Women in Horror: Linda Addison

Linda Addison

Linda D. Addison, center, at the 2015 World Horror Convention in Atlanta, Ga.

Still exploring women of horror this week and I decided to cross genres and cover a horror poet.

I googled “woman horror poet.” The first hit was Linda D. Addison. Looking at the photo of the statuesque black woman in a purple mohawk, my first thought was Oh! I know her!

I met her briefly at the recent WHC in Atlanta. It’s hard not to notice Linda in a crowd. It’s more than the bright mohawk. Linda exudes confident attitude. She is self assured and accepts who she is without apology. We love her for it.

She is the first African American to win the coveted Bram Stoker Award, which she won twice for her poetry collections Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes in 2001 and Being Full of Light, Insubstantial in 2007. Her latest, How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection.

I just downloaded How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend from Amazon—time to explore some of poetry’s darker offerings.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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