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Although I’ve been focusing a lot on film this Halloween season, let’s shift gears today to horror audio fiction. Alice Isn’t Dead is a serial horror/suspense podcast by Joseph Fink, co-creator of Welcome to Night Vale. Deliciously creepy, Alice Isn’t Dead is the story of a truck driver searching for her not-dead wife, the titular Alice, on a surreal road trip through the U.S.

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Image: Logo for Alice Isn’t Dead: a design of a truck with the mirror image of a stylized skull driving on a black road with an orange sky and yellow sun behind the truck”

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One of my favorite Autostraddle features is Saturday Morning Cartoons, a series of comics by queer women and non-binary artists. Anna Bongiovanni’s “Halloween” from their series Grease Bats is an excellent and succinct discussion of the transformative–and problematic–elements of Halloween from a queer lens. (more…)

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IMDB has one of the most accurate but unintentionally hilarious descriptions for The Hunger (1983): “A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.” Some spoilers (major one marked below).

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Screenshot: Miriam, who has wavy blonde hair and is wearing an understated black skirt suit, plays “Lakme” on the piano for Sarah, who is in a white t-shirt and trousers. Sarah asks, “What’s that piece you’re playing?” screenshot from here (NSFW)

Miriam (Catherine Deneuve) and John (actual bisexual vampire of my heart David Bowie) are a vampire couple getting along fairly well until John starts aging rapidly. Apparently eternal life and eternal youth aren’t the same thing. Oops.

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The cover of the 25th anniversary edition of The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez: a sepia tone image of a black woman with blood splatter on the cover]

I will attempt to write this in a manner that doesn’t seem like I’m screaming and failing and fan-nerding out, but my desire to ALL CAPS is SO STRONG.

The Gilda Stories is, as described by its author Jewelle Gomez, a “black lesbian vampire novel.” That’s apt, but it doesn’t even scratch the surface of how amazing and perfect The Gilda Stories is.

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I hate this movie so much.

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JUST A COUPLE OF GAL PALS PALLING IT UP AMIRITE [Image: Roxy and Catherine kiss in the foreground in front of Nick, who is befuddled by the concept of bisexuality]

As I mentioned in my prior post on Basic Instinct, I had a post forthcoming on Bitch Flicks. And here it is, for your reading pleasure:

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Contains mild spoilers.

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Poster for Lyle, which features a dark close-up of Gaby Hoffman’s tear-stained face, her mouth open in shock. Text reads: LYLE: A mother should protect her child. Image from IMDB.

I was checking out Hulu’s A-Z list in the horror section to see what all they had this Halloween, and Lyle, one of my favorite queer horror films, was there on the list! I first saw Lyle back in 2014 when director Stewart Thorndike released her film for free for a month online. (Thanks for the tip, Autostraddle!)

I’ve been waiting and thinking about it for two years(!), so when I saw it on Hulu’s list and I started yelling a little; my partner and I watched it right away.

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While I was writing my piece on bierasure and biphobia in Basic Instinct (1992) for Bitch Flicks, my partner offered to take screenshots of some of the scenes I wrote about. They ended up taking way more than we needed, so here are a few of my favorites:

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Nick, concerned, asks a detective, “What about me?” Man makes everything about himself, news at 11.

What about you, Nick? Nick has male privilege for DAYS. He comes in here with his dead eyes (I’d be dead on the inside too, Mike Doug), like “what about me, the cis straight hero, Nick Curran, detective and red-blooded male.” No one CARES, Nick.

Contains spoilers.

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Look, I’m just saying that Edward and Jacob would have been the more compelling star-crossed lovers: vampires and werewolves hate each other; plus coming out as a queer interracial couple to your oddly conservative supernatural communities is going to be rough, especially in a small town–
(loud coughing) I mean, welcome, friends, to day 3 of Feminist Halloween, where we continue this queer horror theme we’ve got going with The Other Side: Queer Paranormal Romance Anthology, edited by Kori Michele Handwerker and Melanie Gillman!

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This absolute treasure of an essay and accompanying video by Evan Hayles Gledhill and Dr. Lori Morimoto explore the themes of the genre of gothic romance and the parallels between William Godwin’s Things as They Are, or the Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794); Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847); and NBC’s TV series Hannibal (2013-2015).

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:bisexuality intensifies: [Image of Hannibal Lecter (NBC Hannibal) smirking as he cups Will Graham’s face in his hand; text reads “I felt what I had had no previous conception of,” quote from Things As They Are by William Godwin.]

Note: both the video and essay contain spoilers for seasons 1-3 of Hannibal. Video contains gore and graphic violence.

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Beloved spooky scary skeletons, Feminist Halloween is back with 31 days of feminist Halloween content: movie reviews, horror commentary, costume debacles, pumpkin-spice nope, and more.

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Freddy Kruger caresses Jesse’s face with his blades.

Let’s kick off this year’s events with Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), which I went to see at Northwest Film Forum as part of their Pride Month Queer Fan Nights with Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

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