November 2016: Diversity in horror


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November 2016: Diversity in horror

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Nov 2, 2016, 2:44pm

This month is Diversity! So we intentionally left this pretty wide open, so it's up to you how you interpret it. PoC or minorities of some kind, LGBTQ, etc, as characters or themes or authors, it's all on you to choose.

Some potential options are:
Poppy Z Brite (Trans male whose books tend to feature gay characters)
My Soul to Keep - Tananarive Due (African American woman)
The Devil in Silver - Victor LaValle (mental illness)
Mira Grant’s series Newsflesh and Parasitology (diversity in ethnicity, sexual and gender orientation, and ability (mental & physical))
The Books of Blood Vols. 1-6 - Clive Barker (Barker's works "include emotionally real queer characters")
Owl Goingback (Native American horror author)
Stephen Graham Jones (Native American horror author)
Occultation and other Stories - Laird Barron (at least one story features four (non-stereotypical) gay men)
Horror Stories, Tunku Halim (collection of horror short stories set in multi-racial Malaysia)
Black Spirits & White: A Book of Ghost Stories - Ralph Adams Cram (a biography alleges he & his circle were "closeted homosexual men who demonstrated their sexuality through their designs")
Various early Gothic novel authors were gay men: Matthew Lewis, William Thomas Beckford and Francis Lathom; Charles Maturin's The Fatal Revenge and Melmoth the Wanderer had clear gay subtext. Le Fanu's Carmilla was a lesbian vamp, then of course The Picture of Dorian Gray and Dracula had their implications.

So, what are your plans?

Nov 2, 2016, 3:31pm

I'm planning to read The Night Wanderer: A Graphic Novel by Drew Hayden Taylor. Taylor is half-Ojibwa and the work is a GN version of his novel The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel featuring vampires.

Nov 2, 2016, 6:05pm

OH! I read that a couple years ago off NetGalley! I don't remember the story at all (looking at my review, I thought the characters were well done but the story felt kind of aimless, and I wondered if the condensing into GN format just didn't work well for the novel, which I haven't read) but I really enjoyed the art, it was done in a simple style that managed to convey a lot. :)

Nov 2, 2016, 6:39pm

I've started White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi and I'm going to read The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle.

Nov 2, 2016, 7:58pm

I started reading The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle. I don't know many horror authors so I thought this one sounded interesting. I'm also going to take a look at the Native American authors Owl Goingback and Stephen Graham Jones.

Nov 2, 2016, 10:04pm

>3 .Monkey.: It's nice to see that someone else has read this work, since it is not really well-known! A couple of friends had recommended Drew Hayden Taylor's books, so I've been wanting to read one for a while.

Nov 2, 2016, 10:11pm

>5 gaylebutz: I really liked The Devil in Silver. If you enjoy it then I recommend the prequel Lucretia and the Kroons which is available as a Kindle Single.

Nov 3, 2016, 9:50am

I have The Devil in Silver and Devil's Wake by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, who are married to each other--who knew? I'll read one or both. Devils!

Nov 3, 2016, 8:32pm

I'm planning to read Ripley Under Ground / Patricia Highsmith. I read the first Ripley book years ago and have been wanting to read this one since! Last time I checked, my library only had it in a set of three books, and I didn't want to check a giant tome out. It appears the library now has this one one its own, which makes me happier.

Nov 3, 2016, 8:33pm

>2 mathgirl40: Oh, I think we have that at my work! (I work in an academic library.) I'm interested to know what you think when you finish.

Nov 5, 2016, 11:18am

>7 luvamystery65: I am enjoying The Devil in Silver so far so I'll take a look at your suggestion. Thanks!

Nov 19, 2016, 6:46am

Finished Devil's Wake, a YA-ish but entertaining zombie apocalypse by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, featuring a multicultural cast of teens.

Nov 19, 2016, 5:25pm

I finished the Devil in Silver. It's about a man named Pepper who is taken to the local mental hospital after assaulting two cops and they think there must be something wrong with him. So begins Pepper's experience in the hospital. The food is terrible, the staff mostly indifferent, the other patients are strange, and everyone is heavily medicated. Sometimes at night, a patient is attacked or disappears.

The was an interesting story from Pepper's perspective with some surprising things that the other patients do. It also tells about some of the doctor's frustrations with how the system is run financially and how that affects the patients, who are all poor. It did leave me with the question of whether some, but not all, of the things that happened weren't real but just in a patient's mind. Although some horrible things happened, I thought it was only mild horror, which is fine with me. I also liked that it ended on a hopeful note.

The patients were of various ethnicities but I didn't really know until near the end of the book when the details were specified. I thought that worked with the story. During their time in the hospital, the patients were more connected to each other and that experience than their various cultures.

Nov 19, 2016, 6:37pm

>13 gaylebutz: Nice review. Devil in Silver sounds like an interesting read.

I finished The Night Wanderer: A Graphic Novel. I thought it was quite well done and would like to read more of Drew Hayden Taylor's work. I agree with >3 .Monkey.: that the spare artwork suited the story well.

Nov 19, 2016, 7:18pm

>14 mathgirl40: Thanks for the comment on what you thought of the book!

Nov 23, 2016, 10:55pm

Ripley Under Ground / Patricia Highsmith
3.5 stars

In this sequel to The Talented Mr. Ripley, Tom Ripley is married and living in France. A few years back, he concocted a scheme where, although a painter had died, someone was rounded up to paint in that painter’s name, as if he was still alive and a recluse. There was a gallery in London that sold this painter’s paintings, there were art supplies and a school of art all in this (dead) painter’s name. But when an American suspects he has bought a forgery and wants to come to London to prove it, Tom must stop this from happening…

This pulled me in early on. There was a bit of a lull in the middle for me, but it picked up again at the end. It was good and I do plan to continue the series.

Nov 26, 2016, 7:56pm

I read White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi for this month. I am also slowly making my way on the The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle. Why isn't he HUGE? I love his writing. At least, that which I have read.

White is for Witching was certainly very interesting. It did have shades of Haunting of Hill House with unreliable narration thrown in. My first Oyeyemi but not my last.

Dez 4, 2016, 6:50pm

>17 luvamystery65: I've not read anything by Victor LaValle, but I'll have to keep that author in mind.

I finished Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, which is a vampire story set in Mexico that incorporates a good deal of Aztec mythology. Most of the characters were too creepy to be likable but I loved the world that the author created.

Dez 4, 2016, 9:40pm

>18 mathgirl40: I'm always looking for Latino horror! At least that which is written or translated in English. ;-)