Featured on Dead Head Reviews for Women In Horror Month

Hi friends!! I wanted to share this here on the blog for those of you who maybe get these updates, but don’t follow me on (or use) social media! 🙂

I was recently asked to contribute an article to a review website I follow, and I’m so honored by the opportunity!

I was given a pretty wide leeway for topic, as long as it somehow pertained to the Women In Horror Month theme. I thought a lot about what I could bring to the site that wouldn’t be another book review or list, and decided to get a little bit personal with it. I talk about my love of horror from an early age, how that love helped me through some of the darkest parts of my life, and what it means to me to see my gender represented in a positive way within the genre.

And in true Cassie fashion, I also managed to squeeze in a list! 😉

I’ve included a snippet of my full article below. Check out the full piece on Dead Head Reviews by clicking here, or copying this link into your browser: https://deadheadreviews.com/2020/02/18/women-in-horror-month-women-writing-horror-the-importance-of-female-representation-in-my-favorite-genre

As a little girl growing up with a love of all things horror, I got a lot of funny looks from people – family and friends included. I was the only bookworm in my family, and the only person interested in the things that went bump in the night. Trying to explain to my teachers or guidance counselors that the stuff I read and watched wasn’t unhealthy for me – especially in comparison to what my real life was like – wasn’t easy.

While I had what most people would call a “rough childhood”, there were a lot of good, shining points throughout, and one of the brightest of those points was my love of books. Reading transported me to another world, one where the bad things happening around me weren’t really there and couldn’t do any more harm.

Despite this adoration, as I got older and the things in my life got worse, the strength of my love for reading was tested. It got harder for me to lose myself in the stories, and harder to relate to a lot of the people on the pages whose lives were completely and totally different from mine. There were Bad Things and Bad People in my life, and eventually reading books where the biggest issues were a poor grade or being bullied just wasn’t transporting me like it had before.

I didn’t know it at the time, and wouldn’t have been able to articulate it if you’d asked, but because of the darkness in my own life growing up, I felt more attracted to the darkness in the media I consumed. Being afraid on purpose, rather than because of some outside factor, brought back a small bit of control for me that had been taken away by the chaos of my life – and any semblance of control was very welcomed.

From movies to music to books, other people’s pain was something I could find myself relating to again, and could find myself being sucked into and away from the hurt in my own life once I put a focus on exploring the horror genre and everything it had to offer.

Read the rest of the article & my 5 book recommendations here!

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