Cutting Block: Single Slices vol. 1


Do You Love Ghost Stories?
Frightening Stories?

How about Felice Picano’s ghost stories? His book Looking Glass Lives? Or his much anthologized short stories—“Hunter,”Absolute Ebony,”Room Nine,”Uneasy Spirits”. and “Nightly Visitor?”

Then you will love Picano’s new novelette, “After Sunset in the Second Parlor Garden” just published along with 8 other scary pieces by other authors in the brand new collection Cutting Block: Single Slices Volume 1. On sale August 25th, 2017

Picano sets his very contemporary new tale in the high risk, winner takes all world of TV series today. When a newlywed couple of television writers move into a house in Beverly Hills that’s never been on the market, they are not prepared for those strange whisperings in the lovely little attached garden. -- And anyway what harm could a little gossip do?....

Cutting Block Single Slices, Volume 1, edited by Patrick Beltane
Kindle Edition $3.99, paperback edition $12.95
ISBN 978-0-9961159-2-6
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“A well crafted gateway to works of the strange, the unsettling, the terrifying, Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a bit of macabre with their literary taste."   –Bram Stoker Award winner Eric J. Guignard

Nights at Rizzoli


Salvador Dalí, Jerome Robbins, Jackie Onassis. Gregory Peck, Mick Jagger—S. J. Perelman—I. M. Pei. Philip Johnson, Josephine Baker, John Lennon: they, and so many more who made New York City the center of the universe in the 1970s, all had one thing in common besides their adopted hometown—they shopped at a legendary palace of books, music and art: Rizzoli Books at 712 Fifth Avenue. There, Kennedys and Rockefellers mingled with tourists and “regular” customers under the watchful gaze of sophisticated employees, themselves a multi-talented, international collection of artists, scholars and rogues.

Nights at Rizzoli is the memoir of Felice Picano, an aspiring but near-starving young writer who in 1971 lucked into a part-time job at the stunningly elegant store via a friend. It metamorphosed into a life-changing experience, one that exposed him to some of the brightest lights in the world’s cultural capital. At the store, he himself became a key player on a stage that opened every night to a new drama that often featured romance, at times violence, and of course always the books and their readers.

And when his shift was over, in this post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS era, the handsome young bookstore manager stepped from one world into another, prowling the piers, bars and very private clubs of a different New York City.

Author: Felice Picano
224 pages, including 5 black & white photographs
Paperback ISBN 978-1-939293-67-1 • E-book 978-1-939293-68-8
$24.95 at Buy it Here

True Stories Too

trueStoriesToo.jpgPeople and Places from My Past

Award-winning author Felice Picano returns with a new collection of memoirs, True Stories Too: People and Places from My Past, expanding his highly praised portraits and anecdotes to reveal histories of his family, friends, and lovers. In this new volume Picano also delights with wonderful new tales of the many places he has lived in and visited, including New York, California, Rhode Island, Germany, and Japan.

Author: Felice Picano
Pages: 278, paperback
Pub Date: June 17, 2014

ISBN-10: 1937627152
ISBN-13: 978-1937627157
Chelsea Station Editions $15.00
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“Felice Picano, as his name suggests, is both a happy and piquant memoirist. Gifted with a prodigious memory and an inexhaustible curiosity, Picano observes everything—Japan, Berlin, his own family—in a fresh and indelible way.”
          —Edmund White

Like People In History is Back!

LikePeopleIn-AudibleExclusively on Audible!

  • Written by: Felice Picano
  • Narrated by: Ethan Sawyer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • This title is scheduled to be released on 09-24-13

  • Free with Subscription, or $34.94 for non-members - Get it HERE

Stonewall Cousins, Roger and Alistair, become lifelong friends when they meet as boys in 1954. After both discovering their homosexuality, their lives intersect against the backdrop of 20th Century gay culture, from the beachboy surfer days of the 1960's, to the Greenwich Village AIDS activism in the 1990's.

Picano--bestselling author, founder of the first gay publshing house in New York, and one of the original seven members of the legendary Violet Quill Club--uniquely captures American gay life and subculture during the last half of the 20th century in this brilliantly written, extraordinarily entertaining saga.

"...the gay Gone With The Wind" -- Edmund White

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Wonder City of the West

from 20th Century Un-limited

Chapter 1

"The benefits of walking , especially up a hill like that one,” Dr. Deanna Cheung had said, “Are inestimable.”

Little did she know.

Deanna was my blood pressure specialist at a clinic for such, attached to a hospital, and she insisted that I walk as much as possible, and that walking regularly would be even better than the lisinopril and amlopidine she’s prescribed and that I was taking for my moderate blood pressure issue.

“Our distant ancestors walked five to six hours a day.” Deanna pointed out. “And they ate predominantly fruits, nuts and vegetables.”

I’m pretty good with produce, eat a lot. But I forebore from mentioning that our distant ancestors were three-feet-four tall, weighed sixty pounds at most and lived until the age of about seventeen.

But the hill was there. I lived two thirds of the way up a steep hill in the West Hollywood Hills, and it went all the hell the way up, a corkscrew road, with, once you got to the top, absolutely dizzying views.

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