LGBT themes in horror fiction refers to sexuality in horror fiction that can often focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (collectively known as LGBT or GLBT) characters and themes. It may deal with characters who are coded as or who are openly LGBT, or it may deal with themes or plots that are specific to homosexual people. Depending on when it was made, it may contain open statements of sexuality, same-sex sexual imagery, or same-sex love or affection. It may also just include a sensibility or campiness that has special meaning to GLBT people, as well as key aspects of horror.
Modern horror fiction has its roots in Gothic literature. The Gothic genre is characterized by its dank castles, trap doors, and even the occasional ghost. But another important aspect is that of a sexual nature. One of the earliest works by Sheridan le Fanu is the lesbian vampirenovellaCarmilla printed in the collection In a Glass Darkly in 1872
Books were generally controlled by larger publishers and this made it very difficult for gay authors to get their message out.Stryker, Susan. Queer Pulp: Perverted Passions from the Golden Age of the Paperback. San Francisco: Chronicle Books,... Read More