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,” and more. One of those women, who was kind enough to answer our questions, was artist, illustrator, animator, and evil doll maker Tricia Martin. Lets see what she said about being a “Woman in Horror”…
-PH: When did you first become a horror fan?
-Tricia: I first became a horror fan when I was about 6 years old. I hid on the stairs while my parents watched “The Bad Seed”. They caught me & sent me to bed, but ever since, I’ve had a fascination with horror.
-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?
-Tricia: Me wanting to contribute to the horror genre happened naturally. When I was in elementary school, we had a haunted house and I made a bloody skeleton hand out of a frayed branch I found on the playground…haha! I used the classroom tempera paint for the red blood and blue veins. I’ve been making horror stuff ever since then. My parents worried about my brain at first…haha! But they got used to it after a while.
-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?
-Tricia: I think having a “Women in Horror” month is awesome! It’s nice to shine a light on females who love & create horror. It lets the world know that women also embrace the dark side of life and they’re not psycho for doing so.
-PH: Is there a woman in horror who you consider a role model?
-Tricia: A woman in horror who I consider to be a role model is my friend Kyra Schon. She played Karen Cooper- the little ghoul with the trowel in the original Night of the Living Dead. She went on to become an art teacher and makes beautiful horror themed jewelry now. She’s a very strong person who has definitely influenced, encouraged & supported me in too many ways to mention. I love her dearly. She has my heart 🙂
-PH: How do you think the role of women in horror has changed over the years?
-Tricia: The role of women in horror has definitely changed over the years. We went from being the damsel in distress to being strong leading ladies, directors, writers, prop makers, sfx makeup queens and more! No more damsels in distress!
-PH: What do you think the future holds for women in horror?
-Tricia: I think the future looks great for women in horror! I think we’ll see even more great horror related movies, books, and art from female creators. I encounter so many cool horror ladies on social media every single day! It’s awesome to know there are so many of us female horror lovers out there 🙂
-PH: If you could serve a role in horror that you’ve never done, what would it be?
-Tricia: I’d love to be in the art department on a horror set! I do set dressing, props & SFX makeup for the small productions that my husband & I make, but I’d love to do the same things on a huge set full of blood and bodies! haha! Maybe one day we’ll be able to do something on a bigger scale.
-PH: Who is your favorite final girl, and favorite female villain?
-Tricia: My favorite final girl would have to be Felissa Rose in “Sleepaway Camp”. The ending of that movie shocked the hell outta’ me when I was younger and has stayed with me to this day! She did such a great job of being creepy! Can she still be considered a final “girl”? haha! My favorite female villain would be Clare Higgins as “Julia” in the “Hellraiser” movies. She did a great job of making me hate her…haha!
-PH:Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project
-Tricia: We’ve been working on a weird “talk show” of sorts that will be an ongoing series called “Hangin’ With Lucretia”. I’d say it’s kind of a horror comedy, really. Lucretia is a lovely possessed lady who interviews people from her spot on a wall. We just finished the first episode which, admittedly, isn’t perfect. We learned a lot from making it though and will use the knowledge learned from our mistakes to make future episodes even better. That’s what life is all about though. Learning from our mistakes is one of the best things we can ever do. “Hangin’ With Lucretia” can be found on our YouTube channel https://youtube.com/lucidframeproduction. Our company name is actually Lucid Frame Productions, but YouTube apparently has a character limit for channel names. Here is episode 1 of the show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_yX2c186kY&t=5s
In addition to Lucretia, I make horror dolls and props, do creepy drawRings, shoot and edit videos, write scripts, and my husband Gordon and I plan on shooting a horror short with our friend @HolmesInvasion (twitter handle for Rob Holmes) soon.
You can find us on twitter @lucidframe (our production company) @bobmacabre (account for the book I illustrated “Midnight, Me & Bob Macabre”) and my personal account @triciakitty. I’m also on Instagram @triciakittymartin
We would like to thank Tricia Martin for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for her contribution to horror!