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It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror

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I was exposed to queerness from birth as my mom got with her then-girlfriend the April after I was born. It Came from the Closet collects twenty-five takes on twenty-five horror films that make us cringe, crack up, turn away and turn back again—each piece lavishly queer in its intelligence, vulnerability, and wit.

Themes in the ones I mentioned include transness and disability; bisexuality and "experimentation"; surrogacy and pregancy; puberty and gender/sexual expectations; historical sapphic relationships; Cuban masculinity and daughters; Blackness and whiteness in Utah; beauty standards, healing, and queer/trans identity; and self-harm and transness. Her fiction and cinema writing have appeared in Bosie , Evergreen Review , Leste Magazine , the Los Angeles Review of Books , Museum of the Moving Image’s Reverse Shot , and others. if you’re looking for a diverse theorization about queer appreciation for the horror (film) genre, look no further!His creative and critical work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books , Chicago Review of Books , Harvard Review , Colorado Review , Electric Literature , and elsewhere. His writing has also been listed as notable in The Best American Essays , and he is an active member of the National Book Critics Circle.

But, most of these stories couch their analysis in fantastic storytelling of personal experiences of the authors. A diverse collection of thoughtful and incisive essays that show that queerness and horror are natural (or occasionally, supernatural) bedfellows. But the genre’s murky history of an alarmingly heterosexual male gaze, queer-coded villains and sometimes blatant homophobia, is impossible to overlook. Manages to strike the balance between in-depth, heartfelt discussions of queer identity and the coming-of-age stories of people across the spectrum with a sense of humour and lightness of touch. Though there is not a unique definition universally agreed upon, because what might be horrific to some people, might not be to others, it seems that the themes explored in this genre are widely appealing to the queer community.

She is also the author of two novels, three story collections, two chapbooks, a short memoir, a 10-hour audio play for Audible, and several collaborative projects with musicians and visual artists.

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