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Queer Little Nightmares

An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry

edited by David Ly & Daniel Zomparelli

Publisher
Arsenal Pulp Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Category
General, Horror, Anthologies (multiple authors)
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781551529011
    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price
    $21.95

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Description

The fiction and poetry of Queer Little Nightmares reimagines monsters old and new through a queer lens, subverting the horror gaze to celebrate ideas and identities canonically feared in monster lit. Throughout history, monsters have appeared in popular culture as stand-ins for the non-conforming, the marginalized of society. Pushed into the shadows as objects of fear, revulsion, and hostility, these characters have long conjured fascination and self-identification in the LGBTQ+ community, and over time, monsters have become queer icons.

In Queer Little Nightmares, creatures of myth and folklore seek belonging and intimate connection, cryptids challenge their outcast status, and classic movie monsters explore the experience of coming into queerness. The characters in these stories and poems - the Minotaur camouflaged in a crowd of cosplayers, a pubescent werewolf, a Hindu revenant waiting to reunite with her lover, a tender-hearted kaiju, a lagoon creature aching for the swimmers above him, a ghost of Pride past - relish their new sparkle in the spotlight. Pushing against tropes that have historically been used to demonize, the queer creators of this collection instead ask: What does it mean to be (and to love) a monster?

Contributors include Amber Dawn, David Demchuk, Hiromi Goto, jaye simpson, Eddy Boudel Tan, Matthew J. Trafford, and Kai Cheng Thom.

About the authors

David Ly is the author of the poetry collections Mythical Man (shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Poetry Award) and Dream of Me as Water. He is the poetry editor at This Magazine.

David Ly's profile page

Daniel Zomparelli is editor-in-chief of Poetry Is Dead magazine and recipient of the 2011 Pandora’s Collective Publishers of Magazines Award. The fourth issue of Poetry Is Dead, “Vancouver: Influence,” was a key feature at the Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference in 2011. Zomparelli is also program coordinator for the Megaphone magazine Community Creative Writing Program, which offers free creative writing classes for low-income and homeless people. He writes for and works with several magazines across Vancouver, including Geist, Megaphone, Sad Mag, Granville Online and, formerly, Adbusters. Davie Street Translations is Zomparelli’s first book of poems.

Daniel Zomparelli's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Spooky, clever, and evocative, the wonderfully diverse voices on display in Queer Little Nightmares reveal the 'monster' inside us all, and how those monsters are exactly what make us human. -Mike Van Waes, screenwriter of Dear David and author of Peeves

Queer Little Nightmares is a marvelous, must-read monstrous romp. Like the best haunted house rides, which never repeat the same scare twice, Queer Little Nightmares thrills and surprises at every turn. The works gathered here are distinct in the histories they reclaim and renew, imaginative in the visions they construct and share, and manifold in the ways they move us as readers - whether it be with joy, anguish, humour, horror, intrigue, irreverence, or some chimeric combo of all these and more. If this groundbreaking anthology doesn't make your skin tingle, your mind pulse, and your heart expand, you may already be dead! -Daniel Scott Tysdal, author of The End Is in the Middle: Mad Fold-In Poems

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