Icarus
The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction

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Good review of Icarus by Kassa on Rainbow Reviews

Icarus listed in SFE: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

Nice review by Charles Tan, a non-gay man who nevertheless found much of interest in Icarus—evidence of the appeal of spec fiction.

Sample a free story from Icarus by Steve Berman



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To purchase the final two issues in 2013 for $12.49, click here: Icarus 2013--complete set of 2 issues in PDF format

To purchase all four PDFs for 2012 for $24.99, click here: Icarus 2012--complete set of 4 issues in PDF format

To purchase all four PDFs for 2011 for $11.99, click here: Icarus 2011--complete set of 4 issues in PDF format

To purchase all four PDFs for 2010 for $5.99, click here: Icarus 2010--complete set of 4 issues in PDF format

To purchase all four PDFs for 2009 for $5.99, click here: Icarus 2009--complete set of 4 issues in PDF format


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Icarus 18


Fall/Winter 2013: Fall and winter, when the world begins to sleep. Featuring stories by Molly Tanzer, James K. Moran, J. Daniel Stone, Ray Cluley, with a farewell letter from Steve Berman in this final double issue of Icarus with more content and longer stories.

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Icarus 17

Summer 2013: What we do have for your viewing in Icarus 17 are several new stories: Christine Morgan's  “Masque of the Rue Paule,” is a clever pastiche of drag culture with a touch of the macabre; Nathan Tavares uses one of my favorite divination devices, the Ouija board*, to seek answers one young man is desperate to know in “Yes—No—Goodbye”; if you happen to have smelling salts at hand, you might need them after reading Eric Mathieu’s horror tale “The Scottish Maiden”; Jonathan Harper returns to the realm of desires lost and found in “The Curiosity Shoppe”; and we have a double daring treat and trick a few months early in an interview and tale from author/editor (of Glitterwolf) Matt Cresswell.

* and we also have some special photos to prove our love for Ouija.

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Spring 2013: A fine collection of authors, all new to the pages of Icarus:  Sam J. Miller, one of the fresh new voices in gay speculative fiction, offers a phone call one cannot refuse in “The Country of Dead Voices”; one of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories is revisited by Vincent Kovar in “William William”; Adam Lowe’s “Sirensong” will not dampen any spirits; Israeli author Hagy Averbuch offers a brief trip to a special corner of the park in “Encounter”; “The Ghosts of Emerhad” by Nghi Vo offers a different answer to the question Can you go home again?; Lara Donnelly initiates a promising career with her first publication, the lush fantasy tale “The Bohemian Method.” And just as pleasing are the photographs by Rob Lorino. And, of course, all the usual features…

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Winter 2012: Winter has arrived with Icarus 15 and with it ghosts and doppelgangers. The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction welcomes stories by our old friends Peter Dube and Lambda Literary Award winning author Richard Bowes (the latter interviewed by author Christopher Barzak who also contributes his own neo-goth story, and new friends: a disturbing tale by acclaimed author Stephen Graham Jones; a fantastical romance of the sea by JL Merrow. Because winter is a season of visual spectaculars, we have included the whimsical and homoerotic illustrations of young Fedini. Plus, new reviews of the latest gay books of fantasy and horror, gossip and news, everything you would want to see to make life a bit more breathtaking during forthcoming cold months.

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Fall 2012: Icarus 14, like the season of autumn, is more than storytelling around campfires and within the confines of attic bedrooms, but we DO have great stories by Alex Jeffers, Hal Duncan, David Pratt, and Guy Mark Foster. We also have an interview with talented artist Ed Freeman, several book reviews, news about future releases from a variety of presses, and an extra helping of entries from that legendary Guide to Lost Gay Cinematic Characters, vol. 3.

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Icarus 13 summer 2012


Summer 2012: The Summer of 2012 burns with new fiction by award-winning authors exploring the passion of the Fey:  "The Cairn" by Hal Duncan and Ginn Hale's "Blood Beneath the King." But that's not all, we have a new story of artificial love by John Howard ("Fac Man"), an eerie fictional tribute to Oscar Wilde by W.H. Pugmire, and London burning in prose by Hal Duncan ("The Last Straw"). Nick Mamatas interviews Pugmire about his latest short story collection. Tom Cardamone explores another forgotten gay spec novel. Plus reviews, gossip, and much more to devour while the temperature rises.


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Spring 2012: In this issue, Icarus 12,, the finale of Scot D. Ryersson’s Victorian-era dark fantasy novella, “The Arsenic Flower,” will not disappoint; our handsome friend across the pond, James Bennett, offers readers a story of fate and regret dealt to the man in “Half Light House”; Alex Jeffers provides the next installment in his cycle of tales about the fey teen Liam’s coming-of-age struggles in “Liam and His Dads”; a frustrated writer on a lonely drive is haunted by a voice “On the Radio” by Warren Rochelle; and, in honor of our gorgeous cover android, there's a story from Lethe Press publisher Steve Berman involving teenage boys and robots. Plus all our usual sweets—reviews, gossip, and Tom Cardamone’s column on forgotten gay books.  

