John Jasper of Publishers Weekly’s “Genreville” blog teed off on the British Fantasy Society when he learned that their new collection of 16 interviews with horror writers didn’t include a single one with a woman.
I’ve only heard of four of the 16 people interviewed for In Conversation: A Writer’s Perspective. Volume One: Horror. In comparison, Maura McHugh at Splinster.com, listed 13 women writers she feels should have been considered for this collection — and I’ve only heard of three. These statistics prove? That I should never hold myself out as any kind of expert on the horror field, I guess. Just the same, I can’t imagine how BFS can justify the book’s all-male lineup.
Coincidentally, the BFS’ FantasyCon 2009 is running this weekend. One of their three guests of honor is a woman. There are two other women among the many authors doing book signings. Maybe the BFS’ left hand and right hand will get together and learn what the other is doing?