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Lethe's gay titles include an array of gay-positive novels, poetry, erotica and literature for gay men & lesbians. In addition, Lethe has partnered with the White Crane Institute to bring out new and classic titles in gay spirituality and gay wisdom. Additionally, our imprint, Bear Bones Books, offers fiction and non-fiction titles about Gay Men's Bear Identity; and the Tincture imprint offers books by and about gay people of color. Lethe is one of the world's leading publishers of gay and lesbian spirituality, poetry, and independent fiction. Below is a partial list of Lethe Press's books of gay interest.

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Wingmen


Ensan Case

First published in 1979, this World War II novel, with overtones of From Here to Eternity, was a precursor to the gay romance genre. Jack Hardigan's Hellcat fighter squadron blew the Japanese Zekes out of the blazing Pacific skies. But a more subtle kind of hell was brewing in his feelings for rookie pilot Fred Trusteau. While a beautiful widow pursues Jack, and another pilot becomes suspicious of Jack and Fred's close friendship, the two heroes cut a fiery swath through the skies from Wake Island to Tarawa to Truk, there to keep a fateful rendezvous with love and death in the blood-clouded waters of the Pacific.

“Fans of war stories will prefer this tome, whose focus gets very specific with the details of flying planes and crashing them.”
        —Jim Provenzano, The Bay Area Reporter

“This is a well-written, exciting, and emotionally touching novel. It is bound to become a classic in gay literature.”
        —Alan Chin, San Francisco GLBT Literary Examiner


Originally published by Avon Books,1979, republished 2012 by Cheyenne, now republished by Lethe Press 2014.

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382 pages, 134000 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-574-6
1-59021-574-5
eISBN 978-1-59021-575-3

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The Filly


Mark R. Probst

Escaping into the fantasy of his books when he's not working in the general store, Ethan Keller has lived a sheltered life in his mother's boarding house. One day, an enigmatic cowboy passing through the small Texas town takes an immediate liking to the shy seventeen-year-old. Ethan is intrigued by the attention, and the cowboy eventually charms him into signing on to a 900-mile cattle drive. Ethan soon finds that his feelings for this cowboy run deeper than just friendship. He never knew that this kind of love even existed; and now for the two of them to make a life together in the untamed west, they must face nearly insurmountable odds if they are to survive.


"Gay teens need to be able to find every genre on their bookshelf. Thanks to Probst's wonderful novel The Filly, that most-American style of storytelling, the Western, is fresh and attainable." -- Steve Berman, author of Vintage: A Ghost Story
 
"...This book has the warm, technicolor feel of one of John Ford's later films. The author admits to being a fan of the big Hollywood films, and if you are too, you will love this, because there are touches of them all here. You can feel the sun beating on your neck, the tamed frontier towns, the grit from the summer heat, and the fresh wind of a stranger who blows into town..." --Erastes - Author of Standish

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Young Adult Fiction
220 pages, 67000 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-486-2
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A Shiny Tin Star


Jon Wilson

On a scorching summer’s day in 1903 the sheriff of Creek County, Eugene Grey, unexpectedly finds himself partnered with feisty young Federal Marshal Forest O'Rourke. The marshal is hell-bent on capturing a wanted man—a man Eugene knows as nothing but an amiable old geezer living quietly in the hills.

But, of course, all is not as it seems. As the manhunt progresses, Eugene slowly works out the true nature of the marshal’s relationship to the old man. And something Eugene has long kept hidden begins to stir inside him. He finds it impossible to deny the desire he feels toward the determined young marshal.

Death and fiery destruction follow, but also passion and stolen moments of joy. Eugene’s journey takes him from his small town of Canyon Creek, Colorado, to the stately homes of Atlanta and Philadelphia. But it also pits him against the very laws he has sworn to uphold. He finds himself risking prison or even death—all in the name of love.

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250 pages, 87000 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-528-9
1-59021-528-1
eISBN 978-1-59021-529-6

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Graphic Novel

End of the Rainbow: The Omnibus


Matt Cresswell, Author
Thom Vollans, Illustrator


Welcome to Manchester’s Canal Street, and the End of the Rainbow. For the first time in print, this omnibus collects the first 74 issues of a quirky webcomic set in an LGBT bookstore on Canal Street, in Manchester, England. Meet David, the excitable, welcoming owner of the bookshop, and his partner Max- a harried teacher trying to come out to his students-along with their ragtag band of friends and employees: Anna Valentine, the fabulous transsexual, Toby the bookish student, Ionie the asexual artist, Joseph the chubby chaser, Aoife the polysexual, polyamorous, poly-everything, and, of course, Puffin the bookshop cat. Documenting their lives, loves, losses, friendships and adventures in the vibrant world of Manchester’s gay village, End of the Rainbow combines the styles of Dykes to Watch Out For and Queer as Folk to tell a diverse, joyful story with real heart. The omnibus includes never-before-seen stories, a guide to Canal Street and behind the scenes with the writer and illustrator.

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / LGBT

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116 pages, graphic novel
8.27x11.7 trade paperback
978-1-59021-441-1
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Countrycide: Stories


L.A. Fields

Pack light, nothing heavier than a backpack, before you open the pages of L.A. Fields’s collection of stories. A never-ending journey awaits you along a Möbius strip that runs the circulatory system from flushed head to rapid heart, along asphalt lanes stinking of gasoline fumes and vulcanized rubber. Join Fields’s feral boys, captivating Peter Pans in flight from detestable home life, school life, everyday life. Along the way, you’ll pick up passengers, hitchhikers—runaways plotting wicked larks, stay-at-homes longing for a nudge, grown ups ready to be bent to a boy’s whims.

Pack light, only the essentials. Make sure to keep a few crumpled emergency bills in your pocket. Then open Countrycide and set out.

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132 pages, 38000 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-493-0
1-59021-493-5
eISBN 978-1-59021-459-6

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Next to Nothing: Stories



Keith Banner

O. Henry Prize-winning author Keith Banner’s new collection of short fiction recounts the troubled lives of ne’er-do-wells and outsiders. The banality of life, whether it be trapped in front of the television or popping pills for E.D., is exposed and mocked with aplomb. Few writers capture the quintessence of awkward domesticity and growing up queer like Banner.

Great Review and Interview with Keith Banner at Lambda Literary

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174 pages, 60000 words
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978-1-59021-177-9
1-59021-177-4
eISBN 978-1-59021-178-6

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The Music Teacher


Bob Sennett

Growing up in the early years of the twentieth century, Joe Dooley allows his love for music and his passionate friendships with other young men to blind him to the tides of revolution rising around him in British-dominated Ireland. When he realizes he can’t support himself teaching music in Dublin, he enlists in the British Army’s peacetime reserves—only to be swept up by the Great War convulsing Europe. Guiding his men through the chaos of the Western Front, Joe comforts himself with music and memories of dear friends: adventurous Severin Coole, an Irish Nationalist, and fiercely loyal Harry Vogeler, an expatriate of Germany. A sniper’s bullet throws Joe into the care of conscientious objector Davy Rose, in whose arms he begins to discover a kind of love he had not believed possible. But then he learns that Severin is actively working to liberate Ireland of the British yoke, and during the Christmas Truce discovers Harry across the trenches in the German army. Loyalties increasingly divided, Joe must choose which cause is truly his and which man will be his true partner.

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298 pages, 102000 words
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978-1-59021-145-8
1-59021-145-6
eISBN 978-1-59021-153-3

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Naming Ceremony

Stories by Chip Livingston

In the sixteen short stories and essays that comprise Naming Ceremony, Chip Livingston examines the worlds we create by exploring the names we are called and those we call ourselves. Livingston’s characters name the terms that confirm their individuality and validate their roles in family, culture, politics, and sexuality.

Chip Livingston has received awards in fiction from Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, University of Colorado and the AABB Foundation. As a faculty member of the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and at Gotham Writers Workshops, Chip teaches nonfiction, fiction and poetry writing.

“Chip Livingston’s empathetic take on a variety of men and women, along with his poet’s knack for precise, revealing details and descriptions make this eclectic, cosmopolitan collection a joy to read. His renderings of contemporary gay and Native American life are compelling, and the periodic glimpses into the dramatic relationship of the lovers, Peter and Elan, keen and poignant. The title story and ‘Anthology of A Spoon River AIDS Walk’ are especially impressive in the savvy way that Livingston conveys vital, complex bonds of love and community. This is spirited, compassionate, far-ranging fiction.”                —Cyrus Cassells

"These beautiful stories aim right for the heart. Through vibrant portraits of love and loss, sex and spirit, death and the quest for authentic life, Chip Livingston opens rare worlds to us and at the same time reveals our essential humanity."                 —Carolina De Robertis

“Sly, perceptively witty, and moving, these stories give us the renaming, reshaping, and recasting at the heart of identity. Chip Livingston gets so many of his tones just right and, in doing so, suggests that not all acts of transformation are complete—the shadows of our old selves are always peeking through to the new.”            —Manuel Muńoz

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184 pages, 59000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-494-7
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eISBN 978-1-59021-598-2

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The Books of Joseph R.G. DeMarco

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A Warning in Blood: The Vampire Inquisitor, Book One

by Joseph R.G. DeMarco

Step into the shadows with the first of a series that blends deduction with suspense…and blood. Dru Lorand is not a commonplace vampire—he’s an Inquisitor, chosen by the elders of a most sanguine and secret society. His role is to investigate sedition and punish treason among the undead, of whom there are clans, factions and territories. He’s made enemies over the centuries. He’s dealt with many of them, with the help of myriad assistants, even gargoyles as spies. But now a mysterious party has broken one of the cardinal rules governing vampire society.

What atonement is there for blood spilt upon the earth? —Aeschylus

A terrible threat that could lead to madness unleashed on an unsuspecting world causes Dru to embark on an epic journey. From the posh clubs of Philadelphia to hidden monasteries in the Alps, bloodlines are being drawn and Dru’s fortitude will be tested as he discovers A Warning in Blood.

Joseph R.G. DeMarco’s books have been called “welcome to any mystery collection” by the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association and “fantastic gay adventure” by Edge Philadelphia. A former librarian, DeMarco is a native of the City of Brotherly Love.

Review in Big Gay Horror Fan

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218 pages, 72000 words
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978-1-59021-286-8
1-59021-286-X
eISBN 978-1-59021-214-1

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Crimes on Latimer:
From the Early Cases of Marco Fontana


by Joseph R.G. DeMarco

Six of Marco Fontana's early cases show some of the forces that helped shape the young P.I. In high school, Fontana discovers that he has a knack for crime solving. Not only that, he likes it. When his English teacher is accused of murdering the school disciplinarian, Marco takes it upon himself to investigate. Some years later, after Marco has explored his options, we find him in his first office on Latimer and Twelfth. Trouble easily manages to find him there. From dealing with a stolen DaVinci sketch, to uncovering a blackmailing murderer, to having a pleasant trip to celebrate Pride in NY turned into a nightmare, to presiding over a murderous leather competition, Marco develops his investigative skills and his techniques for solving difficult cases. Crimes on Latimer presents only six of Fontana's early cases. There are other mysteries in his past which will be explored in cases to come. This half-dozen crime tales open a window onto Marco Fontana's world before he found himself dealing with the events of Murder on Camac.

