Book Chapter

“Same Thing Really”: Queer Love and Horror as “Gothicky” in Ratched and The Haunting of Bly Manor



Elliott-Smith D (2024) “Same Thing Really”: Queer Love and Horror as “Gothicky” in Ratched and The Haunting of Bly Manor. In: Marini AM & Fuchs M (eds.) The Gothic and Twenty-First-Century American Popular Culture. European Perspectives on the United States, 9. Netherlands: Brill Publishing.

This chapter, however, attempts to understand a certain recurring trope of queer horror: its embrace of nostalgia and a queer sense of pastness as a thematic and formal element of particular importance to LGBTQ+ subjects. This idea connects with writings in queer studies on queer engagements with an emphasis on backwardness, retrospection, and a rejection of chrononormative structures (e.g. Edelman 2004; Halberstam 2005; Halberstam 2011; Love 2007) that, as Elizabeth Freeman (2010) suggests, threaten to bind the queer or non-normative subject into a construction of linear time and lived experience that is both patriarchal and heteronormative. In addition, the prominence of spectral nostalgia in the horror genre also demands a consideration of Derrida’s concept of hauntology from a specifically queer perspective, wherein the queer spectator is forced to re-read the queer horror text’s intricacies by way of an always-already-present historical conflation of monstrousness with queerness. This chapter discusses these and more theories on Queer Horror and the Gothic in relation to Ratched (Netflix 2020) and the adaptation of The Turn of the Screw by Mike Flanagan, The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix 2020).

Queer; Horror; Film; Television; Hauntology; LGBTQ+; Gothic

StatusIn Press
Title of seriesEuropean Perspectives on the United States
Number in series9
Publication date online31/05/2024
PublisherBrill Publishing
Publisher URL
Place of publicationNetherlands

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Dr Darren Elliott-Smith

Dr Darren Elliott-Smith

Senior Lecturer in Film & Gender Studies, Communications, Media and Culture