Have you noticed how lists of LGBT+ horror books usually showcase just one or two trans writers, often the same ones repeated over and over? Maybe you’re not researching this as much as me, but it’s a real problem.
So: here, for your perusal on Halloween and beyond, a collection of horror books by trans authors. Suggestions are welcome via the contact form below, or any of the Small Trans Library Dublin‘s platforms!
|Billy Martin (aka. Poppy Z. Brite)|
Writing pseudonymously since the early nineties, Martin is a gay trans man whose horror novel Exquisite Corpse has been described with “certain scenes cannot be un-read in that book. They will stay with you forever.“
|Linnea B. Capps|
Non-binary author Linnea B. Capps writes across genres but dips into horror for their story “The Glow” in The Electric Sewer, published by Thurston Howl’s Bound Tales furry imprint “implying both erotica and horror“.
Horror runs throughout nonbinary writer Nino Cipri’s work, from murders and hauntings in Homesick: Stories to “all the horrors the multiverse has to offer“ in the novel Finna, and into their YA horror debut Burned and Buried.
Transgender transhumanist Alison Cybe has contributed to a variety of horror collections throughout their career, and independently published their very aptly named YA horror novel, I Was A Gay Teenage Zombie.
|Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi|
Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa and trans performance artist, Edidi’s Ghetto Goddess books show “the supernatural meet[ing] terror in ways you’ve never seen.“
|Caitlín R. Kiernan|
A genderfluid Irish author repping trans writers since the eighties, Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl is “a modern update on a gothic ghost story” in “a world of love and madness“.
|Daniel M. Lavery|
In The Merry Spinster, Lavery “expertly blends humour and horror into his twisted anthology,” and the book explores themes of gender as Lavery came out alongside it!
|Tristan Alice Nieto|
A short story in beautiful blood-spattered hand-bound books, Nieto’s Imago tells of a murder victim revived for a day trying to understand her body, life and death with a fragmented mind and robot butterflies for eyes.
Drawing from experience as “queer, genderqueer, and a general weirdo,” Aidan’s werewolf story “Ware the Deep” features in Burnt Fur, a collection of erotic horror that claims, “There are no good boys in in this anthology“.
“This collection of erotica and horror (often combined) is separated into the multiple regions of Purgatory,” and features stories by non-binary writers Thurston Howl, C. M. Averin and Rayah Bunny.
A gay, trans, children’s librarian, Schrieve brings hir talents to the YA genre in Out of Salem, a novel about an undead witch, a secret werewolf, and their joint fight to survive in a town trying to rid itself of monsters.