Queer Little Nightmares

An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry


The fiction and poetry of Queer Little Nightmares reimagines monsters old and new through a queer lens, subverting the horror gaze to celebrate ideas and identities canonically feared in monster lit. Throughout history, monsters have appeared in popular culture as stand-ins for the non-conforming, the marginalized of society. Pushed into the shadows as objects of fear, revulsion, and hostility, these characters have long conjured fascination and self-identification in the LGBTQ+ community, and over time, monsters have become queer icons.

In Queer Little Nightmares, creatures of myth and folklore seek belonging and intimate connection, cryptids challenge their outcast status, and classic movie monsters explore the experience of coming into queerness. The characters in these stories and poems – the Minotaur camouflaged in a crowd of cosplayers, a pubescent werewolf, a Hindu revenant waiting to reunite with her lover, a tender-hearted kaiju, a lagoon creature aching for the swimmers above him, a ghost of Pride past – relish their new sparkle in the spotlight. Pushing against tropes that have historically been used to demonize, the queer creators of this collection instead ask: What does it mean to be (and to love) a monster?

Contributors include Amber Dawn, David Demchuk, Hiromi Goto, jaye simpson, Eddy Boudel Tan, Matthew J. Trafford, and Kai Cheng Thom.


David Ly

David Ly is a writer, editor, and poet. He is the author of the poetry collections Mythical Man (shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Poetry Award) and Dream of Me as Water, both published under Anstruther Books at Palimpsest Press. His poems have appeared in PRISM international, The Puritan, Arc Poetry Magazine, carte blanche, Best Canadian Poetry 2021, and elsewhere. In 2021, he won the The Puritan’s inaugural Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence for Poetry. He currently lives on unceded Coast Salish territory.

Daniel Zomparelli

Daniel Zomparelli is the author of the poetry collections Davie Street Translations and Rom Com, co-written with Dina Del Bucchia. His collection of short stories, Everything Is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person, was nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and won the ReLit Short Fiction Award. It has been translated into three other languages. His podcast, I’m Afraid That, was listed as one of the best podcasts of 2018 by Esquire. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Chapter Contributors Pages Year Price
A brief introduction from authors David Ly and Daniel Zomparellei discussing queerness, subverting the horror gaze, and their love of monsters.
; 3 $0.30
A poem about self interrogation.
1 $0.10
A short story about lesbian werewolves.
17 $1.70
A short story about a sexually charged ghost.
1 $0.10
A short story about a Vetala, love, and closure.
6 $0.60
A poem about women’s ownership of the innate monstrous powers of Eve.
2 $0.20
A short story about nightmares, abandoned amusement parks, cats, and captivity.
13 $1.30
A poem on witches.
1 $0.10
A short story about an uncomfortable afterlife, being trapped, staging an escape, and Big Buck Hunter III.
5 $0.50
A poem about vampires.
2 $0.20
A short story about becoming a monster.
18 $1.80
A poem about the residence of a haunted house.
2 $0.20
A short story about having a monster as a girlfriend.
6 $0.60
A poem about Godzilla.
2 $0.20
A poem about the Kyrkøgrim.
2 $0.20
A short story adaptation of the ‘Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’.
17 $1.70
A poem about an aquatic monster’s attraction to those on the surface.
2 $0.20
A poem about the film IT.
1 $0.10
A short story about a woman giving birth to little monsters.
28 $2.80
A poem about memories.
1 $0.10
A poem about fear, shame, and a child.
1 $0.10
A short story of a modern day Minotaur.
7 $0.70
A poem about ‘cruising’ the mothman.
1 $0.10
A poem about the imagined romance between a sea monster and a surface dweller.
1 $0.10
A short story about monsters hiding behind screens.
15 $1.50
A poem about dreaming of naga and Mark Ruffalo.
2 $0.20
A short story about a queer couple creating a ‘baby.’
8 $0.80
A poem about a love for movies and the bond with your father.
4 $0.40
A short story of a ghostly visitor and revisiting one’s past.
10 $1.00
A poem that appreciates all things ‘fem’.
1 $0.10
A short story about the struggle to differentiate dreams and reality.
12 $1.20
A poem mapping a monster’s body.
2 $0.20
A short story about a depressed influencer.
4 $0.40