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.
Today I’m choosing actress Sigourney Weaver who gave us Ellen Ripley in Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 & Alien Resurrection.
As well as having brains, she had courage, strength and ability – and she kicked the absolute shit out of those extra-terrestrial nightmares. We definitely need more female characters like Ripley in horror and sci-fi.
When I grow up, I want to be Ellen Ripley! 😉
Today I’m choosing author Sarah Waters, the writer of The Little Stranger. I’d been meaning to read it for years and finally got round to it last year. And I wasn’t disappointed.
The Little Stranger is subtly creepy, subjective in nature and has a cast of interesting characters. I had a feeling I knew what might be going, but this only made me like the story more. For me, it was the perfect type of ghost story.
Today I’m choosing actor Kathy Bates who gave us a terrifying screen version of Annie Wilkes from Stephen King’s Misery, as well as a whole load of wonderful characters in American Horror Story.
I cockadoodie love Kathy Bates. Ha!
Today I’m choosing author Katherine Clements. I recently read her ghost story The Coffin Path and absolutely loved it. It’s set in Yorkshire in a dark and moody landscape with characters who are equally dark and moody.
The protagonist, Mercy, is a strong, independent woman who’s willing to defend what’s hers no matter what.
This was the sort of ghost story I’d been craving for ages! After a few chapters in, I just knew I was going to love it. The characters, the setting and the prose just spoke to me on some magical level and so far it’s my favourite read of 2019.
I sincerely hope Clements will give us more ghost stories!