Do Lyctors Dream of Undead Dykes? Review of Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Do Lyctors Dream of Undead Dykes? Review of Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Sam Botz Under Review:Nona the Ninth. Tamsyn Muir. Tordotcom Publishing, September 13, 2022. As countless reviewers before me have observed, it is devilishly difficult to describe Tamsyn Muir’s Locked Tomb series to the uninitiated. Yes, they feature lesbian necromancers in space, … Continue reading Do Lyctors Dream of Undead Dykes? Review of Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

This is Not My Beautiful Wife: Review of Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

This is Not My Beautiful Wife: Review of Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield Sam Botz Under Review:Our Wives Under the Sea. Julia Armfield. Flatiron Books, July 12, 2022. “Every horror movie ends the way you know it will.” And what is love, Julia Armfield’s debut novel asks, if not a kind of … Continue reading This is Not My Beautiful Wife: Review of Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

United in Pain and Fear: Review of We Are Happy, We Are Doomed by Kurt Fawver

United in Pain and Fear: Review of We Are Happy, We Are Doomed by Kurt Fawver Zachary Gillan Under Review:We Are Happy, We Are Doomed. Kurt Fawver. Grimscribe Press, December 2021. If, as Darko Suvin would have it, science fiction is rigidly defined by currently-understood science, we might think of weird fiction as the anti-science-fiction, … Continue reading United in Pain and Fear: Review of We Are Happy, We Are Doomed by Kurt Fawver

Pre-Dead Bodies: A Review of EV Knight’s Three Days in the Pink Tower

Pre-Dead Bodies: A Review of EV Knight’s Three Days in the Pink Tower Diana Hurlburt Under Review:Three Days in the Pink Tower. EV Knight. Creature Publishing, July 12 2022. Content warning: this title and this review contain explicit reference to sexual assault. Considering EV Knight’s Three Days in the Pink Tower within Roe v. Wade’s … Continue reading Pre-Dead Bodies: A Review of EV Knight’s Three Days in the Pink Tower

Queerness and the Southern Gothic: Lee Mandelo’s Summer Sons

Queerness and the Southern Gothic: Review of Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo Ellie Campbell Under Review: Summer Sons. By Lee Mandelo. Tordotcom, September 28, 2021 Since the early days of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto and Matthew Lewis’ The Monk, Gothic works (and, later, horror literature) have linked queerness and monstrosity. The Southern Gothic … Continue reading Queerness and the Southern Gothic: Lee Mandelo’s Summer Sons

The Call Is Coming From Inside the House: Review of Tell Me I’m Worthless by Alison Rumfitt

The Call Is Coming From Inside the House: Review of Tell Me I'm Worthless by Alison Rumfitt Sam Botz Under Review: Tell Me I'm Worthless. By Alison Rumfitt. Cipher Press, October 28, 2021. In early September, The Guardian published an interview with the philosopher Judith Butler under the headline, “We need to rethink the category … Continue reading The Call Is Coming From Inside the House: Review of Tell Me I’m Worthless by Alison Rumfitt

A Spectre Haunting Stephen King’s America: Review of Stephen King and American Politics by Michael J. Blouin

A Spectre Haunting Stephen King’s America: Review of Stephen King and American Politics by Michael J. Blouin Shawn Gilmore Under Review: Stephen King and American Politics. By Michael J. Blouin. University of Wales Press, 2021. Stephen King—prolific author of popular fiction and household name for nearly fifty years—is a daunting writer to contend with. King’s … Continue reading A Spectre Haunting Stephen King’s America: Review of Stephen King and American Politics by Michael J. Blouin

Queer Moon Rising / Bites and Binaries: Traversing Gender in Ginger Snaps (2000)

Bites and Binaries: Traversing Gender in Ginger Snaps (2000) Marisa Mercurio “Can this happen to a normal woman?” asks an ad playing over the Fitzgerald sisters’ bedroom TV. Their candlelit room centers two beds beside one another, the clinical metal frames personalized with hanging beads and purple tie-dye blankets. Photographs cover the wall between them. … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising / Bites and Binaries: Traversing Gender in Ginger Snaps (2000)

War of Images, Images of War: Technology and Labor in Caitlin Starling’s The Luminous Dead

War of Images, Images of War: Technology and Labor in Caitlin Starling’s The Luminous Dead Shinjini Dey Caitlin Starling’s The Luminous Dead (TLD) is a novel set entirely within a cave. Published in 2019, the science fiction and horror novel trails a gig worker, Gyre, as she follows the directives of her employer deep into … Continue reading War of Images, Images of War: Technology and Labor in Caitlin Starling’s The Luminous Dead

Queer Moon Rising / “Too expansive to be contained”: The Queer Collaboration of The Were-Wolf (1896)

“Too expansive to be contained”: The Queer Collaboration of The Were-Wolf (1896) Marisa Mercurio The late nineteenth century in Britain is an era characterized by social-political movements and emergent identities: the demand for suffrage burgeoned with first-wave feminism; the fin-de-siècle Decadent movement declared the imperative of art for art’s sake; the New Woman, lampooned by … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising / “Too expansive to be contained”: The Queer Collaboration of The Were-Wolf (1896)