Women creators are drastically underrepresented in the horror film industry. In 2010, Hannah Forman founded Women in Horror Month (WiHM), an international, grassroots movement to showcase women working in the horror industry. WiHM encourages horror fans to learn about and highlight the underrepresented work of women in horror. The annual event also acts as a call to action for more involvement in the horror genre.
This call led to the creation of Women in Horror: A Film Index. The project, developed by two academic librarians, recognizes the contribution of women in the horror film industry in an index of female-generated horror films. It has an international scope and spans from 1900 to present day. Entries are arranged by titles and include the role women took in creating films and other pertinent metadata elements. A unique feature of this index is the Goreonomy, the controlled vocabulary created using terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), AMC's Film Site Glossary, and standard industry terms. Films are assigned tags from the Goreonomy to aid in searching.
This poster presentation will describe the development process including selection of the entries, the creation of the Goreonomy, and more. There will also be an introduction to WiHM. The Women in Horror: A Film Index creators hope that the project will be a useful research tool for anyone interested in horror, as well as provide a way for horror enthusiast to discover their new favorite film.
Lizzy Walker– Associate Professor, Metadata and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Wichita State University Libraries