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The Spinster's Library

In this section, you will find all the resources the Spinsters use for each podcast episode.

Episode 1: Women Love Horror
  • "Everything but the Ghoul" - article by Emine Saner from The Guardian

  • "Women in Horror — Are horror movies inherently misogynistic, or are they just misunderstood?" - article from The Australia Times TATGirl vol.3 no.3

  • "Women in Horror: Victims no more" - article by Beth Younger from The Conversation 

  • "Carrie at 40: why the horror genre remains important for women" - article by Noah Berlatsky from The Guardian 

  • "The Evolution of Women in Horror Films" The Buzz, article by Caroline Madden, April 2013.

  • "Watching Horror Films can actually empower Women in their careers" SiliconeRepublic, article by Eva Short, Dec 2017.

  • "Women in Horror Films" Forbes, article by Kiri Blakeley, August 2010.

  • "The Most Feminist Horror Movies of All Time" Glamour, article by Christopher Rosa, October 2016

Episode 2: Scream  and The Blair Witch Project
  • "'Scream' turns 20: How Wes Craven's masterpiece changed the horror genre" - article by Jordan Appugliesi from Mic

  • "Why this Scream character was so good for women" - article by Kaitlin Reilly from Refinery29

  • "How Scream reinvented the slasher movie" - article by Kemi Alemoru from DAZED

  • "How ‘Scream’ Changed The Way We See Women In Horror Movies" - article by Shannon Carlin from Bustle

  • "Scream at 20: how Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson tore the slasher film apart" - article by Adam White from The Telegraph

  • "Twenty Years Later, Scream Remains the Slasher Genre's Great Last Gasp" - article by Keith Garcia from Westword

  • "The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle:  Final Girls and a New Hollywood Formula" - book by Alex West

  • "How 'The Blair Witch Project' Changed Horror with Cheap Shaky Cameras & Genius Marketing" - article by V Renee from No Film School

  • "Beyond Blair Witch: Why found-footage horror deserves your respect" - article by Randall Colburn from AV/Film

  • "Blair Witch Project Revisited" - article by Alex DeBonis from Bitch Flicks

  • "'They Wished I Was Dead': How 'The Blair Witch Project' Still Haunts Its Cast" - article by Emalie Marthe

  • "Scream at 20: How Wes Craven and Kevin William tore the Slasher Film apart" article by Adam White. The Telegraph.

  • Horror Films FAQ  booked by John Kenneth Muir

  • Women with Guts Horror heroines in Film, TV and Print, Rue Morgue  Library Issue # 10

Episode 3: Vampiric Sexuality: Interview with the Vampire and The Hunger
  • "Sexuality and the Vampire" - article from The Free Dictionary encyclopedia

  • "Sexuality and the Vampire: Dracula versus Victorian Era Morality"- article by Kristen Willms from Owlcation

  • "Kiss me with those Red Lips” Gender and Inversion in Bram Stoker’s Dracula" - article by Christopher Craft 

  • "Daughters of Darkness: Lesbian Vampires on Film” - article by Bonnie Zimmerman from the book The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film

  • "Burying the Undead: The Use and Obsolescence of Count Dracula" - article by Robin Wood from the book The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film 

  • "Susan Sarandon on Her Vampire Lesbian Sex Scene With Catherine Deneuve" - article by Jennifer Vineyard from Vulture

  • "How Dracula became sexuality with Fangs"  website Dracula Evolution

  • "Vlad the Impaler", "Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess" How Stuff Works website

  • The Lesbian Vampire story that came before Dracula"  article by Mariana Zapata, Atlas Obscura

Episode 4: Witches and Female Empowerment: Season of the Witch and The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive - Book by Kristen J. Sollee

  • "Glamorous witchcraft: gender and magic in teen film and television" - article by Rachel Moseley

  • https://traditionalwitchcraftandoccultism.wordpress.com/ - Traditional Witchcraft and Occultism

  • The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis - book by Barbara Creed

  • "A Brief History of Witchcraft Persecutions before Salem" - article by Professor Douglas O. Linder

  • "Reconsidering the Dead in Andres Serrano's "The Morgue": Identity, Agency, Subjectivity"- article by Andrea Fitzpatrick

  • "Nevertheless, she resisted: The body as a site of resistance in the Autopsy of Jane Doe" - article by Amy Beddows from Salem Horror Fest

  • "Labelling and Oppression: Witchcraft in Medieval Europe" - article by Mary Ann Campbell 

  • "Wicce: Adding a Spiritual Dimension to Feminism" - article by Tracy L. Luff

  • Malleus Maleficarum - book by Heinrich Kramer

  • "Witch Hunt:" History of a Persecution" book by Nigel Cawthorne

  • "Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic"  book by Lisa Lister

  • "Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Woman in Nineteenth-Century Culture"   book by Per Faxneld

  • "George Romero's '70s  feature Season of the Witch might feature witches, and might not"  article by Keith Phipps, AV Film Club.

