Monsters in the Closet

It’s October, which, in addition to everything being delicious and pumpkiny, means ghost stories and horror abound. Which means banned books also abound. Whether due to the paranormal/supernatural ruffling religious feathers or the genre’s ability to unsettle readers, Horror can never seem to exorcise the specter of censorship.

Yet we keep on telling ghost stories. They change each generation as our monsters evolve and our anxieties shift, but the story lives on so long as there are mouths to tell it and retell it. And in that age-old tradition, I bring you the trailer for the remake of Carrie. In addition to being the first novel by the king of horror, Carrie is also a banned book.

While remaking a classic often gets people anxious and protective, I am intrigued, as Carrie was about the weird kid lashing out at their former bullies, something we’ve grown all too familiar with since that first school shooting in 1999. Given that October is National Bullying Prevention Month, this seemed especially timely. Also, Julianne Moore.

If you’re feeling nostalgic or weren’t alive in the 70s, you can watch the original trailer here.

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About boundandgaggedbooks

Shannon is a freelance writer and folklore buff. She has a degree from Hampshire College in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion, with an emphasis on epic/oral traditions, their anthropological implications, and their modern counterparts. Her work can be found in Fabulously Feminist, Wolf Wariors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.

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