A Desi Queer Horror Zine
What is ‘NORMAL’?
The short answer: a desi-queer Horror zine. The long answer? NORMAL is Gaysi’s latest offering, is a zine of 18 diverse pieces that celebrates Horror in all its glory from a queer perspective, steeped in Indianness and served with a side of shock and surprise.
Within the pages of this ambitious zine, you will find pieces like Rashmi Ruth Devadasan’s The Legend of Rani Grace, an original love story inspired by traditional folklore, as well as Joshua Muyiwa’s Wrist Action, an urban slasher set in the busy, traff*cked streets of Bengaluru. Among some of the most detailed and vivid graphic pieces that depict unique takes on issues of gender, identity, violence, homophobia, by Anshumaan Sathe, Tora and Alafiya Hasan, you will also find ghosts on dating apps. With pieces like Kiss Me Again by Pooja Krishnakumar and The Spiral by Shruti Bhiwandiwala, we’ve tried to defy the limits of visual narratives, while Glitch by Kokaachi and For Your Eyes Only by Aniruddha Mahale are irreverent explorations on the horrors of living in the closet.
Apart from celebrating horror, NORMAL – like all previous Gaysi zines – is a means to amplify diverse, and especially queer writers and stories in India.