It is perhaps any artist’s worst fear that their work will be forgotten as the decades spin in their unrestrained progression. Nicely, the folks at ReQueered Tales are focusing on re-releasing the important works of previous generations of queer horror and science fiction writers. Now these creative giants can be discovered and celebrated by a new millennium of readers.
Excitingly, one of their first major entries for renewed and (hopefully enthusiastic) consumption is Jay B. Laws’ Steam. Celebrated in his brief career for his plays and novels, Laws’ Steam takes the horrors of the AIDS epidemic and gives them a fictionally horrific facade. The author, who died of the disease soon after the book was published, would surely be thrilled that his work was being given a big push in this time of morally reprehensible politics. His words, surely, ring just as true now as they did almost 30 years ago.
Steam, highlighted by beautiful new cover art, can be purchased at
Bette Davis threw herself, gamely, into whatever opportunities came her way. Whether shaving her head, elongating her eyebrows or adding padding to her frame, there was little that she wouldn’t do for a role. Fully embracing her horror queen mantle, Davis even recorded a rock and roll number celebrating Baby Jane, one of her most endearingly acclaimed gothic portrayals. Here she performs that (culturally fascinating) number on The Andy Williams Show.
Interestingly, Davis ended her career with a role in genre icon Larry Cohen’s Wicked Stepmother, a zany look at witchy (and bewitching) women – qualities that this erstwhile adventuress always possessed.
Meanwhile, Williams, whose reputation was always a bit sunnier than diva Davis’s, has found his music also being used in such darker projects as The Shape of Water and The Zodiac. Most effectively, perhaps, his beaming version of Happy Heart was used to incredible effect in Shallow Grave, a violent thriller that, culturally, announced actor Ewan McGregor as a force to be reckoned with.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!
Inspiration is found everywhere – even on Instagram and Twitter. One of the coolest people that I have come across in my internet travels is Bambi Generazzo AKA Toxic Bambi.
Describing herself as a “Robot Building Super Villain in Training,” this amazing artist is not only using her unique outlook to transform the world, but she is also bringing awareness to the world of disability. Defying and redefining her cerebral palsy diagnosis with the powerful energy of a pigtail wearing, color happy, comic loving adventuress, she is a true beacon of awesomeness.
Even mainstream horror has begun to acknowledge the LGBTQIA experience with gay characters populating the universes of Happy Death Day, Truth or Dare and Unfriended: Dark Web. It seems that now would be the perfect time to have a queer band dominate the soundtrack of one such offering.
With their emotional atmospherics and dramatic focus, Australian based Cub Sport, led by the dynamic Tim Nelson and his husband Sam Netterfield, would be the perfect choice to decorate some eerie landscape. Their work has even appeared in an episode of the television version of Scream and their second album was entitled Bats. Perfect, no?!?
One of my favorite things about soap operas is how they add elements of horror and suspense to their mix – people rising from the dead, gothic vaults filled with kidnapped heiresses and Frankenstein inspired mad scientists either saving or destroying the day.
Thus, I am really excited about the independently produced series Wicked Enigma, a dramatic show based around a slasher film motif and featuring a number of characters that fall within the LGBTQIA spectrum. A first season trailer has recently been released, promising plenty of beautiful people and beautiful kills!
Blood Sisters, FEE LION’s latest EP, vibrates with impulses of dark murder, underscored by a true sense of female empowerment. But, as evidenced by On Me, one of her most successful singles, she has long been playing with a smart balance between the creepy under life and the brighter hotspots of the dance floor.
Nicely, we recently talked with FEE about her inspirations – Dario Argento and Drag Race, anyone?!? – during a particularly honest episode of Dagger Cast. I was beyond thrilled. Give it a listen and you will be, too.