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Forgotten Women of Horror: Nina Wilcox Putnam

Oct 31, 2019, 12:35 PM EDT

From werewolves and monsters to the modern-day slasher, horror fiction has captivated people since Ancient Greece. But so many of the genre’s most famous and terrifying stories were created, written, or developed by women whose names you might not have ever learned. Until now.

Every day for the week of Halloween, listen to Forgotten Women of Horror, a special spooky edition of SYFY WIRE FANGRRLS' podcast series Forgotten Women of Genre where we recognize the women who have been instrumental in creating and shaping the nerdverse.

From her very first published story at age 11 through her decades-long career, writer Nina Wilcox Putnam showed that she could write almost anything. From short stories to film adaptions to tax forms to children’s novels to a syndicated humor column, Putnam was the very definition of prolific. But her most surprising legacy is her role in the original canon of horror films, as the person who began to tell the story of Universal’s The Mummy.

New episodes of this series will be released each day the week of Halloween. Subscribe to Forgotten Women of Genre wherever you get your podcasts.

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