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New Queer Horror Film and Television

This anthology comprises essays that study the form, aesthetics and representations of LGBTQ+ identities in an emerging subgenre of film and television that the editors dub “New Queer Horror.” New Queer Horror designates horror that is crafted by directors or producers who identify as gay, bi, queer, or transgendered, or works that feature homoerotic, or explicitly homosexual, narratives with “out” LGBTQ+ characters. Unlike other studies, this anthology argues that New Queer Horror projects contemporary anxieties within LGBTQ+ subcultures onto its characters and into its narratives, building upon the previously figurative role of Queer monstrosity in the moving image. New Queer Horror thus highlights the limits of a metaphorical understanding of queerness in the horror film in an age where its presence has become more unambiguous. Ultimately, this anthology aims to show that in recent years New Queer Horror has turned the focus of fear upon itself, on its own communities and subcultures.

256 pages | 10 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4

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Reviews

“This new collection of essays contributes to the ever-expanding field of queer horror scholarship. Vampires, witches, werewolves, serial killers, and more are examined within this relatively ‘out’ era of LGBTQ+ representation, once again demonstrating how this protean genre continues to speak in fascinating ways to issues of gender and sexuality.”

 

Harry M. Benshoff, University of North Texas

“As everyday life begins to resemble a horror movie for more and more people, so horror genres have had to shift and change to keep pace with the grotesqueries of the quotidian. In this exciting new volume edited and curated in imaginative ways, queer horror takes center stage. While LGBTQ+ people have long played the monster in the horror genre, we can now look at horror from the perspective of those relegated to the monstrous margins. Ranging between new queer readings of old texts and analyses of aesthetic ruptures, this anthology can claim to offer a definitive look at a genre that has neatly taken aim at normal life.”

 

Jack Halberstam, Columbia University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Author Biographies
Introduction
Part 1: TRANSFORMING, RE-READING AND RE-MAKING QUEER HORROR
Part 2: QUEER PLAYGROUNDS AND ADOLESCENT HORRORS
Part 3: BADASS WITCHES AND QUEER WOLVES
Selected Bibliography

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