Short Stories 365/254

“Blackout” by Jeffrey Ricker from Night Shadows: Queer Horror (Bold Strokes Books 2012). Edited by Greg Herren and J.M. Redmann. It probably shouldn’t be surprising that the recurring evil in this anthology is the villain from the Scooby Doo cartoons. You know who I...

Short Stories 365/175

“Murder on the Midway” by Jeffrey Ricker from Men of the Mean Streets (Bold Strokes Books, 2011). Edited by Greg Herren and J.M. Redmann. This story has all the elements you would expect when picking up this volume: a hard-boiled private eye (named Sam, no less), a...

Short Stories 365/110

“The Trouble with Billy” by Jeffrey Ricker from Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up (Bold Strokes Books, 2011). I try not to make the same mistakes twice; there’s just too much to do and too little time as it is. Why not make new ones? The last anthology I reviewed...

Short Stories 365/95

“At the End of the Leash” by Jeffrey Ricker from Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction (Cleis Press, 2009). If I were half as clever as I like to think I am I would have finished reading the author’s second novel in time to comment on it in this review. Instead I am only to...

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“Tea” by Jeffrey Ricker from Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction (Cleis Press, 2014) I had a pretty good indication that I would like this story because I’ve enjoyed several other stories the author has written. I liked his first novel, Detours, very much. I also enjoyed...