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Larry Benjamin

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Writer. Wordsmith. Author.
Words, You See, are the Thing

Bronx-born wordsmith Larry Benjamin is the author of the allegorical novella Vampire Rising, and Unbroken, a gay novel, which is a 2014 Lambda Literary finalist and a 2014 IPPY Gold Medalist. His second book, Damaged Angels, a collection of short stories was a 2013 Rainbow Award Runner-Up in the Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction category. His debut novel, What Binds Us, was published by Carina Press in March 2012.

Larry considers himself less a writer than a wordsmith—an artist whose chosen medium is the written word rather than clay or paint or bronze.

He is a writer of stories whose characters are determined to find their place in the world; if they cannot find a place, they make

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Larry Benjamin That would be Unbroken. The inspiration for it was quite simply, the question, when did you first know you were gay? From there the idea developed to…moreThat would be Unbroken. The inspiration for it was quite simply, the question, when did you first know you were gay? From there the idea developed to take the reader on my journey, to grab him or her by the hand and make them walk in my footsteps.(less)
Larry Benjamin I wait for it to pass. I find "forcing" writing results in rather pedestrian writing. My writing is far better if I take a break or "sleep on it."…moreI wait for it to pass. I find "forcing" writing results in rather pedestrian writing. My writing is far better if I take a break or "sleep on it." Once the words start flowing I write again.(less)
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What Binds Us
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I was asked to be a write a guest post for Queer Romance Month, which I gladly did. It was originally posted on Day 2, Friday Oct 2, on the Queer Romance Month blog.

The feedback and comments the post received encouraged me to share it here.

I read. A lot. And I collect books. I have nearly 3,000. Many are classics—Fitzgerald, Wells, Dickens, the Brontés. Virginia Wolfe. But many more are contemp... Read more of this blog post »
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What Binds Us by Larry  Benjamin
"What Binds Us is some mixed genre combination of romance, coming of age, family drama, and sheer heartbreak. At first it's simply a young gay man in the '70s coming to terms with himself, but it quickly escalates into a story with so much more dep..." Read more of this review »
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" Mel *I guess nowt changes except ourselves* wrote: "Your review and the blurb sound really intriguing..."
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“Calvin’s Head” is quite simply a stunning tale, well-told. It is full of twists and turns—and yes, wild improbabilities—but we keep believing, keep reading. And that is the mark of a true storyteller.

I couldn’t help rooting for main character, Jason
Where the Grass is Greener by Debbie McGowan
" Al wrote: "Maybe Larry will take us there, Deb ?

Is it in usa ?? ;D"

Road trip! And yes it's in the US. You'll have to read Unbroken first so you're pre
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"I loved both the ebook and audio version of this book. This story is both beautiful and heartbreaking and will stay with me for a long time. For me it has a certain magical quality that I've only experienced with a few other books and I will defin..." Read more of this review »
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"This is the story about the sun, the moon and the earth.
Dondi is the sun.
Matthew is the moon.
Thomas Edward is the earth.
Together they are eternal.

What bind us is beautiful.

From the first page, I was h..." Read more of this review »
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What a superb and truly accurate assessment of this deeply engossing and beautifully written novel. I absolutely agree with every
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Larry Benjamin is on page 110 of 240 of Calvin's Head: I finally put this book down at 12:30 pm and as I drifted off to sleep a line from an old Grace Jones song drifted through my head: "The hunter is captured by the game."
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" Irish Smurfétté wrote: "Really nice review, Larry, thank you. :D"
oh. Thanks. It really is a delightful little book. And makes for a nice break from
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"So long time has passed since those days, and since that story, which is still vivid in my memory, and even more vivid than all the rest. Some times I stay alone in my work - room here, in my father's old mansion in Pasadena, and I look through the old, yellow pages again and again. Then I go back to the north part which is furnished in my style, with many colored Bulgarian carpets and blankets (special kind of Bulgarian blankets with long fur), I make my coffee in a cooper coffee - pot, which has been brought from there, and my thoughts wonder to those absurd memories of mine...
Very often some friends ask me - what is that unusual memories of yours? I can't explain to them, better say I don't want to, and I always avoid the answer by saying - a la Bulgaro - in a Bulgarian way..."Oh, yes, yes"...”
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“Yes, writing words, words, words. Well you’ve made a rope of words and strangled this business. Hah! But there’s a microphone right there to capture the last gurgle and Technicolor to photograph the swollen red tongue.”
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Larry Benjamin Vampire Rising by Larry BenjaminBloggers, Steve & Carolyn Fillmore, the middle children behind Middle Child Productions, who produced the book trailer for my allegorical ‪‎Vampire‬ novella, Vampire Rising, are sharing their thought on the book as well as the book's trailer and some cute behind the scenes photos. Check it out here.

