By Donald Webb
Imagine if, after fifteen years as a lesbian couple, your partner turned to you and said, "I think I'm really a man." What would you do? How would you respond? For Diane and Jacob (née Suzy) Anderson-Minshall this isn't a hypothetical question. It's what really happened. Eight years later, the couple not only remains together, they still identify as queer, still work in LGBT media, and remain part of the LGBT community. How did their relationship survive a gender transition? The authors explore this question and delve into their relationship to reveal the trials and tribulations they have faced along the way. In doing so, they paint a portrait of love, not only to each other, but to the San Francisco Bay Area, LGBT publishing, and the queer community. Queerly Beloved is a love story that flies in the face of expectations and raises questions about the true nature of identity, sexuality, and love.
An anthology of short fiction featuring the finalist selections from the 2014 Saints + Sinners Literary Festival.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Introduction by Jewel Gomez
- Voodoo John by James Russell
- Mum’s the Word by Jeff Lindemann
- Eleusis by Robert Hyers
- Sample Day by Jerry Rabushka
- Stinkbug by Rich Barnett
- If On A Dark Night Two Strangers Should Come by William Hawkins
- Corset by Sally Bellerose
- The Dark Symphony by Eric Andrews-Katz
- Love Thy Neighbor by N.S. Beranek
- Beanstalk by Clifford Henderson
- Rhinestone Magic by J.R. Greenwell
- The Red Coat by George E. Jordan
Fleeing London, Thomas Newton reaches Paris full of hopes for a new life with Pierre Baptiste. The hopes are quickly shattered. There are unsettling rumors about Pierre's past and very real threats in the present. Arrested on false charges, thrown into a dank prison, Thomas must decide whether he can trust Pierre's help to winning back his freedom. But freedom will bring other risks, especially if it requires a return to London and all that he fled. The men from his past whom he betrayedand who might well want revenge. His avowed enemies, the bigots that chased him across the channel. And, worst of all, everything he doesn't know about his family. To survive, he will have to play both sides of the lifeas a thief taker.
By Rosalie Tarr
How do two straight men deny an attraction that they have absolutely no power over? As their stony resolve begins to crumble and they start to succumb to the fiery magnetism between them, a sadistic killer continues to roam the city streets at night, narrowing his sights on the newly bonded couple.
Vernon has a quest and Harold has a secret. They have gone to the desert in search of the source of the missile that destroyed the Diamond City. But this is no harmless expedition. As they go into the depths of the desert, they learn that not only are their love and lives at stake, but so is the fate of everything they hold dear.
As the sands blow them off course, Harold grapples with the knowledge that he has been changed by his experiences in the Diamond City. Infected with the technology of the Ancients, he feels himself changing, becoming something other than human. Does Harold have the courage to tell Vernon the truth about himself? Does Vernon love Harold enough to accept that he might no longer be human? They might not have time to find out as the sleeping Progenitors stir.
Charlene's soul mate, Samantha, has been killed in a car accident. Daniel's partner, Martin, has been murdered in a robbery gone wrong. Seeking comfort, Charlene and Daniel attend a support group where they meet for the first time. Emotionally devastated and discarded by their loved ones' conservative families, Charlene and Daniel feel an immediate connection. Rather than reveal their pain to a room full of strangers, they decide to see each other through their shared anguish. As a beautiful friendship emerges from grief, slivers of new hope are found.
By Jess Faraday
London 1891. Former criminal Ira Adler has built a respectable, if dull, life for himself as a confidential secretary. He even sits on the board of a youth shelter. When the shelter's landlord threatens to sell the building out from under them, Ira turns to his ex-lover, crime lord Cain Goddard, for a loan. But the loan comes with strings, and before he knows it, Ira is tangled up in them and tumbling back into the life of crime he worked so hard to escape. Two old flames come back into Ira's life, along with a new young man who reminds Ira of his former self. Will Ira hold fast to his principles, or will he succumb to the temptations of easy riches and lost pleasures?
WWI hero Sam Hines is used to wearing a face that isn't his own. When he's not in the trenches, he's the most popular female impersonator on the front, but a mysterious note from an anonymous admirer leaves him worried. Everyone realizeseventuallythat Sam's not a woman, but has somebody also worked out that he also prefers his lovers to be male?
When Sam meetsand falls forfellow officer Johnny Browne after the war, he wonders whether he could be the man who wrote the note. If so, is he the answer to Sam's dreams or just another predatory blackmailer, ready to profit from a love that dare not speak its name?
