“Just by going to the movies I became, like the Final Girl, a target. A target, in my case, for bullies loitering outside the theater after the movie’s over. Having been beaten up under the marquee in sixth grade, I’d become reluctant to attend horror movies. But I had to go, despite the risk. I had to see — to see as the Final Girl sees.”
Author: A. Loudermilk
A. Loudermilk's essays and articles have appeared in The Journal of Consumer Culture, River Teeth (A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative), The Journal of International Women's Studies, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, and Polari magazine. His poetry collection Strange Valentine won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award in 2005, and a new collection titled Neatnik is due out in 2013 from Night Bomb Press. Individual poems can be found in journals like Tin House, Salamander, Gargoyle, Smartish Pace, and Pool. Most recently he completed a memoir called Bad Teeth, about queers and punks in southern Illinois in the 1980s, and a reference guide to oddball movies called Quirky (see his website at thomasaloudermilk.wordpress.com). He teaches creative writing, literature, and theory at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.