Queer Screams

A History of LGBTQ+ Survival Through the Lens of American Horror Cinema

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About the Book

The horror genre mirrors the American queer experience, both positively and negatively, overtly and subtextually, from the lumbering, flower-picking monster of Frankenstein (1931) to the fearless intersectional protagonist of the Fear Street Trilogy (2021). This is a historical look at the queer experiences of the horror genre’s characters, performers, authors and filmmakers.
Offering a fresh look at the horror genre’s queer roots, this book documents how diverse stories have provided an outlet for queer people—including transgender and non-binary people—to find catharsis and reclamation. Freaks, dolls, serial killers, telekinetic teenagers and Final Girls all have something to contribute to the historical examination of the American LGBTQ+ experience. Ranging from psychiatry to homophobic fear of HIV/AIDS spread and, most recently, the alienation and self-determination of queer America in the Trump era, this is a look into how terror may repair a shattered queer heart.

About the Author(s)

Abigail Waldron is a queer historian and horror film scholar whose work can be seen on horror sites such as Rue Morgue and Gayly Dreadful. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Abigail Waldron
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 25 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8742-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4765-4
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “One of the most engaging, well-informed analyses of queer representations in North American horror films.”—Rob Cover, Professor of Digital Communication

• “A nuanced understanding of the importance of horror to queer audiences, especially with regards to the politics of representation.”—Natasha Patterson, Simon Fraser University