Episode 5: Rape Revenge Genre - Is it Feminist or Filth?
  • I Spit on Your Grave - book by David Maguire 

  • Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study - book by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

  • "‘M.F.A.’ Director Natalia Leite Faced Her Sexual Assault By Directing a Rape-Revenge Thriller" - article by Kate Erbland in IndieWire

  • "This Is How You Film A Violent Rape Scene From The Female Gaze" - article by Anne Cohen from Refinery29

  • "The Rape/Revenge Genre’s Gender Revelations" - article by Noah Berlatsky from The Establishment

  • Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film - book by Carol Clover

  • "Rape Culture and the Kavanaugh hearings" - article by Bianca Rosen from 48hills

  • "Vengeance is a Human Right" chapter in John Kenneth Muir's book Horror Movies FAQ

  •  "The stereotypic portrayal of women in slasher films: then versus now"  article by Chad Brewer

  • "History of the Rape Crisis Movement"  article by Gillian Greensite, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

  • "6 Facts about the Sexual Assault Movement You Need to Know" article by Julie Zeilinger, Mic

  • "History of the Movement" Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

  • "Is 'I Spit on Your Grave' Really a misunderstood Feminist Film?"  article by Michael Kaminski

  • "Rape Culture"  Brandon University, Sexualized Violence Support and Information. 

Episode 6: 1...2... Freddy's Coming for You
  • "The Final Girl versus Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street": Proposing a Stronger Model of Feminism in Slasher Horror Cinema" - essay by Kyle Christensen

  • "Razors in the Dreamscape: Revisiting "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and the Slasher Film" - essay by James Kendrick

  •  “Between Dreams and Reality” Genre Personae, Brand Elm Street, and Repackaging the American Teen Slasher Film" - essay by Richard Nowell

  • "A Feminist Look at “A Nightmare on Elm Street" "- article by Kerry

  • "Fiercest Final Girls: Nancy Thompson" - article by unknown 

  • Horror Films of the 1980s - book by John Kenneth Muir

  • "Welcome to His ‘Nightmare’: How Freddy Krueger Became a Pop Icon" - article by Mikal Gilmore from Rolling Stone

  • "Sexualized Saturdays: Choosing Monsters Over Women" - article by unknown on Lady Geek Girl and Friends

  • "How Modern Horror is breaking the rules of the 1980s"  article by Jordon Crucchiola

  • "1980s Horror Films 0 Inside Out: Body Horror" Horror Film History

  • "Horror Films FAQ" book by John Kenneth Muir

Episode 7: Ghostly Investigations: Do You Believe?
  • "The Power of Suggestions: What We expect influences our Behavior, for Better or Worse" Association for Psychological Science, article by Maryanne Garry, June 2012.

  • "The Power of Suggestion" Exploring Your Mind, January 2017.

  • "New Voices: The power of suggestion" The British Psychological Society, article by Krissy Wilson, October 2011.

  • "Give Us a Sign of Your Presence: Paranormal Investigation as a Spiritual Practice" Sociology of Religion, article by Marc A Eaton, 2015.

  • "An Investigation in Alleged Hauntings" British of Journal Psychology, 2003.

  • "Victorian Science and Spiritualism in The Legend of Hell House" article by Murray Leeder, Horror Studies Vo.5 No. 1.

  • "Psychology:  The Truth about the Paranormal" - article by David Robson from BBC

  • "What's Really Behind Paranormal Experiences (Hint: It's Not Ghosts)" - article by Stephanie Pappas from Live Science

  • "The Haunted Brain" - essay by Richard Wiseman

  • "How to Become a Paranormal Investigator" - article by Ryan Dube from lovetoknow

  • Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-century America - book by Ann Braude

  • "Investigations of psychic/spiritual phenomena in the nineteenth century: somnambulism and spiritualism, 1811-1860" - essay by Marcelo Gulão Pimentel, M.Sc, Klaus Chaves Alberto, Ph.D., & Alexander Moreira-Almeida, M.D., Ph.D

  • "‘Instruments to lay hold of spirits: Technologizing of the Bodies of Victorian Spiritualism"- essay by Richard Noakes

  • "From Spiritualism to Spirituality: The scientific quest to explain the psychical aspects of human nature" - essay by James E. Beichler, Ph.D

Episode 8: Sometimes Dead is Better
  • "Bereavement" Psychology Today, 2019

  • "How might we grieve in a Death-Denying Society" PsychCentral, article by Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar, Dec 2014.

