Interview with Horror Author, and Filmmaker Jamie Farthing [Women in Horror Month 2021]

photo credit: Emilie Black @emybphoto

Jamie Farthing is a horror fanatic, horror author, model, and filmmaker currently undertaking a slew of horror based film projects. Running SavageZack Productions, she’s currently developing a film for the late Tomas Navarro and much more.

Please Introduce Yourself to the Readers.
My name’s Jamie Farthing and I’m an aspiring horror content creator.

What is it that attracts you the horror genre for your chosen field of creative work?
I’ve loved horror since I first sneaked out of my room at 8 years old and caught “A Nightmare on Elm Street” on TV late one night. It made me nervous, scared, and shockingly excited. Since then, I consumed as much horror as I could. Over the years, I had hoped that one day I could make others feel those same emotions as I did all those years ago.

Who inspires you in your work and in life?
Inspiration comes from everywhere, I know that sounds cliche, but it really does. Sometimes it comes from watching some of the most non-horror content and just picturing, “How can I twist this?” Truth be told, my recently passed friend, Tomas Navarro, had really been the person who helped push me into finally getting content out there. His love of horror and his positivity kept me inspired.

Women in horror have made great strides, but it’s clear that a lot of work is still needed to make it a most inclusive genre. To you, what is the importance of a movement like Women in Horror Month?
Women can offer another perspective in horror, a unique voice if you will. Men don’t hold the patent on twisted imaginings (laughs). That’s not to say their voices aren’t just as important.

What would you tell an up-and-coming creative in the world of horror who sees that being a woman/identifying as a women as something that makes it so much more difficult at times?
In this medium, as well as countless others, I understand it’s difficult to be taken seriously. We as women have made many positive strides, but obviously, there’s still more work to be done. I suppose my advice is, “Fuck em’, do what you dream, and don’t give up.”

What are your favorite bits of helpful advice that you have received about your work or your field?
To constantly be a student. You’ll never know everything, so keep at it, keep learning, and keep trying to scare the shit out of them.

In honor of celebrating Women in Horror Month, who do you believe viewers should keep an eye on in terms of the creative ladies in horror?
I loved Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook, I hope to see more from her.

What do you have coming soon that you can talk to us about?
I’m currently working on the final short film by my passed partner, Tomas’s directorial debut Straight To Video. I’m also working on a project, Libations and Lore where we discuss reported hauntings and accompany it with a drink inspired by the lore. I’m also an author with one novel available now titled Embracing Winter.

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