11 Aug She Walks in Shadows info post
The anthology She Walks in Shadows is on pre-sale and it’s generating some…um…interesting comments. So I’ve put together this FAQ.
Why did you create She Walks in Shadows?
A while back there was a thread on a Facebook group which asked “Do girls just not like to play with squids?” By squids the poster was referring to Lovecraftiana. The thread assumed a lack of women writers of Lovecraftian fiction and a lack of desire to write such fiction. Reading through the thread it became evident that whatever women are present in this sub-genre were not very visible. After people declared in that and some other online spaces that if we wanted women writers, maybe we should make our own book, we decided to do just that.
But isn’t dividing people into categories bad?
Creating themed anthologies which consider elements like gender, ethnicity or geography (I’ve also edited a Canadian zombie anthology and a Canadian post-apocalyptic one) can be useful for a number of reasons. One of them is it showcases and juxtaposes the work of writers allowing for a more focused view.
It can backfire if the only time women are invited to collaborate is when there is a themed women’s issue, if the only time they are mentioned is during women in horror month, if the only panels they are asked to sit on are about women writing horror.
So there are pros and cons. There is no single solution.
This sounds sexist. Why are you sexist?
I have produced non-gendered Lovecraftian anthologies, co-ran Innsmouth Magazine, and published one poetry collection and a short story collection authored both by men. My artists have been men and women. My co-editor for Fungi was a man. This is the only project where I have worked only with women, yet one book which represents only a fraction of my work is thought to be, in the words of some people “PC bullshit.”
People don’t want this.
The book was funded in part with an IndieGoGo campaign which raised almost $10,000. It showed us that at least a modest amount of people wanted this.
I’m a Lovecraft/Weird press publisher, I always deal with small numbers of readers because of the subject matter. But since we like making things like a Fungi anthology (because it’s fun and serves a niche) we were not worried that it wasn’t everyone’s teacup.
Turns out we are getting a lot of pre-orders, so maybe we underestimated the market potential.
Do you only have characters from Lovecraft’s original stories?
No. There are some of his characters and some new ones.
Why are you a little bitch?
I actually got this question in an e-mail. Since I’ve had about 200 pre-orders today versus one nasty e-mail, in comparison that is very small potatoes, but I would like to address this question.
If producing one anthology that people wanted (demonstrated by the IndieGoGo and current pre-orders), one anthology of all women when there have been several Lovecraftian anthologies which featured only men in the past 10 years (not that long ago), one anthology which sought to answer the question “Do girls just not like to play with squids?” … if making this one anthology makes me a bitch, yes, I am a bitch.
But I am happy to be a little bitch.
To anyone who feels the need to send me an e-mail to accompany the one I got: abstain. It saves both our times.
I’ll see everyone at Necronomicon where I’m a Guest of Honour this year. Yes, girls do play with squids or in my case with this Cthulhu toy.