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ISBN-10: 1952177790
ISBN-13: 9781952177798
Publisher: Feminist Press
Publish Date: 10/04/2022
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 6.00" W, 1.10" H

It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror

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Overview

Through the lens of horror–from Halloween to Hereditary–queer and trans writers consider the films that deepened, amplified, and illuminated their own experiences.

Horror movies hold a complicated space in the hearts of the queer community: historically misogynist, and often homo- and transphobic, the genre has also been inadvertently feminist and open to subversive readings. Common tropes–such as the circumspect and resilient “final girl,” body possession, costumed villains, secret identities, and things that lurk in the closet–spark moments of eerie familiarity and affective connection. Still, viewers often remain tasked with reading themselves into beloved films, seeking out characters and set pieces that speak to, mirror, and parallel the unique ways queerness encounters the world.

It Came from the Closet features twenty-five essays by writers speaking to this relationship, through connections both empowering and oppressive. From Carmen Maria Machado on Jennifer’s Body, Jude Ellison S. Doyle on In My Skin, Addie Tsai on Dead Ringers, and many more, these conversations convey the rich reciprocity between queerness and horror.

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"A brilliant display of expert criticism, wry humor, and original thinking. This is full of surprises." Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"Why do queers love horror? What a gift to read writers I love and admire offer so many different answers. It Came From the Closet is at times beautiful, at times funny, at times gorgeously weird and baroque, and always as off-kilter brilliant as the genre, and queerness, itself. Horror teaches us about ourselves in all our thrilling extremes. Plus it's just plain fun. Both of which are true of this deeply necessary collection." –Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

"What is the monstrous and what does it mean to us? 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." –Paul Lisicky, author of Later: My Life at the Edge of the World

"Finally: a smart and serious yet playful book that interrogates the complex queerness of horror and the films that make a horror of queerness. These clear, insightful, and deeply personal essays reveal the real reasons why we've all been so scared." –Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men

"It Came from the Closet is a fantastic collection of diverse queer perspectives–an accessible, provocative, and much-welcomed addition to the growing body of queer horror analysis of our favorite films, new and old. This is a must-read for horror fans wanting to find connection and community in challenging the heteronormative and patriarchal narratives that can still dominate the genre." –Jessica Parant, cocreator of Spinsters of Horror

"As someone who grew up with posters of Freddy Krueger and Frank N. Furter over my bed, It Came from the Closet is the perfect gay bible for me. The navigations and dissections of some of my favorite slashers through various queer lenses are akin to any great horror film: mind-blowing, eye-popping, and heart-ripping. This book will see you and destroy you!" –Drew Droege, a.k.a. "Chloe," drag queen and writer

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ISBN-10: 1952177790
ISBN-13: 9781952177798
Publisher: Feminist Press
Publish Date: 10/04/2022
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 6.00" W, 1.10" H
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