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19Nov/16

Review of At Danceteria And Other Stories by Philip Dean Walker

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REVIEW

This is an audacious collection, set in the 1970’s and 80’s, featuring the rich and famous, dead or still alive. Audacious because the events are (probably) fiction, featuring real life celebrities (Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Halston, Liza Minnelli, to name just a few.) These affectionate and mischievous tales are moving, visceral and funny all at once, leaving the reader feeling as if they’ve been sand-blasted with fabulousness. Sparkly, yet sore as hell.

There is a distinct cool 1970’s/hot 1980’s vibe shimmering through this book, flamboyant characters coming to vibrant life, the drugs, the partying, the sex, the smart talk. Yet the whole thing is overshadowed by the spectre of AIDS. Death, dawning realisation, partying before someone turns the lights out, it is all here, in an incredible group of stories, the like of which I will never forget.

To find out more about each story, read below. Or don’t, and just read the book instead. It’s wonderful. And four weeks after reading it, still as clear as crystal. Damn you, Philip Dean Walker for getting inside my head!

By Halston is one night in the life of the fashion designer and his muse Liza Minnelli as they Hoover cocaine like Tony Montana before the launch of a new fashion collection (for JC Penney…) and party the night away at Studio 54. The crisp dialogue and insights into an outwardly glamorous world are pin sharp. Walker has studied these people and loves them, for all their faults and insecurities. Halston’s ultimate destiny is hinted at in one chillingly mundane observation, that he has “always preferred black rough trade.” He draws Halston as generous, egotistical, colourful, insecure, talented. Simply, he is Halston. By Halston.

Don’t Stop Me Now. Four besties, Freddie (Mercury,) Kenny (Everett,) Cleo (Rocos,) and Diana (Spencer,) a fantasy foursome if ever there was one, enjoy ribald humour and a night at a drag show.  This was hugely enjoyable yet so poignant, considering that all but one are now dead. I grew up with Freddie and Kenny. I watched Lady Di turn into Princess Diana. When they fell, one by one, it was as if a piece of my own history had died with them. So reading this gleeful tale of “what ifs” with the four of them having good times, going to a drag club, was wonderful. Diana dressing as a drag king might be implausible, but the way it was written, you could easily imagine it happening. As she strips herself of her “Princess” persona, a drag queen dresses up in her image, reminding her that the world needed Princess Diana. Nothing could stop her now.

In Charlie Movie Star, Rock Hudson is at the White House, a guest of Nancy and Ronald Reagan. Although he’s aware of the new virus circulating around the gay community, he feels remote from it, first inviting a younger staffer back to his room. Fast forward to Tracks nightclub, and he meets another man called Gus. In 2016, we know he’s playing with fire. Every fibre in me wanted to call out across the decades, “beware!” But he doesn’t, and we know what happened next.

The Boy Who Lived Next To The Boy Next Door deals with AIDS head-on, as the narrator (we never learn his name) observes people in his community dropping like flies with what he calls HGF (Hot Guy Flu.) For a while, it seems as if people actually want to get this new virus, because it is seen as a badge of their desirability. That is, until the first not-so-hot guy falls ill. From then on, no-one is safe. This is meant to hit hard, and it does. The beautiful ballet dancer cutting his own face to make himself ugly and protect himself against HGF is especially shocking; a sobering reminder of those terrible dark years.

Sequins At Midnight is one night in the life of Sylvester, disco king at the height of his fame. One fabulous night, with his adoring fans before him, among them is Jason, waiting for him to sing his favourite song. As Sylvester toys with him from the stage, he thinks about his life so far, and we are given glimpses into his private persona, from when he is growing up to what brings him to this night. AIDS hasn’t yet struck, but it is waiting in the wings. We know this, yet Sylvester doesn’t. He is thinking about his life, from the brutal realisation that he is gay, to his famous friends who adore him. Yet he also knows full well, no-one gets a show for free. There are no refunds at the door….

