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Women who Write Horror: Helen Oyeyemi (Author Spotlight)

2Helen Oyeyemi is an award winning British Nigerian author, who wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl, while studying for her A-Levels. She attended Cambridge University and studied social and political sciences.

When it comes to writing her main influences are Cuban and African mythology, fairy tales, and classic horror writers like Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe. Not only does she write horror but also fantasy and realism.


  • The 2009 Shirley Jackson Award for White is for Witching
  • The 2010 Somerset Maugham Award for White is for Witching
  • Venus Zine’s “25 under 25” list in 2009
  • The Granta Best Young British Novelists lists 2013
  • Finalist in the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Boy, Snow, Bird
  • The 2016 PEN Open Book Award for What is Not Yours is Not Yours



  • The Icarus Girl (2005)
  • The Opposite House (2007)
  • White is for Witching (2009)
  • Mr Fox (2011)
  • Boy, Snow, Bird (2014)
  • Gingerbread (2019)

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3 thoughts on “Women who Write Horror: Helen Oyeyemi (Author Spotlight)”

  1. This is such a great feature! I Haven’t read anything by Helen Oyeyemi yet, but just checked and White is for Witching is already on my TBR. I’ll have to move it up, since I’m always looking for some good horror by women. πŸ™‚

  2. This is excellent, I love this post. Sorry TBR list, but I’m adding some of these 😊 especially White is for Witching, The opposite House and Gingerbread

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