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Zenith by Maria Medem

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 marginalised 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.