Deep Cuts In A Lovecraftian Vein

This week I’m guest posting on Deep Cuts with a transmasculine horror writer’s look at body horror in the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. Here’s a quick glimpse:

“Despite pervasive problematic views that make his work very hard to stomach as a queer, feminist, transmasculine person, what interests me in revisiting Lovecraft today is the very present question of the body. He seems to struggle with it. A nagging tension exists between the dysphoric body horror of his ‘reversion to type’ tales and the fantasies of protagonists who escape their bodies by dreams, drugs, and alien intervention; a divergence between Lovecraft’s claims of scientific rationality and the utterly irrational astral travels he portrays with the veracity of desire.”

It was a pleasure working with Deep Cuts editor Bobby Derie, who knows more about Lovecraft’s personal history and private letters than I can imagine. He provided references and asked the right questions about the early draft of the article to help me avoid misinformed assumptions about Lovecraft.

Click here for the full article: A Transmasculine Horror Writer Looks At Lovecraft

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Published by: Joe

Joe Koch writes literary horror and surrealist trash. A Shirley Jackson Award finalist, Joe is the author of The Wingspan of Severed Hands, The Couvade, and Convulsive. Their short fiction appears in publications such as Vastarien, Southwest Review, Pseudopod, and Children of the New Flesh. He’s been a flash fiction judge for Cemetery Gates Media as well as co-editing the art horror anthology Stories of the Eye from Weirdpunk Books. Find Joe (he/they) online at and on Twitter @horrorsong.

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