Too many queer stories are specifically about coming out or are gay romances. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with such stories and there are still new ways to handle them, but there is a lot of repetition of the same kinds of stories and that is a problem. Personally, what I want to see as a queer trans person is queer and trans people in fantastical scenarios. She Never Came Out, a horror comic by the creator of the Life of Bria webcomic, delivers exactly that.
The story begins with the protagonist, a trans woman in a sapphic relationship. Her partner mysteriously vanished in a very strange way. She simply walked through the door to the bedroom of the apartment, and never came back out. The start of the story focuses on the psychological fallout of the mysterious disappearance, the fact that no one believes the protagonist’s account of how her partner disappeared, and the protagonist’s fear of walking through the bedroom door. Eventually, the protagonist works up the courage to walk through the door and try to find her partner. That’s when things get weird.
SNCO is a cosmic horror story surpassing Lovecraft in quality and also managing to completely avoid the problematic aspects of Lovecraftian horror. The story starts suspenseful, then becomes an increasingly horrifying tale of forces beyond our world while retaining a degree of suspense. Just when you think the protagonist is finally going to catch a break, the situation escalates. This story is not for the faint of heart, as it contains explicit violence and bizarre body horror. Now, I’m not the type to be interested in body horror unless it’s done in a very creative way. The body horror in SNCO is indeed very creative. The story does ultimately leave one with a lot of questions, which has me looking forward to any sequels that are to come out.
I highly recommend this comic if you are a fan of horror, even if you are not a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s excellent and delivers something that in my opinion is needed in fiction. It’s good. Read it.