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Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year's Gay Speculative Fiction (Wilde Stories)

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As such literary movements as interstitial and slipstream gain momentum, more and more authors interweave their traditional stories with gay themes as coming out, homophobia, and self-as-other, with a bit of the strange and weird. Named after one of the founding fathers of gay speculative fiction, Wilde Stories is a new annual anthology that offers readers the best of such ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 13th 2008 by Lethe Press (first published June 3rd 2008)
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Matt Cresswell
Wilde Stories is an annual collection of short stories, all speculative fiction with a queer bent (pun unintended, but nice.) I loved Wilde Stories 2013, and so I’ve requisitioned the entire collection to read through, and I’ve just finished the inaugural issue, Wilde Stories 2008.

Interestingly, 2008 follows the same pattern of 2013 in terms of my response. First out of the box: a solid but uninspiring story with a straightforward linear plot. It starts with The Woman in the Window by Jameson Cu
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Kris
The Review:

Honesty from the outset~ I’m probably going to get my butt kicked for being so vague about the rating for Wilde Stories. Oh well.

First things first~

Wilde Stories contains 11 short stories that are extraordinarily diverse; not only in terms of the voice and writing styles of each of the authors, but their approach to the speculative fiction genre and to the themes themselves. The stories range from the more ‘traditional’ haunting of “The Woman in the Window” by Jameson Currier, the
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Mark
I really wanted to like this collection much more than I did. Most of the stories were simply unusual or abstract, not necessarily reading as fantasy, horror, or suspense.

That said, I'm glad I read this for Hal Duncan's story. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to keep me eager to read the other Wilde Stories anthologies.
Kat
I bought this for the Hal Duncan story, and wasn't disappointed (fans of the author's Vellum and Ink books will be pleased to know his short story in this anthology stars a piratical incarnation of the character Jack Flash). Described as speculative fiction the stories in this book lean more toward the strange and the fantastical than the sci-fi. I enjoyed most of them and some of the weird moods and imagery has really stayed with me. Good value for the kindle, I'll be checking out the other ann ...more
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Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction is the first in a new yearly anthology of the year’s best gay speculative fiction. In this first collection, eleven stories are featured that run the gamut from horror to fantasy to psychedelic trip...

For the entire review please go to the Best Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Review site on the web, Bitten By Books for the review of Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year's Gay Speculative Fiction in it's entirety. You won't be s
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Erika
If these were the best stories of the year it couldn't have been the best harvest they've had in a while. There was only one story I really like and it was the last one in the book. There were about other two I kind of liked but fell flat by the middle of the story. Interesting ideas, but lacking on the execution part. The narrations were all over the place, ending up being confusing/vague when trying to be 'mysterious'. I couldn't care for most of the characters, their lives surrounded by so mu ...more
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