Anelas Viz, a native New Yorker transplanted with only mild success to the Midwest and who has spent much of his life in French-speaking countries, returned to his childhood passion of writing fiction and poetry a few years ago. He looks forward to devoting himself to it full time after he retires from college teaching in June 2012.
The vampires, serial killers and shape-shifters in the three novellas in this companion volume to Horror Lite will drain the blood from your heart. Where it goes from there is no one's business but your own.
"Val" -- For years, Brad has been obsessed with the memory of his dead lover, Val. His obsession takes over his life when he meets another Val, a hustler who looks exactly like the first.
"Slasher" -- A man is found in a cubicle at a gay bathhouse with his throat slit. Then another victim turns up. Only Lou's lover, Jamie, can identify the most likely suspect.
"The Matador" -- Soledad de Riquer feels certain that her brother, the celebrated matador El Valiente, has his eye on her young boyfriend, Adulio.
CONTENT ADVISORIES: This title contains subjects of rape or near rape, extreme violence, and sex in partially shifted form. "Val" is a re-edited, re-release story.
Three people trapped in dead-end situations give up nearly everything they've ever known hoping to find a better future:
* Otis lives alone and without prospects in a dying Nevada village. He has lost hope the man who took advantage of him years ago will return and now dreams of becoming a porn star.
* Jared, an abused runaway, can't stay forever with the kindly trucker who picked him up hitchhiking. They need to find a safe place for him to live.
* Larry Jordan, a closeted collector of valuable gay erotica, fears the residents of his conservative, middle-class community will soon discover his secret life. He has just one friend, whom he met only recently.
Three gay men who don't know each other and never will, but whose stories intertwine in unusual and unexpected ways...
CONTENT ADVISORY: This title includes rape or near rape and she-male interaction.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This is an ecclectic collection. Even I don't know quite what to make of this novel.
Félicien works at Les Ardoises, a café-bistro in Villefranche-sur-Mer on the French Riviera. When his girlfriend leaves for two weeks with her family, he hooks up with Joel, an American businessman. Félicien has swung that way before, but thinks he doesn't risk getting involved with a man as he might with a woman.
As it turns out, Joel will be around longer than a few days. He wants more than a one-night stand, and Félicien isn't one to pass up a few days on a yacht with the handsome, sexually talented American. Before long, they've been seen together often enough for people to wonder about their relationship, and Félicien finds himself questioning who he is and what he wants from life.
CONTENT ADVISORIES: This title contains scenes of rape or near rape and mild BDSM. (81 pages)
Brandon wasn't entirely comfortable about his relationship with Donnie, his simple-minded live-in lover for whom every Christmas is "the best Christmas ever". What was a mature, independent person like himself doing sexually involved with a childish and mildly retarded man?
CONTENT ADVISORY: This title includes some elements of dubious consent.
A man's mind goes blank, because the person sitting next to him on the park bench has "collected his thoughts". That night an odd, mousy-looking fellow tells him they have met before and are both mole men... "Don't you remember?" He can't; his memories belong to the thought collector.
[P’TIT CADEAU (euphemism) – the “small gift” French hustlers ask for to let you know they expect to be paid]
Ben, an American art professor on a painting sabbatical in the south of France, rents a room in an isolated village to avoid the tourist crush. There he meets his landlady's brother, the sensitive and childlike loner Jean-Yves, whom the locals consider simple minded because he is "different". Ben makes him his principal model and undertakes to build his self-confidence and prepare him to fend for himself.
Jean-Yves’ has never had a friend before. As they grow closer, Ben comes to realize the extent of the young man’s emotional needs, and his total dependence and unbridled devotion frighten him. Has he taken on more responsibility than he can handle? Should he allow himself to fall in love with Jean-Yves when he knows their relationship must end when his sabbatical is over?
m/m, historical, western
Page Count: 574
"The City of Lovely Brothers" is a family saga, the history of Caladelphia Ranch, jointly owned by four brothers, Calvin, Caleb, Calhoun and Caliban Caldwell – how it grew and prospered, and how rivalry between the brothers led to its breaking up and decline. As the story evolves, it focuses on the love affair between the youngest brother, Caliban, who is lame, and Nick, one of their ranch hands, and how their relationship set the stage for the already open feud to explode and ultimately caused the demise of the ranch.