Black Horror Creatives

The world of horror has evolved due to the work of countless individuals for as long as people have told stories. However much the genre has grown, the issue of minimal representation and lacking diversity remains widespread in horror films and written genres. In recognition of Black History Month, I want to highlight some of the Black authors, directors, and actors who have helped shape the world of horror we know and love. I have hyperlinked the names below to their corresponding Goodreads and IMDb profiles. Give them a look and, if you haven’t already, seek out the horror titles for which these artists are known:


Chesya Burke

Known for: Let’s Play White

Octavia Butler

Known for: Fledgling

P. Djèlí Clark

Known for: Ring Shout

Toni Morrison

Known for: Beloved

Helen Oyeyemi

Known for: White is for Witching


Xavier Burgin

Known for: Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Nia DaCosta

Known for: Candyman (2021)

Bill Gunn

Known for: Ganja & Hess (1973)

Jordan Peele

Known for:

Directing: Get Out (2017), Us (2019), Untitled Jordan Peele Horror Event (pre-production)

Producing: The Twilight Zone (2019-2020), Lovecraft Country (2020), Candyman (2021)


Angela Bassett

Known for: Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), American Horror Story (2013-2018)

Duane Jones

Known for: Night of the Living Dead (1968), Ganja & Hess (1973), To Die For (1988)

Daniel Kaluuya

Known for: Black Mirror (2011) [“Fifteen Million Merits”], Get Out (2017), Untitled Jordan Peele Horror Event (pre-production)

Lupita Nyong’o

Known for: Us (2019), Little Monsters (2019)

Keke Palmer

Known for: Scream Queens (2015-2016), Scream: The TV Series (2019), Untitled Jordan Peele Horror Event (pre-production)

Jurnee Smollett

Known for: True Blood (2013-2014), The Twilight Zone (2020), Lovecraft Country (2020)

Tony Todd

Known for: Candyman (1992), Final Destination (2000), The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2006)


Until next time,


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