Review in Edge Magazine
Recommended by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association; reviewed in GLBTRT Newsletter Fall 2012

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336 pages, 122000 words
5.5x8.5trade paperback
978-1-59021-374-2
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eISBN 978-1-59021-402-2 / 1-59021-402-1

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A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes

 Joseph R.G. DeMarco, editor

What other characters from English literature have captivated hearts and minds as thoroughly as Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion John Watson? Many fans imagine the relationship between these men is deep and more than platonic. In A Study in Lavender, the Holmes universe is queered and ten authors have devised stories in which Holmes and Watson are lovers, or investigate mysteries of inverts hidden from the laws and cultures of the Victorian era; even the indomitable Lestrade has his turn at love; and famous actors who helped put Holmes on the silver screen face trysts they never dared to film.
new tales of mystery and detection by J.R. Campbell • Elka Cloke William P. Coleman • Michael G. Cornelius  Lyn C.A. Gardner
Ruth Sims Rajan Khanna • Vincent Kovar Stephen Osborne • Katie Raynes

Joseph R.G. DeMarco is author of Murder on Camac and A Body on Pine

Good review by Jerry Wheeler at Out in Print


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318 pages, 96000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-038-3
1-59021-038-7

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A Body on Pine
A Marco Fontana Mystery

by Joseph R. G. DeMarco

When Marco Fontana enters his friend's spa on Pine, he doesn't find the peaceful retreat he expected. Brad, the masseur, is missing. The spa is splattered with blood and a dead client lies sprawled on the floor. After a thorough search turns up more questions than answers, Marco calls the police. They find Brad's body a short distance from the spa and before long Marco understands that what appears to be a simple case of murder is anything but. The police want Marco off the case. However, when the body of a popular journalist is added to the death toll, Brad's case gets sidelined. Marco refuses to allow his friend's death to be ignored and convinces an overwhelmed young police detective to bring Marco into the hunt for the killer. He finds plenty to keep him busy. Abusive ex-boyfriends, stalker clients, politicians, scheming businessmen, and Eastern European mobsters swirl together in a dangerous mix which finds Marco in some of the most serious trouble he's encountered so Life at home doesn't stop for Marco, either. While he searches for Brad's killer, Marco's stripper troupe, StripGuyz, brings him face to face with a stripper's abusive boyfriend and, with Jean-Claude, a new member of the troupe who innocently comes between Marco and Anton, upsetting the fragile balance existing between them.

Also by Joseph R.G. DeMarco -- Murder on Camac

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364 pages, 116,500 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-345-2
1-59021-345-9

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Murder on Camac

By Joseph R.G. DeMarco

Gunned down in the street, author Helmut Brandt’s life ebbs away and puts a chain of events in motion placing P.I. Marco Fontana on a collision course with the Church and local community.
 
Brandt’s research into the decades old death of Pope John Paul the First made him serious enemies within the Catholic Church. As Fontana digs into the case, he finds Brandt also had rivals in his work and in his love life. Rivals with motives for murder.
 
Dueling with the Catholic hierarchy and combing through seedy gay hangouts, Fontana encounters dangerous characters and powerful forces intent on stopping him. When Fontana himself is attacked, he knows he must find answers before any more lives are lost. The web of intrigue and deceit is intricate, tangled, and deadly.
 
Fontana deftly balances his work as a P.I. with his position as owner of StripGuyz, a troupe of male strippers; he must also negotiate the intricacies of love and relationships which he has been avoiding all too long.
 
Will the solution uncover a decades old plot to kill a pope or will Fontana find that jealous rage or academic rivalry caused Brandt’s death? The only thing Fontana can be certain of is that Brandt's enemies have killed once and won't hesitate to murder a private eye who gets too close to the truth.

Also by Joseph R.G. DeMarco -- A Body on Pine

"This is a terrific read, and a bit of a departure from your typical gay mystery novel, in that while the story is set in the present, at its heart is another, decades old, mystery – did dark elements within the church assassinate Pope John Paul the first? So, then, consider this the kind of book Dan Brown might write, if Mr. Brown were just a little more gifted as a writer – and of course, supposing Mr. Brown wrote gay mysteries." from  Review by Victor J Banis

"Though this was a bit lengthy, it is a well-written, suspenseful story that will satisfy even the most picky mystery fan. A bubbling Philly cheese steak, and five stars out of five!" from  Review on OurBookShelf Yahoo Group by Bob BigBearPhx

Good review on Rainbow reviews by Kassa
Great review in EDGE
5 star review in Books Wenches by BD Whitney
Review on Queer Magazine online


Review at Out in Print

Review by Ruth Sims: "Murder on Camac is a fast, entertaining read. I expect we will be seeing more of Marco Fontana in the future, with or without the G-string. I give it five Sherlocks and a Watson.


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396 pages, 126000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback

978-1-59021-213-4
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I txt Sarah…

An erotic photobook

by Romeo Miller

A gay boy’s best friend is his smartphone. In I txt Sarah…, a handsome young man escapes the doldrums of his Southern California life for adventure in Spain. But he never stops texting his BFF throughout the ups and downs of his journey—even when he meets up with an amorous gypsy, starts hustling at an odd night club, or falls for the man of his (current) dreams, who unfortunately seems very straight. This whimsical full-color photo journal will appeal to every gay man who yearns to break loose and dare the consequences of a wild vacation.



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76 pages, 8600 words
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978-1-59021-287-5
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Like Light for Flies

by Lee Thomas

A young boy is horrified to discover what his brother is really doing in their father’s work shed. An old man whispers a word that sets his victim on the road to madness. A Victorian dandy and his dog might just save the world from the unspeakable denizens of an alternate dimension. In a house by a park, a religious zealot opens the gates of Hell. These twelve tales of psychological suspense and horror mix heart, brains, and balls  to create a pulse-pounding literary experience.

"Damn fine reading from a most excellent writer." — Jerry Wheeler, Out in Print. …read the whole review

Review by Eric Dieckman, OutSmart

A starred review from Publishers Weekly for Lee Thomas's LIKE LIGHT FOR FLIES!

In this gripping horror collection, Thomas (Ash Street) slices open the underbelly of human nature with surgical precision to offer an unforgettable glimpse at the horrors just inside.Though sometimes the protagonists’ homosexuality is almost incidental, many of the stories are driven by the unhappy places in gay culture and the terrible effects of bigotry. read the rest of the review


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266 pages, 85000 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-026-0
1-59021-026-3
eISBN 978-1-59021-167-0

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Best Gay Stories 2014


edited by Steve Berman

New York City. Moscow. Guanajuato. Pelion. A nameless suburb that could be found down any street. Trysts, old flames, pulp tales. Gay men are neither confined by locale nor are their stories. The 2014 volume of Best Gay Stories features twenty essays, fiction and memoirs that encompass the myriad experiences gay life has to offer: from the insecurity and longings of youth to the complacency and nostalgia that comes with age. Along the way readers will discover themselves captivated by moments of discontent, of strife, and of revelation.
Featuring work by:

Michael Alenyikov / Richard Bowes / Michael Carroll
Lou Dellaguzzo / L.A. Fields / Michael Thomas Ford
Guy Mark Foster / James Gifford / Trebor Healey
Andrew Holleran / Ed Kurtz / Dmitry Kuzmin
Tommi Avicolli Mecca / Sam J. Miller / Jason Schneiderman
Max Steele / James Powers-Black / Stefen Styrsky
Josef Winkler / Mario Alberto Zambrano



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256 pages, 86700 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-505-0
1-59021-505-2
eISBN 978-1-59021-510-4
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Novels by Erastes

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Mere Mortals

a novel by Erastes


Orphaned Crispin Thorne has been taken as ward by Philip Smallwood, a man he’s never met, and is transplanted from his private school to Smallwood’s house on an island on the beautiful but coldly remote Horsey Mere in Norfolk. Upon his arrival, he finds that he’s not the only young man given a fresh start. Myles Graham and Jude Middleton are there before him, and as their benefactor is away, they soon form alliances and friendships, as they speculate upon the sudden transformation of their circumstances. Who is Philip Smallwood? Why has he given them such a fabulous new life? What secrets does the house hold and what is it that the Doctor seems to know?

Trust acclaimed author Erastes to tell a moving story in the field of gay historical romance.


5 out of 5 Star Review at Jessewave by Jenre

5 Star Review at Gerry B's

Another GREAT review -- this one at Queer Magazine online

5 Cherries from Whipped Cream reviews -- great review


Great Reviews in:

The Edge

Top2Bottom Reviews

by Elisa Rolle

Mizlovelovesbooks (which is just... wow. they really REALLY liked it.)

BookWenches gives a great review

Lambda Literary great review


"Speaks Its Name" website awarded Mere Mortals the best cover of 2011

Review at Out in Print


rainbow award
Rainbow Award 2011
Best LGBT Historical



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254 pages, 82000 words
5.5x8.5btrade paperback
978-1-59021-043-7
1-59021-043-3

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Standish

by Erastes

“Everything that makes good Regency drama is here—high society, duels, romantic locations, and of course, a look at the underbelly of the Regency world, including a very harsh and realistic look at Newgate prison. Highly recommended if you love Regencies, gay fiction, or just plain romance.”
—R.W. Day, author of A Strong and Sudden Thaw

A great house. A family dispossessed. A sensitive young man. A powerful landowner. An epic love that springs up between two men.

Set in the post-Napoleonic years of the 1820s, Standish is a tale of two men—one man discovering his sexuality and the other struggling to overcome his traumatic past. Ambrose Standish, a studious and fragile young man, has dreams of regaining the great house his grandfather lost in a card game. When Rafe Goshawk returns from the continent to claim the estate, their meeting sets them on a path of desire and betrayal which threatens to tear both of their worlds apart. Painting a picture of homosexuality in Georgian England, Standish is a love story of how the decisions of two men affect their journey through Europe and through life.

Second edition, newly revised by the author.


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268 pages, 97000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-427-5
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eISBN 978-1-59021-091-8

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My Dear Watson

by L.A. Fields  

One of the most famous partnerships in literature yields, over time, to a peculiar romantic triangle. Sherlock Holmes. Dr. John Watson. And the good doctor’s second wife, whom Doyle never named. In L A Fields's novel, Mrs. Watson is a clever woman who realizes, through examining all the prior cases her husband shared with the world's greatest consulting detective, that the two men shared more than adventures: they were lovers, as well. In 1919, after the pair has retired, Mrs. Watson invites Holmes to her home to meet him face to face. Thus begins a recounting of a peculiar affair between extraordinary men.