Jackie and Jerry and The Anvil A somewhat sombre tale. Jerry Torre (The Marble Faun) takes Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis to The Anvil, a notorious leather bar, after she insists he escort her for a night out. The idea of the fragrant Ms. Onassis in such a sweaty place, smelling of ass and leather, is a mischievous one, yet it turns slightly melancholy as Jackie O recalls a lost love, and it seems that life can be lonely living with so many riches, yet so little excitement. Meanwhile, Little Edie Beale seethes with resentment on the sidelines, thinking her cousin is so lucky to be in the position she’s gained….

At Danceteria, Keith Haring is celebrating his 26th birthday. Madonna is on stage, singing just for him. Life looks good, but talking to friends, he sees the undercurrents threatening the stability of his life. “Something is fucking happening here.” Five words that spread a chill throughout the sweaty club. Keith escapes the noise and craziness and goes up into the roof of the club. With a couple of Sharpies he begins to draw. He’s drawing his future, and what he thinks is the future of his community. He leaves an indelible mark, to show that once, he was there.

This is a brilliant, acid-tipped spear of a collection. Not to be missed.

 

 

15Jul/16

Chained In Darkness (Episodes 1-5) by Nicholas Bella

 

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Yes, I wish to woo the Dark Lord of gay erotica onto our show, but the following review is absolutely genuine. His website is nicholasbella.com and is definitely NSFW!

REVIEW

Nicholas Bella has written several series, and this is a standalone story told in five excoriating episodes.

They tell the story of Noel, captured by vampires after being betrayed by his best friend. The vamps rule over a kingdom of Dystopian bleakness, where the humans are an inferior species kept alive to do menial tasks and feed the vampire’s lust for blood.

Told in the first person, Noel describes in brutal detail the punishments bestowed upon him, and how his initial horror turns to hunger as he is turned into one of the fanged ones and becomes the favourite whipping boy of Theoden, one of the most sadistic Vampire Lords in the city. He is put through a series of challenges and punishments before he can earn the title of Theoden’s child and the privileges that Theoden’s other children already enjoy.  “Children” is just another way of saying “fuck slaves.” The punishments include descriptions of piercings (guiche, Prince Albert, apadravya) done with silver, which is like Kryptonite to vamps and stings like hell (squirming yet? I sure was…)

So you might have guessed by now that this is not a series for the faint of heart. Full strength erotica, chock full of BDSM, horror, punishment, and reams of bottom-clenching sex. I was actually reading some bits through my fingers, and I know that sounds dumb, but it’s true. Sometimes, only having one eye on the page is the only way to read the really gruelling bits.

And yet …. It’s strangely hot as well. Even when you think “hang on, I’ve just read a description of a guy being forced to drink piss from another guy’s arsehole.” The author stops short of making his MC indulge in Human Centipede-style Scooby snacks, but only just. Maybe that’s in next season’s episodes. I don’t know, but I feel strangely compelled to find out.

And so do a lot of other “Bellaholics,” Bella’s avid fans of all sexes, who are practically (ball) gagging for more and more. That takes a certain set of skills on the author’s part; not only punishing the reader with the literary equivalent of the Cruciatus Curse, but making them love it.

Needless to say, it isn’t all grim reading or grinding sex. It is the story of a man’s gradual submission and acceptance of his fate, very cleverly executed and well-balanced. Eventually, Noel discovers that as a Vampire, his virginal arse heals after every brutal gang-ravishing and bodily fluids taste like nectar. This might elicit eye-rolling from cynical readers (if they haven’t already thrown the book into a corner and are hunched on the sofa, keeping it in full view of their staring, bulging eyes) but it shouldn’t. Bella has created a dark world where anything is possible, and any punishment that could be meted out is done so with lavish gusto and salacious glee. He’s written a series where it’s okay to read uber-gritty, filthy, hardcore erotica and not feel grubby/cheap/perverted whilst doing it. He’s successful and rightly so. He plays his readers like a finely tuned instrument whilst simultaneously flogging them into submission with every relentless sexual encounter. Well played, Mr. Bella.

So, in one word – phew!