  • "Talking About Death in America: An Anthropologist's View" UnDark article by Anita Hannig, October 2017.

  • "When Horror Feals with Death, Not Just Dying"   HeardTell, article by Ken W. Hanley, June 2017.

  • Death, Dying and the Dead in Popular Culture - Keith F. Durkin

  • Horror Films FAQ - John Kenneth Muir

  • "Dealing with the Death of A Child" Psychology Today, article by Kenneth J. Doka. Ph.D.,  July 2017.

  • Horror Films of the 1980s - book by John Kenneth Muir

  • "Pet Semetary and the Terror of Death" - article by Chris Evangelista from cutprintfilm

  • "Got Death Anxiety? Coming to terms with mortality" - article by Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D. from Psychology Today

  • "Maybe It Shouldn't Be a Party: Kids, Keds, and Death in Stephen King's Stand By Me and Pet Sematary"- essay by Jeffrey Weinstock 

  • Does the Dog Die? - website - www.doesthedogdie.com

  • "Why Losing a Pet Hurts So Much... and why the stages of grief are just as valid when your loss is an animal" - article by Ralph Ryback MD from Psychology Today

  • "Mourning through Horror Movies" - article by Eren Orbey from The New Yorker

  • "Death, Grief and Why Horror Films Truly Matter" -article by Steven Sheil from Talkhouse

Episode 9: Cosmic Horror and Insanity in Carpenter's Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness
  • "John Carpenter: Analyzing His Style and Growing Influence"  Den of Geek!, January 2019.

  • "What makes a horror story Lovecraftian?"   Contemporary Lovecraft, July 2015.

  • "The Filmmaker's Guide to Understanding Lovecraftian Horror" Geeks, article by Annie Kapur, 2017.

  • "Cosmic Horror in John Carpenter's Apocalypse Trilogy"  Strange Horizons,  article by Orrin Grey. October 2011.

  • "Why is Cosmic Horror so difficult to put on Film?" No Film School, article by Jan Fusco, February 2019.

  • "The Origin of Madness: A Philosophical Review of the Film 'In The Mouth of Madness'" Terse article by Tini Ngatini, August 2017.

  • "Dreadful Reality: Fear and Madness in the Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft" Honors Theses, Phillip J. Snyder, December 2017.

  • "The Weird World of H.P Lovecraft" - book #11, Rue Morgue Library

  • "“Ghosts and Shadows”: Epistemophobia and the Disintegration of the Subject in John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness"- essay by Michael Thorn 

  •  Cinema of the Occult: New Age, Satanism, Wicca, and Spiritualism in Film - essay by Carrol L Fry

  • Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Woman in Nineteenth-Century Culture - book by Per Faxneld

  • "Meet The Satanic Feminists Who Are Fighting For Social Justice"- article by Christine Colby from BUST magazine

  • "The Cinema of John Carpenter: The Technique of Terror: “Something Came Leaking out”: Carpenter’s Unholy Abominations” - essay by Anna Powel

Episode 10:  Spinsters in Space: Alien and Pandorum
  • "Dr. Alien, Ph.D.: the horror classic that academia loves" -article by Robin McKie from The Guardian

  • "Forty years on, what can Ridley Scott’s Alien teach the #Metoo generation?" - article by Imogen West-Knights from NewStatesman

  • "Genre, Gender and the Aliens Trilogy" - essay by Thomas Doherty & Barry Keith Grant

  • Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre- book edited by Michele Brittany

  • A History of Horror  book by Tom Hutchinson

  • The Monster Show book by David Skal

  • Encyclopedia of Horror book by Richard Daries

  • "Horror Films FAQ" book by John Kenneth Muir

  • "Ellen Ripley, Alien, and the Rise of the Modern Ripleys"  article by Jennifer Leigh Williams, Den of Geek.com

  • "Alien'  Revisited: Nearly Four Decades Later, Ripley is still the boundary-busting heroine we deserve"  article by Kate Erbland, IndieWire

  • "Alien's Ellen Ripley destroys gender stereotypes stands up to Mansplaining Andriod, avoids Death" article by Samantha Shaddock, Gutsy Broads

  • "The revelations that Lambert is a trans woman transforms what we know about Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror"  article by Thomas Hobbs, Little White Lies.com

  • "Forgotten Favorite: The Deep Space Horrors of Pandorum"  article by Jeff Spry, SyFyWire

  • "Why Space is the Scariest Place to Encounter the Supernatural"  article by James Whitbrook, io9

  • "How the Isolation of Space Messes with Your Mind"   article by Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian.com

  • "Astronauts Open Up About Depression and Isolation in Space" article by Douglas Vakoch Ph.D., Psychology Today

Episode 11:  Feminism: The Vampire Slayer
  • Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ed. Elana Levine and Lisa Parks, Duke University Press, 2007.

