As you may know, February is “Women in Horror” month. To celebrate, PromoteHorror.com asked women from different professions if they would like to answer some questions about being a “Woman in Horror.” One of the women, who was kind enough to answer our questions, was author Amy Grech. Lets see what she said about being a “Woman in Horror”…
-PH:When did you first become a horror fan?
-Amy: Growing up on Long Island with a twin brother a minute older than me, I remember one Christmas; my mother bought me a doll. She showed it to me and I pushed it aside, not a stereotypical girl, I preferred to play with my googlies instead: an assortment of rubber monsters that included a dragon, a glow-in the dark skeleton and other assorted creatures.
Don’t get me wrong, as a little girl I played hopscotch with the other girls. Jump rope, too, but I also loved digging in the dirt for earthworms and battles…A bit of a daredevil, I also reveled in the thrill of riding bikes with the boys and flying off a crude plywood jump propped up precariously on two cinder blocks.
-PH: Was there a specific moment when you realized that you wanted to go from being a fan of horror to a woman who contributes to the genre, or did it just kind of happen naturally?
-Amy: I started writing seriously in high school after reading several of Stephen King’s novels; I was hooked on Horror at the tender age of twelve when an Aunt gave me a copy of Cujo! I’ve been reading Stephen King’s books ever since. I noticed there weren’t very may women writing scary stories, so I set out to change that. Why should men have all the fun, writing frightfully good fiction?
I was raised Catholic. The nuns at my Catholic elementary school could scare kids with just one look…plus, most of those Bible stories are downright scary! Funny, I’m not very religious now.
The Horror genre is definitely male dominated. The odds are stacked against female Authors, but creative, ambitious women will always run with the boys. Besides me, there are a handful of successful Horror Authors: Meghan Arcuri, Linda Addison, Fran Friel, April Grey, Sephera Giron, Nancy Kilpatrick, K.H. Koehler, Sarah Langan, Lisa Mannetti, Joyce Carol Oates, Kelli Owen, and Gina Ranalli, to name a few…
-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?
-Amy: Women in Horror Month offers creative women, artists, authors and filmmakers the opportunity to have their work celebrated. It’s a wonderful opportunity for women to promote each other’s work! As part of WHiM, I’ve written a blog post over at The Horror Tree, Writing Men Well; in addition, I participated in a group reading featuring five scary ladies including myself at the KGB Bar in NYC, presented by the Horror Writers Association NYC Chapter.
-PH: Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project.
-Amy: Amy Grech has sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including: Apex Magazine, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Dead Harvest, Deadman’s Tome Campfire Tales Book Two, Expiration Date, Fright Mare, Needle Magazine, Real American Horror, Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine, Space and Time Magazine, Tales from The Lake Vol. 3, and many others. New Pulp Press published her book of noir stories, Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City.
She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers who lives in Brooklyn. Visit her website: https://www.crimsonscreams.com/. Follow Amy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/amy_grech.
We would like to thank Amy Grech for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for her contribution to horror!