Embracing the Dark

Embracing the Dark
Review by Marie Kuda, submitted on 15-Nov-1991

Embracing the dark.
Ed. by Eric Garber.
Nov. 1991. 90 p. Alyson, paper, $8.95.
ISBN 1-55583-167-2. Galley.

In his too brief introduction, Garber examines the horror-thriller genre, concluding that it is "overwhelmingly misogynous, anti-sex, and homo-hostile." These 11 stories, most receiving first publication, "signal something new."

In "Ferata," Kij Johnson creates a lesbian vampire who wreaks vengeance on rapists; Jewelle Gomez's "Joe Lewis Was a Heck of a Fighter" features the lesbian vampire star of her Gilda Stories [BLK Je 1 91]. John Payton Cooke's "Strawberry Man" addicts first a male couple, then a rock group, and finally a whole clamoring disco-punk audience to his sweet, succulent, sensuous fruit. "Manor" by German homosexual-rights pioneer Karl Heinrich Ulrich (1825-96) deals with nocturnal visits from the grave, and Jay B. Laws' "Imagine" has a port writer visited nightly by his own creation who communicates via the typewriter, warning him "not to turn on the lights." Featuring occasional explicit sex, the collection may be uneven, but it's definitely not bad for the first anthology of both gay male and lesbian horror fiction.

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As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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