I immediately noticed the cover of a new book the BFS is launching at the convention: a collection of interviews with writers (the first in a trilogy) in which they discuss their genre. It’s called In Conversation: A Writer’s Perspective. Volume One: Horror. It’s edited by James Cooper, and is composed of 16 interviews with horror authors Ramsey Campbell, Tom Piccirilli, Greg F. Gifune, Conrad Williams, Joe R. Lansdale, Gary McMahon, Brian Keene, Stephen Gallagher, Jeffrey Thomas, Peter Crowther, Tim Lebbon, Ray Garton, Mark Morris, Gary Fry, Graham Joyce and Norman Partridge.
Not a single woman is interviewed.
Well, of course, women don’t write horror do they? Maura’s post has a good list of likely candidates, to which I would immediately add Caitlín R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Hand and Kaaron Warren. Of course the BFS might argue that they were looking for British writers (though by no means all of the people that they interviewed are British), but in that case I think the British horror novel that has received most critical acclaim this year is White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi.
It will give us something to talk about in the bar.