As Halloween draws near, “voodoo” costumes will undoubtedly be on the main menu. But the most popular versions of these costumes meant to scare and entertain the masses are racist depictions of a religion that encompasses African traditions and honors the innate wisdom of Black female practitioners in Louisiana. Few are aware of these issues because either they’ve never lived in Louisiana or have never met a Black woman from Louisiana who practices vodou. But I have the honor of both distinguishing factors.
Women have always been part of history and shaping the world as we know it today—and that means the good, the bad, and the ugly. Enjoy this collection of the four most chilling women you might not have heard of in history class.
A conversation between PEN award-winning playwright and TV writer Laura Marks and National Book Award finalist Carmen Maria Machado.
Both women have graphic novels from DC Comics out this fall. Women comic book writers are in the minority to begin with, and even more so in the horror genre.
In 1848, the adolescent sisters Kate and Margaret Fox of Hydesville, New York, made quite a commotion when they told people of the strange rapping sounds they heard throughout their house. In the ensuing months, they began to communicate with “Mr. Splitfoot,” the devilish name they gave to the spirit that they said was the source of the knocking.
The archetypal slashers were often bad, sticky mothers who kept their children freakishly attached.
We all know the story: In 1888, in London’s East End, Jack the Ripper killed five sex workers. And in the popular imagination, Jack is the center—and his victims, as sex workers, are dismissed as if they somehow deserved what they got or were asking for it.
The magic-wielding academic queers are at it again in season three of Brujos—and this time, they’re incorporating even more witchy content about sexually non-conforming people of color.
Ariel Gore’s fantastical memoir “We Were Witches” tells the story of a teenage mother and aspiring writer surviving the throws of Bush-era conservatism.
The Ghostbusters remake controversy is back from the dead this Halloween. Only this time it’s girls that are doing the haunting.
Reprinted with permission from HalloweenCostumes.com With Gal Gadot taking to the silver screen in 2016 as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s safe to say the Amazing Amazonian is going to have a big year. With her own standalone feature slated for 2017, we might even be entering a new golden […]