the horrors that linger

Black Horror, Film, genre, Horror, movie, response

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It’s interesting how horror works as a genre when combined with Black characters. Of course Black characters matter in terms of representing the population on a surface level, but presenting Black characters in horror stories, amidst our already horrific past, elicits a much deeper sense of dread when played out on screens. Horror by itself is already rooted in reality somewhat—everyone has seen a creepy doll like Annabelle or been spooked by the cemeteries that appear in several horror stories. I think what separates, and perhaps elevates, Black horror from general, superficially scary stories is the deep knowledge that the things typically depicted in Black horror were once (and still are) very, very real.

Related imageEve’s Bayou (1997) dir. Kasi Lemmons

What made me think about this, in particular, was Terence Taylor’s “Wet Pain”, which may not even be ‘typical’ horror with evil spirits and possession, depending on one’s interpretation of…

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FACT: Documentary Doesn’t Mean Fact, Anymore.

cinema, cinematography, documentary, ethics, manipulation, nonfiction

Desiree Lindsay

WAKE UP! Documentary doesn’t necessarily equal facts, at least not anymore. Welcome to the era where documentaries are beginning to dominate as the public’s source of news, information and thought. A recent study found only 6% of Americans feel they have a “great deal of trust in the press.” So with the combination of our lack of trust in news, documentary cinematic and emotional appeal and streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix – documentaries and their views have sky rocketed and drastically evolved over the last two decades.

Documentaries are reaching audiences never before seen. They’re shaping culture and society and now have the power to influence people to change their vote, donate to that cause, consider that person innocent, consider that other person guilty, boycott animal products, boycott this company and aid in propaganda for another. I mean, the list goes on. Point being: documentaries are POWERFUL and…

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What makes it “horror”?

genre, horror

The Angry Scholar

I’ve been thinking about genre lately. In different fields and different media, genre means different things. There are literary genres, cinematic genres (and of course a lot of overlap between these), folkloric genres… And whatever else it means, “genre” means, ultimately, expectations. Rightly or wrongly, if something is labeled, sorted, slotted into a certain genre, that can tell you certain things about that thing. Things aren’t just things: they are certain kinds of things. Things!

As both a folklorist and a horror fan, genre has certain valences for me that it may not for others. I’ve written about folkloric genres before. In film and literature and other media, I think of the horror genre as pointing to a pleasant type of dread. (It’s only pleasant, I suppose, if you share my particular interests.) It probably wouldn’t be pleasant, of course, if the kind of thing I associate…

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Revealing a World

Creative Writing, Description, Editing, Exposition, Genre, Narrative Structure, Photography, Setting, World building, Writing, Writing Advice

Jesse's Studio

This week we’re looking at how our characters are informed by a world and how they can inform readers about a world through implication.

  • Tuesday – Dressing the PartWhat can characters clothes tell us about their society?
  • Wednesday – Talking the Talk, How can we use speech to reveal aspects of the world?
  • Thursday – Walking the WalkWhat can the way characters move tell us about a society?
  • Friday – Delicate Decorum, How can all this build into the greater picture of characters and worlds?
  • Saturday – A new episode of Rum Cove

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Victorian Mistress, the edited version featuring bonus story First Meetings, is now 0.99 on Kindle in the UK, US, Europe, Canada, and Australia.


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