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July 6th, 2009

THE STATE OF THE GENRE: The Monster Outside the Closet [Jul. 6th, 2009|12:14 am]
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My latest State of the Genre column is up at Fear Zone, and this time I lift up a rock to shine a light on the grotesque anti-gay sentiment that can sometimes be found in the "horror community," as well as highlighting some gay horror authors and straight horror authors unafraid of writing sympathetic and realistic gay characters.

In the letters column of the April 2009 issue of Rue Morgue magazine, a reader named Jerry Diego writes, "As a gay man who loves horror, I've rarely felt like the horror community embraces anything about us (other than killing us horribly in movies)...[yet] I know that not every horror fan is a single white male, testosterone-fuelled, T&A-loving homo-basher like every single forum of every horror site seems to suggest."

As someone who used to frequent horror message boards before I realized life was too short to spend that much time wading through nonsense, I've seen firsthand the macho, anti-gay attitude that can be prevalent in the horror community.

Go check out "The Monster Outside the Closet" and let me know what you think.
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