“You are such a unique person,” Holmes says poisonously. “What a shame that history will most likely never remember your name.”

The question Mrs. Watson faces: Did Holmes simply take advantage of her husband’s loyalty and love, or did the detective return those feelings? And what to do now that the pair are no longer living together at Baker Street and Watson has other claims on his affections? My Dear Watson offers readers a romance that requires as much reasoning to puzzle out as it does passion. Mrs. Watson proves a worthy opponent—in intellect, in guile, in conviction—for the great detective.



Recommended for libraries by the GLBT Roundtable of the American Library Association.
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Five-Star review at Smashwords.com

Review at Out in Print by Jerry Wheeler

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The Sin Warriors

by Julian E. Farris

Jacksonville, Florida – It doesn’t take much to destroy careers, pull families apart and ruin lives.  A mix of ignorance and hatred, combined with an insatiable lust for power, will suffice.  And in Florida, circa 1960, that unholy mix fermented in the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, a.k.a. the Johns Committee. 

Using blackmail, intimidation and coercion, the Johns Committee—led by segregationist state senator Charley Eugene Johns—managed to “disappear” more than 300 suspected homosexual students, faculty and administrators from Florida’s public colleges, universities and schools.  
Julian Earl Farris’ novel The Sin Warriors uses the treachery of that time to explore themes of self-knowledge, love, loyalty and resilience.  Echoes of Johns can be seen in the demagogue Billy Sloat, a small-town Florida politician who climbs to statewide office over the backs of the disenfranchised and disfavored.  Exploiting the fears and mistrust of his constituents, Sloat launches a McCarthy-era witch hunt targeting gays and lesbians in academia under the premise that these “weak links” could be used by communists to infiltrate schools and corrupt students.  Caught in the maelstrom, student David Ashton, another product of small town Florida, and his friends try to preserve their integrity and their futures.

Article on Jacksonville.com about this novel and its historical basis

Strongly recommended reading, five stars out of five.
— Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

Review in the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association


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VERY GOOD INTERVIEW at jessewave

Interview with Jon Michaelsen

••Read an interesting thread at goodreads by fans of Elliott Mackle's Capt Harding stories••

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Only Make Believe: A Novel

       -- & Sequel to It Takes Two

by Elliott Mackle


It’s amateur night at the ultra-private, members-only Caloosa Club on the Fort Myers, Florida, riverfront.  Trouble begins when the fat lady sings. Her triumph is sweet. But, only hours later, the diva lies near death in a hotel room upstairs, the victim of a vicious beating. Hotel manager Dan Ewing and his sidekick, Lee County Detective Bud Wright, soon discover that this was no lady and that a variety of unsavory characters hoped to dance on the dead diva’s grave. In Southwest Florida in January 1951, almost anyone who wanted to have a little illicit fun put his—or her—life on the line.

Dan, a World War II veteran who survived Japanese torpedoes, five days on a life raft and the death of his Navy lover, feels he’s found more safety and freedom than any gay man might expect. Dealing cards, serving untaxed mixed drinks and selling the services of escorts of both sexes, he acts as if he has nothing to lose. Yet he does. Bud, his secret lover, is a former Marine sergeant twice decorated for valor. Strong and brave but deeply conventional, he lives with the uneasy knowledge that every time he and Dan make love they commit a felony according to the laws he is sworn to uphold. 

The Caloosa, exposed to the pitiless glare of a front-page homicide investigation, attracts unwanted attention.  The mounting pressure, instead of forging a stronger bond between Dan and Bud, threatens to tear them apart.  As the jeopardy to both escalates, Dan realizes he may lose the one man who holds the key to the peace and harmony of his postwar world. 


Elliott Mackle has been called “the Tom Wolfe of gay fiction” and “a gay Pat Conroy.” His first novel, It Takes Two, was compared to the work of Christopher Bram and Carl Hiaasen. Only Make Believe is a sequel, set two years after the conclusion of the earlier tale. Mackle is also the author of Captain Harding and His Men and the multiple-award-winning Captain Harding’s Six-Day War.

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highly recommended," says LadyM at Reviews by Jesse Wave

Review by Gerry Burnie


Good review by Jerry Wheeler at Out in Print


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A Jessewave Top Pick for 2012

It Takes Two: A Novel

by Elliott Mackle

February, 1949. Fort Myers, Florida. It started out to be such a nice day. But early morning gunfire at the Royal Plaza Motor Hotel changed all that. One white man is dead. One black man is dead. The white man’s widow has just crashed the investigation and is waving a gun around. Dan Ewing, who isn't supposed to be there, barely escapes getting shot. Saving his bacon is Lee County detective Bud Wright. Dan and Bud are more than just fishing buddies. But that’s one secret of many in this small town. Dan is the manager of the Caloosa Hotel, a class act if you're just passing through, but a provider of card games, call girls, mixed drinks and other special “services” for members of the ultra-private Caloosa Club.  This doesn't sit well with everyone in town, including a wealthy car dealer, the KKK, and Bud Wright, despite the fact that he's sleeping with Dan. But the car dealer is the dead white man, the black man is the husband of his wife's former maid, and the sheriff, Bud's boss, seems determined to steer the investigation off track. So what does the apparent murder-suicide have to do with the Caloosa? Former journalist Elliott Mackle takes this wonderfully realized "why-done-it” to fascinating levels as he explores the various factions of a small southern town facing the giant implications of a rapidly changing society in the postwar years.

It Takes Two, Mackle’s first novel, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Since then, he has published Hot off the Presses, drawn from his adventures covering the Olympic Games for Cox Newspapers, and the prize-winning Captain Harding’s Six-Day War, based on his service as a gay air force officer during the Vietnam Era.

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"An engaging and interesting read, which I give five stars out of five." - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
link to yahoo group to read the full review          ~~~       here it is at amazon.com
Shelly at Squidoo declares It Takes Two one of "The Top 5 Gay Themed Mystery Fiction Books for Summer Reading."
Read an Interesting and Informative Interview with Lethe author Elliott Mackle at Speak Its Name

A Jessewave Top Pick for 2012


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Welcome Home, Captain Harding

by Elliott Mackle

Returning to California after eighteen terrifying months in Vietnam, Captain Joe Harding is assigned a trio of duties: assisting his fatherly former commander at base operations, spying on misbehaving bomber pilots and organizing an air show designed to counter the anti-war fever sweeping the state. Meanwhile, his much younger tennis partner has enrolled at Cal Berkeley, enmeshed himself in pacifist politics and resumed his role as Joe’s lover. When a playmate from Wheelus, a one-time fighter pilot now flying for TWA, shows up at Joe’s house in Merced, the three men must navigate the joys and difficulties inherent in creating their own sort of ‘welcome home.’ Continuing the adventures and misadventures begun in Elliott Mackle’s award-winning Captain Harding’s Six-Day War and Captain Harding and his Men, Joe and his fellow officers and men are up against a hot-dogging, risk-taking aircraft commander, a pair of drug-abusing co-pilots and a married administrator with a taste for sexual blackmail. When a Broadway show causes a death in the family, a test flight goes terribly wrong and Joe’s honor and patriotism are questioned, he must fight to clear his name and rebuild his imperiled career.

Enthusiastic review at Impressions of a Reader

Review in Lambda Literary by DIck Smart

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A Jessewave Top Pick for 2012
Captain Harding and His Men

by Elliott Mackle

When a C-130 bound for Southeast Asia explodes on takeoff at remote Wheelus Air Base, Libya, handsome, hard-charging Captain Joe Harding instinctively realizes that the cargo list—“medical supplies and radio tubes”—was faked. When Joe’s newly-married workout buddy does a swan dive off a fifth story balcony in downtown Tripoli, Joe refuses to accept the semi-official verdict: suicidal depression. And when Joe’s tennis partner, the son of the American ambassador, decides to celebrate his eighteenth birthday by appearing unannounced at Joe’s BOQ door, the potential difficulties of their love-match must be addressed––seriously and without delay. 
Continuing the adventures and misadventures begun in Elliott Mackle’s award-winning “Captain Harding’s Six-Day War,” Joe and his fellow officers and airmen contend with a highly decorated but sexually abusive wing commander (who happens to be Joe’s boss), a closeted Pentagon official fighting to save his career, a CIA agent who may be an imposter, and shipments of British weapons that fall into the hands of anti-royalist rebels.  When a kidnapping goes terribly wrong, Joe must fight for everything he holds dear: duty, honor, country and love.

5 STAR review from a reader at amazon.com:
"Captain Harding and His Men" is the follow up to "Captain Harding's Six-Day War," and is even better than that terrific book. read the full review

Great review at jessewave.com

An unmitigated RAVE from Erastes at Speak Its Name.

Another great review; this one from Hilicia at Impressions of a Reader.com

Mention in the Emory University Alumni Post

GREAT review by Jerry Wheeler at Out in Print

Top #1 Staff Pick at Insightout Books -- check out Insightout Gay Book Club
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An "Impressions of a Reader" Favorite LGBT Book of 2012 Visit the author's webpage

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2012 TLA Gaybies Award for Best Romance

Captain Harding's Six-Day War

by Elliot Mackle

Assigned to baby-sit a loose-cannon colonel at remote Wheelus Air Base, Libya, handsome, hard-charging Captain Joe Harding spends his off-duty time bedding an enlisted medic and a muscular major, then begins a nurturing friendship with the American ambassador's teenage son. The boy swiftly develops a crush on the man, feelings that Joe, a Southern gent with a strong moral sense, feels he cannot acknowledge or return. Joe’s further adventures and misadventures during the course of the novel involve a clerk's murder, a flight-surgeon's drug abuse, a fist-fight in the officers' club bar, a straight roommate whose taste for leather gets him in trouble, the combat death of Joe's former lover, and participation in an all-male orgy witnessed by two very married but somewhat confused fighter jocks.

In the run-up to the 1967 war, a mob attacks the embassy in nearby Tripoli and the deranged colonel sets out to attack an Arab warship. To bring the pilots and their airplanes safely home – and keep the United States out of the war – Joe has two choices: either come out to his closest, straightest buddies or know himself to be a coward, a failure and a traitor to everything that he holds dear.


Elliott Mackle is author of Hot Off the Presses

Wonderful review by Erastes

Great review by Sirius at Jessewave

Nice little review by Rich Merritt (with some sexy Marines in the sidebar to check out while you're there)

Review by Alan Chin in Lambda Lit


"With the current debate over the future of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' a hot topic in Washington, Elliott Mackle’s third novel, Captain Harding’s Six-Day War, provides an engaging and timely read." Edge New York  Read the rest of the review

"A modern day adventure set in North Africa prior to the Six-Day Arab-Israeli War in 1967, Elliott Mackle’s 'Captain Harding’s Six-Day War,' (Lethe Press, 2011) has more realpolitik and less fantasy, but it is every bit as much erotically charged with a powerful story to match."
Lambda Literary Book Lovers: The 12 Night of Christmas 2011


A bestseller at InsightOut Book Club

"Speaks Its Name" website declared Captain Harding's Six-Day War the best book of 2011

Bob Lind's 5 star review in Echo

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Hot Off the Presses: A Novel

by Elliott Mackle

As editor of a gay newspaper, Henry Thompson thought he had enough problems dealing with the conservative, old-money owners and the corrupt mayor of Atlanta—an evangelical clergyman who denies that African-American men are at risk with AIDS and sees no benefit in accepting federal safe-sex-education funds just months before welcoming the world for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.

