Today I’m choosing writer and humanist Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Her story The Yellow Wallpaper was a semi-biographical piece written when she was suffering from postnatal depression.
The Yellow Wallpaper is a harrowing tale in which Gilman highlights the issue of mental health in a time when women experiencing depression were seen as being hysterical and nervous.
Today I’m choosing author Sarah Pinborough specifically for her novel Mayhem which is a supernatural thriller set in the time when Jack the Ripper was on the prowl.
As well as the fact that I do love a good Jack the Ripper mystery, Mayhem totally absorbed me into its setting of London’s gaslit streets and opium dens. I felt like I could well have been there. Loved it!
Today I’m choosing Dutch artist Lois Van Baarle. Her work is very fantasy-like, but some of it has a definite dark streak.
Take a look at her stuff HERE…her portfolio is fun, vibrant, gorgeous and pretty addictive.
Today I’m choosing Anne Rice’s character Akasha who was the very first vampire in existence and the mother of them all.
As well as the fact that all of Rice’s vampires originated from this one woman, I love that she’s a total narcissistic monster.
Today I’m choosing Canadian film director Mary Harron who gave us the screen version of American Psycho.
Bret Easton Ellis, the author of American Psycho, was never a huge fan of the film. He didn’t believe that it needed to be translated from page to screen. But I think Harron did a great job, as director and script co-writer, in delivering a very memorable movie that’s laced with black humour and fits nicely into the classic horror category.
Today I’m choosing author Susan Hill who has given us a collection atmospheric, gothic ghost stories such as The Woman in Black and The Mist in the Mirror.
Hill’s ghost stories are the perfect accompaniment for autumn and winter nights in.
Today I’m choosing the film The Craft.
Released in 1996, it came out at a time in my teens when I was at the beginning of my goth phase and knew what it felt like to be a bit of an outcast. It was a film that really resonated with me, therefore I couldn’t not put it on the list.
The film follows four teenage girls who form their own coven. Each of them cast a spell to get whatever it is they most desire (power, wealth, revenge and beauty), but once they get what they want, the old adage ‘be careful what you wish for’ comes into play and things start falling apart.
Throughout the film the four teens learn valuable lessons from the situations they’ve set in motion. Basically, it’s a story that highlights the importance of being empathic and fair, and not letting power go to your head.
Today I’m choosing author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley who gave us Frankenstein.
Shelley, an English writer who was born in 1797, came up with the idea for Frankenstein while holidaying in Lake Geneva with her husband Percy Shelley, her step-sister Claire Clairmont, Lord Byron (who’d had an affair with Claire Clairmont and got her pregnant) and Byron’s physician John William Polidori.
The weather was a bit of a washout during their holiday and they spent their evenings entertaining each other with ghost stories. Eventually Byron suggested they should all write a ghost story of their own. And that’s when Shelley began to write Frankenstein. She was only 19 at the time.
I can’t imagine the world of horror without Frankenstein’s monster in it. Shelley inarguably created a timeless monster.
Today I’m choosing artist Lindsey Kustusch.
Okay, so she doesn’t exactly promote herself within the field of horror, but I’m taking the liberty of using her in my WIHM line-up anyway.
Her corvid paintings are absolutely stunning and they speak to my dark side in a way that fills my black heart with an abundance of joy and makes me wish I could fill my entire house with her work.
Check out her stuff HERE
Today I’m choosing the queen alien from Aliens and Alien 3: a perfect follow on from yesterday’s choice.
I’ve thought long and hard and this is one of the best female ‘monsters’ in horror that I can think of. And the fact she was pitched against Ellen Ripley makes for an an epic combination.
So hooray to the Alien movies for giving us not only a kickass female protagonist in Ellen Ripley (who’s a great role model for any girl), but also a terrifying female antagonist.