We Have Always Been Here
Finding queer historical fiction is… dicey. So often what’s written about us isn’t written by us, and the reality is history has been collected and watched over by the non-queer, white, Christian lens. So, basically, if there are queer stories? They’re so very often about suffering, not joy. Surviving, not thriving. Even though when we really dig, we can find evidence of us always having been there, and happy.
So when I found Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, I was over-the-moon. Stories from all around the world, written by marginalized people, with marginalized characters, all through history.
This anthology—which is criminally out of print now—is absolutely full to the brim of stories with speculative elements (y’all know that’s my favourite) and although yes sometimes those stories have the realism of what the world was like for the marginalized, the overall tone? One of thriving, not surviving. One of being remembered, not hidden. Of being told, not untold.
Such a great collection.
I’ve mentioned Desire & Devour before, earlier this month, but Jeff Mann’s Scottish vampire, Derek Maclaine is a perennial favourite, and many of the stories take place historically. Also Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space), edited by Catherine Lundoff, is full of great pirate tales, some of which are historically set.