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Interview with Margaret Sixel

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The Los Angeles Times has an interview with Margaret Sixel, editor of Mad Max: Fury Road. “I wanted every single shot to progress the story. I don’t like repetition. And I think we applied that rule religiously throughout the film….I watched a film last night and they kept cutting back again and again and the […]

“Audre’s Revenge Film Collective”

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In honor of Black History and Women In Horror Month, Graveyard Shift Sisters take a look at Audre’s Revenge Film collective, which was founded by Monika Estrella Negra:  “Audre’s Revenge Film was created in order to promote visibility of womyn, queer, trans and intersex folks of color in the sci fi and horror universe.“

“Black Women In Sequence: Re-Inking Comics, Graphic Novels and Anime”

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On Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with author Deborah Whaley about the representation of Black women in comics. She also talks about comics and representation with comics creator Phil Hester.

Interview with Ytasha L. Womack

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Kentake Page has an interciw with Ytasha L. Womack, editor of Afrofuturism: The World Of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy (among many other things). “In this interview with Kentake Page, Ytasha discusses the origins, rise and meaning of Afrofuturism as well as her own personal journey in this burgeoning movement.”

“Dark Matters with Jaime Hernandez”

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Comics creator Jaime Hernandez talks with Dark Matters about The Love Bunglers and his career. “Along with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, pioneering underground comics artist/writer Jaime Hernandez has been a unique and unapologetically Latino voice in comics since 1981. With an influential and beloved body of work out on Fantagraphics, Hernandez started out mixing […]

5 Questions with V. H. Galloway

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Graveyard Shift Sisters interviews science fiction and horror writer, V. H. Galloway. about her new book, The Un-United States of Z, her experiences with travel and her advice for a young Black geeky girl who wants to be a writer.

Personal Ads of the 18th Century

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The Toast shares ten real personal ads from the 18th Century from gentlemen looking for hook-ups, widows with benefits and, sometimes, marriage. But mostly hook-ups. “A Young Gentleman, desirous of avoiding a promiscuous Connection with the Fair Sex in this Town, wishes to form an Attachment with some agreeable young Woman, who can dispense with […]

“Idleness Is An Art Form”

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At Teleport City, the Gutter’s own Keith writes about the Emmanuelle films and the woman who inspired the character. “My first glimpse at European sex films provided escape into a theoretically obtainable world. I decided I wanted to travel, that I wanted to be a writer, that I wanted to trod the earth with nothing […]

“A Year With Women”

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Marya Gates has completed her project to watch only movies directed or co-directed by women in 2015. She shares the list of films and her thoughts at Cinema Fantatic. “Normally, I would write this post and talk about a few films I really loved from the year and maybe a theme I noticed in my […]

10 Comics I Liked in 2015

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I’m a little chilly after a strangely, even eerily warm Yuletide writing my annual list of comics I liked in 2015 suddenly snowed in in Montreal and then subjected to what I can only call, “Frost Giant Snot” on the long road home. As always, I try to choose comics I haven’t written about much […]

20 Films Directed By Women

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The Decider has a swank list of movies directed by women all of which are available on Netflix right now. (via The Muff Society)

“Black Girls Matter: A YA Reading List”

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Stacked has a sweet resource list of young adult books featuring black girls. “All descriptions are from WorldCat, and I’m absolutely eager to hear more titles. All are YA books featuring black girls front and center and they include fiction and some non-fiction. A couple of these titles also fall into that crossover category, so […]

Two Interviews with Marjorie Liu

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Author and comics creator Marjorie Liu is interviewed by Nerds of Color and The Beat about her latest comic, Monstress. “There are a couple ways to describe Monstress. The first way is as a dark steampunk epic fantasy about a girl who has a psychic connection to a monster. On another level, there were a […]

Ek Paheli Leela: When a B-Movie Goes Good

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When I was recently asked for my recommendation for the most underrated Bollywood film of 2015, I didn’t go with the high-profile, high-intelligence, period piece flops from big-name directors that I loved even though very few critics did (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! from Dibakar Banerjee and Bombay Velvet from Anurag Kashyap). Instead, I nominated this gleefully […]

“Writing Irene Adler”

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At Pornokitsch, Rose Biggin writes a list about writing Irene Adler.

