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NO/AIDS Task Force

I just realized that I skipped right over the dedication page of the anthology I’m currently reviewing (Night Shadows: Queer Horror) as part of the Short Story 365 Project. The dedication says: This is for all of our coworkers at the NO/AIDS Task Force. The task...

Short Stories 365/222

“A Scent of Roses” by Catherine Lundoff So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction by Lethe Press (2009). Edited by Steve Berman. I am in love with the language of this story. Every sentence is constructed of the most gorgeous words imaginable, often strung together in unexpected...

Kentuckiana Pride 2014

Last night was the Kentucky Pride Parade. Three hours before the event huge storms moved through the area, dumping a torrent of rain. Afterward it was overcast, threatening a repeat performance. As I headed downtown, equipped with a baseball cap, disposable rain...

Short Stories 365/122

“Silver Pumps and a Loose Nut” by J.R. Greenwell from Saints and Sinners 2013: New Fiction from the Festival (Bold Strokes Books). Full disclosure: I have a story in this anthology. How can you not like a “drag queen avenger, out to conquer any evil or hostility that...

Short Stories 365/118

“In a Chamber of My Heart” by Sandra Gail Lambert from Saints and Sinners 2013: New Fiction from the Festival (Bold Strokes Books). Contest winner. Full disclosure: I have a story in this anthology. I told myself that this time I wasn’t going to cry at the end of this...