Showing posts from November, 2015

Why Queer Novels Matter & Why Diversity is Important

Having just read The Advocate article, "How The Tenth Challenges the Image of Black Queer Men," I thought I would repost the post I did for Queer Romance Month in October. I read. A lot. And I collect books. I have hundreds. Many are classics—Fitzgerald, Wells, Dickens, the Bront├ęs. Virginia Wolfe. But many more are contemporary gay fiction ranging from newer, lesser known writers to the literary lions of gay literature: Felice Picano, Mark Merlis, E.M. Forster, Baldwin, Burroughs (William, not Augusten), Alan Hollinghurst, William J. Mann, David Leavitt. The first queer novel I read was Patricia Nell Warren’s The Front Runner . I remember finding it at the book store at Penn freshman year. My roommates, who were on the track team, were at an away meet that weekend. I read the entire book before they returned, barely stopping to sleep and eat. I read The Fancy Dancer, too. But it was The Front Runner that started me on the pursuit of queer fiction. From then on I read

A Reading Teaches Me Something

I did a reading at the Bureau of General Services - Queer Division on Friday night. My friend and fellow author David Swatling , invited me to join him, Daniel W. Kelly , and J.L. Weinberg , at the reading featuring horror and suspense fiction in recognition of Halloween. When I arrived, late, after a nerve-wracking and slow moving drive down the Henry Hudson Parkway from the Bronx, I discovered my third book, Unbroken , would be on display along with my allegorical Vampire novella, Vampire Rising . I immediately recognized I faced a two-fold challenge: how to present a horror novel that really wasn’t a horror novel at all, and, two, how to tie to very different books together. I read third. While awaiting my turn, I wrote an intro for myself and pulled a reading from Unbroken . What follows is an excerpt from my reading. “For me, when I think of horror, I think the true horror is how we sometimes treat each other—especially those who are different from us. “I’ll