An article by David Barnett in yesterday's The Guardian shed light on one magazine's lack of acknowledgment given to women in the horror field. SFX Magazine, a veteran SF/fantasy UK mag, recently published a special horror-themed edition (SFX Collection: Horror), which included a "beefy 14-page news section, oodles of in-depth new features, and six great free gifts," but no women. In the article, Horror's Hidden Treasure's, 34 directors, screenwriters and authors were asked to name underappreciated cult horror that deserved more recognition, but no women were polled.

Ironically, this oversight comes during Women in Horror Month -- a time set aside to raise awareness and give more love to the ladies. It also follows a previous oversight five months earlier when the British Fantasy Society omitted women from a collection of interviews with horror writers. SFX at least managed to commemorate Black History Month with a feature on Blaxploitation horror. So, what's going on with the industry folks on the other side of the pond that things like this keep happening?

Editor Ian Berriman's editorial reads: "You see, some people think horror is a limited one-dimensional genre, but I don't see it that way. Horror is a broad church. It encompasses everything from the classy chillers produced by Val Lewton through to the likes of Saw and Hostel. It comes in an almost infinite variety of forms, and I love nearly every single one of them." Do you Ian?
categories Features, Movies, Horror