They Want Us Gone by Judith Sonnet
A collection of LGBTQ+ horror and splatterpunk from the depraved author of NO ONE RIDES FOR FREE, SUMMER NEVER ENDS, and THE CLOWN HUNT.
THEY WANT US GONE is a dark, angry, violent, and tragic collection of horror through a queer lens. From the distant future to the startling present, each story is laced with blood, horror, and vindication.
Meet a trans woman possessed by vengeful spirits.
See a vile bigot get her comeuppance,
Learn about the Little Gods that live inside our bodies...
THEY WANT US GONE is a confrontational and sorrowful collection, and it should be read with an open heart and steeled nerves.
This book deals with themes of homophobic violence, upsetting current events, depression, suicide, and heartbreak. It is not recommended for sensitive readers. It is avidly pro-queer.
This is one of those reviews that I feel will never do justice to the words inside these pages. Sonnet did an excellent job with this whole collection. The gory bits are in there, some revenge, but also raw emotion that put a lump in my throat. This whole book comes from a place of pain and rage, and I feel it’s one of Sonnet’s best pieces. When I was finished with the book, I instantly felt everyone needed to read this one. Everyone. If this doesn’t shake you in any way, there is something wrong. They Want Us Gone is one hell of an eye-opening gut punch and easily in my top reads for this year. As a side note, this cover is everything. Pure art! I also enjoyed the images that go with each story. Very fitting and who doesn’t love some pictures in books? Trauma Patient Head Stomp – I thought this one was unique, and I loved Bridie’s character. Liquid Sick – Oh, Jennifer, you got what you deserved. Loved it! A Pale Angel with Bright Red Eyes – I need more Mazey. That is all. The ending of this one left me wanting more. Please bring her back in another story, Judith. Your Little God – I found this one to be very moving, which is where my review quote came from. Afterword – I loved how Sonnet did this one. It’s unique and it immediately blends into the next story. They Want Us Gone – This one got me. All. The. Feels.