Henry lost his lover to AIDS and sees the casual sex happening in the community as almost criminal and certainly lethal. He relies on a good friend’s skilled Tantric massages to release the tension in his life and raise his spirits.Then, while taking in a good, voyeuristic sweat at a men’s-club steam room, Henry finds himself in a tryst with a handsome local athlete.

What happens to a crusading journalist when he finds himself falling for a closeted gymnast favored to win gold medals at the upcoming Olympics? When CNN and Sports Illustrated hound him in their never-ending demand for sensationalism that threatens careers? Henry must fi nd the answer to moral dilemmas:  integrity versus propriety; passion versus restraint.

Author Elliott Mackle, himself a former journalist, offers readers a glimpse back to a remarkable era and events in the life of the Gay South
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Elliott Mackle is author of Capt. Harding's Six-Day War

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Review at Out in Print

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The Sand Bar

by Owen Keehnen

In Bayetteville, which sits on the shores of the Frear river, gay life  centers around the happenings at the local tavern, the Sand Bar. Pull up a seat at the bar and meet the locals.  Knock a few back with the larger than life barfly Christian, aka Sister.  And there’s Bruschetta, the drag queen, shamelessly flirting with one of the bartenders.  And there’s that strange kid, Fred, over in the corner….

The Sand Bar is a sexy, funny, and touching mosaic novel set in the gay  community of a small Southern river town during the 1980s.  Full of quirky characters, The Sand Bar traces their lives through the years, starting with the opening of the bar.  Keehnen’s  novel infuses Maupin’s story-telling prowess with a raw, frank, Southern-flavored eroticism. 

Like the best Bourbon, The Sand Bar is sweet and potent.

“Owen Keehnen aims high with this set of linked short stories, hitting the mark with admirable consistency. His characters are wonderfully complex and his story arc is graceful and unfaltering. Sure and assured, this is an engaging read that deserves your attention. Highly recommended.”
—Jerry L. Wheeler, author of Strawberries & Other Erotic Fruits


5-Stars. "Some bias here....I copy edited this book. But it's a good one. Lyrical and raunchy, it follows a group of gays and lesbians in a sleepy Southern town in the 1980s. Imagine the lovechild of Eudora Welty and John Rechy, and you have this novel.Craig L. Gidney at GoodReads

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It Was Too Soon Before… The unlikely life, untimely death, and unexpected rebirth of Gay Pioneer, Dirk Vanden


By Dirk Vanden

It Was Too Soon Before… is the autobiography of Richard Fullmer who wrote under the nom de plume Dirk Vanden. He was a serious novelist in the early days of the development of the gay literary genre. His first books were published--augmented with sex scenes inserted by the publisher--as porn pulps. The book tells the story of his life from his upbringing as a devout Mormon to his discovery of sexual realities to his move to the gay meccas of San Francisco and Los Angeles in the 1960s and discovery of the thriving gay counterculture through the death to AIDS of his longtime partner to retirement and obscurity to a "rebirth" as his books have been rediscovered by modern gay literary scholars. The book includes "The Wit & Wisdom of Gabriel Horny," a collection of humor and wisdom in  short aphorisms that express the spiritual wisdom Fullmer has garnered through his 78 years.

Includes two sections of photographs from the author's life.

With an Introduction by Toby Johnson


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The Heart's History

by Lewis DeSimone

This is Edward—architect, friend, lover, mystery. Everyone has their own Edward: a kaleidoscope of images struggling to define a man who has never let anyone get too close. But now, Edward is dying, and all of his loved ones are desperate to understand him, to connect fully with him, before it’s too late.

In this beautiful and haunting novel, Lewis DeSimone, author of the acclaimed Chemistry, explores the hidden depths of love, the struggle to maintain a balance between connection and individuality. Edward’s illness is set against the backdrop of a sea change in gay culture, a time when AIDS is assumed to be simply a manageable condition, and when the drive for assimilation through marriage or the military has begun to trump the distinct characteristics that were once a source of pride. Deftly shifting perspectives to paint a compelling portrait of a man and a community on the cusp of a critical transition, The Heart’s History gives hope that, despite the impossibility of ever achieving true oneness with another person, it is the attempt itself that gives life its greatest joy.

Rainbow Award


Best Gay Contemporary Fiction



An Out in Print Best Book of 2012

Review at Out in Print

Review at Impressions of a Reader

5 stars out of 5 review at Gay/Lesbian Fiction Book Reviews

Good review in Publisher's Weekly

Recommended on HuffingtonPost
"…anything I can say about The Heart’s History will only pale in comparison to the work itself. Genuine, heartfelt and true, this is a beautiful book that will have you laughing and crying simultaneously. Highly recommended." -- from a review at Out in the City.

Lewis DeSimone on Huffington Post about featuring AIDS themes in current gay fiction

 
Lewis DeSimone (Chemistry, The Heart's History) has an Op-Ed piece in The Advocate titled: Gay Fiction is Everybody's Fiction

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Chemistry: a novel

By Lewis DeSimone

When first they meet, Neil and Zach discovered a sexual and emotional chemistry that could not be denied. Then, as mental illness consumes one, each must grow, repair himself, and work to become stronger and more independent to ultimately conquer the life-crushing consequences wrought by mental illness and emotional dependency. Chemistry is the story of attraction between lovers, the brain chemistry that determines personality and mood, the medications needed for regaining mental health, and the relationships between people who care for one another. DeSimone debut is an enthralling novel of courage, liberation, and self-realization.

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The Master of Seacliff: A Novel

by Max Pierce

It is 1899, and young Andrew Wyndham has accepted a position tutoring the unruly son of wealthy industrialist Duncan Stewart in the hopes that the work will be brief yet provide an avenue to pay for his passage to France to study art. But Seacliff is a dark mansion enshrouded in near-eternal fog, dark mystery and suspicion—perhaps a reflection of the house’s brooding master. An imposing Blackbeard of a man, Duncan Stewart is both feared and admired by his business associates as well as the people he calls friends, for Stewart may have murdered his own father to gain control of his business. And his home, in which Andrew Wyndham must now reside, holds terrible secrets—secrets that could destroy everyone within its walls. For pure gothic escapism with a decidedly masculine point of view, The Master of Seacliff is an enthralling and satisfying read.

4.5 out of 5 star review by Raine at jessewave


Review on speakitsname.com:
"if you want a solid, multi-layered mystery chock full of quirky characters, death and over-arching gothic Doom, red-herrings and a surprise denouement, then you’ll like this as much as I did. (Oh and a lovely romance too…)" Read the rest of the review

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ALA-logoWinner of a 2012 Stonewall Book Award:
Mark Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award Honor Book


a+e 4EVER - a graphic novel


by ilike merey

Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face. Guys punch him, girls slag him and by high school he's developed an intense fear of being touched. Art remains his only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life. Eulalie Mason is the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash. The only one to see and accept all of his sides as a loner, a fellow artist and a best friend, she's starting to wonder if ash is ever going to see all of her.... a + e 4EVER is a graphic novel set in that ambiguous crossroads where love and friendship, boy and girl, straight and gay meet. It goes where few books have ventured, into genderqueer life, where affections aren't black and white.

Review at Prism Comics
Brief review by Richard Labonté

Great Recommendation :
Booklist (10/15/2011):
Grades 10-12 *Starred Review* Merey's soulful story of high-school juniors Asher and Eulalie shows just how tenuous our understanding of identity, friendship, and romance can be. Neither Ash, a shy, bisexual pretty boy, nor Eu, a strident dyke with the appetite of a trucker, can be reduced to a single aspect of their identities. During the few months of their intense relationship, they share music, a passion for drawing, and a variety of attempts to socialize with their families and other teens. Merey introduces questions and complications that don't get neatly resolved--why does Ash share a bedroom with what seems to be his nearly twin sister--but instead make the characters and plot all the more realistic; we truly can't know all of what makes somebody tick. The impressionistic and beautiful black-and-white images were created with traditional paper and ink, a salutary opposition to all the nontradition offered up by Ash and Eu. Although the work appears sketchy at first glance, every line is clear and every word is clarifying. Without the story becoming didactic, Ash and Eu become students of human nature as they teach each other about the possibilities and boundaries of their lives. These are authentic teens with attitudes, sound tracks, and sexual curiosity.

Nice acknowledgement in The Advocate -- a readers' choice (see p 2 of the article)

Good and interesting review at Lambda Literary

Booklist Online names a+e 4EVER one of the ten top Romance Fiction for Youth of 2012

YALSA Great Graphic Novel 2013 recommendation

4-Star Review at The Reading Nook young adult book blog -- with comments

REALLY WONDERFUL review at Once Upon a Bookcase


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The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered

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The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered
, edited by Tom Cardamone, includes appreciations by 28 contemporary writers of significant gay novels and short story collections now out of print. The Lost Library includes an essay on reprints of gay literature by Philip Clark. Published in March 2010, it features a cover illustration by Mel Odom.

The Lost Library
won the San Francisco Book Festival's gay category for best book of the Spring season and was named one of the 10 Best nonfiction books of 2010 in Richard Labonté's Book Marks column.

Tom Cardamone is the author of the erotic fantasy novel,
The Werewolves of Central Park and the short story collection Pumpkin Teeth. His work has appeared in on-line magazines and journals as well as several anthologies. He has reviewed books for The LAMBDA Book Report and Books To Watch Out For. You can read some of his fiction at his website www.pumpkinteeth.net. While there you can drop him a note about any out-of-print gay fiction you would like to bring to his attention.

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Books by Alex Jeffers

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The Abode of Bliss: Ten Stories for Adam

by Alex Jeffers

Explaining himself to himself and to the man he loves, Ziya tells Adam the stories of his life:

A bilingual childhood and youth in cosmopolitan İstanbul, city of the world’s desire, and the Aegean resort of Bodrum. A bewildering trip by ship and train and jet across Europe and the Atlantic to college in America, that strange and terrifying country. Friendships, passionate affairs, one-night stands, rape—a richly dissatisfying erotic education. A wedding, a death, an act of inexplicable violence—a meeting.

Intricate as Ottoman miniatures, Ziya’s stories reveal a world unsuspected: the world we live in.

