Jesus and John is a Weird re-imagining of the New Testament as a novel of allegorical horror. John, a fisherman from the rural village of Bethsaida in Galilee, is tasked with protecting the risen body of Yeshua, who was crucified at Golgotha for disrupting Roman order in the city of Jerusalem. The body, having miraculously emerged from its cave-like tomb, refuses to speak and walks in a dream-like silence, disrupting the clear-cut message of the Apostle Peter and eventually leading John on a dangerous pilgrimage to a mysterious mansion in Rome known as the Gray Palace. There, the few inhabitants promise a celebration that may be a sacrifice John is unwilling to make.Incorporating Christian Gnosticism, Pagan dreams, and a contemporary will toward queer disruption, Adam McOmber's new novel tells a powerful story of devotion.
Adam McOmber is the author of My House Gathers Desires, The White Forest and This New & Poisonous Air. His stories have appeared recently in Kenyon Review, Conjunctions and Fairy Tale Review. He is a faculty member in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts as well as an instructor in the Writing Program at the University of California Los Angeles.
Paperback, 236 pages
Essays and Stories
Keith Banner’s newest collection of stories and essays exposes how desire allows rural boys not to escape or ascend their lives but step beyond the need to buy into the dreams that middle class America has propagated. These are stories, some based on the realities of the author’s life, some spun fiction, that offer what goes on in the hearts and minds of youths at once trapped by the demands of their Rust Belt neighborhoods and also freed by a welcome sense of being the outsider.
"Mars" from Christopher Street, November 1992
"When We Go Back" from Minnesota Review, Spring 1993, “The Politics of AIDS” issue
"Enoch" from Christopher Street, August 1993
"Goodbye Scott" from Christopher Street, March 1994
"Monkeyboy Flies Through the Night" from Christopher Street, November 1994
"Barry in the Scorched Grass" from The James White Review, Spring 1996
"Lily of the Valley" from The James White Review, Winter 1997
"With Gary on a Wednesday Night in Late August" from The James White Review, Fall 1998
"Feast" from Nerve.com, November 1998
"A Planet Called Eugene" from Obsessed, 1999
"Jamboree" from Nerve.com, June 1999
"Fruitcake's First Official Murder Poem" from Nerve.com, June 2000
"Traveling, Staying Still" from Nerve Magazine, October/November 2000
"Dear Arrid Extra Dry" from Oxford Magazine, 2002
"After School" from Nerve.com, August 2009
"Don't Mind if I Do" original to this volume
"Anyone Can See" original to this volume
Paperback, 228 pages
by Charles Lloyd
A marvelous new rendition of an ancient story written with fascinating insights into Sparta's martial culture and its use of the agoge, the institution that raised young men to be elite warriors often amid the exchange of amorous same-sex experiences. But outside forces encroach even here and the king must consider the threats of Thebes, as well as intrigue at home. Agesilaos was Sparta's most famous and most influential ruler. He assumed power at the apex of the city-state’s prosperity and military domination. Eros between men fascinates this king—his own lover puts him on the throne. But the king finds himself tempted by the young men in orbit around the throne, from a striking Persian boy to a protégé, the most beautiful man of his generation, who wages war nude versus awe-struck Thebans. Perhaps the walls of Sparta are not as high as the ones surrounding the king's heart.
Charles Lloyd is a retired University Professor at Marshall University's Classics Department. This is his debut novel.
Paperback, 394 pages