  • "Staking Her Claim: Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Transgressive Woman Warrior" France Early. - Whedonstudies.tv

  • “ Real Witches and the Wanna-Blessed-Be’s: Willow, Tara, and Other Wiccans in Buffy”  The Feminist Christ: Buffy Summers Blog

  • “Willow and Which Craft? The portrayal of witchcraft in Joss Whedon’s Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” - Dominique Wilson

  • “A Love letter to Willow, Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Most Compelling and Kickass Character” - Kate Robertson

  • "Witchcraft in Popular Entertainment. The Craft, Buffy and Beyond" - chapter in Witchcraft Goes Mainstream - Brooks Alexander

  • "Why do Teens Love Witchcraft so Much?" -Vice article y Allie Conti

  • "The Case for Faith: The Rogue Vampire Slayer’s Search for Identity" - Eric Reed- Whedonstudies.tv

  • “I Hope Evil Takes MasterCard” - Faith the Vampire Slayer and the Image of the Bad Girl in Society." - Faith Parke  - Whedonstudies.tv

  • "How Buffy Changed Television" by Robert Moore, from the book The Joss Whedon Companion

  • "Sexism in Meta horror: Why ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is still my favourite horror movie" - article by Brooke Jackson-Glidden

  • Technopaganism - Wikipedia article

  • Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer - book edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox, David Lavery

  • "The New Generation Witches: Teenage Witchcraft in Contemporary Culture" - article by Peg Aloi and Hannah E. Johnston

  • Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion: The TV Series, the Movies, the Comic Books and More: The Essential Guide to the Whedonverse - book by Pop Matters

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 4) - book by James B. South and William Irwin

  • Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon: New Essays - book by Erin B Waggoner 

  • "Rebel Grrrl: Faith and Bad Girl Feminism" - article by Caitlynn Fairbarns

  • Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction, and Film - book by Julie Chappell & Mallory Young

  • Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan - book by Lorna Jowett

Episode 12:  Camp Spinster: F13 Series

  • "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" - article by Laura Mulvey

  • "(In)Stability of Point of View in When a Stranger Calls and Eyes of a Stranger" - article by David Roche

  • "Razors in the Dreamscape: Revisiting "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and the Slasher Film" - article by James Kendrick

  • Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film - book by Carol Clover

  • "Slasher Films and Liberated Women" - article by Robin Bates

  • "Women In Danger | Dissecting The Voyeuristic Gaze Of The Modern Slasher Film" - article by Graham Connors

  • Horror Films of the 1980s - book by John Kenneth Muir

  • Never Hike Alone” -www.wompstompfilms.com - fan-made F13 film

  • "Recreational Terror: Postmodern Elements of the Contemporary Horror Film" - article by Isabel Pinedo

  • "The Sisters of Friday the 13th" - article by Graveyard Shift Sisters 

  • "Babes in the Woods - A franchise of fear" - article by S. T. Karnick

  • "Top 23 Movie Franchises of All Time #7" - article by IGN

  • "Movie Minutiae: the Friday the 13th series (1980-?)" - article by Gary Kemble

Episode 14: People Eating Tasty Humans 

  • "Cannibalism, Vegetarianism, and Narcissism" - article by William B Irvine

  • "Having an Old Friend for Dinner: Cannibalism goes to the Movies" - essay by Des Bellamy

  • "An Abridged History Of Cannibalism As Metaphor" - article by Elijah Taylor from Birth.Movies.Death

  • "The Vegetarian Underpinnings of Cannibalism in Film" - article by Nick Ferguson from Medium

  • "Seeing and Slaughtering in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre" - article by Dawn Keetley from Horror Homeroom

  • "Fairy Tales for the Apocalypse": Wes Craven on the Horror Film"- essay by Christopher Sharrett and Wes Craven

  • "Return of the Repressed" - essay by Robin Wood

  • "What Does Cannibalism Do to your Body"  - article by Neal Litherland

  • "We are living in the golden age of on-screen cannibalism" -  article by Charles Bramesco

  • "Eating Your Enemy" -  History Today

  • "It's Only Cannibalism If We're Equals": Carnivorous Consumption and Liminality in Hannibal - essay by Michael Fuchs

