Earlier this year Obverse Books published a short story collection titled 'Shenanigans! Gay Men Mess With Genre'.
The cover blurb, from editor Paul Magrs:
How do you feel about writing a short story for me? I'm about to edit a story anthology for Obverse Books and I'm going to invite a select number of gay men to write stories based in a genre - any genre they like - and maybe more than one at a time.
I love the idea of writers working in different genres and using the rules for each one... but I do have this theory that when gay men write detectives, space opera, paranormal romance or whatever... there's a bit of
subversion and bending of the rules going on. I'm after mash-ups and literary crossovers... a bit of Camp Cosy Crime and some satirical thrillers; sexy confessional tales and some time travel; magical realism and outrageous mythic fantasy.
What do you think...?
Several of the authors will be reading out their contributions to the book, including:
JOSEPH LIDSTER has written scripts for radio and television, including episodes of Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. He is currently working on scripts for other TV projects as well as a micro-budget film. You can follow him on twitter at twitter.com/joelidster.
JONATHAN KEMP was born in Manchester and lives in London. His first novel, London Triptych, won the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award. A collection of prose poems, Twentysix, was published in 2011, and his second novel, All There Is + All There Is Not, is forthcoming in 2014 (all published by Myriad Editions). He teaches creative writing and comparative literature at Birkbeck.
RUPERT SMITH is the author of several novels, including the Stonewall Award winning Man's World. He has written genre fiction of various types under various names, notably erotica as James Lear (including the best-selling The Back Passage) and blockbusting 'women's fiction' as Rupert James. For over twenty years he was a journalist, contributing to dailies, weeklies and monthlies; for eight years he was a TV critic for The Guardian. He lives in London.
NICK CAMPBELL is an administrator and research student living in London. He blogs about books at leaf-pile.blogspot.co.uk, and in 2010 and 2011 was a judge of the Green Carnation Prize for great modern gay writing.
With more to be announced.
The readings will be followed by a discussion about gay men and genre fiction.