Top 13: Scariest Things in the Harry Potter Books

Today, for those of you who don’t know, marks the 20th Anniversary of the US release of the first Harry Potter book.

The Harry Potter series is something that is very near and dear to my heart. It shaped a lot of my childhood, got me interested in writing, and made me believe that women can do absolutely anything. It was also some of my earliest exposure to horror because despite being a clear part of the fantasy genre, there were moments that I remember keeping me up at night, even now, twenty years later.

So, as my first article for Women in Horror Month, and for the 20th Anniversary of one of my favorite series, I’m proud to present to you my top picks for Top 13 Scariest Things in the Harry Potter Books.

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SPOILER WARNING: This list is intended for those who have already read all seven Harry Potter books, and if you haven’t yet done that, be warned. There are major spoilers ahead.

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Women in Horror Month

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This is just a reminder that today marks the beginning of the 9th Annual Women in Horror Month.

For those of you who don’t already know about this movement, it’s just a way to showcase awesome female creators working in an industry where they’re so often underrepresented.

As a woman and as a horror creator, this is something that means a lot me both personally and professionally, so you’ll be hearing a lot about it throughout the month.

If you’d like to learn more about WiHM, you can check out the official website here:

Women in Horror Month

Or their Facebook Page:

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If you’d like to further show your support of the awesome women in horror, you can easily do that by spreading awareness about this movement or even just talking about your favorite terrifying contributions to the genre that have been created by women. This is a great excuse to learn more about the people behind your favorite pieces of media and give them some recognition.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to smaller, independent creators (especially women) and let them know how much you appreciate their work.If you are a creator, this is a great time to promote the work of your female colleagues (and potentially, yourself.)

And finally, if you are a bad-ass lady in the horror industry and would be interested in some free promotion for your work (writing, photography, narrations, art, make-up, games – ANYTHING) by all means contact me. I will be offering free promotion to women in this genre all month long – regardless of experience level, sub-genre or medium. You can comment to this post, you can email me at indefenseofthehorror@gmail.com or you can get a hold of me through Tumblr.

(I’ll also be accepting fan art of any female horror characters, or any fan-made projects inspired by horror that was originally created by a woman.)

This is something I’d also love to hear about from my readers (whether you’re submitting or not) how have women in horror personally influenced or affected you?

Top 13: Free to Play Horror Games for the PC

There’s nothing worse than wanting to be terrified by a game, and being out of horror titles on your desktop. That’s why today I’m proud to present  my list for the Top 13 Free to Play Horror Games for the PC.

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I made sure to keep this list as spoiler-free as possible, so feel free to check it out.

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Review: Doki Doki Literature Club (SPOILER WARNING)

“Swallowing my fears, I brandish my pen.”

Today I’ll be talking about a fun horror game that masquerades itself as something else entirely.

Doki Doki

Spoiler Warning: I will let you know now that I will be recommending this game and I wholeheartedly believe that the less you know going in, the better your experience will be. If you haven’t played the game and would like to, do so now. It’s free to play on Steam here or from the official site here.

This review contains many spoilers so consider this to be your official warning.

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Review: One Missed Call

“Now this will only hurt a little…”

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What better way to start off a new year of defending horror than by, well, doing the exact opposite of that? Today I am going to talking about a movie so terrible that it got a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

That’s right, today I will be addressing the American remake of One Missed Call.

This review is 100% Spoiler Free – not that there’s a lot to spoil in this case.

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Slender Man Movie Controversy

I was hoping that my first post of the year would be defending horror, but unfortunately the top horror story today doesn’t put the horror community in the best light – myself included.

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Today I will be talking about the controversy surrounding Sony’s new Slender Man movie, my error in promoting the film, and providing some source links to anyone who would like to do their own research.

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Review: Red Christmas

“God is all the treatment we need.”

Red Christmas is potentially a quite controversial Christmas film, and if you couldn’t  tell from the quote above, you’d probably be able to tell by the abortion clinic protest scene that the film opens up on.

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Note: This review is 100% spoiler free so if you’d like to read on, you may feel safe to do so without ruining the film for yourself.

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