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Author Pics

Here is my official author pic. It’s official in that I’m using it as my author pic, but it was taken using my Android and my best friend took it lol

credit Martika Moss

Here is the color version. I usually use the B&W version but sometimes the color one is better.

We took these at my favorite library,

Here are some outtakes that nearly made the cut lol

Jessica’s Author Bio

Because every author needs one:

Jessica Guess is a writer and English teacher who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She earned her Creative Writing MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2018 and is the founder of the website Black Girl’s Guide to Horror where she examines horror movies in terms of quality and intersectionality. Her creative work has been featured in Luna Station Quarterly and Tor Nightfire. Her debut novella, Cirque Berserk, is available for purchase on Amazon. Her short story, “The Nightmare Man,” will be released in Shiver: A Cold Weather Horror Anthology in January.

My Need for Superman in the Coronavirus Era

I know this isn’t like my usual blog post. Superman? Coronavirus era? This has nothing to do with horror unless you’re counting the horrors of the reality we’re all living in right now. And our reality is horrific. Empty grocery shelves. People knocking over grandmas for toilet paper. A complete evil clown-show of a government. And of course, the Coronavirus. It’s scary. Too scary for me to escape to my usual getaway of slashers and revenge flicks. Too scary for anything Stephen King or Octavia Butler. Right now, the only thing I can stomach, the only thing that’s saving me, is Superman.

Sweetheart: A Black Girl’s Guide to Survival

One of the best things about being a part of the #HorrorCommunity on Twitter is that you hear about movies that get looked over by the general masses. J.D Dillard’s Sweetheart (2019) is a shining example of this. 2019 was a good year for horror in that it gave us Jordan Peele’s Us, Ari Aster’s Midsommar, The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep, and countless other movies that received well-deserved marketing and praise. Sweetheart though was one of the best horror movies of 2019 that didn’t get much hype or marketing. Now that it’s available on Netflix, I think it’s time we give this horror gem a better look.

Doctor Sleep is Full of Black Girl Magic

The Shining is a polarizing movie. Most people love the 1980 Stanly Kubrick adaption, but die-hard Stephen King fans feel differently. Much like King himself, they found that the movie didn’t stay true to the essence of the haunting horror thriller. Forty years later, Doctor Sleep is picking-up where The Shining left off, but horror fans are wondering how it lives up to the box office hit that precedes it, and the beloved and haunting novel it follows.

Little Monsters is a Blood Soaked Ray of Sunshine

It’s Been a Long Time. I Shouldn’ta Left You

Happy Halloween! Let’s celebrate by talking about Little Monsters. But first, an apology.

Sorry I’ve been gone for so long.  Teaching and writing took up so much of my time that unfortunately, the blog suffered a little. The good news is that I’m back with a small review of the brilliance that was Little Monsters.

Striking Vipers: Loosening the Constraints on Black Male Sexuality

The newest season of Black Mirror premiered last week and though I wasn’t exactly impressed with the season as a whole, one episode shined among the rest. The first episode titled, “Striking Vipers,” left me contemplating love, sexuality, and how they relate to black men as a whole. Needless to say, this article will discuss the episode in great detail. If you haven’t watched it yet and want to avoid spoilers, stop reading, go straight to Netflix. If you don’t feel like watching the episode, there’s a spoiler-filled summary below.