“Waiting fifteen years to read something new from Alex Jeffers was well worth it. This collection is a treasure chest of perfectly-polished gems, each one radiating an inner beauty brought out by evocative prose, rich characterizations, and a strong sense of place. A rare treat indeed, it is over all too soon and leaves you longing for more.”
—Michael Thomas Ford, author of What We Remember

Good, interesting and intelligent review in the Edge network of gay papers

Queer Magazine online review


Great review on Out In Print

5 Stars from Bob Lind in Echo Magazine

"Impressions of a Reader" review site has nice words
The Indie Review: "Best in LGBTQ Literature for 2012" pick

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Do You Remember Tulum? --novella in the form of a love letter

by Alex Jeffers

Do You Remember Tulum? is a story about memory, about learning to love and be loved, set among the exotic Maya ruins of Tulum and Palenque in southern Mexico. A young man returns to Mexico, where landscape, art, and memory compel him to confront the events that shaped him a decade before. A dizzying travelogue, this short novel maps the geographies of guilt, regret, hope, desire, and the deep roots of love.


In early 1977, in search of adventure and exotica to fuel his fiction, a callow young would-be novelist from California relocated to the small southern Mexican town that gives the ancient Maya city-state of Palenque its modern name. A few months into his residence, he was visited by his absentee boss, a prep-school teacher, and ten of her students on spring break. Among those youths come to explore Palenque and other sites of the Maya lowlands were darkly magnetic Peter and sly, secretive Keenan. Over the next few weeks, travelling from Palenque to the Yucatán coast and back, Peter and Keenan would overturn the writer’s comfortable expatriate life and make him question everything he knew about love.

Eleven years later, the writer returns to Mexico on a spur-of-the-moment memorial trip. At Tulum above the blue Caribbean, he begins a letter to his boyfriend back in Boston to explain his abrupt, inadequately explained departure. Over five days and some seventy handwritten pages, he revisits the dramatic events of that earlier trip and, one eye always on the future, tries to understand and explain how a confused and frightened youth became a man capable of love.

Edmund White called Alex Jeffers’s Safe as Houses “a novel as complex as humanity about how to wrest decency and love out of uncertainty,” and the Lambda Book Report praised it as a book “about living, finding ways to define one’s life and one’s loves, about breaking rules to create new ones.”


"While just a short 170 pages, [Do You Remember Tulum?] is not an easy read, and those who demand a traditionally-structured story may want to skip it. I'm glad I didn't. Four stars out of five."  - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine


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The Padishah's Son and the Fox: an erotic novella

by Alex Jeffers

An erotic fairy tale from the acclaimed author of The Abode of Bliss and Deprivation.

In a Turkish prison on the Black Sea coast, a lifer known as Yamyam—the Cannibal—whiles away tedious days and nights retelling old folk tales to the other inmates. But on this day, as Yamyam and naďve young drug dealer Izzet clean the prison’s Turkish baths, Yamyam’s tale goes twisty—far removed from the stories he heard at his mother’s knee.

Yamyam’s tale of a prince and an enchanted fox is engineered for seduction, as young Izzet sets out on his quest for the magical caged dove that will cure his father’s blindness. In a strangely deserted city, the prince and his wicked little brother will encounter the lustful, ravenous giant who ate the city’s entire population…after fucking all the men and boys. Izzet will discover the depths of his brother’s and the giant’s perversity, and encounter a talking fox and (in his dreams) the handsome lover he never suspected he yearned for. He will embark on further quests—to the land of the giants, the mountain of lions, and the palace of the tricksy peris. Following the fox’s sage advice, he will triumph in all his endeavors, until his vulpine friend sets him the hardest task of all.

Meanwhile in the prison baths, the yard, his cell, Yamyam’s tale goes on as he and Izzet negotiate the terms of their relationship. Can a murderer who’s never heard the word gay be any man’s lover? Can a youth raped on his first night in jail learn to trust the man who desires him?


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Safe As Houses

By Alex Jeffers


When Allen Pasztory discovered he was likely to die before his time, he realized that what he could pass down to the people he loved was stories. Stories of and for his families – the family he was born to and the family he stumbled upon and fiercely embraced.
 
The hearing child of parents raised in the inhumane surroundings of a state school for the deaf, all along Allen knew he and his family were different. His sister tried her best to become ordinary, as if it were possible, but Allen knew better. He would be ready to offer sanctuary when an ordinary family cast out his nephew Kit.
 
Allen fell for freelance artist Jeremy’s talent and looks, but it was Jeremy’s unanticipated bravery that supported them through the years while they nurtured their new family. Despite hostility from without and threat from within, they created a secure and loving home for Jeremy’s precocious son Toby and, later, Allen’s nephew.
 
But safety can’t be guaranteed. Ill, Allen must tell himself stories to survive, stories that may explain his life to the boys he’s raised, for “your life is never only your own story, and what you don’t know for sure you must invent, using all the clues you can gather.”

"...a reading gem" says Indigene at
Rainbow Reviews in a 5-star glowing review.

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Dirty Poole: a sensual memoir

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Filmmaker Wakefield Poole wrote the rules for living on the edge with no safety net and no apologies. How a respected Broadway dancer, choreographer, and director became the infamous creator of beautiful, wildly successful gay porn is just part of a gripping story that takes us on a whirlwind tour of the early days of the sexual revolution, when “anything goes” was a way of life. While rubbing shoulders with the theatrical elite of the day, including Noël Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Rodgers, Liza Minnelli, and Stephen Sondheim, Poole created Boys in the Sand, the film that would revolutionize pornography and gay film, start the “porno chic” trend of the 1970s, and serve as the ruler by which adult entertainment is measured. The new edition of Poole’s memoir is an honest and entertaining look at life in the worlds of theater and gay porn, the perils and joys of success, the horrors of drug addiction, and the resilient spirit of a man who continually re-invented himself and survived it all.

This new edition of Dirty Poole contains over 20 photographs and a new Afterword by Poole that brings the book up to date.

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2012 Lambda Literary Award winner LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror

The German


a novel by Lee Thomas


At the height of World War II, a killer preys on the young men of a quiet Texas town. The murders are calculated, vicious, and they are just beginning. Sheriff Tom Rabbit and his men are baffled and the community he serves is terrified of the monster lurking their streets. The only clues the killer leaves behind are painted snuffboxes containing notes written in German. As the panic builds all eyes turn toward a quiet man with secrets of his own.

Ernst Lang fled Germany in 1934. Once a brute, a soldier, a leader of the Nazi party, he has renounced aggression and embraces a peaceful obscurity. But Lang is haunted by an impossible past. He remembers his own execution and the extremes of sex and violence that led to it.  He remembers the men he led into battle, the men he seduced, and the men who betrayed him. But are these the memories of a man given a second life, or the delusions of a lunatic?


The German has made the final ballot for the
2011 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.

A stellar review by Vince Linguno in the Lambda Literary Review

Nice acknowledgement in The Advocate -- a readers' choice (see p 4 of the article)

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Rainbow Award 2011
Best Gay Paranormal / Horror "Impressions of a Reader" review site has nice words

An Interview with Lee Thomas at Mysterypeople

Literary Selection of Fanboys of the Universe -- includes a neat YouTube video

The Indie Review: "Best in LGBTQ Literature for 2012" pick

Five Stars review from The Indie Reviewer

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Blame It on the Raging Hormones

by Nathan Goh

This coming-of-age memoir of an ordinary gay boy living in Singapore, in the form of an online journal, is brutally honest, endearing, poignant and raw.
 
Nicky, an insecure youth with a fat past, goes on a journey of love and self-discovery and soon crashes into an underworld of sex, drugs, hustling
...and betrayal. After a series of failed romances, he heads for a breakdown, especially when his three friends, Dexter, Daniel and Dave, the Triple Ds, who support and guide him, have problems of their own and cannot help him.
 
Can Nicky survive the cruel gay world of superficialities? Will he ever find true love?


Nathan Goh is a twenty-one-year-old writer living in Singapore.

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Crossing and Other Plays

by C.E. Gatchalian

“Brilliant.” “Disturbing.” “Unapologetically naked.” Just some of the adjectives critics have used to describe the work of C. E. Gatchalian. Collected in this volume are three of the plays that have put Gatchalian on the map as one of Canada’s most daring and distinctive young playwrights.

Crossing explores the tormented, sexually charged relationship between a mother and her teenage son, bound together by guilt and fear over a horrific incident that occurred ten years prior. Diamond is an elliptical, metatheatrical dissection of one woman’s intimate story. Ticks is the frantic, metronome-accompanied monologue of a self-appointed, disease-stricken messiah, eager to bring a plague upon the city.

“C. E. Gatchalian’s ambitions lie far beyond those of ordinary playwrights penning nice narratives. Crossing is far from nice and Gatchalian is far from ordinary. …the net effect is one of shock and awe.” —Vancouver Sun

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Wonder -- a novel

by Dan Boyle

Have a gay Caltech professor and his dying mother uncovered the secrets of the mind…and the universe?

Tom Flaherty's mother is suffering from a strange form of dementia that causes her to journey back in time; especially when she's housecleaning and finds personal items that trigger her memory. But Maude Flaherty's travels—from the Scopes Monkey trial in 1925 to the 1936 Berlin Olympics to Civil Rights March on Washington in 1963—might be the evidence Tom needs as a Caltech physicist to develop a unified theory of space, time, and place—String Theory—and reconnect with a society he's lost touch with since the estrangement from his sister and the loss of his partner many years before.

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Cowboys Can Fly

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Young Toby spends his days exploring the backwoods surrounding his UK country home. His imagination not only supplies adventure but also the exciting promise of lustful embraces and kisses with the handsome field hand. When Toby's mother, a nurse, brings home a sickly yet handsome youth, Cymon, to recuperate, Toby finds himself drawn to the older boy. Their friendship, awkward at first, blossoms as each offers the other much-needed comfort. Cowboys Can Fly presents a classic story of gay adolescence, one that is as heartbreaking as it is triumphant in spirit.

“Woods and boys were born to be together; born to share each other’s unquestionable beauty. A woods is that special place where a boy’s quest to be spiritually free is born, a place of magic and mystery, a wonderful place to fall in love.” --Ken Smith

There's a Five Star review at smashwords; it begins: "Thank you, Ken Smith for this wonderful book. I usually avoid encounters with pathos. Lucky for me, I didn't dodge this one."

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Subtle Bodies:  
A Fantasia on Voice, History and Rene Crevel


by Peter Dubé

It is Paris, 1935, and the poet Rene Crevel has turned on the gas stove in his apartment. As death fills the rooms, Crevel dwells on past events that changed his life and ended the peace among the Surrealists. Years earlier, Crevel enacted seances for Andre Breton and his guests. At first, these performances were fraudulent, but soon Crevel found himself overcome with lapses in memory and time. Portents made during the seances came to pass as Breton's friends fell under a morbid influence. While in a trance, Crevel felt his sense of self expand to new levels, subtle bodies of consciousness. Beings he named "Interlocuters" began to whisper to him of other worlds, other times. What at first feels like a revelation soon brings Crevel to the depths of despair. In this fantastical biography of Crevel, accomplished Canadian author Peter Dube, explores the famed poet's desires of flesh and verse and experience.

