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.

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WiHM Events, A Bad Snow White, and Heads that Roll

Howdy all! Every Saturday I share what I’m up to along with things I recommend you check out. Here’s what happened this week.

Upcoming Events

February 6th WiHM Getting to Know You: I’ll be participating in a Women in Horror Month blog post on the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Blog on the 6th of the month. This blog post includes female members who are horror writers talking about our chosen genre.

February 20-24 WiHM Blog Talks: I’d like to remind everyone about the Women in Horror Month event I’m hosting the last full week of February. The talks feature creative women in the horror genre talking about horrific topics and their favorite peers. It’s a shared blog event where you can respond the 5 topics and be featured in blogs up to 5 times during the event. CLICK HERE for all the details on how to join, or CLICK HERE to volunteer your blog or be featured in a blog.

Other Events You Should Know About

28 Days of Black Women in Horror History: Eden Royce and Ashlee Blackwell of Graveyard Shift Sisters are collaborating on this project. From Eden’s blog, “Each day in February, both Ashlee and I will post a brief bio, photo, and links to these horror sisters. Ashlee will focus on television and film on the Graveyard Shift Sisters site, while I focus on novels, short stories, and poetry here on my blog The Dark Geisha.” I’m looking forward to reading their posts and learning about a bunch of new ladies in horror. MORE INFO

The Movies

This week’s review was remembering the movie Kiss of the Tarantula.

This is a weird one more than a horrific one. While the spiders are supposed to be the thing that scares us, the lead actress is way creepier. Predictable character, constantly getting herself in situations, mostly sexual, that warrant the spider attacks she delivers. READ MORE

Stories

In an effort to read more fiction in 2017, I features a novel, anthology, or short story I’ve enjoyed over the past week. Below is this week’s read:

Flash Prequel to Snow White by Carole Gill
Check out this fun flash fiction story that’s just what the title says, a prequel to Snow White from the evil step mother’s perspective. I’ve always thought it would be fun to write some fairy tales that turn the good princesses into the bad ones, and this story delivers such a twist. It’s dark comedy you’ll enjoy. READ IT

This Week’s Release of The Courier

Chapter 10 of Warrant for Damnation was released on WattPad yesterday. Some crazy things happen this week you don’t want to miss, including Barry gets his first look at his fallen angel father’s temper.CLICK HERE to read it from the beginning or GOT TO chapter 10.

How to Help Me This Week

Every week, I end the post nicely begging you to help promote my work. Here’s this week’s request:

Follow my Amazon author page. CLICK HERE to follow me.

Thank you and have a GREAT week!

Remembering Kiss of the Tarantula

This week I’m remembering Kiss of the Tarantula, a movie released back in the 70s. Here’s what it’s about:

“John Bradley operates and lives in a mortuary along with his wife, Martha, and daughter, Susan, who collects tarantula spiders and has always been ostracized by her friends because… she’s a little bit strange.When Susan discovers that mommy dearest is plotting to have dear old dad killed by her secret lover, who is also dad’s brother, she places a tarantula in mommy’s bed while she sleeps. Abruptly awakened by the spider, mom dies of a heart attack. This bizarre little episode apparently puts sweet little Susan over the top. Later as a teenager, Susan uses her pet tarantulas in acts of revenge against her terrified classmates, who have been tormenting her for way too long. And innocent looking Susan doesn’t stop there, making good plot use of her father’s mortuary and her creepy little playmates!”

This is a weird one more than a horrific one. While the spiders are supposed to be the thing that scares us, the lead actress is way creepier. Predictable character, constantly getting herself in situations, mostly sexual, that warrant the spider attacks she delivers.

This is one of the many low-budget horror films that came out of the 70s, and over the years I’ve been obsessed with these types of movies. This one fell short for me though. I was a bit bored. Plus, the acting was really bad. still, there was some charm in the end that boosted my rating from a 1 to a 2.

My Rating: 2 out of 5

The Weekly Wrap Up with Mystery, Horror Comedy, and More

Howdy all! Here’s what happened this week.

Upcoming Events

No new events this week, but I do have a new Events page.

The Movies

This week I suggested you watch Solomon Kane.

Solomon Kane came out awhile back and apparently it didn’t do well at the box office. Not sure why. It was typical for fantasy, with dark magic and lots of sword fighting, but it was also a decent movie. Good acting, and the costumes and makeup added nicely to the dark atmosphere. READ MORE

Stories

In an effort to read more fiction in 2017, I features a novel, anthology, or short story I’ve read and enjoyed over the past week. Below is this week’s read:

Hallelujah is Dying by Michael Arches
Flint Harrington was Hallelujah’s marshal until Mayor Joe laid him off. Five months later, the mayor is dead, found collapsed in his mine. His widow asks Flint to investigate. He agrees to help her as a favor but expects to find that Joe died of natural causes. To Flint’s horror, he discovers instead that Joe was hiding a terrible secret from his wife and the town. Joe’s unexpected death pulls back a curtain and exposes a criminal enterprise thriving in Hallelujah’s dark and remote mines. BUY IT

Podcasts

I listened to the first Devil Dog Podcasts this week. Appropriate for me because it’s about horror comedy, the very thing I love writing best. I really enjoyed it and will catch up on more episodes. Here’s what the episode is about:

Jack and Jaime dive into the dark and hilarious world of horror comedy. Find out what their favorite uproarious horror films are as well as their take on using humor to mask the atrocities found within their own works of the dark fantastic.

If you want to listen, here’s a link to the episode that initially drew me in.

This Week’s Release of The Courier

Chapter 9 of Warrant for Damnation was released on WattPad yesterday. This week, Barry learns the truth about his father.CLICK HERE to read it from the beginning or GOT TO chapter 9.

How to Help Me This Week

Every week, I end the post nicely begging you to help promote my work. Here’s this week’s request:

Same as last week. Go like my Facebook page. CLICK HERE to go like it.

Have a GREAT week!

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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