A Girl Thinks Too Much Alone At Night

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Sometimes I really want to like something. I really, really do. And it’s not bad and I don’t actively dislike like it. I just don’t like it. I love the film, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. It’s one of my favorite films of 2014 and it’s one I recommend. But the comic version, […]

Carol Talks Horror on the CBC

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On CBC Radio’s Day 6 with Brent Bambury, the Gutter’s own Carol talks about horror movies directed by women and makes a few Halloween recommendations. (And here’s one of Carol’s favorite promotional pieces she wrote for one of the films for its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival).

Women Destroy Science Fiction

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Read stories, essays and excerpts from Lightspeed magazine’s “Women Destroy Science Fiction” issue, which just happened to win a 2015 British Fantasy Award!

“Vampires, Psychics and Ghosts: A Look At Queer Women In Horror”

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At Bitch Media, Sara Century writs about Queer women in horror. “The first horror films to feature queer female characters are some of the first films of any kind to portray queer women.”

The Horrifying Power of a Mother’s Love: Rosemary’s Baby and The Babadook

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I had an uninvited guest once, and it was inside me. If you’ve ever seen a sonogram of a cancer tumor, a demon analogy isn’t too much hyperbole. Tumors look objectively wicked and wrong. The barbs of its flesh under my own skin pricked. And while it was there, I was never really alone. But […]

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    The Los Angeles Times has an interview with Margaret Sixel, editor of Mad Max: Fury Road. “I wanted every single shot to progress the story. I don’t like repetition. And I think we applied that rule religiously throughout the film….I watched a film last night and they kept cutting back again and again and the expression on the actor’s face was exactly the same. I felt like, ‘You’ve used the shot three times already!’ That’s what I don’t like. There’d better be some progress.”

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    “During the 1970’s Black filmmakers found their voices by making films that spoke to urban audiences in a way that had never been done before. Films like Sugar Hill, Abby, The Zebra Killers and so many more packed theaters with audiences hungry for Horror Movies where the Black Guy didn’t die first. 40 years later, Black horror films have made a lasting impact within the Black community. These films are national treasures and should be a part of any film collection. The Museum of UnCut Funk pays homage to the Blaxpolitation Horror films of 1974.” Click through for more. (via @GrveyardShiftSisters)

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    Mubi has a collection of film posters designed by Eva Švankmajerová, Surrealist painter, writer and filmmaker. Learn more about Eva Švankmajerová with an posthumous interview with Gwendolyn Albert, the translator of her novel, Baradla Cave.

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    At The Toast, Mo Moulton watches Downton Abbey and discusses its portrayal of Neville Chamberlain. “Here, then, is Neville Chamberlain in 1925. He is fulfilling the expectations set by an extraordinary political family. His father, Joseph Chamberlain, ran a screw factory in Birmingham, where he became passionate about urban improvement as a method for bettering the lives of his workers. As Liberal mayor of Birmingham, he was an early, passionate proponent of what became known as “gas and water socialism”: he wanted to put those services within reach of every resident by putting them under the management of local government. So far, it’s hard to imagine the Earl of Grantham having much in common with this energetic, egalitarian entrepreneur.”

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    In honor of Black History and Women In Horror Month, Graveyard Shift Sisters take a look at Audre’s Revenge Film collective, which was founded by Monika Estrella Negra:  “Audre’s Revenge Film was created in order to promote visibility of womyn, queer, trans and intersex folks of color in the sci fi and horror universe.

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    Please enjoy an hour of rare Bollywood synth funk (and an interview with DJ Fitz who put the mix together). (via @BethLovesBolly)

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