Women in Horror Q&A with Hannah Selector
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Tell us about yourself:
I’m in my late twenties, grew up in the midwest and currently live in the American South. Somewhere in North Carolina, to be not specific. By day, I work in the legal field and teach violin and by night I write fiction and consume horror and sci-fi media like its my job. I wish it was my job. I’m working on making it my job.
Half of my degree is in Literature and I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing, but loved those things more when the subject matter is frightening or unsettling!
All of this not to say I’m any more qualified than anyone else to talk about horror, but here I am doing it. I’ve loved horror for as long as I can remember, since before I first read The Green Ribbon (you know that story, right?) and it only grew from there, veering often into the realms of science fiction, too.
My passion for horror runs deep and once the people in my immediate family got tired of hearing me go on and on about creepy shit and all of my friends insisted that they would really, really rather talk about other things, i decided I needed an outlet. Hence, the podcast.
Why do you dig horror?
Ah, let me count the ways. Elizabeth Barrette wrote in her essay “Elements of Aversion,” “We appreciate the insightful aspects of horror. Sometimes a story intends to shock and disgust, but the best horror intends to rattle our cages and shake us out of our complacency. It makes us think, forces us to confront ideas we might rather ignore, and challenge preconceptions of all kinds. Horror reminds us that the world is not always as safe as it seems… reminds us to keep a little healthy caution at hand.”
Horror is an increasingly diverse genre where anything can happen. Horror keeps me on my toes, encourages me to turn a critical eye on society, world history, mankind’s universal anxieties and my own fears. But, more than anything, horror has led me to meet some of the best people in the world! I couldn’t possibly love the genre more if I tried.
Tell us about some of your projects. Say as much as you want!
Undead Airlock is my sweet baby podcast. It is still working on growing and it has been a slow start to the year with the holidays and some family deaths, but I’m still creating content and working to expand the show as the year goes on. Next stop, YouTube!
How has being a woman in the industry helped / hurt you?
I have run into several but not too many dudes who think that just because I’m a girl or I’m not wearing my own custom set of vampire fangs or I don’t have Jason Voorhees tattooed on my face that I don’t know my shit or I don’t belong in horror. But, I do. There’s a great story on my Twitter somewhere about a run in I had in GameStop in that vein. Apart from that occasional unpleasantness, though, I have to give credit to the horror community for treating me pretty damn fine.
Tell a woman who wants to get into horror something you wish someone had told you.
Horror is so much more than movies – and if movies aren’t your thing, that doesn’t mean horror isn’t for you. I got into horror through books, so I guess this wasn’t something I wish I had been told – more like something I wish more people understood and appreciated!