Leading gay writers present new stories of gay love and longing in this collection of passionately romantic original fiction.
Nick Street is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles.
Contents: Never judge a book / R.D. Cochrane -- In transit / Lou Dellaguzzo -- Down the river / David R. Gillespie -- "I do ... I don't" / Richard S. Ferri -- Kid Omnivore / Tom Medicino -- A body in motion / Sean Meriwether -- From Kissing / Michael Graves -- Winter / Curtis C. Comer -- The sun and the moon / Mark Wildyr -- Kissing fists / Scott D. Pomfret -- Queen beats a jack / Rob Rosen -- Frigid / J.D. Roman -- Love among the holdiays / R.G. Thomas -- One night / Nicholas Tomasetti -- Defused / Jordan M. Coffey -- Tiles / Matthew Sterenchock -- The bet / Gerald Libonati -- Tropical daze / Vincent Diamond -- Now we shan't be never parted / Paul G. McCurdy -- Real magick / Raymond Yeo -- The Duke of Wellington / Matti Jackson -- Something slouches toward Bethlehem / Rick R. Reed -- The reunion / Eumenides [R.W. Day] Their town / Simon Sheppard.
The Sun and the Moon by Mark Wildyr Gentle and beautiful short story about two young best friends, played out after one of them have died. I've read a couple of other stories by Wildyr, and I'm completely smitten by his writing style. This one was too a lovely story, less bitter and more sweet than the setup implied. I only wish it was slightly longer as the ending left me a bit clueless.
It would be awfully easy to say "If these are the best, I'd hate to see the worst" and awfully flippant, and awfully unkind. Unfortunately, it would also be pretty much true; these range from not-too-bad to bloody awful, and there's almost nothing here that wouldn't be out of place on ff.net. Plus some of the writers do use the most astonishingly flowery prose: one character boasts not only 'glistening sealskin eyes', a voice 'like the rain itself had come inside to converse', and 'arched seabird wings of his upper lip', but also an 'unblemished complexion like porcelain' and 'the vulnerability of a waking child'. Suddenly I feel so much better about my own crappy writing. It's possible that, even in this day and age, it's more important that gay writing exists at all than that it has to be good. But I hope not
Loved the R.D. Cochrane story! I also remember very much enjoying stories from Lou Dellaguzzo, Richard Ferri, Sean Meriwether, Scott Pomfret, Rob Rosen, Vincent Diamond, Rick R. Reed and Simon Sheppard. I probably liked more than that. One note: Loves Stories does not necessarily equal romances. Some of the pieces explore the dark side of love.