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Point of View, Part II
Learning to Love Conflict
Story Structure
Keep ‘em Guessing
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Literary Streetwalker
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New World of Publishing
To Blog Or Not To Blog
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Shameless Self-Promotion
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Two Girls Kissing
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The Write Stuff
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Sex Is All Metaphors
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Susan DiPlacido


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Boys in Heat

Edited by Richard Labonté

Book Review by Vincent Diamond

 

Gay Erotic Ficiton

With an open-ended theme like boys in heat, renowned gay fiction editor Richard Labonté has assembled a far-ranging collection of stories that feature a young man in the throes of passion. From the California coastline and its surfers to the cold streets of Washington, D.C. and the far reaches of Eastern Europe, these stories have a range of settings, voices, and characters. Labonté chose experienced writers for the book; familiar names like Jonathan Asche, Michael Cain, Dale Chase, Syd McGinley, and J.M. Snyder all have tales here.
 
"A Recipe For…" is the strong opener from Kal Cobalt. When a small-town boy gets lost in the un-named big city, he meets a man behind a restaurant and assumes the stranger is a cook. But the stranger is something more than a short-order hash slinger and introduces the narrator to gay sex—and the brush-off afterwards. The narrator finds freedom in the big city, away from small-town constrictions and scripts. The story feels real.

In J.M. Snyder's "Hooking Up," two young men meet for the first time after an online connection. Brandon longs for something more than just quick sex. When he and Damien hook up in real life, the encounter both unnerves and arouses Brandon. Snyder's first-person, present tense prose is filled with energy, and the story captures the edgy uncertainty of sex with a stranger. When they come together, literally and figuratively, there is some measure of contentment for both.

If you like your erotica with a straight-ahead, pornish edge, the "Cockfighting" by Keith Peck, will fill the order. With nary a nuance of characterization beyond physical description, three men in Raleigh share some joints and sweaty, violent sex in a public park. The description is vivid, the language is raw, and with multiple partners, multiple combinations, and multiple orgasms, the story stands out as the most hard-core in the book.

There's very little intimacy in "Intimacy," Drew Gummerson's contribution to the anthology. The various sexual encounters are oddly non-erotic; they're told in flat prose in the context of rituals, ribbing, and mockery. Set in Poland, the story is wrapped around a search for a serial murderer, yet it feels awkwardly jerky. It reads like an excerpt from a longer piece; perhaps this is a novel-in-progress. If so, it has interesting possibilities.

The final standout in the anthology is "The Key-Marker's Wife" by Ted Cornwell. An unemployed Brian becomes a little infatuated with Serge, a young vendor who has a portable hardware store in downtown Baltimore. (Is there such a thing? Hotdog vendors I can imagine; hardware on wheels?) Brian and Serge get to be buddies, and when Serge invites Brian to fish, of course he says yes. The fishing leads to walk up to a secluded area in the woods and after lush physical description of Serge's many assets, the author ends the piece with a nod to the reader's imagination. "His cock is now totally hard and in front of Brian's face. 'You can do whatever you want,' Serge says." The fade to black ending might be frustrating to some readers, enticing to others.

"Telling a Switch's Story" from Arden Hill and "Unmasked" by Syd McGinley are both shorter pieces that have a lot of impact. Sometimes short stories should be just that—short and quick.

Filled with young men yearning—for sex, for love, for connection—Boys in Heat is a surefire way to warm your winter nights. Light the fire, get out the candles, and read some hot erotica.

Vincent Diamond
December 2008

Boys in Heat edited by Richard Labonté
(Cleis Press, May 2008; ISBN-10: 1573443174)
Available at Amazon.com  / Amazon UK


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© 2008 Vincent Diamond. All rights reserved.


About the Author:
Vincent Diamond's short story collection, Rough Cut, was released by Lethe Press in 2008. "An erotic wordsmith," says noted editor Richard Labonté in the foreword to the book, "...erotic fiction that possesses story-telling heft." Diamond's stories have appeared in Screaming Orgasms, Sex on the Beach, Coming Together: Under Fire, Country Boys, Truckers, Best Gay Romance 2007, Hot Cops, Love in a Lock-Up, Best Gay Love Stories 2005 and 2006, in the e-books Feathers, Chance Encounters, Under Arrest, and Play Ball from Torquere Press, and online at Fishnet, Clean Sheets and Ruthie's Club.
More info, with free stories and excerpts, available at: www.vincentdiamond.com.



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'09 Movie Reviews

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As She's Told
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Bedding Down
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Broken
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Brushes & Painted Dolls
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Cassandras Chateau
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The Edge of Impropriety
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Exposure
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Free Pass
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The Gift of Shame
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Kiss It Better
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The New Rakes
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Ninety Days of Genevieve
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Obsession: An Erotic Tale
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Seduce Me
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Lesbian Cowboys
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Night's Kiss
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Where the Girls Are
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Gay Erotica

Animal Attraction 2
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Boys in Heat
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Faewolf
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The Low Road
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Personal Demons
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Ready to Serve
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The Secret Tunnel
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Shuck
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Transgressions
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Best Sex Writing '09
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The Big Penis Book
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