My essay is in “It Came From The Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror,” edited by Joe Vallese

Remember last year when a bunch of us went to see Nia Da Costa’s Candyman? I’m really happy to say that my essay about the movie (which includes talking about that particular group outing) is one of those included in It Came From The Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror, edited by Joe Vallese. It is an honor to be include amongst such greats as Carmen Maria Machado. This wonderful cover artwork is by Braulio Amada.

I am happy to announce that my essay “Centered and Seen,” a reflection on the 2021 Nia Dia Costa film Candyman (based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker) and the intersection of Blackness and Queerness, is one of those included in It Came From The Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror, edited by Joe Vallese. Available for pre-release purchase, it is to be released on October 3, 2022 on Feminist Press.

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 original 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.

~ by Sumiko Saulson on March 24, 2022.

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