Well, after a couple of weeks in vacation land, I'm back to the world of gay horror.
Uh, I'm not talking about my day job.
The fifth story in Night Shadows is Vince A. Liaguno's "Matinee."
In "Matinee" we meet a fellow who has a distinct enjoyment of horror flicks - like Hallowe'en. The gore, the screams, the punishment of the characters who do the wrong things (such as daring to have sex) - these are the bright moments of his day. We progress with the character through a good chunk of time, and watch as he makes what he thinks is a connection with another movie-goer.
There's something about a particular kind of horror that has always gotten to me. I dislike gore on the screen because it squicks me out, but it's the off-screen horror that is more debilitating to me. That last moment where the hint of something horrible about to happen is revealed and then - cut to a new scene! I cringe, because now I - like the characters in the movie - am just waiting to stumble onto the horrible. Liaguno's story has that "less is more" approach. You know something bad is going to happen. But it's handled in a deft way that leaves you all the more disturbed.
I'll certainly shiver the next time I'm at the movies.