I could have talked about the women who make horror happen. I could have gone back to Mary Shelley, or I could have come all the way up to Elisabeth Fies or Jen & Sylvia Soska. To be honest, I'd have to have done a lot of research on the likes of Mary Harron or Mary Lambert to get that all ready, because women filmmakers have been so poorly represented by the masses, though the likes of Ms. Fies and the all-woman genre-fest Bleedfest have been working to change that.
Christine Hadden, Emily Intravia, Stacie Ponder, Andre Dumas (Hi TW!), Brittney-Jade Colangelo, and Kristy Jett. Oh, and there are the women of The Midnight Warriors who have been kind enough to share their own Women in Horror posts this month, who include:
- Michele of The Girl Who Loves Horror (Who just sent me this cool post, BTW!)
- Jinx of Totally Jinxed
- Syrin of My Own Little Corner
- Enbrethliel of Shredded Cheddar
- (And, Bleaux Leaux of the Bleaux Leaux Reveaux - who is not a woman in horror, but that's OK. We take all kinds at FMWL. Rock on good sir!)
So what can I do to take on this impossible challenge? How can I truly honor the women who have fought for horror despite the sad truth that they get far less of a chance than their male counterparts in most situations? I've spent too much time considering questions like this, but the answer is simple.
And this is the part where I start to sound like Bill Murray in Scrooged, because it becomes evident that recognizing the women who have advanced the horror genre simply can not be a one time deal. Sure, Women in Horror Month is still February, and will still be February - a fact we all owe to the fabulous Hannah Neurotica who conceived this lovely C.H.U.D. of a month (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) - but we don't have to just celebrate the women who make horror great once a year. It's our duty as horror fans to shake the trees, to light the fires, to cry from the mountaintops - all from the safety of our computers, of course - to find a way to remind the world that women have given more to horror than we've ever imagined. That women MEAN more to horror than we've ever let on. That women in horror are among us, and that they are often ridiculously fantastic.
It's with great pride that I salute all who have given to Women in Horror Month, from the Midnight Warriors who have shared here to the filmmakers who have fought for the cause. But as I do so, I feel obliged to offer a challenge. You've all done great things for Women in Horror - now do more. If we work together, if we keep on pushing the boundaries of what we find comfortable, we can make sure that Women in Horror are never forgotten again. That's gonna take a lot of work, but - like I said - I'm not going anywhere. Women in Horror will always be a key part of what From Midnight, With Love is - no matter what month it is.