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“Bette Davis, sumptuously horrific in the title role, in Baby Jane.” Bette Davis as Jane, fake smiling and carrying a tea tray.

A lot of my focus on queer horror this year has been on better representation of queer creators and characters in horror. But what about the films queer folks have reappropriated for themselves?

David Greven’s “Bringing out Baby Jane: camp, sympathy, and the 1960s horror-woman’s film” is an analysis of 1960s melodramas that were reappropriated as camp by (primarily) gay and bi men.

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Still planning your costume? Here are some ideas for costumes as well as some tips to be sure your costume isn’t problematic.

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Lore TVI started listening to the Lore podcast by Aaron Mahnke about a year ago. I love spooky stories about folklore and superstition, and for the most part, the show delivers. There are episodes about haunted houses, vampires, werewolves, the Jersey Devil, changelings–pretty much any spooky thing you can think of.

CW: torture mention, medical horror, discussion of domestic violence.

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I swear to owls I am going to write a fanzine about how Truman/Cooper is the best ship ever. Just let my favorite Bookhouse Boys kiss, okay.

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This review covers the book The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost and the TV series Twin Peaks: The Return by David Lynch. Minimal spoilers for the book, some spoilers for the series; discussion of violence against women, big spoiler near end of review is tagged.

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Image: drawing of the Mississippi State Institution.

In doing some research on the trope of asylums in horror, I found this excellent article on Nursing Clio on the problems with using “insane asylums” for ghost hunting and ghost tours: Continue Reading »

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Image: I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House poster. Image of a woman in 19th century dress in profile, her arms are attached backwards. Source: IMDB

In the course of doing this series, I always find a couple of duds–films that aren’t very interesting, not ones I can recommend as feminist horror films but also not ones that clearly illustrate problematic elements. (2016: The House on Sorority Row, The Moth Diaries)

Lily Saylor is a in-home hospice care-giver who is afraid of horror stories. She moves to Braintree, MA, to care for Iris Blum, a retired horror author who has dementia and keeps calling her “Polly.”

Major spoilers ahead.

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You ever read something that seems very “no, it’s not queer, they’re, uh, sisters/cousins!” and you’re like

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GIF: Rei from Sailor Moon tries to stop her bike, skids past Usagi, Minako, Makoto, and Ami, and crashes into a “decelerate” sign. Source.

Welcome to Christina Rossetti’s 1862 poem “Goblin Market.” Major spoilers below, force-feeding mention.

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