Interview with “Sirens of Horror” [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Please introduce yourself.
Ela: I’m a sarcastic, blunt ex-chef who adores horror movies. I got into horror back with Goosebumps, and ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark.’ back in elementary school. Since then my love has grown from Universal, Hammer, camp, and especially dark fairytales. I am obsessed with Wendigos, and Werewolves.
Ashy: My name is Ashy Slashy I am the second half of Sirens of Horror and my favorite Horror Movie of all time is Evil Dead! I love all kinds of Horror movies but I think favorites are definitely either campy fun like The Final Girls horror or dramatic story-driven horror like Mama.

What is it that attracts you to the horror genre for your chosen field of creative work?
Ela: I’ve loved horror since and child. I then moved into special effects makeup, and finally into writing shorts. The podcast came to life from sitting around and talking about horror to everyone. People always seemed to be surprised about how feminist horror can be and hearing about it through the eyes of a woman. While horror has very strong women, it tends to be discussed mostly by men.
Ashy: I honestly just love watching horror movies! As a podcaster and an actor, it’s fun to watch movies from a different perspective than the average movie water. I love being able to critique a movie or show based on its special effects storyline and overall aesthetic and talk about it with my best friend. Making jokes with others as I watch something or just simply analyzing what I am watching and taking notes. I love ogling over any time there is a beautifully done practical effect when it comes to special effects or make-up.

Who inspires you in your work and in life?
Ela: The Soska Sisters are a constant source of inspiration in both their work and how authentic they are as people. My best friend and cohost Ashy always inspires me to do my best work. Doug Jones always inspires me with his roles and how much emotion he can show with his body
Ashy: Not to sound overly cheesy and sappy but my Co-host and fellow Siren Ela Evela. I always looked up to her and admired her “Go get ‘em” attitude in life. She is the most driven and creative person I know.

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?
Ela: Women while often the stars of horror have been largely kept out of the conversations about the creation, and the social effects of horror. It’s important that women are spotlighted behind the camera as much as they are in front of it. It’s the genre that was started by a woman in front of a fire writing about a monster brought to life from a monster. But people remember the story, not the writer. I think it’s important to remember our roots and shout out to our future,
Ashy: To quote the late great Bela Lugosi “It is women who love horror, Gloat over it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out and come back for more.” Women all over the horror genre whether it’s acting, writing, editing, or talking about it on a blog, vlog, or podcast it is important to have a strong community of support behind us as we grow together and share in our love for the Horror genre.

What would you tell an up-and-coming creative in the world of horror who sees that being a woman/identifying as a woman as something that makes it so much more difficult at times?
Ela: Sometimes the hardest things have the best outcome. It’s going to hard until there are enough women speaking out in the genre. I would say take from your life, take your fears, the things that make it hard throw on some blood, and make it your own.
Ashy: It can and will be difficult at times but we as women will always be the Final Girls! We are strong and our thoughts, opinions are valid. We must fight for ourselves and all the other women in our community.

What are your favorite bits of helpful advice that you have received about your work or your field?
Ela: Keep going, and speak out. I meet the Soska Sisters at a con a few years ago and they were very much about pushing the boundaries.

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?
Ela: Keep a close eye on the indie scene. Youtube is an amazing place for small horror shorts that women are producing. Look for Facebook groups, and keep up with the community.

What do you have coming soon that you can talk to us about?
Ela: We’ll be back in a month with our season 3 of the podcast. We have 2 ½ seasons up and are excited to start a new DND game on our patreon.

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