Book Review: Camp Damascus

What do you get when you combine a neurodivergent protagonist, evangelical conversion camps and horror? You stumble upon an absolute masterpiece of a queer horror book that defies expectations and challenges societal norms with every turn of the page.

Camp Damascus

At first glance, there may not seem to be much to grasp onto with the brief and intentionally vague synopsis of this literary gem. However, as you delve deeper into its pages, you uncover a narrative that serves as a poignant love letter to the concept of found families within the queer community. Through its gripping storyline, it confronts both the real-life and fictional horrors and bigotry that members of the LGBTQ+ community encounter daily.

In a world where intolerance and discrimination unfortunately persist, this book serves as a beacon of hope, blending elements of horror with moments of humor to provide readers with a cathartic experience. It seamlessly weaves together the terrifying aspects of reality with the fantastical, creating a narrative that is both unsettling and deeply moving.

Ultimately, this book is more than just a tale of terror; it's a thought-provoking exploration of identity, acceptance, and the resilience of the human spirit. So, if you find yourself craving a read that challenges societal norms while delivering spine-tingling thrills, I cannot recommend picking up this book highly enough. It's a journey that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page.