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Coming of age | N.S. Beranek

Weekly Novel Review #1

In the spirit of 2014’s 365 Short Story Review project I am going to attempt another, this time a novel review a week. Since I launched the first project by focusing on a story by one of my favorite authors, Jeff Mann, it seems fitting to begin with his work again. He...

Short Stories 365/98

“Party Planning” by Rob Williams from Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction (Cleis Press, 2009).  This story perfectly captures the mixed emotions of the days between adolescence and adulthood. The narrator is torn between the life he has enjoyed up to this point, acting as...

Short Stories 365/76

“Thimbleriggery and Fledglings” by Steve Berman from Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers (Lethe Press, 2014). As a child I encountered several bad examples of the fantasy genre. Consequently, I have trust issues concerning it, and a knee-jerk bad...

Short Stories 365/11

“Blazon”, Peter Dube’s entry in Saints & Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival (Queer Mojo) feels very much like the stories normally found in volumes from Lethe Press, meaning it employs a well-drawn reality to sell a slight (but unnerving) twist on that...

On the Anniversay of Freddie’s Death.

I’d been telling the story the same way for so long that I’d forgotten it wasn’t accurate. My friend had just texted to say she was taking her daughter to see her first concert that night, and couldn’t help but think back to the concerts we went to as kids, the...