Larry Benjamin considers himself less a writer than a wordsmith—an artist whose chosen medium is the written word rather than clay or paint or bronze. He is a writer of stories whose characters are determined to find their place in the world; if they cannot find a place, they make a place. Even when their lives aren’t perfect, it's never because they’re gay but because they're human. And like all humans, they often suffer the consequences of ego and bad judgment.
His first novel, What Binds Us, was released by Carina Press in March 2012. Damaged Angels is his second book. He is currently at work on his next novel tentatively titled The Trigonometry of Gray.
He lives in Philadelphia with his partner and their two dogs.
Larry can be contacted at LarryBenjamin
Damaged Angels – Coming in 2012
Damaged Angels is the first collection of short fiction by Larry Benjamin. The 13 stories in this collection give voice to the invisible, the damaged: the drug addicts and hustlers, the mentally ill, the confused, and the men who fall in love with them, all of them bravely trying to make a place for themselves in the world of unbroken men. Their worlds are sometimes the mean streets of decaying cities, sometimes the great beyond and, once, the earth itself.
Often dark, always evocative and lyrical, these stories delve into the lives of men clearly less-than-perfect and explore love in the context of disease and oncoming death as in “The Cross,” drug addiction, as in “The Seduction of the Angel Gabrielle,” and mental illness in “Two Rivers.”
These stories explore the possibility that less-than-perfect is sometimes perfect.