On Valentine’s Day, the only sweet thing that Big Gay Horror Fan was craving was nutella crepes, so off I went to the local all night diner. Unfortunately, the most memorable part of the whole evening was not the sticky calories I consumed, but the fact that my young waiter kept calling me ‘sir’ with a tone that lingered somewhere between deep respect and quietude. Well, I’ve long learned that feeling 22 and looking 22 are completely different matters – but this kid’s reverence was still a bit much!
Interestingly, Tad, the young lead of Lee Allen Howard’s visceral short horror story Stray views his momentary, 30ish savior in much the same light as my twink server viewed me — although, a bit more bitterly. Which is understandable as the battered Tad believes he is going to have to trick with his companion for bus fare. Of course, what Tad ultimately finds is definitely a bit more animalistic and crueler than some bruised knees and a sore jaw.
Howard’s descriptions of the sour, predatory apartment that Tad is taken to have true moments of brilliance and the erotic bloodshed he depicts is quite original, as well. In fact, Stray leaves one wondering what Howard could do with a longer work of fiction and more opportunity to develop his characters, which is a true highlight of the story’s overall impact and its forceful yet poetic ending.
Stray is available, cheaply (and occasionally offered up for free), in a Kindle edition on Amazon.
You can, also, discover more about the inventive Howard at:
Meanwhile, another respected gay author, Owen Keehnen (the Starz series, Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow) is offering his acclaimed debut horror novel Doorway Unto Darkness at half off its cover price of $15. Exploring the emotional torment (and the black humor involved therein) when a man begins to suspect that he’s a notorious serial killer, Doorway is a twisted, quickly enjoyable read.
In fact, I was lucky enough to interview Keehnen about the book and our mutual Karen Black obsession this past fall:
To purchase a sale copy of Doorway Unto Darkness, you can contact Keehnen on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And until next time – Sweet love and pink Grue, Big Gay Horror Fan!