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Bending the Landscape: Original Gay and Lesbian Horror Writing

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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A unique collection of horror stories focuses on the work of gay and lesbian writers, including Kraig Blackwelder's Coyote Love, Leslie What's The Were-Slut of Avenue A, and other contributions from Holly Wade Matter, Mark Tiedmann, Brian A. Hopkins, A. J. Potter, and Alexis Glynn Latner. Reprin
Paperback, 332 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by Overlook Books (first published April 1st 2001)
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Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
The final and by far the most uneven and disappointing volume in the 'Bending the Landscape' series. Few of the stories featured here rise above mediocrity and a couple are downright dreadful-so amateurish and so poorly structured that I'd hardly expect them to pass a college creative writing class much less be selected for publication in a major anthology. Only L. Timml Duchamp's evocative 'Explanations Are Clear', Simon Sheppard's dry and witty jeux d'esprit 'What Are You Afraid Of?' and Holly ...more
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book truly has some of the most amazing gay/lesbian stories in it. Not just like gore horror stories like I originally thought upon picking up the book, but just things that horrify us such as love, loss, death, etc. Some are very sweet, some make you cry, some make you wince as your stomach churns. I definitely recommend it.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Two major things: some of the authors are straight, and this isn't leave-the-lights-on horror. There's a lot of good stories in here (a decent handful about southern gay ppl dealing with ghosts and other such things, which is exactly the kind of thing I love) and there's also some that are just bad. The last story, which involves a lot of torturing and murder of gay men, was really tasteless. Some of the stories feel more like bad comedy routines (true hell is the DFW airport and your nagging bi ...more
Rachel Brill
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
None of them really scared me. Uneven quality. The good were good stories just not.... horrifying.
Casie Blevins
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic writing. Definitely recommend. If I can locate the other books in the series I will read them all.
Nathan Burgoine
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthologies, glbt
Although I didn't enjoy this one as much as the SF stories (gore and horror actually horrifies me, in a usually unpleasant way that I don't over-enjoy much, though thrillers and psychological suspense are really enjoyable - so about half of these just made me queasy).

This is my failing, by the way, not the stories. Horror fans? This one is a great collection for you. I'm just a wuss. Still, there's something to be said even for a wuss like me in these tales! The story with the pink triangle fro
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Kindred” is a very sweet story about a lonely gay Georgia farmer who gets otherworldly help from his gay neighbors who have died. ‘”Til Death” by Barbara Hambly has an unhappy lesbian couple stuck in a very real and funny hell that is the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. “Passing” by Mark Tiedemann takes place in a near future where gays and lesbians are killed by the state. Howard works for the police, drugs himself, has a cover marriage to a lesbian and turns his friend in all to protect himself. T ...more
Stephen Poltz
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Bending the Landscape” is a series of original collections of gay and lesbian short stories in different genres: Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. This edition is Horror. I found it very interesting. As in the title of the book, the landscape of horror is bent a bit. Only a few stories are what I would call classic horror. The rest are more like speculative fiction of horrific things. They didn’t evoke outright fear and loathing as much as sadness and despair. Most are very disturbing and s ...more
My expectations certainly weren't high going into this book, so I can't say I was surprised that the majority of the stories weren't captivating or even good. Several only loosely fell into the Horror category, and I found myself speed-reading through some stories just to get to the next one. They weren't all lackluster, and it was refreshing to know I'd find diverse queer characters on every page, but I definitely won't be reading the other two books in the series. Favourites: Triangle, In the ...more
Erin Sterling
Short stories, some more horrific than others, all of which featuring gay and lesbian characters. Memorable ones: a married man has an affair with another guy while drunk and decides on a gruesome way to get out of the bedroom, a widowed teenager in a hick town in love with another girl gets followed and beat-up by the other girl's boyfriend/husband, an evil antique of the pink felt triangles used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals, teenagers who hear a motorcycle crash but who no one believes ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Winona by: Ryland
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I first picked this up sometime in 2003 and have revisited it several more times in the past decade. I'm pleased to say that I enjoy it just as much every single time. This anthology delivers some well-crafted new classics of its genre. Particularly, Mark W. Tiedemann's novella "Passing" is one of the best and most haunting stories I've ever read. Highly recommend!
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
I had higher hopes for this collection but so many stories were dull and didn't feel like horror. A couple of decent ones in here with good writing that weren't trying too hard. I felt the same way about the Science Fiction collection in this series. I have the Fantasy one but I don't think I can bring myself to try it after two duds.
Alyssa Rye
Aug 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Awful. If "horror" means horrific then this book takes the cake. If there was a rating lower than one star it would receive it. By far the worst book I have read. Not horror at all. Was not worth my money.
Angel S
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
This was nowhere near as good as the fantasy Bending the Landscape. Most of the stories weren't really horror, and a lot weren't well written. There were a few I liked. I'll have to go through it again and put down the stories/authors I liked.
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, short-stories
Really well-done on the whole - varied, skillful, deeply unsettling. Some of them made me feel actual nausea. Mostly in a good way. If you know what I mean.
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
A sound collection of stories, mindful, thought provoking, and subtle. This was a happen-chance find at the bookstore and has picqued my interest in the other two installments!
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Nicola Griffith has won the Washington State Book Award, the Nebula Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award, the World Fantasy Award, Premio Italia, and six Lambda Literary Awards. She is also the co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of anthologies. Her newest novel is Hild. She lives in Seattle with her wife, writer Kelley Eskridge.

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Other books in the series

Bending the Landscape (3 books)
  • Bending The Landscape: Science Fiction
  • Bending the Landscape: Fantasy