The Letter That Doomed Nosferatu
Germany 1922: Tabner and Emrick are young ne'er do wells hiding from Paragraph 175, legislation over a half-century old that forbids homosexual activity. Emrick sleeps through the days so he can enjoy the cabaret culture. Tabner is his semi-willing partner-in-crime, though of late he has become obsessed with his pen pal, Florence Balcombe, the widow of Bram Stoker. When F.W. Murnau’s infamous film Nosferatu is about to premier in Berlin, both Tabner and Emrick find themselves beguiled yet distressed by a strange older man met at the cabaret.
Spinning the Record
by Robert Hyers
Spinning The Record documents the search of its impoverished queer white and Latino protagonists for individuality inside the spectrum of the gay identity. Within the primary settings of gay clubs and raves in Manhattan and urban areas of New Jersey, these protagonists search for meaning and identity through illicit drugs, sex, pop culture, Greek mythology, and Christian iconography.
You can read the title story here.
Paperback, 152 pages
Wilde Stories 2016: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Reality and memory; imagination and oblivion. Somewhere between these signposts can be found the events of Wilde Stories 2016: a future world has forbidden the songs of dancefloor divas but on one night the show returns as a cautionary exhibition; high school outcasts create a fictional scapegoat and then his body is found; and let us not forget that colonial Mars needs Oscar Wilde, but then, who doesn't?
ed. by Steve Berman
"Imaginary Boys" by Paul Magrs
"Wallflowers" by Jonathan Harper
"Camp" by David Nickle
"The Ticket Taker of Cenote Zací" by Benjamin Parzybok
"The Duchess and the Ghost" by Richard Bowes
"Lockbox" by E. Catherine Tobler
"What Lasts" by Jared W. Cooper
"He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth" by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
"The Language of Knives" by Haralambi Markov
"To Die Dancing" by Sam J. Miller
"Edited" by Rich Larson
"Envious Moons" by Richard Scott Larson
"Utrechtenaar" by Paul Evanby
"To the Knife Cold Stars" by A. Merc Rustad
"The Astrakhan, the Homburg, and the Red Red Coal" by Chaz Brenchley
Paperback, 246 pages
The Unintentional Time Traveler
A late summer book (yes, we know it's not new...but we cannot abide a good book going out-of-print)
by Everett Maroon
Fifteen-year-old Jack Bishop has mad skills with cars and engines, but knows he’ll never get a driver’s license because of his epilepsy. Agreeing to participate in an experimental clinical trial to find new treatments for his disease, he finds himself in a completely different body—that of a girl his age, Jacqueline, who defies the expectations of her era. Since his seizures usually give him spazzed out visions, Jack presumes this is a hallucination. Feeling fearless, he steals a horse, expecting that at any moment he’ll wake back up in the clinical trial lab. When that doesn't happen, Jacqueline falls unexpectedly in love, even as the town in the past becomes swallowed in a fight for its survival. Jack/Jacqueline is caught between two lives and epochs, and must find a way to save everyone around him as well as himself. And all the while, he is losing time, even if he is getting out of algebra class.
Paperback, 236 pages
Ardently infused with the theme of exile, Diary of Fire tells the story of political refugee Camilo Macías, who, as a boy, flees Cuba with his parents in 1969 to settle in Los Angeles. Narrated as memories from a present of loss –a fire has consumed Camilo's home–, the novel weaves together journal entries, poems, letters, photos, and excerpts from the character's first published work of fiction. Ingenuously, Camilo sees those scattered writings as pieces of a puzzle that will some day be completed, thus showing him "the big picture." Key issues emerge from his narration: the sexual and physical abuse Camilo suffered as a child and the resulting trauma, his conflicted relationship with both communist Cuba and the Cuban exile communities in the United States, his bisexual nature, and the strained relationship he has with his father. Ultimately, Diary of Fire relates a story of survival. Events unfold as passages from a memoir. as he paints a self-portrait of a bisexual Cuban American writer in exile, Camilo strives to build a life out of fear and cruelty and ashes, but also out of hope.
Elías Miguel Muñoz is a Cuban American poet and prose writer. He has a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine, and he has taught language and literature at the university level. Dr. Muñoz is the author of Viajes fantásticos, Ladrón de la mente, and Isla de luz, titles in the Storyteller's Series by McGraw-Hill. He has published five other novels, two books of literary criticsm, and two poetry collections. His creative work has been featured in numerous anthologies and sourcebooks, including Herencia: The Anthology of Hispanic Literature of the United States, The Encyclopedia of American Literature, and The Scribner Writers Series:Latino and Latina Writers.
Paperback, 350 pages