Required Reading: Black History Month Edition

Remember when I took a look at Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers back in 2010? Well, it turns out there have been several sequels! The other installments in the series are: Whispers in the Night, The Ancestors and Voices From The Other Side. All of which are well worth a look (both the previews I linked to and the full versions).

Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Robin R. Means Coleman is a fascinating and highly informative read. If you skipped out on looking through the sources cited in last year’s examination of the Blacula films, now’s your chance to make up for that mistake! The only down side is how it appears to be the only book devoted entirely to the subject on Google Books (as of this writing).

But books are not the only thing you can read for information on the above subject. The blog Graveyard Shift Sisters is devoted to looking at the role of women of color in all aspects of the horror genre. They also have a wonderful podcast which comes highly recommended.

Browsing through the Wikipedia article “Racism in horror films” while gathering notes for a future post led me to find interesting articles like “Will It Get Better For Black People In the Horror Genre?” and “Fact Check: Do Black Characters Always Die First in Horror Movies?” (among numerous others). There’s so much to learn, so you should start reading now!

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