Fairy Tales and Final Girls in THE GHOSTS OF ROSE HILL, a guest post by RM Romero

Fairy tales and horror may seem like completely dissonant genres, but they actually have many things in common. One of them is their reputation for treating their female characters poorly. They’re objectified damsels in distress who must be rescued by a police man or a huntsman, depending on the era the story takes place in. Right?

Sometimes.

Sometimes not.

As a teenager in the early 2000s, most of my Friday nights were spent on my best friend’s couch watching horror movies while we wrote and drew together. As a result, films like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scream, Ginger Snaps, The Silence of the Lambs, Jeepers Creepers, and The Ring became formative for me as a storyteller. Especially how they centered the so-called “final girl.”