Cross-posted from lgbtSr
It’s a treat to present a collection of short stories as the current Featured Book. Writing in short form, while often appearing easy, can be among the most challenging for an author. What seems simple is deceptively so: a short story contains within it an entire world, and the best short stories manage to say everything they have to say within a compact frame and time constraint that can require urgency, high craft and precision. A novel may take its time, while a short story has none to spare.
Editor Steve Berman of Lethe Press has assembled the best gay male short stories of 2015. In his words:
“I chose to start and end the book with a kiss. Between pressed lips are stories about our lives, our daydreams we want to leave our lives for, our oubliettes of our own making that define some lives. And there is laughter and tears and passion and pain, and between these kisses I hope you find pasts, presents, and futures that leave you breathless and mindful that a lot can happen after as well as before you share that kiss.”
The table of contents to this book features fresh ideas, old hands, burly faces, genderqueer souls, shades of skin and hair as much as it does timbre of voice, both actual and authorial. Best Gay Stories 2015 starts and ends with a kiss–between pressed lips are stories of our lives, the daydreams we want to leave our lives for, the oubliettes of our own making. And there are laughter and tears and passion and pain, and between these kisses you will find pasts, presents, and futures, that leave you breathless and mindful that a lot can happen after as well as before you share that kiss.
Keith Banner, Richard Bowes, Michael Carroll, Jameson Currier, Josephe Dante, Matt Dean, Joseph R.G. DeMarco, Peter Dubé, Alex Jeffers, Philip Kennicott, Joe Okonkwo, J.M. Parker, Evan J. Peterson, Allan Radcliffe, Ron Schafrick, Nathan Sim, Stefen Strysky