Salem Horror Fest Announces "Women With Guts" Conference For May

While it may be a few months before we actually begin discussing October's Salem Horror Fest, the festival has just announced an all-new genre conference titled "Women with Guts," which will be held this May.

The weekend-long event runs from Friday, May 8th to Sunday, May 10th, 2020 at the Salem Waterfront Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts.

Women dominate the center stage of horror as part of a new genre conference presented by Salem Horror Fest. Female creators from film, TV, podcasts and print will descend upon the notorious witch city for a series of screenings, panels, and lectures with opportunities to party and network.

Guests & Speakers Include:

Ashlee Blackwell (writer and producer of Shudder’s Horror Noire: A Black History of Horror, creator of Graveyard Shift Sisters, and professor at St. Joseph’s University teaching a class titled Resistance Through Horror: Aught Horror Films) Sady Doyle (author of Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power, and Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why) Alison Lang (Editor of Women with Guts: Horror Heroines in Film, TV, and Print from Rue Morgue Library, published in Satanic Panic: Pop Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s) Dr. Rebekah McKendry (Host of Shock Waves and Nightmare University podcasts on the Fangoria network, director of Psycho Granny and All the Creatures Were Stirring, film professor at University of Southern California, former marketing director of Fangoria and editor of Blumhouse Productions) Stacie Ponder (Creator of Final Girl blog, host of Gaylords of Darkness, published in The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle: Final Girls and New Hollywood Formula by Alex West) Chelsea Stardust (Director of Satanic Panic and Into the Darkness: All That We Destroy) Andrea Subissati (Editor of Rue Morgue Magazine, host of The Faculty of Horror, author of When There’s No More Room in Hell: The Sociology of the Living Dead, published in The Undead and Theology, The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul, Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror On Film and Television, and co-founder of The Black Museum) Alexandra West (Host of The Faculty of Horror, author of Films of New French Extremity: Visceral Horror and National Identity, The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle: Final Girls and New Hollywood Formula, published in The Supernatural Cinema of Guillermo del Torro: Critical Essays, Art of the Title, Offscreen Film Journal)

Additional guests and schedule of events to be announced soon.

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