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Larry Benjamin Vampire Rising by Larry Benjamin The video trailer for my recently released allegorical ‪Vampire‬ novella, "Vampire Rising," is finally available.


The words written here are less a story than a prophesy. Or maybe they’re a prayer. Whatever it is, you need to understand that what is written here is, like Moses’ tablets, written in the hand of God, accurate, and true because it could not be otherwise.

Check out the trailer here.

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Larry Benjamin He is Risen!

It’s release day for my Vampire novella, Vampire Rising. Part allegory, part political commentary, and part romance, it was inspired by the three of the greatest works of fiction ever written: Bram Stoker's "Dracula," "To Kill a Mockingbird," and the bible.

In it, you’ll meet Gatsby Calloway, a 400 year old Vampire & Barnabas Steele, a 25 year old encaustic painter. Once student and teacher, they now have the opportunity to be much more. If they can overcome their differences.


It was a room of pearl grays and faded gold damask, dark wood and darker carpets, all shadowed in flickering candlelight. Gatsby was seated at an ebony nine-and-a-half foot Bosendorfer Concert grand piano―—the one with ninety-five keys, rather than the standard eighty-eight―—which dominated the room. Gatsby himself had a pewter finish: silvery hair swept back, eyes like pieces of ice, pale cheekbones that gleamed. He was cool and pale, champagne in an ice bucket. Playing selections from “A Chorus Line” for a crowd of stalwart admirers, he was radiant in that darkened room. He was gorgeous and charismatic, a charmer of snakes and men.

He looked up, and, seeing Barnabas in the doorway, gasped, for Barnabas was as beautiful as he’d remembered: his caramel skin glowed with youth and vigor. His wide, innocent eyes were clear and his dark hair was cropped short; gone was the defiant retro Afro he’d worn in high school. Staring at him, the frisson of lust and love that shot through him caused Gatsby to miss a note, and frown. He bent over the keyboard; his face dipped into shadow, dissolving into triangles of violet and purple.

Mel *I guess nowt changes except ourselves* Hi Larry, thanks for accepting the friend invite! Nice getting to know you :-)

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Larry Benjamin Today I'm blogging about why I write. Join the conversation on Twitter & Facebook. Use the hashtag #IWrite to tell me why you write, or the hastag #IRead to tell me why you read a particular genre, or type of book
You can check out the blog post here.

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Larry Benjamin My short story collection, Damaged Angels is 50% off today at All Romance Books. It's different to What Binds Us and Unbroken but if you like my writing and are ready for something outside m/m romance it's probably worth a read. You can buy it at the discounted price here.

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Larry Benjamin On Friday, I sat down with David-Matthew Barnes over at PYSK Radio to chat about writing in general, the secret to a long-term relationship and my forthcoming release, “The Christmas Present,” part of the holiday anthology, Boughs of Evergreen to be released by Beaten Track Publishing November 21. You can check out the podcast here. Let me know what you think.

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Larry Benjamin Unbroken by Larry Benjamin I was very excited to learn my third book, Unbroken, is a 2014 Rainbow Award finalist in the gay contemporary fiction category. (Winners will be announced December 8, 2014.)

