This time I picked ‘Red as Blood’ by Tanith Lee. Partly it’s a tribute to the history of fairy tales, which have always been part of the horror tradition, and Lee’s version of ‘Snow White’ is a beautiful, complex re-imagining of the story.
But it’s also to recognise the importance of writers like Lee who were trailblazing for women in horror long before that was an acceptable genre for women to populate. She, and other writers like Shirley Jackson, Lisa Tuttle, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O’Connor, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Kit Reed, Sheri S. Tepper, and Daphne du Maurier (among many others), wrote what they wanted and made it easier for all of us who follow behind.
It’s important that their work is remembered as outstanding examples of the genre, and not allowed to fade into unfair obscurity.