In several words – Recommended for anyone who would really like to see Edward Cullen’s pretty twinkly arse pounded. Again and again.

And again.

15Jul/16

Conjuring The Shroud by Tim O’Leary

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REVIEW

A short (20 pages) and funny book about practising safe sex, aimed at LGBTQA teens. Featuring a story within a story, about Adrian and Jesse, friends who fancy each other but haven’t had the opportunity to even kiss, let alone make out or do any more. Then Adrian’s mother has to go away for the night, and the perfect opportunity presents itself.

The awkwardness of a first sexual encounter, between two friends and fellow gamers, is hilariously yet sensitively told via their avatars, fighting the One Eyed Snake (stay with it…) with sheathed swords (safer, but just as fun….) There’s a lot of frat boy humour, yet the language isn’t too crude, just boys being boys. It doesn’t seem patronising, or too simplistic, just a fun read (even if you’re not a gamer) with a serious message which it doesn’t try to ram down the reader’s throat.

Not everyone has liked the story within the story, but I did because it saved the excruciating embarrassment that some (most?) teens feel when launching into sex for the first time. I’d recommend this book to any LGBTQA teen with a sense of humour, especially if they have an elven fetish.

25Mar/16

Jayne Lockwood, SA “Baz” Collins, & Vance Bastian

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March 25, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Jayne Lockwood, SA “Baz” Collins, and Vance Bastian as the hosts on episode 050: Holy Crap, We Did It!
Join us as we discuss making it to episode 50, Cover Design and Repackaging Works, Writers Strike gave us Reality TV, English Drama vs. US Reality Shows, and EPIC RFQs with Jayne Lockwood in the hot-seat.

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04Mar/16

Suzanne van Rooyen

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Join us as we talk with Suzanne about her journey in writing YA and New Adult, equality and diversity, living genderqueer, and writing as an immigrant in a nation where the native language is not your own.
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28Feb/16

2015 WRAFTA Awards

Announcing The 2015 WRAFTAS!!!

WR – Wrote (podcast inferred)
A – Award
F – For
T – Talented
A – Authors (and)
S – Storytellers

The awards were presented in a special broadcast ceremony on Sunday, February 28.

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Without further ado, the nominees are…

(In Alphabetical Order by Award)

Baz Collins Award for Inducing a Japanese Fangirl Moment:
– Jordan L. Hawk
– Lee James
– Steven dos Santos

Blood and Guts Award:
– Lee James
– Shannon Murphy
– Steven dos Santos

Breaking Surface Award:
– Keelan Ellis
– Shannon Murphy
– Brandon Witt

Doctor Dolittle Award:
– Shira Anthony
– Andy Burns
– Stephen del Mar

Doctor Who Award:
– Shira Anthony
– Kora Knight
– AJ Rose

Dreamy Environs Award:
– Michael Bode
– Stephen del Mar
– J Tullos Hennig

I Don’t See Me on the Menu Award:
– Avon Gale
– Rick R. Reed
– Brad Vance

Immersive Labryrinth Award:
– Jordan L. Hawk
– J Tullos Hennig
– Albert Nothlit

Jayne Lockwood Award for Most Laughs in an Episode:
– Michael Bode
– Joe Cosentino
– AJ Rose

Margaret Mitchell Award:
– Lee James
– Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese
– AJ Rose

Maven of Mayhem Award:
– Carole Cummings
– Jordan L. Hawk
– Stephen del Mar

Monsters in the Bed Award:
– Andy Burns
– Rick R. Reed
– Brandon Witt

Nikola Tesla Award:
– Carole Cummings
– Angel Martinez
– Albert Nothlit

Norma “Jean” Cassady Award:
– Avon Gale
– Kora Knight
– Brad Vance

The Rainbow Flag Award:
– Joe Cosentino
– Carole Cummings
– Avon Gale

Rosalind Russell Award:
– Shira Anthony
– Joe Cosentino
– Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese

