WOMEN IN HORROR: A Month-Long Look into the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear! Day Sixteen – Erica Stockwell!
1. What first drew you into the world of horror?
I’ve always been a fan of horror since I was a kid. I loved Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I was so afraid of Harold the scarecrow that I would do a sort of ritual every night to try to keep myself from having nightmares about him.
2. What film/book/show was the biggest influence on you?
Obviously I love horror that has a sense of humor. There’s some good horror-comedy out there, though not nearly enough. Horror movies that are over the top and don’t take themselves seriously- probably What We Do in the Shadows is the most inspirational to me in terms of the way they do their humor. I really like dry humor.
3. What actor/director/writer do you consider your biggest influence?
Stephen King. I always loved spooky stuff but King really drew me into the world of adult horror literature, and I love the bits of humor he injects into his stories.
4. Who would you consider to be your horror twin? – Think about a character in a film or book that makes you think “That would totally be me, I’d do that”.
I identify quite a lot with Deacon from What We Do in the Shadows. He hates doing dishes and gets really mad when Nick rips off his goth style.
5. What do you think you would you be doing if you weren’t involved with the horror community?
I’m actually new to the horror community, I’ve gone to a horror convention here and there but I’m more active in other communities. I’m a professional web developer so I have some involvement in the tech world, and I also have a small business making and selling art as the Bone Lady and I vend at and go to a lot of oddities markets.
6. Plug some of your past, present, and upcoming projects.
Firstborn was my first project, but I’m working on a script for my next short film, which is going to be a new story but keeping in the theme of “when summoning demons goes wrong”.
7. Where do you like folks to follow you on social media?
Facebook is best for staying updated on Firstborn- facebook.com/firstbornfilm2020 – or if you want to follow my other art I’m on Instagram and Facebook as BoneLadyArts
8. Where can folks find your work?
Firstborn isn’t available online yet but will be on either Youtube or Vimeo once I’m doing with festivals. You can follow the Facebook page to get updated on when it’s available online.
9. Which horror icon would you most/least like to go up against?
Pennywise. He can take the form of anything that frightens you and he pretty much can’t be killed.
10. Any advice for young ladies aspiring to become involved in the horror community?
The best thing that happened to me was that I was able to connect with some very experienced filmmakers through my social circle who were willing to work on my small project because they love film and they loved my script and were willing to show me the ropes and teach me how to be a good director. I’ve also experienced a lot of imposter syndrome in my career in tech. When you’re doing something for the first time it’s easy to feel like you don’t belong and you’re not good enough, but you have to remember that every person who is great at what they do was in that same position when they first started. So to sum up my advice- don’t let imposter syndrome keep you from trying new things, and networking is everything.
11. Who is on your Horror Mt. Rushmore? This can be actors, writers, directors, characters.
Tim Curry as Pennywise, Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrence, Bruce Campbell as Ash, and Stephen King