Review: New Queer Horror

I wrote a book review for the Dark Arts Journal on the book New Queer Horror. Take a look if you’re interested in the field!

The Dark Arts Journal

Darren Elliot-Smith and John Edgar Browning (eds.), New Queer Horror: Film and Television (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2020. 256 Pages). ISBN 9781786836267

The connections between the queer community and Gothic and Horror are self-evident. Queer-coded monsters, defiant subversions, rebellious identifications are all a familiar part of the horror scene. It’s a connection that arguably stretches back through hundreds of years of Gothic and horror history. It’s there from the early days of the association of the vampire with ‘perverse’ sexuality in works like Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla (1872) to modern celebrations of the queer vampire through diverse queer lenses, such as the trans vampires of K. M. Szpara (2017), the polyamorous bisexual vampires of Saint Gibson (2020), or the lesbian vampires of the Carmilla web series (2014-2016). From the queer celebratory reimaginings of Gothic stalwarts in cult classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) to the proliferation of…

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This started off as a story blog to share the little fictions that I like to write but it's turned into something a bit more Goth! I'm Dr Sam Hirst and I research the Gothic, theology and romance and at the moment I'm doing free Gothic classes online! We also have readalongs, watchalongs and reading groups. And I post fun little Gothic bits when I have the chance. Find me on twitter @RomGothSam

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