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The Unborn Spouse Situation

by Matt Rauscher

Augie Schoenberg is twenty-two, an aspiring filmmaker at a school without a film school, and desperately single. He's just moved into the Harley Hutt, the wildest party house on campus, and has fallen hard for his roommate Victor Radhakrishna, a campus political activist who is, for Augie, "a practical demi-god: a crusader for justice in skateboarding shoes." The problem is, Augie is the only gay one in the house - or so he thinks. This darkly comic novel of sex, betrayal, and cultural clashes follows Augie's search for love: from the cornfields of Illinois, to the gay beach and underground clubs of Chicago, and finally to the ecstasy-fueled nightlife of London, where Victor's secret threatens to keep the two apart forever.
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Novels by Wayne Courtois

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Tales My Body Told Me

by Wayne Courtois

Sex. Satire. Mystery. Foul Play. True Love. Not necessarily in that order.

Paul Lavarnway thought he had settled into comfortable, middle-aged domesticity in Kansas City with his husband Eric.

So how is it he finds himself confined with four other men at East Oak House, a spooky old mansion from which they can see the rundown, off-season resort of Two Piers, Maine, with its single pier and silent Ferris Wheel? He can't remember. Is it the drugs? The group therapy meant to help Paul and his housemates learn to be happy ex-gays?

While winter deepens outside the windows, Paul and his companions and their sweetly sinister mentor Brian explore the past and the future without ever quite understanding their present in the hot-house atmosphere of East Oak House. As memory comes to the surface, Paul discovers truths about himself, his husband, the man who came between them, and the accidental lover whose death looks more and more like murder.

Shifting with surreal grace from profound emotion to shallow sex to mystery and horror to outrageous comedy to redemption (maybe), Tales My Body Told Me is a novel like no other.

RainbowAward-winner2010 Rainbow Award:
First Place Best Gay Contemporary

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A Report from Winter

By Wayne Courtois

A Report from Winter is a death-in-the-family story, a love story, and a meditation on the meaning of “winter”—as a season and as a metaphor for family relationships.

It’s January 1998, and southern Maine is recovering from one of the worst ice storms in history. Into this unforgiving environment comes the author, flying “home” from Kansas City after a ten-year absence. His mother, Jennie, is dying of cancer. She is receiving excellent care in a nursing home, but has lost the ability to communicate.

Needing support, Wayne makes an SOS call to Ralph, his longtime partner. Ralph boards a plane to Portland for his first exposure to a Maine winter, and to Wayne’s family as well, including a feisty aunt and an emotionally distant brother. The contrast between a nurturing gay relationship and dysfunctional family bonds is as sharp as the wind sweeping in from the sea.

Stubbornly unsentimental, A Report from Winter weaves childhood memories of winter with the harsh realities of living in a family where there’s not enough love to go around. The memoir is a tribute to hard-won relationships built on mutual trust and understanding, defying an uncaring world.


Very good review from OurBookShelf
4-Star Review at Rainbow Reviews
Interesting interview with Wayne Courtois in Kansas City paper CAMP

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My Name is Rand

by Wayne Courtois

Since its first publication in 2004, My Name Is Rand has been embraced by ticklephiles around the world. No other novel is so devoted to exploring, celebrating, and even mythologizing the BDSM aspects of male-on-male tickling.

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“I can’t remember when I’ve been so disturbed and turned on at the same time. If a writer has ever more successfully put Eros and Thanatos in the sixty-nine position than Wayne Courtois, I want to know who it is.”
—Marshall Moore, author of An Ideal for Living and The Concrete Sky

“Courtois delivers an Odyssey of extreme bondage and tickle-torture sure to elicit gasps and groans in equal measure. My Name is Rand explores new sexual territory where men are bound and tickled to the point of madness, submitting completely to their master’s desires. This goes well beyond the typical S&M scenes you’ve become accustomed to; Wayne Courtois takes you on a strange and intensely erotic journey you’ve never yet imagined.”
—Sean Meriwether, author of The Silent Hustler

“Courtois himself is obviously a devotee of tickling...but a novel this finely crafted isn’t just about tickling. The subtext is about how we connect with each other—or fail to—skin to skin.”
—David Stein, All American Kink

“Courtois’s technique, style, and plot are truly visionary and all his own. With its submissive concept, My Name Is Rand could surely top the best gay fiction of the decade.”
—Andrew Wolter, X-Factor

“[A]as far as I know this is the first full-bore novel to detail the power of being tightly bound and tickled to the point of orgasmic madness. Courtois’s prose is dark, nightmarish, unrelenting, and—for some—even unsettling, in its depiction of coercive sex, forced bondage, and near-torture as a pathway to pleasure. More. No more. Yes, more.”
—Richard Labonté, Books to Watch Out For

“This book contains the most extreme male tickle-torture I’ve read anywhere—as well as subtle treatment of much bigger ideas than I expected. Terrific prose, overwhelming action, challenging food for thought. Extra-dark, completely relentless, with some “paranormal” tickling in there too (a personal favorite)…some great plot twists, too. I’m impressed beyond words that this book was written—and published.”
—Cor, TMZ (www.asstr.org/~tmz)

“My Name Is Rand does for wriggling, unrelenting, tickling fingers what The Texas Chainsaw Massacre did for chainsaws.”
    —Ian Philips, author of The Rapture for Big Sinners: 
66 + 6 Things to Do Before and After the Righteous Lift Off

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In the Time of Solution 9

Erotica, Gay, BDSM, Tickling, Tickle torture, Science fiction, Aliens
Wayne Courtois

In the distant future, Wade Rollins may be the last ticklish man on Earth—the one person invulnerable to the side effects of Solution 9, a virucidal keeping the human race alive. Some men would give anything to get their hands on a ticklish man...and Wade is ready to submit! But when unstoppable lust finds its target, madness follows and a tale of erotic obsession, betrayal, murder, and captivity explodes into the far regions of space, reaching beyond the stars. Outrageous scenes of bondage and tickle torture fill a novel that explores the mysteries of human need and the dynamics of same-sex love.

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Van Allen's Ecstasy

by Jim Tushinski

Born into an extraordinarily talented family, 29-year-old Michael Van Allen is the gay son of a well-known concert pianist and an equally famous painter. All his life, he has yearned for the talent and creativity that should have been his birthright but have somehow been denied him. When he wakes up in a mental hospital, his memory gone, his former life erased, his doctor tells him of his screaming breakdown during one of his father's performances. Van Allen's Ecstasy is the story of Michael's journey in search of his former self. As he pieces together his forgotten life, Michael uncovers jealousy, obsession, and secret desires that threaten to destroy his sanity once again.


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Ask the Fire            

by Dennis Paddie

Ask the Fire blends the high tech culture of modern espionage and the highly politicized social culture of Washington, D.C., the capital of the world, with the secret of the Knights Templar, courtly love and Freemasonry in the architecture of the D.C. streets. Add a dash of 60s hippiedom, and plenty of urban gay and post-gay culture, and readers will discover a new trans-mythological, but deeply spiritual, vision of the meaning of human life in the charged world of the 21st century.

“I had a friend who was a spy.” So begins a story of terrorism and espionage, featuring a brilliant, almost enlightened, but emotionally jaded and politically cynical secret agent, a gay Mati Hari who’d seduced secrets out of Arab rulers and now struggles to prevent the start of the Terrorist Wars. It’s a story with a vast sweep that places spying—and spiritual vision— within the larger history of heresy and homosexuality in Western culture from the Crusades to contemporary Islamic fundamentalists.

Toby Johnson, author of Gay Spirituality writes: “I worked closely with the author during the book layout stage of Ask The Fire. Dennis Paddie is a friend of mine, a "character" in Austin TX, 'head of the hippies' back in the 1970s, an eco-activist, poet, wise man, storyteller, playwright. It was a great experience for me, as his editor, working with him to polish the text. At turns funny, tragic, sacrilegious, reverent, horrific, opulent; it’s erudite and literary, down-to-earth and lusty, entertaining, disturbing, thrilling, enlightening and, ultimately, satisfying. I’m proud to offer an imprimatur.”

A Positive, but Tongue-in-cheek ,Review by Jerry Wheeler at Out in Print

Recommended for libraries by Amer Lib Assoc GLBT Round Table reviewer Paul Hubbard in nice review.

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Dennis Paddie’s Ask the Fire (Lethe Press) is too complex to describe in a few sentences. Its plot is a fictional recreation of the events leading up to 9/11; one of its several protagonists is a Texas-born spy who infiltrates the group responsible and dies on the day of the attacks. The novel sets forth an unusual argument about the decline of America and its failure to understand the rest of the world, particularly the Middle East; it meditates on the power of homosexuality (including its particular usefulness in espionage) and, most strikingly, it grounds its plot in esoteric history." — Wayne Gunn, Lambda Literary

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Alleys & Doorways
Stories of Queer Urban Fantasy


Edited by Meredith Schwartz


In Alleys & Doorways, editor Meredith Schwartz has brought together stories of the odd and mysterious ways that queer life happens in the city. Covering a wide range of styles, moods and emotions, from the poignant and erotic to the whimsical, these tales from a roster of acclaimed authors strive to create new legends for gay urbanites.

Featuring several stories that were finalists for the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, this anthology promises to enchant you. Be wary where you read these stories... that train ride, that bus, that sidewalk may lead you to someplace Else... but be assured that your destination in these new alleys, these new doorways, will be an exciting one!

Meredith Schwartz  •  Rose Fox  •  Valerie Z. Lewis
B.A. Tortuga  •  M. Decker  •  Steve Berman
JoSelle Vanderhooft  •  Wendy Barnum  •  Julia Talbot
A.J. Grant  •  Abbie Strehlow  •  Sean Michael
Elspeth Potter  •  Abbie Strehlow  •  Ann Stocce

Meredith Schwartz’s fiction has appeared in Reflection’s Edge and Strange Horizons. She has reviewed speculative fiction for Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

Review in Lambda Lit by Michael Bennett

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The Decade of Blind Dates

By Richard Alther


Peter Bauman, a forty-five-year-old divorced gay painter, plunges into the personal ads just prior to the Internet in his quest for the perfect partner.

He dates a colorful cast of characters from a Connecticut physician, a rabid Republican, to a Texas-two-stepping, tattooed punk. Next there's the heavier-than-advertised geek who arrives with a bag of sex toys, but Peter is more serious with a handsome, stern Maine woodsman, followed by a British aristocrat patron who declines further intimacy because of his AIDS.

As Peter negotiates his new gay identity, his best friend, Barry, counsels and supports him at every step, especially as Peter deals with a health crisis. During a decade of sex and shenanigans, Peter, encouraged by his ex-wife, daughter, and son, examines his life and, at last, discovers his soul mate.


