The Women of Horror Literature - Airika Sneve - The Author's Own Words
|Airika Sneve. Someone grab her before she falls down a manhole!|
Airika Sneve is a writer, musician, and University of Minnesota psychology graduate from Minnesota. She enjoys ham, cats, and the infliction of nightmares upon unsuspecting readers. Her stories have been published by Weirdpunk Books, Crowded Quarantine Publications, Pill Hill Press, Horrified Press, Issue #3 of Nameless Magazine, Strange Musings Press and more. Airika is currently finishing edits on her first novel, a celebration of dark fairy tales and body horror called The Land of Vod.
Q1. Where does your fascination, passion, and/or love for horror come from, and what sent you on the path to become an author in the horror genre?
I blame my mother for my lifelong obsession with horror. I remember being spellbound by her paperback copy of Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf when I was nine years old. I still remember being profoundly fascinated by the cover art. I spent the afternoon into the evening reading that book cover to cover. I think it was pretty much a done deal from that point on.
Q2. What type of horror is your favorite and why? Do you write a lot of it, or do you write in various subgenres, such as romantic horror, bizarro, splatterpunk, supernatural, science fiction, etc.?
Both my favorite type of horror as well as what I’m writing tend to change by mood. Right now, I’m loving bizarro and, of course, splatterpunk. Splatterpunk never gets old! I do write in quite a few subgenres. For me, it’s never genre first; a story always starts with an idea, and then the genre tends to follow.
Q3. What is your opinion on women in the horror genre? Do you think WiHM is necessary and helpful, or can it create a rift by singling out one type of writer?
I’m all for women writing horror with WiHM helping to push us creepy ladies to the forefront! I think the genre could use more female viewpoints --a LOT more. I personally would like to see more women behind the pen as opposed to women being used as hollow, pretty plot vehicles running around getting stabbed and (being written into) making bad choices in their underwear. As gender-equal as our society seems to be warming up to becoming -- which is AWESOME -- I have noticed some disparity in the horror field. I also love and get a kick out of women who refuse to behave, who act out and refuse to comply with the traditional ideal of the “fairer” sex. I’m sure there are people who are offended by WiHM for whatever reason, and to that I say this: Who fucking cares?!! Everyone’s offended by something these days! :D
Q4. What do you think the future will be within the horror genre, both in general and specific to women? Do you think WiHM will help with that future?
I’m not sure, but I’m intrigued and excited to find out! I definitely think WiHM has the potential to be a powerful vehicle for bringing talented female writers to the attention of horror fans.
Q5. Are there any women in the horror entertainment area that you have looked to for guidance? Including authors, actresses, screenwriters, directors, wherever you find inspiration!
When it comes to guidance, any creepy grrl needs a good editor, and your [Andrea Dawn's] ideas helped to shape my story in the DOA III anthology into the anti-corporate penile bloodbath it became! So I’m going to have to say thank you again for your hilarious and spot-on input. Reading the notes in the margins was pretty damn fun on THAT project! I also I have a tremendous respect for Anne Rice and her prose. Emma Johnson -- known as MP Johnson in the field -- is my favorite bizarro author of all time. Also, I find this question especially tricky, considering the fact that Billy Martin -- who helps to makes my Facebook feed all the more entertaining with his demented wit -- shaped my teenage life during his years writing as Poppy Z. Brite.
Q6. Do you have a favorite female character in the horror genre, and what about this character do you identify with?
Maybe May, from the movie of the same name. So quirky and funny!
Q7. Just for fun: are you a token victim, the best friend who might dies, or a final girl?
In life, I’d like to think I’m a final girl, but honestly, if I somehow found myself in a horror novel or slasher flick, I’d probably do something stupid in the first 20 minutes (like falling down an open manhole or something similarly air-headed!).
I'd like to thank all of the talented, quirky, smart, and extremely fun women authors who participated in Women in Horror Month with me. I can't thank you ladies enough. Let's keep writing and sharing our talent with the world!