RDSP has made a concerted effort to support women in horror and we consider it one of our biggest accomplishments to have had 3 releases from female writers on the Bram Stoker Ballot in the same year! This post is a round-up of interviews and conversations we’ve had on the subject of women’s contributions to the Horror genre.


Tips for supporting gender equality in the arts

  • When you read a great book by a woman (or experience any great art by a woman) make sure to spread the word, whether by doing a review or mentioning it to a friend, word of mouth is crucial
  • If you see a list of best authors that does not include women, make suggestions or recommendations of female authors that would fit that list
  • Seek art outside the mainstream, the independent music, movie, book and arts movements provide more freedom and therefore often more opportunities for women
  • If you believe in gender equality it is important to identify yourself as a feminist to combat the idea that feminism means man-hating or extreme ideas rather than a belief in equality
  • Consider reading outside of your comfort zone, while it takes extra effort there are great rewards to getting another perspective
  • If you are a woman working in horror know that you are a role model by default even if you are just doing what you love, you can effect change simply by being open and sharing what you are doing

Women in Horror Online, Round Table Discussion: