A Horror Colloqueery with Addie Tsai and Joe Vallese

Unwieldy Creatures and It Came From the Closet
Event date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location

Avid Bookshop's Zoom

Avid Bookshop is honored to present a virtual Horror Colloqueery with Addie Tsai and Joe Vallese on Thursday, November 17, 2022, on Avid's Zoom. This book talk celebrates Addie Tsai's queer biracial reimagining of Frankenstein, Unwieldy Creatures, and It Came From the Closet edited by Joe Vallese. It Came From the Closet is a collection of narrative essays by contemporary LGBTQ writers reflecting on queerness in horror films.

To attend, simply fill out the form below to register or order Addie's book from Avid Bookshop. (It Came From the Closet is currently back-ordered). Anyone who has registered by 5pm the day of the event (11/17/22) will receive a Zoom link via email on 11/17/22 at 6pm ET, one hour before the 7pm ET event start time. (Don't see the email? Check your spam folder!)

To be guaranteed admission, you must buy your book from Avid or AvidBookshop.com or fill out the registration form below by 5pm ET on the day of the event (November 17, 2022).


Unwieldy Creatures is a biracial, queer, non-binary retelling of Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein.


Addie Tsai (any/all) is a queer nonbinary artist and writer of color. They teach Creative Writing at the College of William & Mary. Addie teaches in Goddard College’s MFA Program in Interdisciplinary Arts and Regis University’s Mile High MFA Program in Creative Writing. They collaborated with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on Victor Frankenstein and Camille Claudel, among other productions. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Addie is the author of the young adult novel, Dear Twin (Metonymy Press). Their writing has been published in Foglifter, VIDA Lit, Banango Street, The Offing, The Collagist, The Feminist Wire, Nat. Brut., and elsewhere. Addie is the Fiction co-Editor and Features & Reviews Editor at Anomaly, contributing staff writer at Spectrum South, and Founding Editor & Editor in Chief at just femme & dandy.


It Came from the Closet features twenty-five essays by writers speaking to this relationship, through connections both empowering and oppressive. From Carmen Maria Machado on Jennifer’s Body, Jude Ellison S. Doyle on In My Skin, Addie Tsai on Dead Ringers, and many more, these conversations convey the rich reciprocity between queerness and horror.


Joe Vallese is co-editor of the anthology What’s Your Exit? A Literary Detour Through New Jersey. His creative and pop culture writing appears in Bomb, VICE, Backstage, PopMatters, Southeast Review, North American Review, Narrative Northeast, VIA: Voices in Italian-Americana, among others. He has been a Pushcart Prize nominee and a notable in Best American Essays for his essay “Blood, Brothers.” He is currently clinical associate professor in the Expository Writing Program at New York University and previously served as site director and faculty for the Bard Prison Initiative. Joe holds an MFA from New York University, and MAT and BA degrees from Bard College.

Unwieldy Creatures By Addie Tsai Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938841361
Availability: May be on our shelves or available in 5-10 business days
Published: Jaded Ibis Press, LLC - August 2nd, 2022

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It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror By Joe Vallese (Editor), Carmen Maria Machado (Contribution by), Bruce Owens Grimm (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Joe Vallese (Editor), Carmen Maria Machado (Contribution by), Bruce Owens Grimm (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781952177798
Availability: May be on our shelves or available in 5-10 business days
Published: Feminist Press - October 4th, 2022

It's human nature to look for validation of oneself in the art we consume, and It Came From the Closet is a collection of essays by queer and trans authors on their interpretations and interactions with horror films. Edited by Joe Vallese, these essays are tender and funny, vulnerable and courageous. It Came From the Closet will make you see movies you've watched numerous times in a different light and that is a spectacular point of view.

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