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3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  17 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Step right up and read stories both salacious and miraculous! Only fifteen dollars for the Grand Tour of Tented! That's three fins to meet the Great Masturbator! Three Lincolns to explore a post-apocalyptic future where every clown has his very own catamite! Yes, my friends, these stories are guaranteed to amaze, beguile, and captivate. That's the ABC' ...more
Published 2010 by Lethe Press
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Elisa Rolle
A good share of the stories have a some sort of historical setting, maybe “modern” history, meaning the beginning of the XX century, or a some sort of fantasy setting with an ancient feeling, but in any case, even if the setting is today, the feeling is the same, as if the circus world didn’t change a lot in more than 100 years, or in the next 100, and living inside it is like living in a bubble, no one from the outside can enter, and the habitat inside the bubble self-feed itself.

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Sep 14, 2010 Kassa rated it liked it

Tented is an anthology of erotic stories that revolve around the circus. Not just the typical clown stories with rubber noses and big feet indicating “other” big appendages but just about any depravity, kink, or curiosity you can think of – these stories go there. Surprisingly the stories are universally good with a few standing out amongst the crowd. There are no dull notes, no boring stories you’d rather skip but instead each one is interesting, different, and intriguing.

Tented begins with
George Seaton
Jan 13, 2011 George Seaton rated it really liked it
Couldn't possibly do a better job than Jeff Mann, who provides a very comprehensive review at Out In Print:
Jean Roberta
May 16, 2011 Jean Roberta rated it really liked it
Like skilled acrobats, these stories straddle the line between realism and fantasy, and fly through the air between them. Sexual attraction between men in the circus world seems like such a good fit that I wonder why no one compiled an anthology on this theme before. Like gay men, circus performers have traditionally been nomadic social outcasts, and the yearning of a lonely boy to “run away and join the circus” seems like a thinly-disguised desire to “come out.”

Several of these stories are set
Nathan Burgoine
Mar 27, 2013 Nathan Burgoine rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"Roustabout," by Dale Chase

I know I've mentioned Dale Chase just a few days ago, but I should point out that when I got my contributor copy of Tented (once again an anthology edited by the unique Jerry L. Wheeler) Dale's anchor story was my first introduction to her work, and I went seeking her tales out thereafter.

"Roustabout" is a tale told in California in the late 1800's, and full of what I've since learned is Dale Chase's brilliant mix of bittersweet longing that is so often a central piece
Mark Lancaster
Oct 26, 2012 Mark Lancaster rated it liked it
I finished read Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from under the Big Top yesterday. It was good. Dale Chase's Roustabout, the first story in the anthology remains my favourite, although I didn't actively dislike any of them. I enjoyed 'Nathan Burgoine's Aiming to Please, Gavin Atlas' Il Circo Dei Fiori and Matt Kailey's Magic in particular. Sean Meriwether's Circus Maximus was unusual, but none the worse for it. I was slightly confused by Cage Thunder's The Worker, purely because it was set in a fairgrou ...more
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Editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalists Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top (Lethe Press 2010) and his short story collection Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits (Lethe Press, 2012) as well as three volumes of gay erotica for Bold Strokes Books, Jerry L. Wheeler has appeared in many anthologies, including Law of Desire, Best Gay Romance 2010, Bears in the Wild, and I Like It Lik ...more
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