Short Stories 365/151

“Mr. Gum the Creative Writing Teacher” by Rhy Hughes from Best Gay Stories 2009 by Lethe Press. Edited by Steve Berman. The actual next story in this collection is “Henry and Jim” by J.M. Snyder, which I already reviewed as part of Best Gay Romance 2013 (Cleis Press)....

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“Kinder” by Steve Berman from Best Gay Stories 2009 (Lethe Press). There are two ways you can read the title of this story. I started to go with the more commonplace one, but quickly re-thought that decision after I stopped to consider who wrote it. Unconventional?...

Short Stories 365/149

“Tattooed Love Boys” by Alex Jeffers from You Will Meet a Stranger Far From Home (Lethe Press, 2012). First appeared in GigaNotoSaurus, March 2012. This time, I really am skipping over the autobiographical essay that is the actual next entry in Best Gay Stories 2009....

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“If Angels Fight” by Richard Bowes from Best Gay Stories 2009 by Lethe Press. Edited by Steve Berman. As mentioned in previous entries for this collection, I briefly considered skipping the autobiographical ones. This one is billed as an autobiographical essay but is...

Short Stories 365/147

“King of Shadows” by Aaron Shurin from Best Gay Stories 2009 by Lethe Press. Edited by Steve Berman. I thought about skipping this entry because it’s an autobiographical essay, not fiction, but isn’t the life we look back on something of a fiction, heavily edited,...