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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, Minko, 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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Now as an adult, I turn to horror stories not to train myself to survive the world but to make sense of it. The world is horrible sometimes. Terrible things happen for no explicable reason, and the rules that run society can be unfair and cruel and horrid. But horror stories reframe the terrible things of the world. They hold a mirror up to the revolting so we can put it into some kind of taxonomy. They place wickedness and evil in a context that helps us see their limits and comforts us with the notion that darkness can be labeled, lit, and even survived. The work of the horror story is to define and demarcate the uncanny and the dark. But to be queer and to love horror stories is not always easy. Those stories are spun out of our culture and our societal norms, and the labels and definitions that come out of horror stories aren’t always inclusive or healthy. (Kindle edition, loc 60)

If you’re not familiar with the Destroy All Genres series, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and Fantasy magazines have held several series respective to their genres to highlight marginalized authors under the accusation that diversity (or “identity politics” or “political correctness”) is “destroying” the genres of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. I first became aware of their “Women Destroy” series through Escape Artists, and for Halloween this year, I purchased a copy of “Queers Destroy Horror” special issue of Nightmare Magazine. Queers Destroy is one of the series, and so far there are also Women Destroy and POC Destroy Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy series, with Disabled People Destroy coming in Sept. 2018.

“Queers Destroy Horror” is broken up into several parts: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art, and Interviews with the artists and the authors.

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mother-posterI didn’t end up seeing Mother!, especially not after reading Dahlia Grossman-Heinze’s article “I Saw ‘Mother!’ So You Don’t Have To” because I’m so sick of men writing work in which the violence men enact on the bodies of women, nonbinary folks, and femmes is used as OMG AN ALLEGORY I BET Y’ALL DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING. (Looking at you, My Absolute Darling, glad exploiting the abuse of women put money in a man’s pocket.)

Article contains major spoilers; quote below does not.

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