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Ten Bay Area Women in Horror Writing

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February is Women in Horror Month. It is part of an initiative designed to celebrate and bring attention to the achievements of women in all aspects of the horror genre. Women have always played an important role in the genre, and as long as women have been in the genre, they have also bridged the gap between horror and other branches of speculative fiction. For example, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” a fine example of gothic horror, is also considered by many to be the first entry into the science-fiction genre. Elements of gothic horror are infused in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and although it is generally considered a part of the overall gothic genre as opposed to specifically horror, it is in many ways a ghost story. Brontë and her sisters had to use male pseudonyms to publish, because female writers were not taken seriously at the time.
We have come a long way, and there are many successful female writers today, but women remain underrepresented in the genre. Women in Horror Month helps to highlight the women who are breaking down doors and making inroads into the genre now, as well as those who have historically contributed to it. Some of those women are from right here in the Bay Area.
In honor of Women in Horror Month, here is a list of ten female horror writers who live in, are from, or have spent long periods of time living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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