I'm so thrilled that this mosaic novel is finally ready for the eager eyes of readers. I contracted this book years ago. It's been a mammoth effort by the author, a professor of Classics, to bring to life once more the brave men and women of Sparta. And, being a Lethe Press title, it does not shy away from the homoerotic passions and romances of Ancient Greece. I remember reading a wrestling scene in an early draft--and asking Charles to give more details, more interiority on what it must have been like to wrestle nude in that society. I'm so pleased and proud to release this wonderful book.
I am sorry to say that there will be no Transcendent volume 5, at least not for the foreseeable future. Prior volumes did well, and I am thrilled how they reached readers who were hungry for an anthology showcasing the best transgender- and genderqueer-themed spec fic.
The problem is finding someone to edit the book. The editors of past volumes have other commitments, and my attempts to find a qualified replacement have failed for a variety of reasons, some rather frustrating. We are a small press, and the task of editing such books is time-consuming, sometimes thankless, and does not generate as much money as anyone of us deserve. I am certainly not suitable to serve as an editor for the series. So I have no other option but to put future volumes on indefinite hiatus.
This summer we are pleased to release a fun book about a young man who finds himself involved in an inter temporal plot to save the planet from a mutant strain of HIV that has devastated mankind. Snatched from our time, brought decades into the future to be modified by advanced surgery to resemble the porn performer Lance (immortalized in William Higgin's Leo & Lance), and sent back to the 1980s to take that bad boy's place in the Golden Era of gay porn films. His mission: to inoculate Patient Zero of the new strain. Of course, no one is sure who this individual is, so our hero is going to have to have a lot of sex to save the day.
Lance & Leo
Releasing Summer of 2020
Cody Montrose is about to lose his virginity during a one-night (more accurately a one-hour) stand in a seedy motel when the hookup is interrupted by three men who abduct him...to the year 2060. His captors reveal that mankind will soon be extinct because of the mutated HIV virus. But perhaps a risky plan to send the ideal test subject back in time to California, to the year 1983 where the deadly strain first occurred, might work. Cody finds himself asked to impersonate Lance, a big-dicked, blond porn star of the era. Carrying an experimental nanocell that is hoped to innoculate anyone he has sex with, Cody plunges into the world of porn and hustling, sleeping with a who’s who of gay porn stars and famous actors, including co-star Leo Ford. Can Cody save the world without drastically altering the course of history?
Paperback, 248 pages
Publishers Weekly just released their review of The Walls of Sparta by Charles Lloyd. Needless to say, it's very positive: "Readers will be transported by this erotic trip to the past." The book is a marvelous mosaic novel about the life of Sparta's most famous king (as well as his family, suitors, and notable subjects). The author is a professor of Classics, and the prose is full of rich details without ever sacrificing compelling characters or stories.
The book releases this Summer.
We're very excited to offer this collection of short fiction and creative non-fiction by acclaimed author Keith Banner. I think if you grew up in a small town, especially one in the Rust Belt, you'll doubly appreciate his tales.
Hello, everyone. It's been too long since last I posted in this column. I aim to remedy that.
So let me start by announcing the good news of four recent Lethe titles are finalists for awards!
...Lambda Literary Awards...
Matthew Bright's Stories to Sing in the Dark is a finalist in the category of Best LGBT Fantasy/Horror/Science Fiction. Thomas Kearnes' Texas Crude is a finalist in Best LGBT Erotica. And Bogi Takács' The Trans Space Octopus Congregation is a finalist in Best Transgender Fiction. We're offer a sale on each of these books.
...Indies Book of the Year Awards...
Jeff Mann's Endangered Species is a finalist in the category of Best LGBT Non-fiction!
I'm very pleased by how well these books have done. And I am hopeful we will have more awards news in the near future.
- Steve Berman
Purchase a copy of the deluxe edition of Lily and you can pick an awesome second book for free. For instance, the gripping Heartsnare...or we can pick the right book for your tastes.
We're excited to announce the release of Country, the newest novel by Lambda Literary Award-winning author Jeff Mann. Jeff is an excellent storyteller (if you haven't read his Civil War duology, Purgatory and Salvation, you're missing out on terrific gay historical romance.
Though Jeff's novel takes place in the late 1990s, I think the situation he envisions is still apt today: a country musician is outed and finds himself struggling with his sense of identity and self-esteem. Country music is arguably not a safe haven for many gay singers (pop music has a longer tradition of being open-minded to queer elements, such as Freddie Mecury, David Bowie, and Elton John). And while we have openly gay country singers today, it's still not an easy road for these men.
Being a proud Southerner and Appalachian author, Jeff knows that a novel's setting is an vital element to the story: readers are given a virtual tour of West Virginia, the land, its people, its culture. And yes, its gay men, who still, in 2016, face discrimination. Thankfully, Jeff's fiction can comfort the lonely and broken-hearted as much as any country song can.
Here is a new interview with Jeff about Country.
What's new with Lethe Press...