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Short Stories 365/11 | N.S. Beranek

“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 reality. It’s not surprising that it was chosen for inclusion in Lethe’s Wilde Stories 2011.

This is the short, riveting tale of a young man troubled by his sexuality. His anxiety gives new meaning to the term “flaming”. Probably most impressive is the fact that fire-themed language runs all through the piece yet never feels heavy-handed, only clever.