Interview with Horror Author Alisha Rath [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Please introduce yourself.
My name is Alisha, I write under the pseudonym Angh Chu. I have publications in various genres, but horror is my passion. My hobbies include crossfit, hiking and I am currently obtaining my BA in Sociology.

What is it that attracts you the horror genre for your chosen field of creative work?
I’m not sure attraction would be an accurate depiction of my relationship with horror. I feel it has deeper value, stronger roots. I think I would describe it as a visceral fascination, an innate sense to delve further into the boundaries which encompass a societal view of “horror.” My focus is primarily on the tangible expressions of horror. I find people to be the scariest monsters in existence.

Who inspires you in your work and in life?
Aside from my favorite authors, and historical “monsters” I would have to say actual events, people, places and of course, personal experiences.

Women in horror have made great strides, but it’s clear that a lot of work is still needed to make it a most inclusive genre. To you, what is the importance of a movement like Women in Horror Month?
Women in Horror month serves more than just recognition. The emphasis of women in horror is altering a patriarchal division on an empirical level. By paying tribute to recognized women in horror, we are inspiring future generations, re-creating a scope and hopefully one day eliminating the division of sexes within the horror industry.

What would you tell an up-and-coming creative in the world of horror who sees that being a woman/identifying as a women as something that makes it so much more difficult at times?
I would tell her there’s no greater space to learn than outside of her comfort zone. You won’t face anything more terrifying than your own mind. If you do, use it as inspiration to create something more frightening.

What are your favorite bits of helpful advice that you have received about your work or your field?
Recognition. Before my first publication I attended a writer’s retreat and found myself in the company of seasoned authors. Timidly, I shared a piece of writing and to my surprise, I was commended. Self-doubt was the only thing that held me back from my potential. I learned over the years to increase my teachability index and it has served me well. Knowledge is power.

In honor of celebrating Women in Horror Month, who do you believe viewers should keep an eye on in terms of the creative ladies in horror?
Jennifer Kent, directed “The Babadook” I think she’s finally found her niche.
Anne Rice, timeless, really a beautiful writer.
Sarah Paulson, her work is always phenomenal.

What do you have coming soon that you can talk to us about?
Sand Searchers: I am finalizing a manuscript for a Master Warrant Officer in CAF about his experiences as a combat engineer throughout 2 tours in Afghanistan. Non-fiction, but still disturbing.

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Twitter: @AnghChu