Varney the Vampire, or, The Feast of Blood: A Romance of Exciting Interest

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Continuing my run of Halloween-themed articles at WWAC, here’s my review of the first ever English-language vampire novel: James Malcolm Rymer’s Varney the Vampire! And boy has it aged badly.

On a related note, I also contributed to this roundtable about Vampirella’s costume.

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Richard O’Brien on Trans Identity

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Pink News ran this article on Richard O’Brien back in March, but I have seen it being trotted out quite a bit on Twitter lately, presumably due to the Rocky Horror remake that aired on Thursday. The piece is based on comments that O’Brien made to Metro; I assume that the interview ran in the paper’s print edition, as I can find no trace of it online. O’Brien’s statements have led to him being labelled a transphobe, so I thought I would take a closer look at exactly what he is saying.

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October 2016 Belladonna Issue Now Available!

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The fifth issue of the Horror Honeys’ magazine Belladonna is now available at Magzter and Magcloud, and it’s my first issue as regular contributor. I have two articles: one is a list of the top 5 lesbian couples in British horror cinema; the other is a look back at Hammer’s To the Devil, a Daughter, which is part of a larger feature on all our guilty pleasures and so-bad-they’re-good films (not that To the Devil is bad, exactly, just… odd, as a result of a complete debacle going on behind the scenes.)

ALSO! Head Honey Kat Morris writes about the vanilla/strawberry/chocolate ice cream of slashers: Jason, Freddy and Michael; Musical Horror Honey Brittany Mosley rings in Halloween with 13 eerie albums; director Tonija Atomic spills all about her film Manos Returns; and much more. I’m genuinely proud to be part of such a bubbling cauldron of goodness.

Imadjinn Awards Honour Indie Authors

There’s another new award for genre literature on the block, with the Imaginarium Convention holding its inaugural Imadjinn Awards for independent books. The awards caught my eye, as it’s always interesting to see how the fiction world continues to be impacted by the rise of self-publishing.

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“Be Thou Exorcised, O Dracula”

dracudaughtfeaturedI’ve been a bit quiet over at Women Write About Comics lately, the main reason being that I’ve been working on a bumper crop of horror-themed articles ready for Halloween. Amongst these is an overview of the 1936 Universal film Dracula’s Daughter, which turned out to be so long that I’ve had to split it into a three-part series. Part 1 is now available for you to read here