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Queer Fear

Gay Horror Fiction

edited by Michael Rowe

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horror, anthologies (multiple authors), gay
list price: $23.95
category: Fiction
published: 2000
publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Short-listed, Gaylactic Spectrum Award
  • Short-listed, Lambda Literary Award
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The genre of horror has in the past been the exclusive province of heterosexual writers and themes, stereotypically involving a male antagonist and a female victim. Although the incursions into the field by such writers as Anne Rich and Poppy Z. Brite have largely blurred sexual orientation boundaries, there has never been an anthology of horror stories where the protagonists are clearly gay--until now.
Queer Fear is a striking and ambitious collection of gay horror fiction by some of today's hottest authors and talented newcomers, covering a wide range of creatures of the night and all manner of urban terrors. These dark and sometimes disturbing tales expand the boundaries of the horror genre, with the sexuality of their protagonists a point of reference for the "horror" of otherness that defines and, at times, divides us.
Contributors include: Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award winner Douglas Clegg, International Horror Guild Award winner Gemma Files, Robert Boyczuk, Michael Thomas Ford, Lewis Gannett, Brian Hodge, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Nancy Kilpatrick, William J. Mann, Michael Marano, David Nickle, Joseph O'Brien, Ron Oliver, David Quinn, Thomas S. Roche, Michael Rowe, Becky N. Southwell, C. Mark Umland, and Edo van Belkom.

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Editorial Reviews

Finally, horror without limits! The Queer Fear books are a revelation!
-Clive Barker

— Clive Barker

These stories shine an eerie light on the netherworld of queer obsession.
-Publishers Weekly

— Publishers Weekly
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About the Author

Michael Rowe

In 2003, Michael Rowe became the first Arsenal Pulp Press author to win a Lambda Literary Award, for Queer Fear II, the sequel to his first critically-acclaimed queer horror anthology, Queer Fear. He is an award-winning independent journalist who has lived in Beirut, Havana, Geneva, and Paris. His work has appeared in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the United Church Observer, and numerous other publications. He has been a finalist for both the Canadian National Magazine Award and the Associated Church Press Award in the United States. He is the author of several books, including Writing Below the Belt, a critically acclaimed study of censorship, pornography, and popular culture, and the essay collections Looking For Brothers and Other Men's Sons, which won the 2008 Randy Shilts Award for Nonfiction. A contributing writer to The Advocate, in 2009 The Atlantic Monthly's Andrew Sullivan nominated Rowe for the Michael Moore Award "for divisive, bitter and intemperate left-wing rhetoric" for his work on The Huffington Post for which he is a political blogger. He considers it his proudest moment as a new media journalist.

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