Postmodern Monsters

"The postmodern monster is no longer the hideous other storming the gates of the human citadel, he has already disrupted the careful geography of human self and demon other and he makes the peripheral and the marginal part of the center. Monsters within postmodernism are already inside--the house, the body, the head, the skin, the nation–and they work their way out. Accordingly, it is the human, the facade of the normal, that tends to become the place of terror within postmodern Gothic."

-Judith Halberstam. Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters. Chapter "Skinflick: Posthuman Gender in Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs".