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The relationship between horror films and the LGBTQ+ community? It’s complicated. Haunted houses, forbidden desires and the monstrous can have striking resonance for those who’ve been marginalised. But the genre’s murky history of an alarmingly heterosexual male gaze, queer-coded villains and sometimes blatant homophobia, is impossible to overlook. There is tension here, and there are as many queer readings of horror films as there are queer people.
Edited by Joe Vallese, and with contributions by writers including Kirsty Logan, Laura Maw and Carmen Maria Machado, new essay anthology It Came from the Closet brings the particulars of the writers’ own experiences, whether in relation to gender, sexuality, or both, to their unique interpretations of horror films, from Jaws to Jennifer’s Body.