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Tell us about yourself:

I am a married Mormon vegetarian who writes poetry and horror films. I write horror with my husband, and my poetry focuses a lot on Las Vegas, my favorite town. I am also an English professor.

Why do you dig horror?

Horror spends more time discussing difficult issues than any other genre, sometimes directly and sometimes allegorically. They’re the first to every social issue and they don’t sugarcoat the problems.

Tell us about some of your projects. Say as much as you want!

I recently produced a documentary called FEAR MAN, starring my husband Chris Vander Kaay. I am an author of three nonfiction books about genre filmmaking: The Anatomy of Fear, Horror Films by Subgenre, and Indie Science Fiction Cinema Today. I co-wrote the short film Freund, about horror cinematographer Karl Freund.

How has being a woman in the industry helped / hurt you?

My husband and I co-write a lot of our work together. Being a woman has helped balance the perspectives in our work, but it hasn’t done me much good in gaining recognition or finding an audience, unfortunately.

Tell a woman who wants to get into horror something you wish someone had told you.

Waiting for someone to recognize your talent and put out your work will never happen. You have to make your own work and show the world your voice matters first.


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