Five Star review by Indigene on Rainbow Reviews: “The Decade of Blind Dates” by Richard Alther is not only a story of man in search of the perfect love, but also very much a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. And in the end Peter finds both love and self. I highly recommend this rich and textured novel that is written with intelligence, humor, emotional honesty and depth.
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Richard Alther had "An Open Letter to President Putin From a Gay U.S. Athlete" in the Huffington Post, Oct 14, 2013.

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Loving Someone Gay

5th edition

By Don Clark, Ph.D.

For more than three decades, clinical psychologist, Don Clark, has been speaking to the hearts and minds of gay people, their families, friends, teachers and helpers in the many editions of Loving Someone Gay. With compassion he has promoted communication across generations as well as revealing a path of understanding and reconciliation for parents, siblings, husbands and wives—as well as among religious leaders, teachers, librarians, legislators, judges, and law enforcement agencies. Most important he has provided vital insight into the psychodynamics and sociology of individuals, the gay men and lesbians who have been and continue to be misunderstood and abused in societies around the world.

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The Beach Reading series by Mark Abramson


E.B. Boatner - Lavender Magazine, MINNEAPOLIS:
"Grab your towel, some SPF 60 lotion, and these first two of author Mark Abramson's highly entertaining Beach Reading series. He introduces protagonist Tim Snow, Minnesota-born, expelled by his family after an "incident," taken in by his Aunt Ruth, and now comfortably ensconced in the heart of the Castro, where he has lived for some time. Beach moves along briskly, incorporating a homophobic preacher, a gay icon, joint-toking oldsters, a jolt from Tim's past, and a bevy of characters you'll meet again in Cold Serial Murder, including Aunt Ruth. Cold Serial is littered with corpses, one of them Tim's ex-lover. Beach Reading is exactly what it promises. Abramson's witty dialogue; vivid, sexy characters; and comprehensive knowledge of gay SF, its flora, fauna, and idiom, captivate the reader. Number three, Russian River Rat, will be out later this fall. Don't worry - it will be as much fun to read under an electric throw as on a beach blanket."

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Beach Reading
Book 1 in the Beach Reading Series

By Mark Abramson

The first book in an exciting new series!

San Francisco has never been more romantic or adventuresome as portrayed by this debut novelist. A bit of magic and a lot of local lore makes for an exciting and fun read.

This book is getting GREAT reviews.

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Cold Serial Murder
Book 2 in the Beach Reading series

By Mark Abramson


Tim Snow expected to show his visiting Aunt Ruth the wonders of San Francisco, but never expected one of the sights of the city would be the body of his ex-lover. A killer is on the loose in the Castro district. Meanwhile, Tim’s cadre of quirky friends and neighbors makes life all the more interesting with their drama of weddings and lost (and found) loves. Cold Serial Murder continues the story of one of the Castro’s most adorable characters. Can Tim and his Aunt uncover who the killer is before it’s too late?  (Read about Book 1: Beach Reading)

Bob Lind in ECHO Magazine writes:
In this second of his "Beach Reading" series of light thrillers, Abramson further develops the likeable and relatable characters he introduced in that enjoyable first book (same name as the series), and again provides a story that perfectly captures the cohesive spirit of the Castro community. While mystery purists may prefer a few more "red herrings" to complicate the solving of the crime, the author obviously intends for the series to entertain rather than challenge, and it succeeds wonderfully on that level. A clang from a streetcar, and five golden stars out of five!
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Russian River Rat
Book 3 in Beach Reading


By Mark Abramson

Tim Snow is sure he's finally found the perfect man, a handsome guy  with a successful greenhouse business by the Russian River. With his beloved Aunt Ruth now moved to San Francisco, his life should be worry-free.
 
But San Francisco Chronicle's best-selling author Mark Abramson can't stop with telling lively mysteries—Tim starts having troubling dreams; a drowned body haunts his boyfriend, who may be less than perfect; and there are men from both their pasts who might be deadly.

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Wonderful review by E.B. Boatner in Lavender Magazine:
"Book Three of Abramson's Beach Reading series finds protagonist Tim Snow's beloved Aunt Ruth moved to San Francisco and Tim himself finally in love with the perfect man. Oh, really? Tim and Nick begin the "If he really loved me, he'd call first" dance, against the background hum of murder and intrigue, plus the ongoing lives of the wonderfully quirky denizens of Abramson's Snow's Castro. Then, Tim finds more anomalies in Nick's background: a Big Easy cop cousin who turns up as the drowned body fished out of the Russian River, and lurkers from the past out to destroy... whom? Abramson can tie more complicated knots and entangling nets than a 19th-Century sailor, his catch prolific and entertaining. Don't mind that temperatures are falling (especially back in Tim's native Minnesota) "Beach" is a state of mind, and Beach Reading can be done as enjoyably under an electric throw by the fireside as slathered in SP 40 by the lapping waves."

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Snowman
Book 4 in the Beach Reading series

by Mark Abramson

In the fourth release in the San Francisco Chronicle's best-selling Beach Reading series of mysteries by author Mark Abramson, find that not all is well in the City by the Bay. Tim Snow, recently recovered from a debilitating accident, finds himself aimless and troubled over waning feelings for his boyfriend. And just when he wants to escape all the troubles in his life, new complications arise... three M's worth of trouble:  mayhem (a visit from his bigoted and big-haired cousin from Texas), men (a handsome fashion model who's sending mixed signals), and menace (body parts found in the dumpster of Artie's, the restaurant where Tim's works as a waiter). As if the investigations of the police aren't disruptive enough, secrets are soon revealed that affect not only Tim's family by blood but also the treasured souls of the Castro he's made an essential part of his life.
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Wedding Season
Book 5 in the Beach Reading series

by Mark Abramson

When San Francisco's cattiest television personality Rosa Rivera sponsors a gay wedding contest, Tim Snow's boyfriend begins pressuring him to get hitched. Life for his friends in the Castro becomes comic and chaotic as the lavish ceremony is promised to be held at the restaurant where Tim works. Meanwhile, his beloved Aunt Ruth has been harboring a homeless woman. Is she protecting her nephew from some family secret? As the city's golden boys walk about shirtless in dapper collar n' cuffs with the annual Gay Pride Parade, the drama and the laughs intensify. Will Rosa's meltdown bring the parade to a standstill? Who is being sent to a ritzy detox center? Only San Francisco Chronicle best-selling author Mark Abramson could tell such a captivating story with shares of both delight and intrigue.
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California Dreamers
Book 6 in the Beach Reading Series


by Mark Abramsom


— Romantic novels, set in romantic San Francisco —  All with a taste of adventure, a touch of magic and lots of San Francisciana.

Tim Snow is recruited along with other HIV patients for an experiment with Neutriva, an AIDS drug with the peculiar side effect of enhancing dreams and expanding latent psychic abilities. The team enters a trance-like state ostensibly in order to predict and prevent suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge. But is something sinister going on with these trials? Warnings come from all directions, including from an elderly fortune teller named Malvina who has been plying her trade from a storefront in the Mission District for decades. And who is the mysterious young man who saves the life of Tim’s employer? In California Dreamers, the entire cast of characters whom readers have come to adore from the Beach Reading series finds themselves involved with strange and criminal affairs.

Review by Ethan Boatner in Lavender Magazine:
"Number six of Abramson’s Beach Reading Mystery series takes us into the layers and depths of protagonist Tim Snow’s psychic powers. … This satisfying longer volume gives free rein to Abramson’s masterful plot weaving."
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Love Rules
Book 7 in the Beach Reading Series


by Mark Abramsom


— Romantic novels, set in romantic San Francisco —  All with a taste of adventure, a touch of magic and lots of San Francisciana.

“Always toward absent lovers love’s tide stronger flows,” wrote the Roman poet Sextus Propertius two thousand years ago. Tim Snow is faced with temptation and mystery in the latest volume of Mark Abramson’s Beach Reading series when his boyfriend goes traveling. But is it absence he’s feeling or hormones?
The entire cast of quirky characters is back for Book Seven. Artie’s performing career has him traveling more. Aunt Ruth tries to wean herself from San Francisco into married life in Hillsborough. Tim’s family—both adopted and blood—are beset by drama amid a rash of armed robberies in the neighborhood. There’s a sexy new cop on the Castro beat, and people are getting shot. Nick is in Europe with his grandmother and Tim is left behind to figure out the rules of a 21st century gay relationship. Can—and should—Tim resist Cupid’s arrows for such hotties as the sexy cop or the guy he just met at the bar? And what about the teenage British gymnast he’s met on the Internet who’s asked for an ominous birthday gift? Tim has to decide if honesty is always part of the rules of love.
What’s love got to do with it? Maybe everything.
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Let's Get Criminal

By Lev Raphael

A delightful take on death in the halls of academia. -- Boston Globe

Lev Raphael delivers literate, witty, suspenseful goods.  -- Publishers Weekly


Curiosity turns to obsession at the State University of Michigan. Professor Nick Hoffman can't understand how his supercilious new office mate Perry Cross beat out other candidates for a brand new position in the department. How did Cross get hired when he's under-qualified? But Nick's curiosity changes to a jealousy when he learns that his longtime lover, Stefan, shares a past with Cross. When Cross is found dead and the verdict is murder, Nick becomes a prime suspect since he was one of the last people to see Cross the evening he was killed. Nick has no choice but to investigate on his own. Only acclaimed author Lev Raphael can spin such a tale of twisted academia.

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The Butterfly's Wing

By Martin Foreman

A Literary Tour-de-force!

How do you react when your lover is kidnapped by terrorists and held hostage for over a year? How do you react when you are the man chained to the wall? In Martin Foreman’s moving novel, first published in 1996, Andy McIllray in the Peruvian Andes and Tom Dayton in rural England face that reality every day—each reliving his past and each fearful of the future.

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The Phoenix

By Ruth Sims

At fourteen, Kit St. Denys brought down his abusive father with a knife. At twenty-one his theatrical genius brought down the house. At thirty, his past—and his forbidden love—nearly brought down the curtain for good.

A compelling Victorian saga of two men whose love for each other transcends time and distance—and the society that considers it an abomination. Set in the last twenty years of the 19th century, The Phoenix is a multi-layered historical novel that illuminates poverty and child abuse, theatre history in America and England, betrayal, a crisis of conscience, violence and vengeance, and the treatment of insanity at a time when such treatment was in its infant stage. Most of all it is a tale of love on many levels, from carnal to devoted friendship to sacrifice.


Review of THE PHOENIX by Alan Chin -- look for link to interview with Ruth Sims

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Whistling in the Dark

By Tamara Allen

His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after an affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, he heads to New York with no plans and little money—only a desire to call his life his own.

Jack Bailey lost his parents to influenza and now hopes to save the family novelty shop by advertising on the radio, a medium barely more than a novelty, itself. His nights are spent in a careless and debauched romp through the gayer sections of Manhattan.