  • "Consuming Raw: Cannibalistic Transformation in Julie Ducournau's Raw"  - essay by Seline Naqi

  • "Raw (Meat): Are we are bodies" -  article by Dawn Keetly of Horror Homeroom

  • "Eating People is wrong... Or how we decide morally what to eat" -  essay by Michael A Ashby

  • "The Hills Have Eyes Is Based on a Real Story: The Swaney Bean Cave Clan" -  article by  David McKendry

  • "The Hills Have Eyes (1977) is hicksploitation done right" - article Eric Lanberg

  • "The Saw is Family: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the meaning of murder"  - article by Stephen Craver

  • "Cannibalism, Class, and Power: A Foodways Analysis of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Series" -  essay by Mark Bernard

  • "Cannibalistic Capitalism and other American Delicacies: A Bataillen Taste of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" - essay by Naomi Merritt

Episode 15: Elegant Brutality - Italian Horror

  • Euro Horror - book by Ian Olney

  • "Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento" - essay by Maitland McDonagh

  • "Playing with genre: An introduction to the Italian Giallo" - essay by Gary Needham

  • "Gender, Genre, Argento" - essay by Adam Knee

  • Violence in Art - Wikiwand

  • "Sexual Difference in Cinema — Issues of Fantasy, Narrative and the Look" - essay by Steve Neale

  • "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" - essay by Laura Mulvey

  • "A dangerous mind: Dario Argento's Opera (1987)" - article by Michael Sevastakis

  • "31 Days of Gialloween: Dario Argento’s Opera" - article by Samm Deighan

  • "One on Top of the Other: Lucio Fulci, Transnational Film Industries, and the Retrospectives Construction of the Italian Horror Canon" - essay by David Church

  • "The Changing Cultural Status of Italian Horror Cinema in Britain"  essay by Lewis Howse

  • "Not-so-American Horror Story: How Italian Horror is responsible for your favourite dark fashion looks" - Sleek Magazine Online

  • "The Graveyard: Digging up "Stage Fright" -  article by James Devine, Fansided

  • "Dario Argento's Suberversive 'Opera'" - article by Paul Synnott, Cinephilia & Beyond

  • "How do violent movies Impact Us? The Psychology of Stylized Violence"  - article by Jonathon Hetterly, Shrink Tank

  • "Discover the First-person POV terror of Dario Argento's Opera"  -article by Anton Bitel, Little White Lies

  • Voyeuristic Pleasure in Cinema: A study of voyeurism in Peeping Tom, Rear Windows and Psycho"  - essay by Delil Hasan Sutcu

  • The Concept of the Fetish"  - essay by Donald L. Donham.

Episode 16: Exorcising the Feminine - The Exorcist & The Last Exorcism

  • Men, Women, and Chainsaws - book by Carol Clover

  • The Monstrous-Feminine - book by Barbara Creed

  • "Who Possesses " Possessed Women"? Women and Female Bodies as Territories for Male Interference" - essay by Dra. Ana M. Gonzalez Ramos, Dra. Begonya Enguix, & Dra. Beatriz Revelles-Benavent

  • "Feminist Tensions in The Last Exorcism and The Last Exorcism Part 2" - article Dr. by Carrie Lynn D. Reinhard 

  • "German Narratives of Women's Divine and Demonic Possession and Supernatural Vision 1555-1800: A Bibliography" -  essay by Jeannine Blackwell

  • "A Divine Apparition or Demonic Possession? Female Agency and Church Authority in Demon Possession in Sixteenth-century France" - essay by Moshe Shuhvsky

  • "A Notorious Woman: Possession, Witchcraft and Sexuality in Seventeenth-Century Provence" - essay by Anita M Walker and Edmuch H Dickerman. 

  • "The Exorcist and the Spiritual Problem of Modern Women"  - essay by Thomas Kapaclnsaks

  • "The Power of Christ Compels You": Holy Water, Hysteria and the Oedipal Psychodrama in The Exorcist" -  essay by Sara Williams

  • "A Girl's Best Friend is her Mother: The Exorcist as a Post-modern Oedipal Tale" - essay by Allison Kelly. 

  • "Mystics, Demoniacs and the Physiology of Spirit Possession in Medieval Europe" - essay by Nancy Caiola

  • "Horror Films and Psychiatry"  essay by Susan Freidman

Further reading (not discussed in episode):

  • "His Belly, Her Seed: Gender and Medicine in Early Modern Demonic Possession" - essay by Boyd Brogan

  • "History Has Not Been Kind To “The Exorcist” - article by Amanda Marcotte