Thursday, July 18, 2013


The first installment of this list blew up to proportions I didn't think were possible.  I was met with an out pour of support, received my fair share of hatred, and was slammed with so much criticism I nearly had an existential crisis.  However, this morning I woke up to find that my list had been chosen as today's  #1 on Matt Zoller Seitz's Thumbnails series for I know I had previously stated on my social media accounts that the first list would be the last list, but I can't in good faith allow that to happen.  If I backed down and allowed the "haters" to get me down, I would be doing a disservice to female horror journalists and the integrity of my work.  The first article was admittedly done rather quickly, because I was doing my best to add some kindness towards such a negative situation, and there were a lot of women that weren't mentioned.  Despite what some critics would like to say, there is an abundance of women working within the horror journalism industry, and they too deserve the spotlight. NOTE: I can't feature every single woman who has ever written a horror article ever, and there will always be someone "missing."  Feel free to add names in the comment section and if you have been left off, please understand that there are HUNDREDS of women to choose from, and I cannot feature every single one of them. There are women like Maitland McDonagh and Carol J. Clover who have written books that have truly shaped the way we view horror and film criticism, and because of that, they're a little "too big" for what I'm trying to accomplish with these lists.   I will do my best to include a variety, but please, please understand how difficult it is to encompass everyone. Thank-you.

Formerly known as Heidi Martinuzzi, Honeycutt is one of the horror industry's most valuable women.  Heidi started writing for Bloody-Disgusting nearly a decade ago and has since expanded into a feminist horror empire.  She has contributed, at various times, for Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Bust Magazine, Women and Hollywood, Zinc Magazine, Film Threat, CultCuts, Rue Morgue, and a many ,many more.  Her writing talents lead her to the creation of Pretty-Scary, the first horror news site for women who love horror, online from 2004-2010, and then until just recently. Most recently, Heidi has had pieces published in both Fangoria and Famous Monsters. Heidi holds a master's degree in Journalism and is currently writing a book on the history of horror films directed by women.  Outside of her writing talents, she is currently the film programmer for the Viscera Organization, for the Viscera film festival, Etheria film festival, and Full Throttle film festivals. Currently, Heidi runs a blog about women directors at  She's been featured in a few documentaries and TV spots on G4 and E! all for horror.  And they say women can't bring the noise for horror...


The website Brutal As Hell has been around for quite a while now, and I'm glad to announce that it's a website filled with a very, very diverse writing staff.  Comprised of a large group of female journalists, the women at Brutal As Hell prove that their gender does not define their passions.  Covering ultra-violence, gory horror, comic books, they exemplify why the tagline for the website is "Horror Without Mercy."  One of the founding members, Annie Riordan, is also a major part of Grindhouse Purgatory Magazine.  These women have writing contributions all over the globe, but you can find all of their work at Brutal As Hell.  

Horror journalist, TV producer, Entertainment/Lifestyle writer, fashion writer, and all-around badass, Alyse Wax is one of the most well-known women in the business.  Predominately known for her work on,, and FEARnet, Alyse is truly a jane-of-all-trades in the writing world.  From her website, "Alyse has been published in Teen People Magazine, Weekly World News, Filipino magazine 100, and She is the television reviewer and a regular contributor at, and former fashion editor at USA Network’s She launched her own fashion website,, in 2005 and has since spawned two spin-off sites, and"  To put it simply, Alyse Wax is kind of a big deal.

Don't take this personally, but there isn't another person on this planet that has the geeky street-cred like Jessica Dwyer.  If you look up "fangirl" in the dictionary, you won't find a picture of her, but you'll find the definition of the world "fangirl' which she totally is.  (Please catch my Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang reference).  The Editor in Chief of Fangirl Magazine, one of the co-hosts of Fangirl Radio, and one of the most well known voices of HorrorHound magazine, Jessica Dwyer's passion is unmatched by anyone, regardless of gender.  This woman loves what she does, and it shows through in every single medium to which she contributes.  

