Lady Macbeth, the Pontianak, and the Compulsive Power of the Monstrous

The female ghost is a particularly enduring image, one that crosses borders and has spawned icons of horror films. These ghosts are usually long-haired, slender, and wearing dresses—their horror is practically hinged on these classic symbols of femininity, as though that in itself is shorthand: this is a woman with fury and bloodlust but none of the propriety to hold her back. Run.

The resonance of hunger: Food, Asian family, colonialism and diaspora in Trang Thanh Tran’s She Is A

“This house eats and is eaten,” begins Trang Thanh Tran’s debut gothic horror novel She Is A Haunting. The book opens with Jade, a closeted Vietnamese American girl who reluctantly travels to Vietnam for the first time to spend the summer in the colonial house her estranged father is renovating as a B&B–only to find that the house has other ideas.