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Queer Little Nightmares

An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry

edited by David Ly & Daniel Zomparelli

Publisher
Arsenal Pulp Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Category
General, Horror, Anthologies (multiple authors)
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781551529011
    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price
    $21.95

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Description

The fiction and poetry of Queer Little Nightmares reimagines monsters old and new through a queer lens, subverting the horror gaze to celebrate ideas and identities canonically feared in monster lit. Throughout history, monsters have appeared in popular culture as stand-ins for the non-conforming, the marginalized of society. Pushed into the shadows as objects of fear, revulsion, and hostility, these characters have long conjured fascination and self-identification in the LGBTQ+ community, and over time, monsters have become queer icons.

In Queer Little Nightmares, creatures of myth and folklore seek belonging and intimate connection, cryptids challenge their outcast status, and classic movie monsters explore the experience of coming into queerness. The characters in these stories and poems - the Minotaur camouflaged in a crowd of cosplayers, a pubescent werewolf, a Hindu revenant waiting to reunite with her lover, a tender-hearted kaiju, a lagoon creature aching for the swimmers above him, a ghost of Pride past - relish their new sparkle in the spotlight. Pushing against tropes that have historically been used to demonize, the queer creators of this collection instead ask: What does it mean to be (and to love) a monster?

Contributors include Amber Dawn, David Demchuk, Hiromi Goto, jaye simpson, Eddy Boudel Tan, Matthew J. Trafford, and Kai Cheng Thom.

About the authors

David Ly is a poet from Vancouver, BC. He graduated SFU with a BA in World Literature, English, and Creative Writing and a Master of Publishing. He is the author of the chapbook Stubble Burn (2018). His poetry has also appeared in publications such as PRISM international, The Puritan, carte blanche, Pulp Literature, The Maynard, Plenitude, and The /tƐmz/ Review. He has been long-listed for the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Poetry and short-listed for the Magpie Award in Poetry. Mythical Man is David’s first full-length collection. Twitter @dlylyly.

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Daniel Zomparelli is editor-in-chief of Poetry Is Dead magazine and recipient of the 2011 Pandora’s Collective Publishers of Magazines Award. The fourth issue of Poetry Is Dead, “Vancouver: Influence,” was a key feature at the Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference in 2011. Zomparelli is also program coordinator for the Megaphone magazine Community Creative Writing Program, which offers free creative writing classes for low-income and homeless people. He writes for and works with several magazines across Vancouver, including Geist, Megaphone, Sad Mag, Granville Online and, formerly, Adbusters. Davie Street Translations is Zomparelli’s first book of poems.

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Editorial Reviews

Queer Little Nightmares is a marvelous, must-read monstrous romp. Like the best haunted house rides, which never repeat the same scare twice, Queer Little Nightmares thrills and surprises at every turn. The works gathered here are distinct in the histories they reclaim and renew, imaginative in the visions they construct and share, and manifold in the ways they move us as readers - whether it be with joy, anguish, humour, horror, intrigue, irreverence, or some chimeric combo of all these and more. If this groundbreaking anthology doesn't make your skin tingle, your mind pulse, and your heart expand, you may already be dead! -Daniel Scott Tysdal, author of The End Is in the Middle: Mad Fold-In Poems

Existing within constant states of return and transformation, the corpus of monstrous tales can also be considered one that speaks to queer persistence. In this sense,Queer Little Nightmares is an anthology of poetry and short fiction that reads like a strangely sweet and uncanny homecoming. -Herizons

For this enormously fun horror anthology, Ly and Zomparelli bring together 32 pieces of short fiction and poetry unified in their stance that to be a monster is not such a bad thing - and that it is perhaps the only possible escape from the heteronormative world. -Publishers Weekly

Spooky, clever, and evocative, the wonderfully diverse voices on display in Queer Little Nightmares reveal the 'monster' inside us all, and how those monsters are exactly what make us human. -Mike Van Waes, screenwriter of Dear David and author of Peeves

Editors David Ly and Daniel Zomparelli have created a wondrous space for writers to explore monstrous impulses in poetry and prose. Queer Little Nightmares is a fantastical examination of where we are at this moment in time and a celebration of who we may become if we embrace our shadow selves with love. You might say that this thrilling anthology is the beautiful dark twisted fantasy of our time. -Doretta Lau, author of How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

These queer little nightmares kept me up all night, because I could not put them down. Energizing, thrilling, poetic and gorgeous, this anthology sparks and it singed me to my emotional core. I'm not scared of how deeply I fell in love with every monster and creature, every story and poem. I want to horror-heroine scream from the rooftops that everyone should read this book. Embrace your inner monster with this impeccable collection of stories and poems that will haunt and heal. -Dina Del Bucchia, author of Don't Tell Me What to Do

The ultimate gift of Queer Little Nightmares is to illuminate our own monstrous qualities and temptations, to bring us closer to what's uncomfortable, disgusting, disobedient and vicious within us, but also to what's exciting, ecstatic, pleasureful and liberatory. -Xtra

This anthology features monsters both old and new reimagined through a queer lens, celebrating the ideas and identities so often stigmatized and feared in monster literature. The stories and poems are filled with kaiju and revenants and creatures from mythology pushed to the margins that LGBTQ people know so well and, this time, given their time to shine. -Book Riot

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