The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories
by A.C. Wise
"Ladies and Gentlemen: I give you the Kissing Booth Girl! Lips that beguile. Oh, I promise, the nearest thing to nuzzling an angel can be yours—today!—for a shiny round Seated Liberty I know you carry in your very pockets as I speak." But to mechanically-inclined Beni, is the ethereal girl who fell from the sky a wish come true or false hope for life beyond the confines of the odd carnival called home. Her story--as well as tales of an order of deep-sea diving nuns caring for a sunken chapel and a high school boy asked to prom by the only dead kid he's ever met--can be found in A.C. Wise's newest collection of the fantastical, the weird, the queer and the poignant.
Table of Contents:
"The Poet’s Child"
"Juliet & Juliet(te): A Romance of Alternate Worlds
"And If the Body Were Not the Soul"
"The Pornographer’s Assistant"
"The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution
"For the Removal of Unwanted Guests"
"A Mouse Ran Up the Clock"
"Evidence of Things Unseen"
"After Midnight – A Fairy Tale Noir"
"Sisters of the Blessed Diving Order of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew"
"The Kissing Booth Girl"
"Final Girl Theory"
"The Astronaut, Her Lover, the Queen of Faerie, and Their Child"
"It’s the End of the World as We Know It"
A.C. Wise was born and raised in Montreal, and currently lives in the Philadelphia area.
Pretty Boy Dead
A murdered male stripper. A missing go-go dancer. A city councilman on the hook. Can Atlanta homicide detective Sergeant Kendall Parker solve the heinous crime and remain safely behind the closet door?
When the body of a young man is found in a popular midtown park, police and local media are quick to pin the brutal killing on a homeless gay kid with AIDS. But homicide detective Sgt. Kendall Parker isn’t so convinced, even when the suspect is accused of assaulting another police detective with a deadly weapon.
City leaders want the murder solved yesterday and jump at the chance to pin the crime on the drug-craving teen. It’s an election year, so remaining in office is their top priority, even at the sacrifice of the young man. Sgt. Parker isn’t so persuaded and is determined to prove Hopper’s innocence, despite the protest of his colleagues, and threatening the deep secret Parker has carefully hidden from his comrades for years.
A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Mystery!
by Scott Alexander Hess
Set in modern day Manhattan, Skyscraper is the story of Atticus, a down on his luck architect who stumbles into an S&M bar and meets a sensual young man who changes the direction of his life. What begins as a random pick-up evolves into an intense game of sexual domination as Atticus finds himself wildly invigorated both as a man and an architect. As his new relationship deepens, his creativity simultaneously catches fire and he lands a prime architectural job at his firm designing New York City's boldest new high rise tower. Soon his two worlds collide as the novel takes a Kafkian turn and the thin line between reality and fantasy, pleasure and pain threatens to explode.
by Alan Semrow
The lives of Semrow's characters in this debut collection are like the charged particles in the atmosphere before the storm; these stories, while brief, are torrid and turbulent, as relationships crash apart, people find themselves damp with more than tears, and the silver linings of the storm clouds remain tantalizing, out of reach.
Alan Semrow’s work has been featured in over thirty publications. Semrow has a degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Apart from writing fiction and nonfiction, he is a professional copywriter. In his free time, he likes to be with his friends, family, and Shih Tzu, Remy. Click here to visit his blog.
Heiresses of Russ 2016: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction
The latest volume in the acclaimed Heiresses of Russ series features stories that are anything but invisible: the women in these tales are not hiding and are not easily overlooked but rather are choosing the harder path, the more dangerous route, whether that leads to love or loss or adventure. Included in these pages are stories that have won a World Fantasy Award, a Tiptree Award, and a British Fantasy Award...but every one of these stories chosen by guest editor A.M. Dellamonica (herself an award-winning writer of queer speculative fiction) is emblematic of the new vitality to be found in lesbian-themed tales of wonder, the eerie, and the miraculous.
Here's the Table of Contents:
Grandmother Ley-neylit’s Cloth of Winds by Rose Lemberg
The Occidental Bride by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
The Devil Comes to the Midnight Café by A.C. Wise
And We Were Left Darkling by Sarah Pinsker
A House of Her Own by Bo Balder
Love in the Time of Markov Processes by Megan Arkenberg
Where Monsters Dance by A. Merc Rustad
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong
Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma
The Wollart Nymphs by Melissa Scott
The New Mother by Eugene Fischer
Eldritch Brown Houses by Claire Humphrey
The Tip of the Tongue by Felicia Davin
Where Can a Broken Glass Mend? by Sonya Taaffe
A Residence for Friendless Ladies by Alice Sola Kim
The Deepwater Bride by Tamsyn Muir
Doubt the Sun by Faith Mudge