Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
February marks the ninth anniversary, and the beginning of year 10 for Women in Horror Month (WiHM). The purpose of #WiHM is to salute the fantastic contributions of women in all realms of horror whose work still finds itself marginalized. Such an example of belittlement happened all too recently when Blumhouse's CEO, founder and producer Jason Blum made the following statement last October: "There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror."
It is hard to believe such an attitude still exists in 2019, but unfortunately a bias toward female artisans of scary movies still haunts modern times. Surely, enough is enough. #WiHM is well-known for its tireless efforts spotlighting women in horror, and this 28-day celebration will focus on film and television. As such, each day this month will celebrate a different woman whose contributions have left an irrevocable mark on the horror genre.
Lil Dagover was a prolific German actress born in what is now Indonesia in 1887. Her career spans 63 years and approximately 150 film, television and theater credits. Dagover only deviated from German cinema for work in other countries on three occasions which includes her 1931 American motion picture appearance in The Woman from Monte Carlo. Dagover often found herself typecast as the damsel in distress or, unfortunately, as other frail female characters. Dagover holds the distinction of starring in the first feature-length horror film: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari aka The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). Lil Dagover passed away in 1980 at the age of 92.