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22Dec/16

Review of The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland by Joe Cosentino

Way back when we were small, we had a wonderful time with Joe Cosentino, who regaled us with unforgettable tales from his theatrical past. To find out more about Joe and get links to his work, check out Episode 014: I Saw Bruce Willis Naked!

REVIEW

A great big dollop fairy dust has been thrown over four traditional tales of Far Far Away and made them totally fabulous. Add a dash of ribald humour, gentle digs at the straight community, and you have a what Joe Cosentino does best. Jaunty, humorous tales with a bittersweet edge.

First, we have The Naked Prince, who appears in front of poor, downtrodden Cinder (guess which tale this is…) He’s stark bollock naked and helpless, due to being robbed. He’s also a bit of a jackass, which was a refreshing twist, and the Stepmother eventually gets off with the Queen….

In The Golden Rule, Gideon Golden has been thrown out of his home by his homophobic parents (sadly, an all-too-common theme in reality.) The tale takes on a happier note when he takes shelter in an empty cottage on Bear Mountain. The three burly bears all take a shine to young Gideon, and the theme is love and acceptance.

Next, Whatever Happened To…? A size queen reporter (Jack, who has a thing for giants!) is sent to interview Pinnochio about his childhood, and discovers that Pinnochio’s nose isn’t the only appendage that grows when he tells porkies. Could this be true love and the beginning of a Happy Ever After?

And finally, Ice Cold gains its inspiration from Grimm’s The Snow Queen (or if you’re a millennial, Frozen.) Two boys, childhood friends, are orphaned and grow up together, eventually realising they are in love before one seeks adventure and falls into the clutches of Isadore, the Ice Prince. This story sets a different tone to the others and I enjoyed it most of all, as the jokey dialogue is replaced with real drama and tension.

So expect the unexpected. The bones of each traditional tale are there, but Cosentino has made mischief with just about every one of them. This is a gay new world, where all the tropes are turned on their heads, introducing other well-known characters as cameos or giving them walk-on parts. The author has a theatrical background and it shows in the dialogue. What fun this would be if it was set on the stage! (STRICTLY for adults only, of course!)

If I had a niggle, it would be that in places, the writing seemed a little clumsy when the secondary characters began squabbling. Yes, it was funny, but it took away from the major plot-lines. Not that this mattered too much. The book was an easy read, a bit of a giggle, and not too taxing on the brain cells. Is it his best book? No, but it is huge fun and has been written with so much affection, it’s very hard not to like it.

29Oct/15

WROTE Podcast 2015 Halloween Radio Show

WROTE-2015-Halloween-Radio-ShowWe’re inviting you to a whole new “Boo!”

Open up your goodie bag and we’ll give you a treat. After all, my little goblins, how can you resist tales about things that go bump in the night?

This Halloween your WROTE Podcast hosts – Jayne, Baz, and Vance – have teamed up with several podcast alumni authors to bring you ten tales of Mystery, Malevolence, and Mayhem.

This special episode will celebrate us taking the mask off the podcast to offer you more LGBTQ inclusive content. That’s right… queer storytelling in all genres.

So grab your security blanket and get ready for ten narrated tales that celebrate Halloween in Written on the Edge style.

Still think it’s a trick?

This cauldron contains goodies from F.E. Feeley Jr., Albert Nothlit, Angel Martinez*, Joe Cosentino, Keelan Ellis, J. Scott Coatsworth, Jayne Lockwood*, SA “Baz” Collins, Rick R. Reed, and Brad Vance*.

Click on the cauldron and test your mettle… If you dare!

* Narrated by the author. All others narrated by Vance Bastian.

In case you’ve got wee goblins running around… This special does have a NSFW rating.

 

14Aug/15

Joe Cosentino

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It gives us great pleasure to announce Joe Cosentino as the guest on episode 014: I Saw Bruce Willis Naked!
Join us as we talk with Joe about his journey from actor, to playwrite, to novelist. We also discuss how his past influenced his recent novel Drama Queen  and why our stories are so important.
You can find Joe’s novels here:

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