This February marks the 11th Annual Women in Horror Month (WiHM), a grassroots initiative to showcase the underrepresented work of women in the genre.
Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre. WiHM celebrates these contributions to horror throughout the year via the official WiHM blog, Ax Wound, The Ax Wound Film Festival (which we are proud to sponsor every year), and with the official WiHM event/project database in February. This inclusive and positive movement is open to everyone, just as the horror genre should be.
Female owned and managed with a large, diverse writing staff that includes a high percentage of women writers, we at Morbidly Beautiful have always held a special place in our hearts for Women in Horror Month.
We will once again be celebrating this important occasion all month long with a series of WiHM-themed posts on our blog and social channels. While we always regularly spotlight female-driven films and creators, we’ll be doing even more this month to shed light on the significant (often overlooked and undervalued) contributions of women in the genre.
In addition, we’ll be sponsoring our fourth annual photo challenge on our Instagram page, with a Women in Horror themed challenge designed to bring more awareness to the many influential female actors, writers, directors, artists and icons who help shape and evolve the genre.
Check out the challenge below, and please consider showing your support by participating each day throughout February in this fun and interactive celebration of women in horror.
Join us all month long or participate only on the days you’re able. There are no hard and fast rules. The prompts are purposely a bit open-ended to all you lots of opportunity to get creative and really make this challenge your own.
It was also important to us that we not only focus on the very visible talent in front of the screen and the big name directors behind the lens. We also want to celebrate the artists, writers, influencers, and behind the scenes talent working in the genre — the many amazing women who don’t get nearly enough attention or recognition.
This year, our Instagram challenge is even better!
We’re thrilled to partner with our amazing Morbidly Beautiful merchandise vendor, Nameless City Apparel, to offer an exclusive giveaway tied to this year’s challenge. For every day you play and use the hashtag #WIHM2020CHALLENGE, you’ll be entered to win a drop dead GOREgeous baseball tee featuring the Morbidly Beautiful mascot, Miss Morbid Beauty. She represents our steadfast commitment to honoring diversity, equality, and inclusiveness in the genre (and beyond).
Check out the stunning beauty below. The giveaway is open worldwide. We’ll announce a winner on March 1st from all the entries throughout the month. Be sure to also tag @morbidlybeautifulhorror in your posts so we can share them on our page and include you in our online WiHM gallery.
In addition to participating in our challenge and hopefully visiting this site often to check out all our amazing WiHm content we’ve got planned for you, we hope you’ll show your support by participating in some of the great WiHM events throughout the month. You can find a list of local events in your area, as well as online events and podcasts, by clicking here.
We also encourage you to host your own event and/or share your favorite female-driven films on social media. Use #wihm11 in your social posts to spread the word.
Never has it been more important to recognize the tremendous accomplishments and importance of female artists, creatives, innovators, and leaders. While we focus on horror on this site, we are really celebrating women throughout the arts — and in all industries and walks of life.
If you are a woman working in the horror industry and would like us to showcase your work, please contact us.
We’ll also be accepting guest columnists throughout February who would like to write about the impact of women in horror.