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Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire Paperback – April 1, 2009

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551522519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551522517
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(Trigger warning for rape. Also, some of the individual story descriptions may contain vague spoilers. Read at your own risk!)

“In FIST OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, fifteen daring authors frankly ask themselves, “What am *I* afraid of?” The aim is not to quell our fears, but to embrace them. In doing so, their work takes on an entirely different form than the familiar thrills of contemporary Hollywood horror films.”

Between the blurbs on the back cover and the wonderfully creepy artwork (by Julie Morstad) gracing its front, FIST OF THE SPIDER WOMAN is not at all what I expected. For starters, most of the stories aren’t particularly scary. With a few notable exceptions, you won’t find many supernatural baddies or serial slashers here. The fears explored within these pages tend towards the mundane as opposed to the otherworldly: Carrying on after the death of a loved one. Embracing vulnerability by learning to trust others. Accepting help. Being caught by karma. Our culture of fear. All of which is sprinkled with a liberal helping of sex. In fact, many of the stories in Fist read like erotica over horror (e.g., “Every Dark Desire” – vampire dominatrix porn; “Slug” – worm porn; “In Your Arms Forever” – ghost porn).

Not that there’s anything wrong with that; it’s just not what I thought I was getting when I picked this anthology up. (Though I must admit that many of the rape scenes turned my stomach; not for the mere presence of rape, which is disturbing enough on its own, but because the victims often come to enjoy their non-consensual abuse.)

Instead of singling out those pieces I didn’t enjoy (looking back on my notes, I assigned a 2-star or lower rating to 5/14 of the stories and poems), I’d rather rave about the ones I loved.
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