“Mike Dies at the End: A Parody.” by W2 from Queer Fish: An Eclectic Anthology of Gay Fiction (Volume One), Pink Narcissus Press (2011). Edited by Margarita Bezdomnya and Rose Mambert.

Almost immediately after starting to read this story I completely stopped thinking about the title. It’s a quirky tale that demands all of your attention to figure out. It’s so bizarre that I might have given up in frustration, were it not for the fact that it’s so laugh-out-loud funny.

Jason and Mike are best friends with benefits, but only because they’re young, horny, morally decent humans who’ve contracted the same sexually-transmitted disease. Jase is gay. Mike maintains he isn’t. Mike has a list of women, also infected, who he can call when he gets desperate, but Jase doesn’t have anyone but Mike, so they fool around to keep him from going out of his mind. Oh, and the disease they share doesn’t make them ill in the conventional sense. It makes them able to see ghosts.

Enter Ty, a gothed-out dude who witnessed something strange while drunk and hanging around a supposedly haunted mansion with a bunch of his friends. He gets Jase and Mike’s number from the grapevine, apparently they have a reputation as some sort of ghostbusters, and the three set out to see what’s what out at the Old Dell place….