Tender Tears Award:
– J. Scott Coatsworth
– F.E. Feeley, Jr.
– Albert Nothlit

Vance Bastian Award for Community Building:
– Andy Burns
– J. Scott Coatsworth
– Angel Martinez

Velvet Chocolatier Award:
– Angel Martinez
– Brad Vance
– Brandon Witt

Violet Quill Award:
– J. Scott Coatsworth
– Kora Knight
– Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese

Wait, Did You Hear That? Award:
– Keelan Ellis
– F.E. Feeley, Jr.
– Rick R. Reed

What Lies Beneath Award:
– Keelan Ellis
– F.E. Feeley, Jr.
– Shannon Murphy

You Said What? Award:
– Michael Bode
– Steven dos Santos
– J Tullos Hennig

Statistical Award for Loyal Listener:
– Torhild Borg
– Freddie MacKay
– Angel Martinez

Statistical Award for Most Listened Episode:
– Jordan L. Hawk
– AJ Rose
– Brad Vance

Audience Award for Best Guest Host:
– J. Scott Coatsworth
– Angel Martinez
– F.E. Feeley, Jr.
– Brad Vance

Audience Polling Awards (to be voted on our FB Group Page):
– Best Event
– Best Episode

** Award names will be explained during the ceremony – Winners posted here in a few days after everyone’s had a chance to listen **

26Feb/16

Ron Suresha

 TheBiggestLoverHibernation-web It gives us great pleasure to announce Ron Suresha as the guest on Episode 045: The Deliciousness.
Join us as we talk with Ron about his journey in writing, breaking into Bearotica, compiling The Biggest Lover anthology, bisexual advocacy, and stories with heart.
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19Feb/16

Pat Henshaw

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It gives us great pleasure to announce Pat Henshaw as the guest on Episode 044: You Deserve To Be Loved.
Join us as we talk with Pat about her journey in writing, the world of reviews, and the novella-length story as a choice.
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15Jan/16

Amy Hoff & Caledonia

 Caledonia The-Connoisseur It gives us great pleasure to announce Amy Hoff, Alasdair Reavey, and Christopher Stanley as the guests on Episode 039: Watch the Background Carefully.
Join us as we talk with Amy, Alasdair and Chris about Caledonia, how they translate the printed work to the screen, the importance of real characters, and highlighting the real Glasgow.
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31Dec/15

2015 Twelve Days of Stories

We at the Written on the Edge podcast are grateful for the family-in-spirit that has grown up around the idea of our stories of love, life, and living to the fullest.

As you bebop through your holiday this year, we’d like to show our gratitude with a little cheer. Twelve cheers, actually. Delivered to you in the mornings as daily half-hour stories through the end of December.

Set your listening app to automatic download. You may find a new author whose works you’ll love, or be treated to a new tale from a favorite storyteller.

We only ask that you spread the love and tell people about the authors and stories you hear this year.

Warm, safe, and happy holidays from all of us at the WROTE Podcast!

1. Partridge in a Pear Tree Dec 14 – Partridge in a Pear Tree (Last day of Hanukkah) Keelan Ellis
2. The Holiday Spirit Dec 15 – Turtledoves Carole Cummings
3. Trois Poules Françaises Dec 16 – French Hens Freddy MacKay
4. Trouble Sits Down for Dinner Dec 17 – Calling Birds Pat Henshaw
5. Five Rings Dec 21 – Gold Rings Jamie Fessenden
6. Six Geese Laid Dec 22 – Geese a-Laying (Winter Solstice) A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder
7. Seven Swans Dec 23 – Swans a-Swimming Albert Nothlit
8. Full Moon to Manhattan Dec 24 – Maids a-Milking (Christmas Eve) Jayne Lockwood
9. Midwinter Dancing Dec 28 – Ladies Dancing (mid-Kwanzaa) Angel Martinez
10.  Ten Dec 29 – Lords a-Leaping J. Scott Coatsworth
11. Piping Through the Night Dec 30 – Pipers Piping A. M. Burns
12. En Pointe Dec 31 – Drummers Drumming (New Year’s Eve) SA “Baz” Collins