We of the Horror Honeys have unleashed Belladonna upon the world again this month! This issue is another joblot of delights: Slasher Honey Chass looks at the recent releases Happy Death Day and Jigsaw, Classics Honey Samantha talks about the gender politics of Stephen and Owen King’s novel Sleeping Beauties and revisits the Universal horror-comedy The Old Dark House, Monster Honey Sarah dives into The Shape of Water, Head Honey LinnieSarah celebrates the underappreciated women of the erotic thriller genre, Supernatural Honey Kim has list of horror films guaranteed to convert even the most sceptical non-fan, Sci-Fi Honey Katie interrogates Blade Runner 2049, Gamer Honey Jess has a go on the retro-toon adventures of Cuphead and Bendy,
Once again, this is a themed issue, with a special focus on celebrating women in comics. Our cover star is Bitch Planet creator Kelly Sue DeConnick, who talks about her career past and present in an exclusive interview; also grilled is fellow comic author Leah Williams. Kim talks about Edward Scissorhands: Parts Unknown, while Guest Honey Laurel reviews Shade: The Changing Girl. My own contributions are a retrospective of Nancy A. Collins’ vampire comics and a review of Kore Yamazaki’s Frau Faust.
This was also a big month for my comic, Midnight Widows, which is currently being serialised in Belladonna. As well as a bumper-sized instalment, this issue has an in-depth introduction to my all-woman team of collaborators: Rosie Wigg, Marcela Hauptvogelova and our newest recruit, Delia Mihai.
To celebrate, here are some of Rosie’s very, very early drawings of Edith and Gabriela. Haven’t they grown?