An asteroid miner recovering from an accident learns that the cure might be scarier than the trauma. A man discovers a mirror in an antiques shop that allows its gazers to climb inside and visit paradise. A teenager is haunted by the memory of a strange boy who appeared in his bedroom when he was a child. A future pandemic survivor is forced to make a terrible sacrifice in order to save the world's gay male population. A cult survivor sees a man who reminds him of someone from the past and begins to lose a bit of his hard-earned control. An entity that exhibits characteristics of both angel and vampire tells its peculiar story to an anonymous confessor and potential lover in the shadows of an LGBTQ club.
Silent film actresses who haunt a Hollywood Hills mansion, mysterious beings who lurk in the closet, and witches who may or may not live under the bed: these and many other dark fiction entities from this twisted box of curiosities come together to serve the reader a cornucopia of chilling horror, sci-fi terror, and dark fantasy. In a bloody twist on the antiquated trope of "burying the gays,” sixteen established and award-winning genre fiction scribes from around the globe, including Felice Picano (Lambda Award nominee and co-founder of The Violet Quill), Greg Herren (Lambda Award winner and co-founder of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival), Daniel M. Jaffe (Rainbow Award and American Fiction Prize finalist), and Thomas Kearnes (Lambda Award nominee), put forth a dazzling array of creature features, shadow fables, and dreadful delusions spotlighting LGBTQ+ characters.
Prepare to unearth your deepest nightmares.
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“The Other Boy”
A teenager who is haunted by the memory of a strange boy who appeared in his bedroom when he was a child. When his parents, with whom he has a troubled relationship, invite a stranger into their home, he believes it to be the same boy from his childhood.
“When the Dust Settles”
An asteroid miner recovering from an accident learns that the cure might be scarier than the trauma when the other injured miners start dying.
“Night Follows Night”
When Zane was a child, he belonged to a religious cult, escaping when he was eighteen. While it has been some time since he escaped, he still bears some deep psychological scarring, and when he sees a man who reminds him of someone from the cult, he begins to lose a bit of his hard-earned control.
“I Can’t Wait to Become a Man” (Psychological horror)
A middle-aged recent rehab graduate shares a duplex with an ex-lover who insists their paths never cross.
“1,000 Tiny Cuts”
After a woman marries and begins to build a family with an elegant woman who seems totally out of her league, she discovers that what the new wife wants most isn’t domestic bliss but utter control, and she will learn just how far her wife will go to maintain it.