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.


The Other Man

theothermanEdited by Paul Alan Fahey

Who is the other man? He’s an accident waiting to happen: the skateboarder round the bend, the smiling barista with the extra hot mocha, the computer geek eager to retool your mate’s hard drive. He’s a relationship gatecrasher bound by no rules and with no sense of fair play. Like Caesar, he comes, he sees, he conquers. On the flip side, you or I can be the other man, charging in and breaking the bonds of a committed relationship without a thought to the pain and misery inflicted upon the injured parties. Face it: We’re not all innocent bystanders in other-man scenarios.

The Other Man is an artistic collaboration by and about gay men and their relationships. If you’ve ever been the other man, had him invade your life, or are just plain curious about this beguiling, unpredictable and dangerous creature, then this anthology of personal essays is for you. Twenty-one of our most acclaimed authors, many Lambda Award winners and finalists, write candidly about either being the other man, suffering the other man or having their relationships tested by infidelity. What they tell us is we must take heart, it does get better and one day our luck is bound to change. We’ll survive the bumps and detours in our relationships and weather the storms, or resolve to move on. Along the way, we’ll hope to meet someone new and simpatico, maybe even our long-awaited soul mate. Life will be good again. Or will it?

Contributors include: Perry Brass, Austin Bunn, Rob Byrnes, Mark Canavera, R.W. Clinger, Lewis DeSimone, Paul Alan Fahey, Wes Hartley, William Henderson, Allen Mack, Jeff Mann, Tom Mendicino, Erik Orrantia, Felice Picano, David Pratt, Glen Retief, Jeffrey Ricker, Rodney Ross, Jason Schneiderman, Philip Dean Walker, and Chuck Willman. Edited by: Paul Alan Fahey.

Published by JMS Books
ISBN: 9781611524680
PRICE: $6.99
GENRE: Anthology • Gay • Memoirs • Nonfiction
Available now at:  Amazon.com

On The Shelves Now


The new book is called 20th Century Unlimited, and it consists of a short novel of about 155 pages and a novella of about 55 pages.

As is usually the case I have no idea where the idea for either story came from. Sometimes I think I'm channeling dead people and telling their stories. Sometimes I merely accept the fact that I have multiple personalities who are all clamoring to be heard.

The beginning of the longer work, "Wonder City of the West," came rather directly from the 10 years that I lived in the Hollywood Hills, close to the top of a hill that most people don't even know of, even though it is visible from Sunset Blvd and accessible by the straggly, two lane, western end of Hollywood Blvd. I used to hike up to the top every week or so as cardio exercise.

Both of these stories are "Speculative Fiction" and both of them are time-travel stories, although not in any ordinary way. "Ingoldsby" is sort of a summer-house party story, and "Wonder City" is an homage to filmdom's Golden Age in Hollywood, filled with gossip and scandal. Like I said, not your ordinary time-travel stories.

See what people are saying about '20th Century Unlimited' → Lamda Literary

Read a Special Teaser for 20th Century Unlimited HERE → Wonder City of the West


Twelve O'Clock Tales

Twelve O'Clock Tales is the fourth collection of short fiction by legendary novelist and memoirist, Felice Picano (The Lure, Like People in History, True Stories).

A personal homage to the storytellers of his youth, Edgar Allen Poe, E.F. Benson, and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as his acquaintances, Arthur C. Clarke and Harlan Ellison. Eleven dark tales, eerie, bizarre, and dreamlike, the tales with thrill and disturb, discomfort and titillate, enthrall and leave you wondering. Picano ranges across time and space, from tribal West Africa to the American heartland, to a lab in Venezuela, and a California Highway fifteen years from now.

His characters range from a teen accident survivor with a secret, to a far-future scholar forced to travel to a galactic backwater, to a retired L.A. cop who dabbles in astrology, and a peasant girl in B.C.E. Israel encountering the strangest of strangers. The eleven tales include brand new stories and acknowledged Picano masterworks collected here for the first time.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826595
ISBN-13: 978-1602826595
Buy it HERE!

Acclaim for Felice Picano

"Felice Picano is one hell of a writer!" --Stephen King

"Picano's destiny has been to lead the way for a generation of gay writers." --Robert L. Pela, The Advocate

Our Naked Lives: Essays from Gay Italian American Men

OurNakedLives.jpgEdited by Joseph Anthony Logiudice  &  Michael Carosone 

Literary Nonfiction. LGBT Studies. Italian American Studies. Edited by Joseph Anthony LoGiudice and Michael Carosone. An amazing collection of essays that finally addresses an experience so many of us share. Evocative, moving, and entertaining, OUR NAKED LIVES brings forth the stories of so many of us who've often felt left out in gay culture as well as in Italian-American culture, while simultaneously celebrating the richness of both.

Publisher: Bordighera Press
PubDate: 5/1/2013
ISBN: 9781599540504
Price: $15.00
Buy it at:  Amazon  -or-  Barnes & Noble

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