The Science of Women in Horror – WiHM

Written by Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence

From scream queens to femmes fatale, horror isn’t just for the boys.

Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, authors of The Science of Monsters, and co-hosts of the Horror Rewind podcast called “the best horror film podcast out there” by Film Daddy, present a guide to the feminist horror movies, TV shows, and characters we all know and love.

Through interviews, film analysis, and bone-chilling discoveries, The Science of Women in Horror uncovers the theories behind women’s most iconic roles of the genre. Explore age-old tropes such as “The Innocent” like Lydia in Beetlejuice, “The Gorgon” like Pamela Voorhees in Friday the 13th, and “The Mother” like Norma Bates in Pyscho and Bates Motel, and delve deeper into female-forward film and TV including:

  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Teeth
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • And so much more!

Join Kelly and Meg in The Science of Women in Horror as they flip the script and prove that every girl is a “final girl.”

There’s no better way to kick off Women in Horror Month than with some recommended reading – and I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone interested in women in horror.

A love letter to the women in horror, from creators to characters, this book is thoroughly researched. We get a deeper look at aspects of the genre, from final girls, to the roles of mothers in horror, to vengeful women, and much, much more.

Full of interviews, discussions, and science behind the horrors of the genre, this book really accomplishes a lot while still being incredibly interesting. I was consumed with everything about The Science of Women in Horror and couldn’t put it down. I loved the scientific aspects, the sociological and psychological reflections on fiction, and the looks at individual films and shows. There’s a ton of work put into this book.

Honestly, I’ve been craving a book like this in my life, and I can’t wait to grab more books by Meg and Kelly.

If you want to buy your own copy – click here.


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