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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Wednesday WiHM Blog Talks: Scary Confessions

Welcome to our third day of Women in Horror Month Blog Talks featuring a discussion on our scary confessions. Below is a list of blogs and guests in today’s talks.

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W. J. Howard hosts
Scary Inspiration
by W. J. Howard with Lauren Curtis

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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Audrey Brice hosts
Secret Confession: I’m Not a Woman in Horror
by B.E. Scully

B.E. Scully lives in a haunted red house that lacks a foundation in the misty woods of Oregon with a variety of human and animal companions.
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Lincoln Farish hosts
Inner Voice
by Suzie Lockhart

Convinced she was destined to be an artist, Suzie Lockhart attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh after graduating high school, but the gnawing urge to write remained with her.
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Nightmares
by Naching T. Kassa

Naching T. Kassa is a wife, mother, and Horror Author. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the Demonic Visions series.
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Naching T. Kassa hosts
A Path of Fear
by Carson Buckingham

Carson Buckingham is a professional novelist, short story writer, editor, proofreader, copywriter, technical writer, comedy writer and worshipper of Terry Pratchett and Shirley Jackson.
AND
Nightmare Influence
by Zrinka Jelic

Zrinka Jelic is a member Romance Writers of America and its Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal chapter, as well as Savvy Authors. She writes contemporary fiction, which leans toward the paranormal and adds a pinch of history.
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Travis Heermann hosts
Enter the Spirit World
by Audrey Brice

Audrey Brice writes paranormal thrillers, mysteries, and horror stories where spirits, demons, and occult practitioners are both heroes and villains.
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Everyday Horror
by Briana Robertson

Briana Robertson is the author of all things dark–horror, fantasy, poetry, and more. Advocate for mental health and suicide awareness. Wife and mother of three.
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Claire Fitzpatrick hosts
Irrational Things
by Claire L. Fishback

Claire lives in Morrison, Colorado with her loving husband, Tim, and their pit bull mix, Belle. Writing has been her passion since age six.
AND
Fear of Failure
by James P. McDonald

James is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fic author, technology and futurist speaker.
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Roadie Notes hosts
Night Terrors
by KC Grifant

The founding co-chair of the Horror Writers Association’s San Diego Chapter, KC Grifant has written scifi, horror and fantasy stories for the Lovecraft Ezine and more.
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Scary Confession About Where I Find Inspiration

Thanks for dropping by for day 3 of the Women in Horror Month Blog Talks. Today is Scary Confessions, but mine is not so scary in that I draw much inspiration for my work from artwork. This started when I was a kid, during frequent visits to the Art Institute Chicago. Back then I was more of a visual artist than an artist of written words. If your genre is horror, how can you not draw inspiration from paintings like Saturn Devouring His Son by Francisco Goya. Anything horrific hanging in an art museum has always gotten long stares from me. It’s gotten so that I can’t go to an art museum without a notebook.

Awhile back I wrote a flash fiction story inspired by this amazing piece to the right by Lauren Curtis, an artists I’ve known online for a number of years now and greatly admire.

Lauren Curtis is a diverse artist, creating anything from the most beautiful and serene pieces to the more dark. Here’s a little something about it:

“SkullXBones (in red) was taken in the Kutna Hora Bone Ossuary outside of Prague…it’s a small church with the entire interior decorated in human bones! Lauren shot this B&W image of the skulls and cross-bones that line the doorways, and enhanced it in Photoshop.”

Originally, I thought it would be fun to write a story about the church where the picture was taken. Knowing how Lauren created the piece also inspired me to read a little history about the skull and cross bones. A Google search led me in a different direction. First, in Wikipedia, I read, “Actual skulls and bones were long used to mark the entrances to Spanish cemeteries.” So I went back to Google and looked up ‘Spanish cemetery’ and found an article that was too irresistible to pass up. Spanish cemetery posts eviction notices on burial sites, on the MSNBC website, was the final inspiration to write a story about grave eviction.

I highly recommend you check out more of Lauren’s work at these sites:

http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com (NEW fine art site!)
https://laurencurtis.wordpress.com (her Blog)
http://www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt (Facebook Fine Art Page)
http://www.LaurenCurtisArt.com (commercial & fine art)
http://laurencurtis.imagekind.com/ (cards, T-shirts, photography, illustration)
https://twitter.com/LaurenCurtisArt (now on Twitter)

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