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Larry Benjamin Getting ready to head over to Giovanni's Room in Philly to join other 2014 Lammy Finalists in a reading. I'll be reading from Unbrokenwhich also won a 2014 IPPY Award Gold medal. Stop by if you're in town. Would love to see you.

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Larry Benjamin BIG NEWS: Local wordsmiths Glenway Wescott and Larry Benjamin, author of Unbroken nominated for 2014 Lambda Literary Foundation awards:
Read the story in G Philly

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Larry Benjamin I’m chatting with author/blogger Raine O’Tierney over at The Hat Partywhere I reveal all—well not all, but a lot. Stop on by. Post a comment if you’d like.

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Larry Benjamin image: Unbroken cover
My Beaten Track Publishing release, Unbroken, is a Lambda Literary Award finalist in the Gay Romance category.
Review finalist list

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Larry Benjamin This week I'm blogging about what I learned when we stopped to help a crying stranger: Lost & Found

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Larry Benjamin My debut novel, What Binds Us, is available this weekend for just $2.50 (Kindle) & $3 (Audiobook)at Amazon. So if it's been on your reading list, now's your chance to get it.

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Larry Benjamin My #LGBT memoir, in 6 words: "Age twelve. Jose smiled. Changed everything." is featured on G Philly's blog today. The 6 words, carefully chosen, are also a summary of my upncoming release, Unbroken.

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Larry Benjamin What Binds Us by Larry BenjaminIf my first book, What Binds Us, is on your to-read list, now's the time to buy it. It's on sale for $2.51 at Amazon and $2.99 everywhere else

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Larry Benjamin If my short story collection, Damaged Angels, has been on your to-read list, now is the time to buy it. It's just 99 cents in the Kindle store.

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Larry Benjamin Damaged Angels

In this week's blog post, I reveal the relationship that inspired some of the stories in my newest release, Damaged Angels

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Larry Benjamin Damaged Angels, my short story collection from Bold Strokes Books is now available. Read the first story.

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Larry Benjamin At last! The follow up to What Binds Us, Damaged Angels, is available ahead of its Oct. 1 release exclusively at Bold Stokes Books (

You can read an excerpt here:

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Larry Benjamin I interview independent film makers Cati & Mike Rodriquez about their upcoming LGBT release "Prince and Ekaj" in today's blog post. Check it out.

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Larry Benjamin Want to know what three things I'd take with me to a desert island? Catch my author interview over at Orangeberry Book Tours.

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Larry Benjamin Judging from the responses I've gotten, this week's Blog post Inspiration Returns about how remembering my first crush inspired my latest bout of writing is really resonating with readers. I was 12 and in seventh grade. He was the new kid. His name was José. He walked into fourth period music, smiled and changed everything. Until that moment...
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to drop me a note about this.

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Larry Benjamin Joey Pinkney interviews me about my debut novel What Binds Us

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Larry Benjamin Hey I'm over at Carina Press' blog today talking about bullying, how we can take a stand and why my first book, What Binds Us, spent nearly 20 years in a drawer. Come on over for a chat

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Larry Benjamin Pia wrote: "Hi Larry, welcome to GR and congrats on your first book!"

Hi Pia

thanks for the welcome and the congratulations. I'm very excited but the waiting (until March is killing me. ;-) I'm finishing up my next book so at least I have that distraction.

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Larry Benjamin Barbara wrote: "Hey, Larry. I have a friend who is published through Dreamspinner. Joel Skelton. You'll have to look for him. Do you have work published through them?"

Hi there. Nope haven't published through Dreamspinner but I need to find a publisher for the book I'm just finishing up--it's a colection of short stories so it won't be Carina.

Barbara Longley Hey, Larry. I have a friend who is published through Dreamspinner. Joel Skelton. You'll have to look for him. Do you have work published through them?

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Pia Veleno Hi Larry, welcome to GR and congrats on your first book!

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Tame thank you for the friend request!

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Piper Vaughn Thanks for the friend request!

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Sue Hi Larry - thanks for the add! Make you way over to the introducing thread at m/m romance and say "hi". :)

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