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 author Carmilla Voiez. Lets see what she said about being a “Woman in Horror”…
-PH: When did you first become a horror fan?
-Carmilla: When I was four I used to visit the library with my mum. It was then that I fell in love with the George the Ghost stories. Later, as a young teen, Dad and I would watch Hammer Horror on Friday nights. I guess I’ve always loved horror and the supernatural.
-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?
-Carmilla: I ran a Gothic Clothing company from 1999 to 2011 and a lot of the aesthetic we went for was inspired by horror. When I started writing I found myself naturally drawn towards dark stories. I would say that my brand of horror is a mix of visceral violence and dark fantasy. I enjoy writing weird tales.
-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?
-Carmilla: I love WiHM. Ten years old this year. Congratulations to Hannah and the organizers. Because horror is still considered a male-dominated genre, as are most genres outside romance, I believe WiHM plays an important role in promoting those women creating and enjoying horror. No longer are we simply the victims or the final girl. Now we are making people scream. I always look forward to February and have discovered many new horror women during the events.
-PH: Is there a woman in horror who you consider a role model?
-Carmilla: Barbie Wilde, punk priestess, Cenobite and horror author.
-PH: How do you think the role of women in horror has changed over the years?
-Carmilla: It’s become more diverse. Originally we had our place as characters and actresses, but now we’re seeping into all aspects of the genre.
-PH: What do you think the future holds for women in horror?
-Carmilla: I think we’re changing the face of horror and I hope that will continue for as long as horror remains in the cells of our being.
-PH: If you could serve a role in horror that you’ve never done, what would it be?
-Carmilla: I’d love to get into film making.
-PH: Who is your favorite final girl, and favorite female villain?
-Carmilla: Best final girl is Nancy from A Nightmare on Elm Street, and favorite villain remains Julia from Hellraiser.
-PH: Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project.
-Carmilla: I have a few new releases and some work in the pipeline.
The relaunch of the Starblood series started in December when Vamptasy Publishing re-released Starblood in a new and improved edition. I am editing the fourth book in the series, Ribbons, which we hope to release September 2019. Psychonaut, the second book, is coming out in March and Black Sun in June. Anna Prashkovich is currently sketching the pages for Black Sun the graphic novel.
One of my short stories “Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend” was included in Another Beautiful Nightmare, which was released on Feb 1st.
I am busy working on a new novel which will be a dark urban fantasy set in a women’s prison and a few more short stories. So if you want to keep up to date with what’s happening check out my website at www.carmillavoiez.com
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We would like to thank Carmilla Voiez for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for her contribution to horror!