye, The Woman in Black (movie version). She may be an evil ghost woman but honestly, I feel sorry for her. The way her family treated her! I understand it was a different time, and unwed mothers were shunned, but still I feel for her for losing her son and can understand why she would still pine for a child (any child) after death. With a background like Jennet’s who wouldn’t want to revenge from beyond the grave?

5. Rhoda from The Bad Seed. Not only is Rhoda an obsessive brat, but she’s killed people with no remorse? Oh, dear. Not the kind of child you’d want living next door to you, for sure.
Katherine (the mother from) The Witch. Though the daughter fits neatly into the last woman, trend, I think the mother qualifies as a villain in that, from the very beginning of the family’s troubles, Katherine seems to have it out for Thomasin. She won’t hear any explanations, won’t sympathize with Thomasin, (her own daughter), blames Thomasin for all their trouble … and overall just treats her horribly, all because of plain superstition. Who wants a mother like that?

So that’s my list. How about yours? Do you see any of your favorites here?

Thanks, Wendy, for having me here today. This was fun! Fortunately, most of my heroines fall on the good side of evil. They do the vanquishing, more often than not. If you’d like the check them out, some of their stories are below.

Website: http://www.julidrevezzo.com
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The Worst Kind of Villain

One of my favorite topics is always the villain. If you have a character that is evil for the sake of evil, who cares. The best villain is the one who believes they are doing the right thing for the right reasons. And often, if the protagonist is the “evil” one, we find greater truths.

Starting with Maleficent, you get to see the betrayal that turned an innocent protector into a vengeful being. This echoes strongly with the story of Eris and the Golden Apple. You get to go from that view of the story told in Sleeping Beauty to see and empathize with her.

Other stories I love are the ones where you are trying to define the evil. In Cat People, both the 1942 and 1982 versions, you see a woman who is fighting with her impassioned human mind, against her animalistic instincts. A woman falls in love with a man, but because of a curse, she is unable to be intimate with him due to a curse. As things are wont to happen, another woman draws his interest, and the animal in the “villain” takes over. You have to question in a story like this, is the cursed woman evil, or is it the curse?

And if you’ve never seen the original “Let the Right One In,” (Not the American remake) it’s hard to really define the evil in the story. The obvious evil would normally be the vampire in the story. But if you look underneath, it’s really love and compassion for a bullied child that triggers the “evil.”

In all three of these stories, we see a female villain put forth, but as is often the case, it’s not that they set out to be evil, or commit horrors. We get to see allegories of the horrors that made those characters, and ultimately led to the decisions they make.

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BIO: James is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fic author, technology and futurist speaker.

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Sick and Tired

What a week! Can’t believe I accomplished anything with both gluten contamination and the flu. ICK! It’s why my weekly wrap up is late. So, what happened this week? Not much, but here it is.

Upcoming Events

I’ll be in a Women in Horror Month (WiHM) post on the RMFW blog February 6th. We’re talking about women in horror, surprise surprise. I’ll be talking about childhood influences that led me to be a horror fanatic.

Other than that, I’m looking for more to do for WiHM, so if you know of anything, let me know.

New Blog Segment Coming

I’ll be adding a Thursday post on evil in pop culture later this month. It’s something I’ve done a lot of research on, so why not, right? The first post is about evil corporations, and I’m looking for guest opinions for these posts. If you’re interested in adding your 2 cents, CLICK HERE to submit content for the blog posts.

The Movies

This week I reviewed Cooties, a fun zombie movie you can watch with the kids as long as they’re not too young.

The Stories

I finished reading Heart of the Goblin King this week. This book is paranormal romance, a genre I don’t usually read, but I loved this book and found myself a bit attached to the characters.

Heart Of The Goblin King (The Realm Trilogy Book 1) by Lisa Manifold
Brennan,the King of the Goblin Realm finds himself facing his greatest challenge he’s faced since he came to the throne. A rogue sorcerer is raising an army of Brennan’s own subjects against him threatening the peace Brennan has worked so hard to create for his people. Thankfully, he’s engaged to an eminently suitable lady, because who has time for love? Not with his kingdom on the brink of chaos. Iris is on a date with her crush, Heath. He’s on the verge of asking her out again when she crash lands into a weird guy who looks like he’s wearing a dress in the ladies bathroom. All she wants to do is get away from him, but ends up kidnapped and taken off to who knows where.

This Week’s Release of The Courier

Chapter 7 of Warrant for Damnation was released on WattPad yesterday. Barry found Nina last week, but this week .CLICK HERE to read it from the beginning or GOT TO chapter 7.

BTW, I added a form to my website to request free copies of book in The Courier series. The link is at the top of the columns. You can request a book for yourself and a friend.

How to Help Me This Week

Every week I nicely beg you to support me in some way. Here’s this week’s request:

If you’re a Twitter addict like me, please follow @by_wjhoward and @TheCourierNovel. Quick and simple.

That’s all this week. Have a great weekend!

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