Vix Kirkpatrick is one of my Women In Horror. When I first asked her to give me a quote and some information, she told me she is not a writer, that she just loves to keep company with people who do write their tales of horror. So well, so good, except that she is a Woman In Horror. All authors need a very important person with them at all times: a reader. A genuine, honest to God reader who not only will read your book but let you know how much she enjoyed it. Am I right or wrong? Vix is that person. I have been following a lot of her posts for a while now and know this to be true.
Vix is a rather shy lady, as you can see by her photo above. She made her cat pose for her. However, she agreed to do this for me, afraid the whole time she would not meet up to my expectations. I would like for everyone to note how well she goes on to praise her author friends. Read the below comments from Vix and you will see what I mean. She did a superb job and I am very proud of her!
Also, when I posted Belinda Frisch's Women In Horror post last night, she promptly went and bought Belinda's books. Wow! How cool is that?
I give you, Vix Kirkpatrick:
I like to think of myself as a Faithful reader…. This little tag was given to me by a beloved author, sadly not female, although he does love women!
Women writers: for me they have a uniqueness to them that allows for a much more violent mental picture. They manage to convey emotions that men seem to lack (most of the time, not always!) and then be able to wrench out your insides when you are at your most vulnerable. I’m not talking about the barely concealed love/erotic stories with the odd well-dressed vampire or cuddly werewolf, I mean the gut ripping, limb tearing, bleed all over the floor type of horror, which they would probably then make you clean up. The stuff that leaves you thinking, shivering and jumping long after you have finished the story; and I think women have a unique take on this.Women tend to disarm you with emotion or humour, right before they sucker punch you with some true horror.
For instance, take Christine Sutton http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Sutton/e/B005NNAKAE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1, her Kayla Burkhart series http://www.amazon.com/Enchanted-Complete-Kayla-Burkheart-ebook/dp/B007TUADUQ/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_9 is loosely based on fairy tales, so cute, gentle and childlike you might think, and yes, there is a lot of humour in them, but when you get into those dark woods and the evil witch is approaching the door, Christine manages to make a chill run up your spine with her descriptions, I remember nearly wetting myself when the cat jumped on my lap! Bah! Fairy tales I hear you say, well try reading her Prodigal Son then… you want evil… well here it is, one of her reviewers actually commented on “the brutality, and from a woman!”
A group of writers is called a “worship” and those that worship are called a “congregation” so with that in mind here are a few more female writers that I worship, and I hope you will join me in my congregation.
Jaime Johnesse http://www.amazon.com/Enchanted-Complete-Kayla-Burkheart-ebook/dp/B007TUADUQ/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_9, she is one of those authors that you just click with. Sam Reece (in Shifters) http://www.amazon.com/Shifters-ebook/dp/B008D2VVXC/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2 one of my favourite characters in all the books I have read, she often pops into my mind and I wonder what she is upto. In this novel Jaime manages to explode myths, deliver horror moments and all with a big dollop of grin factor. I wish she would write faster!
Suzi M http://www.amazon.com/Suzi-M/e/B003TTLGP2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1359761886&sr=1-2-ent, oh my my, she has done some amazing short stories, I really enjoyed the Stonehenge Man Incident http://www.amazon.com/The-Stonehenge-Man-Incident-ebook/dp/B005MH5OUC/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_5, it had such originality in its format; using news stories and snippets of information. However my favourite has to be the Immortal War Series (newly redone by MayDecember Publications) withLamia (a brilliantly strong female lead; what a turmoil of love, vampires (no sparkles here), torture &goth, just how I imagine the author!
Billie Sue Mossimen http://www.amazon.com/Billie-Sue-Mosiman/e/B000AQ0Z5E/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1359762197&sr=1-2-ent , she is a one woman library, I could happily be shut away with BSM and her stories. Banished http://www.amazon.com/Banished-Billie-Sue-Mosiman/dp/1468005235/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_4 is my current favourite, I say current as I have only read a few of her novels but it gives you a real feel for how the author brings you in and freaks you out.Beware she is addictive!
Lori Lopez http://www.amazon.com/Lori-R.-Lopez/e/B003WJFUN8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1359762319&sr=1-2-ent, one of the first ever female authors I found, she is another prolific writer, but this never diminishes her quality. Chocolate Covered Eyes http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Covered-Eyes-Sampler-Of-Horror/dp/1481001957/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_11 is a collection of stories which were initially a bit of a shock to me... its a bit like going out for fish 'n' chips (or a burger!) and ending with a silver service, fine dining novelle cuisine meal!Lori is not a quick read,she mostly definitely needs cogitating but is so worth the effort as her characters and stories revolve in your head long after the book is shut.
Kat Yares http://www.amazon.com/Kat-Yares/e/B002O6QCGE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1359762433&sr=1-2-ent, last but most certainly NOT least, not strictly a horror writer as she has some fantastic other genres, Beneath the Tor http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Tor-Kat-Yares/dp/0615700845/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_4 was so good I bought a paperback version for my nonKindle friends to read! Kats Tales - Journeys Into the Velvet Darkness: is probably the best way to be introduced. Mrs Yares manages to put such heart, soul and horror into each of her stories that I was gripped from the start, held down and splattered into submission.
I believe it is easy to see that Vix Kirpatrick is a great reader. She has great taste also. Everyone of the great authors she talks about has graciously consented to be one of my Women In Horror!
Vix Kirkpatrick is a Woman In Horror!