It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror by Vallese, Joe
Joe Vallese

It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror -- Joe Vallese - Paperback

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.

Author: Joe Vallese
Publisher: Feminist Press
Published: 10/04/2022
Pages: 400
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.97lbs
Size: 8.40h x 6.00w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781952177798

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 07/25/2022
Booklist 09/15/2022 pg. 9
Library Journal 10/01/2022 pg. 143
Shelf Awareness 10/07/2022
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