When these two men cross paths, despite a world of differences separating them, their attraction cannot be denied. Sutton finds himself drawn to the piano, playing for Jack. But can his music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?


Sky Schneider talks with Tamara Allen about her book         

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Clark

Someone Gay: Memoirs


By Don Clark, Ph.D.

The author of the perennially popular and life-changing book, Loving Someone Gay, recounts his own life journey from shame, failure, guilt and fear to pride, self-confidence and understanding of true feelings. Sharing how he made the transformation himself, the first officially openly gay psychologist in the U.S. and "father of gay-oriented psychotherapy" points the way for others to claim gay identity and gay pride and follow him to happiness, meaning, love and success.


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Two Spirits:  A Story of Life With the Navajo

By Walter L. Williams  & Toby Johnson

Twenty years after publishing his ground-breaking The Spirit and the Flesh, anthropologist Walter L. Williams breaks his silence and writes another book on Native Americans. Together with award-winning writer Toby Johnson, he has produced a work of historical fiction striking in its evocation of Navajo philosophy and spirituality. Set in the Civil War era of the 1860s, this novel tells the story of a young Virginian who finds himself captivated by a Navajo Two-Spirit male. This book illuminates the truth of what the United States did to the largest indigenous people of this nation. A novel full of suspense, plot twists, and endearing romance.

From Rainbow-reviews by Blondie:
"What can I say about this book. It was AWESOME. I felt like I was there among the Dine, in the Sweat Lodge, in Santa Fe watching Joelle sing. I could see the mountains and feel the hot air and all the glory of the Southwest. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves historical fiction with gay characters in it. I'd give this book 10 stars if I could, but definitely 5 stars."
From A WONDERFUL review on Jessewave by Cole:
"Lastly, I want to encourage those of you who, although you might think that this story sounds wonderful, are afraid to read it. It is true that this story is far from a typical story in the M/M genre, but the two essential things that make up a romance are present here: a sweeping love story and a HEA [Happy Ever After]. Yes, I admit I cried several times while reading this, often in frustration and sometimes with joy. I won’t say that it was an easy story to read, because it isn’t. I often had to put this book down and take it up later. But that was the key: I always wanted to pick it back up. And more than anything, I felt like I took a journey with the characters and they became my friends. What more can you ask for in a book?"

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Best Gay Stories 

Praise for the Best Gay Stories series:


~2012~
…anywhere you open Best Gay Stories 2012, you’re bound to be entranced and intrigued by what’s on the page. This is yet another entry in a fine series that demonstrates not only our diversity but the vast array of talent in our community.”
—Jerry Wheeler, Out in Print
Like everyone else, gay men are looking for love, whether through traditional romance, or chance encounters that feed one’s desire. Those desires and longings are as varied and diverse as the individuals involved, yet all unite us to some extent. This anthology presents fifteen such stories of longing and desire, written by talented and (mostly) well-known authors of gay male fiction, in styles as different as the focus of each story.”
—Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
~2011~
The range and quality of the stories kept me engaged and I hope the pleasure reading Best Gay Stories will lead readers to seek out the authors’ other works as well.”
—Reginald Harris, Lambda Literary Foundation
Every library (and reader) serious about current gay fiction must get this volume.”
—James Doig Anderson, GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association
~2010~
Unlike most ‘best stories’ anthologies, the series edited by Berman for the past three years incorporates essays as well as fiction. Best Gay Writing, then, is what readers will find and while no one book can wholly represent all of a year’s good queer prose, there aren’t any clunkers here.”
—Richard Labonté, BookMarks

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Best Gay Stories 2014


edited by Steve Berman

New York City. Moscow. Guanajuato. Pelion. A nameless suburb that could be found down any street. Trysts, old flames, pulp tales. Gay men are neither confined by locale nor are their stories. The 2014 volume of Best Gay Stories features twenty essays, fiction and memoirs that encompass the myriad experiences gay life has to offer: from the insecurity and longings of youth to the complacency and nostalgia that comes with age. Along the way readers will discover themselves captivated by moments of discontent, of strife, and of revelation.
Featuring work by:

Michael Alenyikov / Richard Bowes / Michael Carroll
Lou Dellaguzzo / L.A. Fields / Michael Thomas Ford
Guy Mark Foster / James Gifford / Trebor Healey
Andrew Holleran / Ed Kurtz / Dmitry Kuzmin
Tommi Avicolli Mecca / Sam J. Miller / Jason Schneiderman
Max Steele / James Powers-Black / Stefen Styrsky
Josef Winkler / Mario Alberto Zambrano



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A Kirkus Best of Indie 2013 selection

Best Gay Stories 2013

edited by Steve Berman

“While this collection’s nuanced depictions of gay men today will surely attract gay readers, the quality of its stories transcends niche interest. A fine showcase of emerging and small press authors.”
—Kirkus Reviews

The sixth volume of Best Gay Stories explores the entirety of the diverse gay literary market. Editor Steve Berman has chosen compelling fiction that ranges from the pragmatic to the surreal from acclaimed authors as well as moving and provocative essays.


Alex Jeffers • Matthew R. Loney • Jameson Currier • Thomas Kearnes • Nicholas Boggs • Chip Livingston • Body and Mind  • Eric Sasson • Saeed Jones • Mark Ameen • Stephen Graham Jones • Chaz Brenchley • Hal Duncan • Jonathan Harper • Aaron Chan • Casey Hannan • Simon Jacobs • William Sterling Walker • Steve Berman • Eddie Sarfaty • Peter Knegt

 
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Best Gay Stories 2012

edited by Peter Dubé

The many stories featured in this volume of Best Gay Stories focus on what we, as gay men have in common, what underlies and nourishes the roots of all that fabulous diversity. Stories about our shared experience of those oh so troubling and conflicted pleasures: desire, longing and love. This is not in itself all that remarkable given one is a gay man—fundamentally—because one desires other men. Desire is constituent of our identity. Acknowledging the truth of that assertion, however, shouldn’t be taken as limiting the possibilities of desire itself; editor Peter Dubé doesn’t mean to suggest that every one of the stories in this year’s collection is necessarily erotic (though some are.) These stories are more complicated than that and they vividly demonstrate that love and longing are both subtle and protean. They point to how human beings desire so much and for so much, so drink deep and drink well from this mix of authors.


"Four stars out of five."
— Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

Out in Print review by Jerry Wheeler


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Best Gay Stories 2008

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Best Gay Stories 2008

edited by Steve Berman



Steve Berman has selected twenty stories--some moving essays, some splendid works of fiction--from the prior year that best feature the lives, loves and losses of gay men. With tales by fresh voices and established writers, Best Gay Stories offers readers indiscretions, poignant trysts, and reminiscences that are as evocative as they are imaginative.


Authors:  
M. S. Allen    Holly Black  
Richard Bowes    Tom Cardamone   
Jameson Currier   Peter Dube  
Erastes   Greg Herren   James Klise
David Levithan   Raymond Luczak 
Joseph Manera   Jeff Mann   Billy Merrell  
Ethan Mordden    Paul Reidinger  
Charles Rice-González     Paul Russell 
 Aaron Shurin     Robert Warwick


Splendid and informative review in Rainbow Reviews
The reviewer, "Lizardlez," describes each story individually

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Best Gay Stories 2009

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Best Gay Stories 2009

edited by Steve Berman



Eighteen tales showing the handsome face of gay writing. Noted editor Steve Berman has spent the past year reading page after page to bring booklovers a collection of the finest stories featuring the range of emotions every gay man feels in his lifetime--
the pain of first love, the mischief spent as a wayward youth, the desires and fears of maturity, and the comfort of old lovers, a life told from the perspective of wistful essays, engaging fiction, and poignant confessions.

Stories by: Steve Berman, Richard Bowes, Jameson Currier, Craig Laurance Gidney, Rhys Hughes, Raphael Kadushin, Jeff Leavell, Trebor Healey, David Levithan, Jeff Mann, Sam J. Miller, Christopher Schmidt, Aaron Shurin, J.M. Snyder, Jeff Solomon, John Stahle, John Morgan Wilson. Richard Zimler


Review in Lambda Lit by Michael Bennett

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Best Gay Stories 2010

edited by Steve Berman

Closets are for dandy clothes—not for gay essays or fiction

In the newest edition of Best Gay Stories, editor Steve Berman has selected confessions and stories that range in scope from “S”—sensational—to “XL”—extra-liberating: a personal remembrance of the Stonewall Riots; a tale of awkward first love; the allure of Tadzio for not only Gustav von Aschenbach but every reader of Thomas Mann; the wisdom of Auntie Mame as one man’s banner—among other explorations of our community’s desires, heartaches and wants.

The labels on these stories are designer, the stitching strong, and the fit, you will find, is perfect.


  * Anthony McDonald * Paul Lisicky *  Jeff Mann * Nowell Briscoe *  G. Winston James  * Jay Michaelson *  Wayne Hoffman *  D Travers Scott  * Lewis DeSimone  *Richard Bowes *  Phillip Tang * Lee Thomas  * Marshall Moore * Jameson Currier * Chaz Brenchley * Paul Reidinger * Jonathan Kemp  * Christopher Bram * Mark Merlis * Sean Meriwether *


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Best Gay Stories 2011

edited by Peter Dubé

In the 2011 edition of Best Gay Stories, editor Peter Dubé reminds gay men that when we step up to the proverbial microphone and tell our own stories, something monumental happens. Gone are the monolithic notions that we all some homogenous culture--go to the same bars, shop in the same stores, eat in the same restaurants, hold the same kinds of political opinions, have similar backgrounds, and work the same kinds of jobs (more often than not urban, and vaguely white-collar.) The clichés of the gay life fade and a different voice sounds, or rather different voices are heard. In our writing, to borrow the old saw of gay liberation movements passed, we are everywhere. In cities and country, offices and factories and shops and academies. We work and we fuck, we shout and we steal. We love each other and, yes, we hurt each other. When we tell our own stories, it becomes clear that we’ve moved well past the sentimental coming out story, the boy-meets-boy romance, the dangers and pleasures of sexual adventure, and we’ve done it without having to abandon them--because those things still happen and are still important. But we’ve found new ways of thinking about them, and have more experience to share, a deeper understanding of them, and we’ve added an array of other stories, from other parts of our lives, and dreams, and troubles to them. We’ve moved past the “gay story” and towards “gay stories.” And this anthology is a testament to all the voices, the power of storytelling, a chorus of narrative impulses.

Stories by Sandra McDonald / Simon Sheppard / Kevin Killian / Daniel Allen Cox / Aaron Hamburger / Paul Lisicky / David Gerrold / Tanith Lee / Steve Berman / Jameson Currier / Wayne Lee Gay / Ernest Hardy / Robert Gluck / Michael Alenyikov


Nice, breezy review in the Edge papers by Kay Bourne

Good review in Lambda Literary

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