Our nascent horror movement is beginning to grow, as the press is now starting to pick up on the issue of horror’s narrow focus of young white males thanks to the efforts of writer Maura McHugh, whose blog can be found here. We’re hoping to change the outmoded habits of the past, aiming for some positive discrimination leading to fresh new strands of writing that will benefit readers and publishers alike. The Campaign for Real Fear starts here.
My picture shows a scene from ‘Sexy Killer’, in which the serial killer is an empowered version of a stereotypical victim. It says a lot that the only IMDb review anyone has bothered to post starts with this line; ‘It’s a nice change to have a woman being in the lead role in a movie like this, but in the end even that joke has worn off.’
On the subject of diversity – and its lack – I was talking to a film director mate of mine who is making a film with a largely black cast, who was told ‘Well, you’ve just lost a third of the world’s sales.’
Now you start to see what we’re up against.