Intro: Horror and the Her

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Women are scary.

Whether they wield a knife to avenge their (kinda) dead son or rip you a new one for sending “nudes”to another woman at 3 a.m., women can be a force of unstoppable nature.

Mere centuries ago, goddesses were not only hailed as life bringers but as life takers as well. Take Hera for instance. The Greek goddess of matrimony had a soft spot for animals and nature, but even her husband, Zeus, was terrified of her tantrum, mostly because they were caused by his rampant unfaithfulness. She would often take out Zeus’ cheating out on him or his demigod children. Or look at the Hindu goddess, Kali. She’s known as both a creator and a destroyer, who (with her signature red eyes and lolling, gruesome tongue) ripped apart a spawn of demon clones then danced on their corpses. And she’s considered one of the good guys.

Again, women are scary.

This concept has not changed through history, folklore, and even modern pop culture either.  Who knew that Madame LaLaurie in Season 3 of American Horror Story (played brilliantly by horror queen Kathy Bates) was based on a real, vicious, inhumane woman who was never caught for her crimes?  I did.

As I sit at my desk next to books about female serial killers, Mary Shelley’s real life monsters, and an in-depth account of the Salem Witch Trials, it is safe to say that my near decades long obsession takes a distinctive lean. And I’d like to share that with you.

Be it through real life history or online myth, I am going to delve into the darker side of the formerly called “weaker” sex and show you how scary women can be.

Better keep your night light on.


Author: Marnie Azzarelli

Marnie Azzarelli's short horror work has appeared in multiple publications including magazines like "The Mad Scientist Journal," and anthologies like “My American Nightmare.” She has co-authored two regional history books with Arcadia/The History Press, and co-wrote “The Bristol” an original play that was performed at the Olde Brick Theatre and nominated for a NEPTA award in 2017. She holds a B.A. in English from Marywood University with minors in Writing and Women’s Studies. In 2014, she was awarded the J. Harold Brislin Award for Distinction in Creative Writing. In her spare time, Azzarelli likes to read scary stories before going to bed, and pretending to be other people onstage. She currently lives with three cats, two parents, and one dog in Scranton, Pennsylvania. You can find her on Facebook @marnieazzarelli and on Twitter @LoseYourHeart

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