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“Syndrome” by Eric Mathieu from Glitterwolf: Halloween (October, 2014). Edited by Matt Cresswell. A black tail. Pointy ears. Claws. Where had I seen this before? That’s what the main character of this story wonders during a sleepover at his boyfriend’s house, after he...

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“Halloween Parade” by Tom Cardamone from Glitterwolf: Halloween (October 2014). Edited by Matt Cresswell. My intention was to purchase a digital copy of this issue and review the stories in it in advance of Halloween, only a digital format wasn’t made available in...

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“The Wagers of Gold Mountain” by Steve Berman, (Lethe Press 2011). San Francisco, the Gold Rush days. Ji Yuan’s brother Chen is sick with fever. The food and medicine Yuan has been able to purchase with his meager wages from the shirt factory haven’t made his...

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“Straightening Up” by Jeffrey Ricker, published by Untreed Reads, 2012. Michael and Greg have been living together for awhile. They’re a couple, but only certain people know that, or even know that Michael is gay. For instance, he hasn’t yet found a way to tell his...

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“New Normal” by Jeffrey Ricker, published by Untreed Reads, 2010. Let the record show that this story pre-dates the similarly-titled television show. It’s funny, I didn’t remember these as being fragments. I first read them almost two years ago, and recollected them...