The Vampire & Homoeroticism In 19th Century Gothic Literature (Part 1)

“But to die as lovers may – to die together, so that they may live together.” ― Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla Note: I’ve added images of reference texts that delve into the topics of vampires, sexuality, queerness, and 19th-century literature within their pages. These are but a few, though ones I’ve very much enjoyed. THE […]

BOOK REVIEW: UPON THE PALE ISLE OF GLOAM: A GOTHIC HORROR NOVELLA BY MARK GULINO

“This place is damned.” – Mark Gulino, Upon the Pale Isle of Gloam: A Gothic Horror Novella    A DARK, atmospheric, often pensive narrative, Upon The Pale Isle Of Gloam: A Gothic Horror Novella by Mark Gulino, presents a moral tale about choices, accountability, and the possibility for redemption, but at what cost? The author delves into the […]

Memorable Reads of 2023

  “And books, they offer one hope that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that universe, one is saved.” – Anne Rice AT THE beginning of 2023, I made a New Year’s Resolution to read more. Specifically, I wanted to choose reading over watching TV in my downtime. […]

Review: Evil Cast: Volume 1 By Kyle Stück / Illustrations By Enrico Orlandi

HONESTLY, I was all in when I read “Think Evil Dead meets Scooby-Doo” in the blurb description for Kyle Stück’s Evil Cast: Volume 1. [Kyle’s image is on the left. I love the shirt!] I’m a sucker for imaginative, striking cover artwork, and this definitely caught my eye. And yes, it totally reminds me of […]

A Queer Reading Of Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire

FOR ME, one of Anne Rice’s appeals is that she often wrote from a queer perspective. Her vampire fiction is intellectual, brooding, and deeply thought-provoking while remaining accessible to a broad audience. Her Vampire Chronicles are riddled with homoerotic content and androgynous characters that appear human yet are always otherworldly. Her vampires transcend polarized sexuality, going […]

Reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula Through a Queer Lens

BRAM STOKER’S Dracula is a late nineteenth-century gothic novel—or horror if it pleases you—that’s intrigued me for decades, or “oceans of time,” as Count Dracula would say. Dracula, the work itself, is akin to the vampire’s esoteric, complex, and polymorphic state. There are numerous ways to deconstruct this book to uncover and interpret multiple meanings and […]

Review: Sons of Darkness: Tales of Men, Blood, and Immortality Edited by Michael Rowe & Thomas S. Roche

Sons of Darkness: Tales of Men, Blood, and Immortality (1996) takes us down a deliciously homoerotic path of darkness and blood.   I DON’T naturally gravitate toward the short story format or erotica, so a literary work has to possess something unique and compelling to get my attention. This anthology came into my life in […]

Review: The Poet and The Vampyre by Andrew McConnell Stott

“The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature’s Greatest Monsters”   LORD BYRON was considered by many to be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know!” He was an unapologetic sensualist who bedded men and women alike. Byron was a poet, a rogue, and an atheist with sexual appetites he proudly shared publicly. He also […]

INTERVIEW WITH QUEER DARK URBAN FANTASY/HORROR AUTHOR J.P. JACKSON

J.P. Jackson: “The whole reason I started writing was that queer representation in Urban Fantasy books didn’t exist.” I’d like to welcome J.P. Jackson to the BLOG. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (He’s a Canuck, like me!), J.P. is the author of several novels and novellas, including the Dark Urban Fantasy Magus Malefica series and […]

Review: The Haunting of Kinnawe House by Steven Rigolosi

THE HAUNTING of Kinnawe House, by Steven Rigolosi, is not your typical haunted house story. The author pushes the envelope far beyond the genre’s expected gothic ghost trappings. The supernatural horror is afoot here, but the novel moves more in the direction of the Satanic, not the spooky, with themes of occultism, human sacrifice, and […]