The Lambda Award Winning Book I was In: Best Gay Erotica 2009
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Best Gay Erotica 2009 came out, but I wanted to do an update post about it. It’s not for money or promotion. I was paid a flat fee to be part of the book ($25 plus 2 free copies) and I have never seen, nor will I ever see, any royalties from that book. In fact, I don’t think anyone will ever see royalties. That’s how book publishing works sometimes. In the same respect, I was thrilled to be part of the book, and I was just as thrilled when I found out I had a short story in a Lambda Award winning book. For me that’s rare because I never submit anything to awards. I have a rule: I’m only in competition with myself.
With that said, I’ve been in so many anthologies since I was in college I truly do not remember most of them. But I do remember this story well because it seemed to resonate with so many people, and I never thought that would happen. It just thought it was a quirky little story that I had fun writing.
The story was first published in an anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, which got some great reviews. and then it was selected for BEST GAY EROTICA 2009 anthology by Richard Labonte. And the BGE 2009 anthology went on to win a Lambda award this year in the best gay erotica category.
Recently, I decided to retire the story for good and have it published, for the last time ever, with loveyoudivine.com as an e-book. I made a few changes to the original story, so it’s not exactly the same as the one published in the first two print books. I added more dimension to the main character and one supporting character, and I added a happy ending that expresses hope and promise for the future of these two characters.
When I wrote that post I had no idea that the publisher LoveYouDivine would go out of business. So that wasn’t the last time the story was published. After LYD closed for good I released Down the Basement with my own indie press, Ryan Field Books. And that will be the last time it will ever be published by anyone, ever again.
Here’s a link to Best Gay Erotica 2009
And here’s one for Down the Basement. It’s gender bending, it’s gender neutral, and when I wrote it I had no idea that all these things would become so relevant in 2019. There’s also a sequel to the story, here, titled, Down the Basement II Santa Saturday.
Police Chief Apologizes for Anal Sex Comments
This is interesting because it touches on the subject of the police arresting gay men for having sex in public bathrooms. But that’s not the only thing it’s about.
You can check it out, here. It also gets into the terribly poor police response that went down when white supremacists protested a Pride event in June. There’s a disturbing video.