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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”

Click here to read my review of part 1.

Keisha, our favorite truck driver, is back in part 2 of an anticipated three seasons of Alice Isn’t Dead.

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For fans of audio fiction, I’ve got a spooky tale from Escape Pod (of Escape Artists), one of the Podcastle’s sister podcasts.  “MySpace: A Ghost Story” is a short sci-fi-leaning AI-oriented ghost story by Dominica Phetteplace, narrated by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali with an introduction by guest host Angela Lee. The piece was published here for Artemis Rising, a celebration of women- and nonbinary authors on each of the podcasts by Escape Artists.

In this short piece, Phetteplace explores what might happen if your abandoned social media platforms developed consciousness.

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You didn’t think I was going to write Feminist Halloween without talking about NBC Hannibal, did you?

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In his Buzzfeed piece “How Did A Bunch Of Mythical Monsters Become Queer Icons?” John Paul Brammer asks the question I definitely had after the “gay Babadook gets appropriated by the straights” happened this year.

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Image: a person with short hair uses their computer in a darkened room, which casts a shadow of a person alternating with Mothman on the wall. A picture of the Babadook is on the wall over the bed; a pair of bigfoot slippers sit by the bed; and several Venus flytraps sit in the corner of the room. Copyright: Jeff Lowry for BuzzFeed New (the original is a gif!)

Where I’m from, a small town in the middle of nowhere, the gay man was the bogeyman. He was constantly waiting to prey upon the hapless straights in their locker rooms, salivating at the prospect of converting them to the gay dark side with his bite. All things evil and repulsive were his domain — report cards, emotions, curfews, and books, to name a few. All these things were gay, because they were bad.

 

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The Haunting of Hill HouseDo you love unreliable narrators and ghosts and wish that more psychological dramas laid off the gore? Gather round the fire, readers, it’s time for the original THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE.

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Luckily all our bi horror storylines aren’t just coded (The Haunting) or incredibly violent (The Daylight Gate)! “San Junipero,” episode 4 of season 3 of Black Mirror, is the story of Yorkie and Kelly, two queer women who meet in the beach resort town of San Junipero.

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Image: Kelly tells Yorkie “Whatever I say, go along with it.”

Moderate spoilers below, but this episode is so complex that the spoilers here aren’t even the major spoilers.

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Daylight GateIn seeking out as much queer horror as I can find this year and every year, I found Jeanette Winterson’s novella The Daylight Gate listed on some recommended books lists. Winterson also wrote queer classic Oranges are the the Only Fruit, which I have yet to read (and should). That seemed like a glowing recommendation itself, and the reviews of the book often describe the book as “sophisticated…visceral…utterly compulsive, thick with atmosphere and dread, but sharp intelligence, too” (The Telegraph, back cover of the book). This is a case of “I see what the author was trying to do, but–”

Some mild spoilers and mentions of sexual abuse and prison conditions ahead.

The Daylight Gate could best be described as historical fiction with magical realism and bisexuality, all of which are things I love. Yet it reads more like the bare-bones outline of a novel that one writes to get the story down before adding in dialogue, descriptions, and, well, editing.

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