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Winter 2011:
Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction presents stories and features for Winter 2011. This issue features the fiction of Scot D. Ryersson, Damon Shaw & Rodello Santos, and Thomas Carl Sweterlitsch plus a new installment of Tom Cardamone’s column on classic works of gay spec fic, this time about George Nader (Rock Hudson's hunky friend). And then there’s the imaginative and sensual art of young Carleton Starr to enjoy.

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Fall 2011:
Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction presents stories and features for Fall 2011. A fairy boy confronts a human crush in Alex Jeffers's "Liam and the Ordinary Boy." James Bennett tells a tale of death and art and Michaelangelo's favorite apprentice. Award-winning author Richard Bowes offers another jewel of a tale that begins when a writer meets a devoted fan at an event. Sandra McDonald tells of a mindful puss. Ken Summers, author of a collection of true queer ghost stories, investigates a new haunting. Plus, this issue has reviews, gossips, an interview with Ginn Hale and the debut of a new column by Tom Cardamone, who reveals his "Lust" for the talented Geoff Ryman.

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Summer 2011: The always impressive and versatile (or so we hear) Hal Duncan pays gay homage to one of the most well-known films ever, Casablanca. Award-winning poet Geoffrey A. Landis must have known my fondness for daikaijū. A devoted servant to the heir of the throne is tested in British author Nyki Blatchley’s story. Kristopher Reisz’s tale of urban fae and the pain of a real “lost and found” is…well, memorable. And to prove we love science fiction as much as we do the fantastical and horrific, we’re pleased to publish Michael C. Thompson’s story of obsession + black holes = “Aldo," plusbook reviews and Icarus's usual side delights.


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icarus_8 coverSpring 2011: Spring is a time of new birth. Time for some chills--the kind that come from reading great fiction.

Stories by Ed Madden, Richard Larson, Ian Rafael Titus, Marshall Moore and Shelly Li; an interview with Kathe Koja, book reviews and Icarus's usual side delights.

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Winter 2010: Winter, like all seasons, is a time of transformation. Glittering frost appears on windows overnight. Can you feel the chill in the air?This issue has several stories that will contribute to your shivers, of delight and dread. Halloween is coming. 

Stories by Sunny Moraine, Matthew Cheney, Alejandro Omidsalar, Vince A. Liaguno and Chad Helder, a chilling poem by Michael G. Cornelius, an interview with Hal Duncan, a review of Tanith Lee's Death's Master, and Icarus's usual side delights.


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Fall 2010: Halloween is coming. Store shelves are filled with objets d'autumn and jack o'lanterns. The air is cooling and mornings are darker. Trees are stripping bare. There's the rushing sound of fallen leaves swirling through deserted streets. Don't be afraid to turn the pages that follow. We have a naughty infamous bogeyman, trips gone awry, Norse poems and boys that haunt in this issue of Icarus. So turn down all the lights but one. 

Stories by Thomas Fuchs, Jeff Mann, Viet Dinh, Troy Carlyle, Kelly McQuain; interview with Robert Duncan

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Summer 2010: Stories by Julian Lopez, Hal Duncan, Alex Jeffers; poetry by Jerome Steuart; Author interview with Lynn Flewelling, book reviews and more.

Great Review of Icarus #5 on Rainbow Reviews

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Icarus 4

Spring 2010: Stories by Sandra McDonald, Warren Rochelle, L.A. Fields, J.A. Deveaux; Author interview with Geoff Ryman, book reviews and more

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Winter 2009
: Winter blows in with a chilling story aboard a Russian train by Tanith Lee. Loves lost and found (and sometimes lost again) are told in the evocative words of authors Chaz Brenchley, Robert Joseph Levy, and Rodello Santos. Then there's Icarus's usual assortment of artwork, gossip, and reviews... what better wa
y for a fellow to spend his holidays than curling up by the fire with us?

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Fall 2009
: Our Halloween issue features short stories by Lee Thomas, Alex Jeffers, Jeff Mann, an interview with Lee
Thomas, an article by Ken Summers about Houdini's haunted Hollywood mansion; a poem "The Vampire Bridegroom" by Chad Helder, plus book reviews, Gaylactic Network Internet Resources, and annoucements of coming events in gay publishing. Icarus is THE magazine of gay speculative fiction.

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Summer 2009
: Icarus is the first magazine devoted to gay speculative fiction. Our first issue features short stories by Jeff Mann,
Joel D. Lane, Jameson Currier and Tom Cardamone; interviews with Dan Stone and graphic artist Peter Grahame; poetry by Lawrence M. Schoen; plus book reviews, an article about the Gaylactic Network, and brief happenings in gay publishing. Icarus is published by Lethe Press.

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Good review of Icarus by Kassa on Rainbow Reviews

Nice review by Charles Tan, a non-gay man who nevertheless found much of interest in Icarus—evidence of the appeal of spec fiction.

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