Podcast Episode 36: Women & Horror

Amy GrechThe Genre Traveler chats with horror author Amy Grech about her anthology of short horror fiction, Blanket of White. Along the way, we touch on a variety of horror writers, what it’s like being a female horror author, what the Horror Writers Association offers horror writers, the definition of horror fiction, what makes successful horror fiction and more.

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Duration: 29:34
File Size: 33.9 MB

Mentioned in this Episode:


Stephen King Stephen King
Amy says that American author Stephen King was her inspiration for getting into horror writing. As of this year, King has written and published 49 novels, including seven under the nom de plume Richard Bachman, five non-fictionbooks, and nine collections of short stories. Many of his stories have been adapted into feature films, television movies and comic books. He has won numerous awards for his work, including Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards and more.
Books by Stephen King mentioned in this podcast:

Joe Hill Joe Hill
Joe Hill is the pen name of Joseph Hillstrom King, an American author and comic book writer, as well as Stephen King’s son. To date, he has published two novels and a collection of short stories. He is also the author of the graphic novel series Locke & Key.
Mike McCarty Mike McCarty
Mike McCarty is a special effects artist and writer. A member of the Horror Writers Association, he has both novels and short stories.

Scary Eye Images

Scary eye images

From left to right: A Clockwork Orange (1971), Fire in the Sky (1993), Dead and Buried (1981), May (2002)

Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury
The American fantasy, horror, science fiction and mystery writer Ray Bradbury is best known for his dystopian future novel Fahrenheit 451 and his Mars-themed anthology The Martian Chronicles. The Bradbury story I got confused with “There Will Come Soft Rains” is “All Summer in a Day,” which was first published in the March 1954 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. You can find “There Will Come Soft Rains” in The Martian Chronicles.

Amy’s Influences

Ophiuchus The New Signs of the Zodiac
Earlier this year, astronomers from the Minnesota Planetarium Society announced that they found that because of the moon’s gravitational pull on Earth, the alignment of the stars was pushed by about a month. This basically reeked havoc with astrologers, who not only had to adjust dates of the various zodiac signs, but add back a retired one. The additional sign is Ophiuchus, the snake wrangler.
Of course there has been some push back from astrologers. Apparently, the only zodiac that would change would be the sidereal zodiac, which is tied to the constellations. However, since the time of Ptolemy in the second century, astrologers have used the tropical zodiac, which is tied to the seasons, and therefore won’t change.
Phew! I knew I hadn’t transformed into a Leo!


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About the author

As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.