Women in Horror Month Interview with Author/Director Izzy Lee

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/director Izzy Lee. Lets see what she said about being a “Woman in Horror”…

-PH: When did you first become a horror fan?

-Izzy: At a very young age. I was drawn to old films I could see on cable, like the Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe/Roger Cormen films, Creature Double Feature pairings, and Hammer Horror flicks. I couldn’t get enough. I haven’t changed.

-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?

-Izzy: It was a gradual evolution. I went from devouring everything at my local video stores as a teen to programming genre stuff for film festivals and then reviewing films. I felt like I didn’t really belong, even then. But when I became a filmmaker, that changed. It was something I wanted to try, because apparently, I happen to be insane. But it caught, and here we are, 15 short films and bumpers later. I also write or co-write many of my scripts and I write fiction now, too. (Find me on Amazon in a few anthologies!)

-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?

-Izzy: It’s a spotlight and a celebration. I wish we lived in a world in which we didn’t need a spotlight and were judged by our merits, but we still have a long way to go where equality is concerned.

-PH: Is there a woman in horror who you consider a role model?

-Izzy: Man, there are so many… Look to Jennifer Lynch, Mary Lambert, Antonia Bird, Mary Harron, Katheryn Bigelow (Near Dark), Jovanka Vuckovic, the Soskas, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Maude Michaud, Jill Gevargizian…

-PH: How do you think the role of women in horror has changed over the years?

-Izzy: Great question. I’d say we’re vocal as hell and very active now, and I’m proud to be part of this wave of kickass women filmmakers!

-PH: What do you think the future holds for women in horror?

-Izzy: More opportunities to work on features and be part of awesome projects, I hope!

-PH: Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project.

-Izzy: Thanks! My PSA for the annual Women in Horror Month Blood Drive goes live at midnight, PST: https://youtu.be/8WzlpmdwHjo

Find me here:
Innsmouth on Shudder

Postpartum on Short Ends/Project Alpha (The Nerdist)

Tilberian Holiday in “Wicked Witches,” a New England Horror Writers Anthology

The Lake Children in “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep: A Charity Anthology Benefiting The Jimmy Fund” (Book also includes Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, Christopher Golden, James A. Moore)

The Lake Children in “Hydrophobia: A Charity Anthology Benefiting Victims of Hurricane Harvey”


Amazon Author Page




We would like to thank Izzy Lee for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for her contribution to horror!

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