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'Hear Us Scream: The Voices of Horror' Book Available Now for Preorder

HEAR US SCREAM: THE VOICES OF HORROR is a collection of personal essays from horror lovers all over the world. This collection was written by women and non-binary horror lovers. Each of the essays beautifully shows how horror has changed the lives of those who love horror.

The book was successfully crowdfunded through Kickstarter which helped to fund the book cover design (by Rosie Cass), the purchasing of ISBNs, and to help pay for the POD service IngramSpark. This week each backer received their copies of the book via PDF and will soon receive a small thank you gift which includes a postcard designed by Destiny Kelly.

Excerpt from book (taken from letter from the editor)

"Horror has given us all a home, it might be a little run down, knife holes in the exit doors, and some blood splattered on the beautiful white tiles in the bathroom; but it is our home. This home houses all of our trauma, our laughter, spirits and friendships. And what a wonderful home it is. Our community is one of the most inviting, supportive, and accepting communities that I have had the honour of being a part of. Without being welcomed in with open arms I would not have had the dream to create something so incredibly special for the community, but especially for our contributors."

Essays in the anthology include

  • Squeezing My Hand in The Dark: A Girl Gang I Can Always Turn To by Rebecca McCallum

  • Learning To Fight Like a Final Girl: How Horror Inspired Me To Become A Woman Without Women by Zoë Rose Smith

  • Good Suffering by Blayne Waterloo

  • The (Not So) Safety Game of Life by Jerry J Sampson

  • Haunted, Haunting by Violet Burns

  • My Babysitter Was a Monster by Dulce Maria

  • At Home With Monsters by Gena Radcliffe

  • When Survival is Enough: Finding Strength in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre by Jessica Scott

  • Bite-Sized Love Notes for Scooby-Doo (2002) & its Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Dylyn

  • Nothing so Appalling: Words of Love For The Bizzare and Beautiful Fringes of Horror Films by Jack Van Tuyle

  • Horror Gave Me Back My Laugh by Catherine E. Benstead

  • Isolation, Neurodiversity and The Story of How Horror Saved My Life by E.L. King

  • On Mental Health, Creation and Horror by Hari Berrow

  • Horror Gave Me Freedom by Ashley D

  • To Be Black and Love Horror by Destiny Kelly

  • Bone Begets Blood: A Personal History of Horror From the Lab to the Cinema by KC Amira

  • Being Friends with the Dark by Marina Garrido

  • Horror in The Closet by Lucy Holmes

  • Gender Realisation Through Horror Movies: How Horror Movies Helped Me Realise I Am Non-Binary by Bernadetta F

  • The Love of My Life by Kristen

  • Rebirth of Black Horror Cinema: Horror Fandom Through The Black Lens by Kyasia Fields

  • Don’t Dream it, Do it: Our Journey to Creating a Queer Horror Film Festival by Elecia Page and Sam Whitaker

  • Bodies, Blood, and Binaries: Developing the Trans Gaze in Horror Cinema by Jenni Holtz

  • Love, Chaos, and Freddy Krueger by Amber RW Knapp

  • Towards Radical Transgender Politics in the Slasher Film by RC Jara

The book was edited by Catherine Benstead, S.C. Parris, and Violet Burns.

The book is due to be released on the 6th of December and will be available through many online retailers globally.

All preorder links are available on the Hear Us Scream website at


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