Many of horror's greatest contributions lie within the "made-for-TV" movie category.  In terms of these strange creations, nobody speaks on the subject quite like Amanda Reyes.  I am not as familiar with her work as I should be, but there were a number of readers that pointed me to her direction.  From a fan, "Amanda is not only an expert on all things TV (as evidenced by her site "Made For TV Mayhem"), she's also one of the unsung pioneers of female horror journalism as she has been sharing her considerable knowledge of the genre on Retro Slashers for as long as I can remember. She's not one to toot her own horn so I just wanted to toot it for her!"

Jessie Lilley Campbell truly paved the way for female horror journalists everywhere. From a fan, "Currently the editor of Mondo Cult Magazine, a highly-respected, Rondo-nominated publication, Jessie founded Scarlet Street long before anyone thought women could cut it in this industry. She also was the publisher of Worldly Remains, editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland and Cinefantastique. Please remember her whenever you're thinking of influential, talented Women in Horror. She's the mama of us all!"  Not to mention, Jessie Lilley Campbell was inducted into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame this year!

Where can I even begin with a woman as influential as Kier-La Janisse?  A frequent contributor (as well as the web director/editor) for Fangoria, Kier-La Janisse has been a major player in the horror journalism world since 1997, when she started "Cannibal Culture Magazine."  Two years later, Kier-La started the CineMuerte International horror Film Festival in Vancouver.  CineMuerte ran successfully from 1999-2005.  Kier-La's writing credits include Fangoria, Filmmaker, Rue-Morgue, and the book Destory All Movies!!! A Complete Guide to Punk of Film.  Kier-La has a book of her own, A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi.  In 2010, Kier-La opened the screening venue, BLUE SUNSHINE which hosted the The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies.  Kier-La Janisse's credentials far surpass what I've mentioned here, but you can read more about her accomplishments on her website.

Anita Sarkeesian is arguably the most infamous of all of the women I could feature on this list.   Anita is the author of the video blog "Feminist Frequency" and the video series Tropes vs. Women, which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. In 2011, Sarkeesian co-authored the essay "Buffy vs. Bella: The Re-Emergence of the Archetypal Feminine in Vampire Stories" for the anthology Fanpires: Audience Consumption of the Modern Vampire. While Anita Sarkeesian is known moreso for her work with science-fiction, fantasy, and gaming, it was her professionalism and strength after an online campaign to destroy her made the national headlines.  Her influence on the way women are treated in "geek genres" is progressive, and downright inspiring.

There are plenty more women I could feature, but I could probably spend the rest of my blogging career shining a light on all of them.  I'd also like to throw a special shout out to:

June Pulliam, Kim Morgan, Kimberly Lindbergs, Heather Buckley, DeDe Crimmins, Andrea Mark Wolanin, Izzy Lee, Karina Wilson, Lauren Jankowski, Dana Davidson, Jill Killington, Jenna Busch, Jenna Pitman, Melissa Silverstein, Maria Giese, Chandra Vitellaro, Jeanette Laredo, and

5 comment(s):

Kurt said...

Glad to see you didn't let the bastards get you down. Really enjoy the blog and thanks for the lists of journalists to check out.

Amanda By Night said...

Hey, this is Amanda from Made for TV Mayhem. I just wanted to thank you for adding my name to this impressive list! It really made my day. The whole plagiarism thing hit me deeply (although not personally in this case), and I understand how angry and hurt it can leave you. I'm so glad you concentrated on the positive and offered up a list of some wonderful writers. And it's so thrilling to see my name alongside Jessie Lilly! She's super neat! Heidi's alright too. :)

And thank you again.

Jessie Lilley said...

Why, thank you Amanda! What a lovely thing to say!

I agree, it's pretty cool to be on this list, alongside such talented and creative women.

Tim Lucas said...

Kier-La Janisse also published a second book last year, HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN (FAB Press), which is a pretty big deal, having made many year's best lists.

Karl Brezdin said...

House of Psychotic Women is among my favorite books in the last few years, and in my top three film books ever. A lot of these names are new to me -- thanks for providing your audience with some great leads on talented and important female voices in the area of genre cinema.

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