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Guest Post: 4 Spine Chilling Coming-of-Age Novels by Horror Writers of Color

Guest Post: 4 Spine Chilling Coming-of-Age Novels by Horror Writers of Color

4 Spine-Chilling Coming-of-Age Novels by Horror Writers of Color

by Desiree Villena

Horror is haunted by a reputation for whiteness. H.P. Lovecraft’s well-known racism, for instance, still casts a shadow as vast as his outsized influence over the genre. Meanwhile, an enduring stereotype holds that characters of color are inevitably the first to succumb to any slasher or ghoul. 


Horror writers of color have long grappled with this troubling legacy as they produce groundbreaking work that takes the genre in...