#WIHMX Day 11 – Leigh Janiak

Today I’m choosing film director Leigh Janiak whose directorial debut was Honeymoon (2014) starring Rose Leslie.

It’ll be interesting to see what Janiak has to offer in the future after this strong, eerie introduction to her work.

I delight in what I fear - Shirley Jackson

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#WIHMX Day 10 – Sarah Paulson

Today I’m choosing actor Sarah Paulson. Another versatile, favourite of mine from American Horror Story.

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#WIHMX Day 9 – Caitlin Hackett

Today I’m choosing fine artist and illustrator Caitlin Hackett. Her work is both beautiful and disturbing.

As a fellow animal lover, I love the idea behind what motivates each of her pieces: that she is extremely sympathetic to nature, seeking to highlight what we as humans are doing to poison the world around us.

There’s something very sinister-fairy-tale about her work. It’s simply stunning!

Check out her stuff here: https://caitlinhackett.carbonmade.com

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#WIHMX Day 8 – Anne Rice

Today I’m choosing author Anne Rice, the very lady who brought to us Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat – as well as many more! I went through a phase of totally devouring her vampire fiction in my early twenties. To me, she’ll probably always be the vampire queen.

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#WIHMX Day 7 – Morticia Addams

Today I’m choosing character Morticia Addams, as portrayed by Anjelica Houston. She was extremely statuesque and admirable – especially to a young goth at the time!

Morticia was a modern woman and feminist, therefore a great role model. She understood the value of her female ancestors and the importance of empowering her daughter, Wednesday.

She’ll always have a top spot in my list of most memorable women in horror.

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#WIHMX Day 6 – Sarah Lotz

Today I’m choosing author Sarah Lotz. Her novel The White Road was one of my favourite reads last year. It’s about an adrenalin junkie who goes caving, has a near-death experience, then decides to climb Mount Everest. Lotz really captures the sense of dread in both extreme environments (especially in the caving scenarios). I genuinely felt a little nauseous when reading about the tight spots!

Day Four was a fun, quick read about the mayhem on board a cruise liner when passengers start dying.

I have her other novel The Three lined up as my next read, and I’m pretty certain I won’t be disappointed.

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#WIHMX Day 5 – Debra Hill

Today I’m choosing film producer and screenwriter Debra Hill who co-wrote the script for Halloween and The Fog with John Carpenter. She also produced the film Clue which, although not strictly horror, was a favourite of mine as a kid – all that murder and silliness and Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn!  🖤 

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#WIHMX Day 4 – Michelle Paver

Today I’m choosing author Michelle Paver. Her novels Dark Matter and Thin Air are two of my favourite books. Dark Matter is about an Arctic expedition and Thin Air is about an expedition to Kangchenjunga in the Himalayas. Both of them are ghost stories, set in the 1930s, which play up to their environment; the sunless situation of Dark Matter and the altitude struggles in Thin Air. If you like your horror reads to be subtle and filled with creeping dread, I urge you to read these two books by Paver if you haven’t already.

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#WIHMX Day 3 – Jennifer Kent

Today I’m choosing Jennifer Kent, the Australian actress, writer and director, whose first directorial offering was The Babadook.

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I was hugely impressed with The Babadook and it remains one of my favourite horror films of recent years. The way it was shot and the issues it raised, what can I say? It hit my sweet spot with the sort of subjective, psychological creeping dread that I love best.

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#WIHMX Day 2 – Jessica Lange

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Today I’m choosing Jessica Lange, simply because I adore her roles in American Horror Story – of which I’m a huge fan. Lange is the show’s matriarchal badass; she’s feisty and gorgeous and manages to portray her villainous characters so damn well. They’re always multi-layered, complex personalities and Lange has this great knack for making them wholly believable.

Jessica Lange, please come back! AHS needs you.

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