Although the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing Salem Horror Fest from hosting their anticipated Women with Guts conference, that's not stopping the festival from celebrating women in horror, as they've announced a Mother's Day Massacre virtual celebration that will include feature-length screenings, short films, and a panel with Jessica Locke, Rebekah McKendry PhD, Jennifer Trudrung, and Sady Doyle:

Press Release: Salem MA - After being forced to cancel their Women with Guts weekend due to COVID-19, Salem Horror Fest has begun to offer digital content such as video on demand titles, virtual premieres and panels. This month, Salem Horror Fest will present MOTHER’S DAY MASSACRE, a live program featuring Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, The Wasp Woman, a three hour block of horror shorts and Mothers of Horror panel discussion with Jessica Locke, Rebekah McKendry PhD, Jennifer Trudrung, and Sady Doyle, author of Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power.

MOTHER’S DAY MASSACRE is a free, all-day virtual event streaming on Facebook Live on Sunday, May 10th starting at 10:00 AM EST. RSVP now

Featured directors include: Javier Chavanel, Tyler Chipman, Ryan Couldrey, Alex DiVincenzo, Sarah Welsh Elliott, Ethan Evans, Bryan M. Ferguson, Tamara S. Hall, Faye Jackson, Matthias Hoene, Tessa Kier, Rob Lee, Rebekah McKendry PhD, Kevin Patrick Murphy, David Saich, Brian Hermida Stubbe, Evan Sweet, Sean Toshach, David C. Valdez, Aidan Weaver


Salem Horror Fest explores America’s darkest anxieties with live and virtual screenings, speakers, parties, podcasts and more from the Halloween capital of the world.

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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.