What’s in a name?

As most of you know, I’ve been racking my brain on a new title for the Women In Horror blog recently.  I wanted a little more originality, a little more of a personal touch on a blog I love so much.  A blog where so many amazing talents have been so gracious as to take time out of their days to discuss the world of horror and women’s place in it.  Thus, “Women In Horror: A Mangled Matters Blog” was in need of a revamp in the name department.

There were a number of ideas I scribbled down, and even more were offered up by awesome friends of mine when I presented the challenge in the form of a Facebook status update one evening.  Of course, the first one that really caught my attention turned out to be used quite often so it was back to the drawing board.

After a ton of research on the subject, I suddenly thought of an amazing little excerpt from one of my favorite books of all time.

The Haunting Of Hill House is one of the best pieces of horror literature of all time, no?  Shirley Jackson is a true pioneer on Women In Horror, no?
How perfect is it then that the name of the blog would be a nod to her.

Cup Of Stars.

Sounds weird. Sounds cool, yeah?

But then I Googled the term and found the exact excerpt from Jackson’s classic where it came from.

“Eleanor looked up, surprised; the little girl was sliding back in her chair, sullenly refusing her milk, while her father frowned and her brother giggled and her mother said calmly, ‘She wants her cup of stars.’

Indeed yes, Eleanor thought; indeed, so do I; a cup of stars, of course.

‘Her little cup,’ the mother was explaining, smiling apologetically at the waitress, who was thunderstruck at the thought that the mill’s good country milk was not rich enough for the little girl. ‘It has stars in the bottom, and she always drinks her milk from it at home. She calls it her cup of stars because she can see the stars while she drinks her milk.’ The waitress nodded, unconvinced, and the mother told the little girl, ‘You’ll have your milk from your cup of stars tonight when we get home. But just for now, just to be a very good little girl, will you take a little milk from this glass?’

Don’t do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again; don’t do it; and the little girl glanced at her, and smiled a little subtle, dimpling, wholly comprehending smile, and shook her head stubbornly at the glass. Brave girl, Eleanor thought; wise, brave girl.”
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

How absolutely fitting is this?!

Each and every one of the amazing ladies proudly spotlighted on this blog have refused to be trapped into being like everyone else or falling into someone else’s ideal script.  For that, the fans out there, like myself, thank you.

To all of the amazing women in horror I’ve had the privilege of talking to and getting to know, I hope you all continue insisting on your cup of stars.  Bravery is a strong suit of all of you.

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About Justin Hamelin

I am a freelance writer, mostly of horror and everything macabre. As a die hard fan of the genre with a particularly deep affinity for Women In Horror, I write film reviews, short stories, screenplays and conduct as many interviews as I can with the fantastic people who make the horror genre my absolute favorite!
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