By Donald Webb
When Katsuro Tanaka starts digging into the mysterious death of a prominent California lawyer, bodies begin piling up. Even though it has been two years since Tanaka left the police force, after the brutal slaughter of his spouse, Patrick, he still feels responsible for Patrick's death, and suffers from bouts of depression and anxiety. His involvement in this case threatens to derail his fragile recovery. As he delves deeper into the lawyer's death, tension escalates between him and his handsome lover. Discouraged, he all but throws in the towel, but when the antagonist threatens his young son, his raging anger spurs him into action.
A Katsuro Tanaka mystery.
By Dylan Madrid
Quintin Pearson, an American living in London, has spent the last two years working as a magazine staff writer and nursing a broken heart. Craving a change in his quiet life, Quintin accepts an invitation to an exclusive party hosted by Regina Bremington, the U.S. ambassador's glamorous wife. At the party, terror takes over when the electricity suddenly goes out and the ambassador is assassinated. In the safety of a dark bedroom, Quintin meets a mysterious stranger named Luca, an Italian spy. Even though the two men can't see each other, a spark is ignited that soon becomes a mutual lust. Within days, Luca arranges for them to meet again at a remote seaside town in Belgium. There, Luca confesses his true identity and convinces Quintin they must team up to bring the ambassador's killer to justice.
By Armin Izod
NY Detective Pepper makes the gay connection, prowling the secretive streets of Greenwich Village with an artist's sketch. Pepper has more on his mind than dead bodies with fatal wounds to the groin. His father, a decorated cop, committed suicide. No one understands why, but Pepper does. And when a priest he confesses to informs his fiercely heterosexual police precinct, his locker is painted pink.
Greenwich Village is close-knit so it's no wonder Pepper and Gregore end up at the same bar. The vampire feels a love/death passion for the handsome, despondent cop. The seductive murder couldn't be easier. Yet once they strip away each other's outer skin and expose the inner core, an attraction builds that radically changes both men. But flashing blue lights are closing in.
By Jane Hoppen
Never have there been only two gendersmale and female. A third gender, denied by society and hidden by the medical community, has always existed, and that is what Sophie Schmidt discovers when, at the age of fourteen, she learns the truth of how she was born. Sophie then embarks on a journey to learn more about her true self and to find others born like her. When Sophie moves to New York City, she enters the world of gays and lesbians, as well as those who are transgender and transsexual. Searching for her own place in society, her journey leads her to Alice Parker, and Sophie takes the final steps to accept herself enough to allow another to love her.
Joaquin Moreno and Mark Crowden have an ambiguous relationship because their disputes with each other are undermining their vows of friendship, love, and truth—the three links and the chief tenets of the Odd Fellows, a secret society formed in 1819.
Along with their friend, Theodora, and Joaquin's dog, Mister Dangerous, these two odd fellows drive to San Felipe, Mexico, to open a bed and breakfast in a rundown Victorian mansion on the Gulf of California.
Upon their arrival, they meet a real estate agent, Felix De la Santos, and a traveling British citizen, Lord Leighton, who become their first guests. Over a span of eight days, all their plans go awry and they must confront an evil force intent on killing them—with only friendship, love, and truth as their weapons.
By R.W. Clinger
Enter Troy's clumsy and alluring ex-boyfriend, Detective Zane Ward, who blackmails Troy to work with him on the Cutie Pie Killer case or go to jail for first-degree murder.
As a slew of queer suspects with rock-hard abs begin to pile up, two more victims are discovered in the city. What follows is a queer murder mystery with much sass, helpful clues, shirtless jocks, and a heated romance between Troy and Zane, who realize they just might make a perfectly cute couple together.
By Cage Thunder
But the kind of "models" the business is looking for isn't quite what Gary expectedit's for an underground gay wrestling video company! Intrigued, he participates in the audition process and falls for his trainer, an older man who just isn't ready for a relationship.
Heartbroken by this rejection, when his video work makes him incredibly popular, Gary loses interest in his coursework as he gets involved in the world of party drugs, porn, and male stripping"...all while trying to fill the hole in his broken heart.
But love has a way of coming along when you're least expecting it"...
A young man named Jude has arrived in the city, hoping to escape his dark past and to use his paranormal powers for good. Deck Waxer gives Jude a job at his occult shop and a place to live at the newly renovated Overpass Apartments. Jude is immediately embraced by the tenants and quickly falls in love with red daddy bear Nurse Steve.
Steve, Deck, and friends expose Jude to all the fun and crazy sexual adventures Comfort Cove has to offer. But despite the happiness Jude is finding, he has a setback in his occult recovery and inadvertently releases something heinous that has been hidden away in the basement of the Overpass for years. Something that is hungry for flesh"...and not in the good way.