Rural horror often brings up images of “cannibalistic mutants” hiding out in the woods, mountains, or desert – ready to kill off the outsiders passing through for their next meal. But it is a subgenre that is more expansive than that. In this episode, I will walk through some of my complicated feelings with the subgenre and how it manages to often feature and completely ignore disability connected to its characters.

Shoutout to Horror Queers and their fantastic Patreon series on the subject (March 2021) for being my inspiration for this episodes.

Additional reading/references: Hillbilly horror: Reckoning with a genre 15 years after “Wrong Turn”

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Intro and outro music is “The Wind Frazzled Your Long Brown Hair” by Flashback81. Follow them at Twitter now, too: @81flashback