We first got wind of Erin R. Ryan through her stellar work in Babysitter Massacre, a low budget homage to 80s slashers. She was a standout there and we noticed we’d seen her in other things as well.

The Ohioan has appeared in Scarewaves, Haunted House on Sorority Row, and Kill That Bitch among others. She’s probably best known for her role as Angel in Bath Salt Zombies and she frequently works with indie director Henrique Couto.

We chat about what it’s like being a working actress in indie horror, how she got started in the business, the burgeoning indie scene in the Midwest, and of course, what we mean when we use the term “Scream Queen.”