Author Interview: Talbot Finch

Talbot Finch: “The queer community has suffered far too many tragic endings in literature and film as it is, and it’s important, I think, to be reminded that misery isn’t our birthright.” I’d like to welcome Talbot Finch to the BLOG. Talbot is a skilled and imaginative queer author and artist residing in the southeastern […]

BOOK REVIEW: SAFE HARBOUR (JAGGED SHORES #2)

“I really thought he was the man for me, except he didn’t show me the kind of man he really was. Not then. That didn’t come until much later.” – Thom Collins, Safe Harbour SAFE HARBOUR by Thom Collins is an engaging M/M romance thriller. Although it’s the second book in the Jagged Shores series, […]

The Vampire & Queerness In 19th Century Gothic Literature

“But to die as lovers may – to die together, so that they may live together.” ― Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla Note: I’ve added images of reference texts that delve into the topics of vampires, sexuality, queerness, and 19th-century literature within their pages. These are but a few, though ones I’ve quite enjoyed. This post […]

Memorable Reads of 2023

  “And books, they offer one hope that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that universe, one is saved.” – Anne Rice AT THE beginning of 2023, I made a New Year’s Resolution to read more. Specifically, I wanted to choose reading over watching TV in my downtime. […]

Book Review: Violet Reverie By Talbot Finch

“Nathan felt a chill in the air and an irrepressible feeling of dread. He clambered to his feet and found his way to the bedside table. He grabbed the matchbox from the drawer, and with trembling fingers, struggled to light the candle he kept close by. The footsteps were nearly there.” – Talbot Finch, Violet […]

Review: The Housekeeper: A Gay Victorian Novelette By Talbot Finch

“And for what it’s worth, I don’t find anything about you repulsive. On the contrary, I can’t remember meeting a more wonderful person.” – Talbot Finch, The Housekeeper THE NINETEENTH century, particularly the later half, has always captivated me; I’m a sucker for a good Victorian novel—or in this case, a novelette. While the Gothic literature of the […]

A Queer Reading Of Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire

FOR ME, one of Anne Rice’s appeals is that she often wrote from a queer perspective. Her vampire fiction is intellectual, brooding, and deeply thought-provoking while remaining accessible to a broad audience. Her Vampire Chronicles are riddled with homoerotic content and androgynous characters that appear human yet are always otherworldly. Her vampires transcend polarized sexuality, going […]

Review: The Bad To Be Series by Andrew Grey

LIKE MANY of author Andrew Grey’s M/M series, be they thriller or romance, characters from the first novel often play supporting ones in the next installment and so on. It creates a beautiful interconnectedness, a community of fabulous characters who each get a turn to tell their story with the added reader bonus of familiarity. […]

Reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula Through a Queer Lens

BRAM STOKER’S Dracula is a late nineteenth-century gothic novel—or horror if it pleases you—that’s intrigued me for decades, or “oceans of time,” as Count Dracula would say. Dracula, the work itself, is akin to the vampire’s esoteric, complex, and polymorphic state. There are numerous ways to deconstruct this book to uncover and interpret multiple meanings and […]

Review: The Beautiful Things Shoppe by Philip William Stover

“Their collections may clash, but their hearts are a perfect match.” LIKE MANY people, I collect things. I love to acquire, organize, and display items and objects that represent and reflect aspects of my personality and my varied interests. My diverse collection includes but is not limited to, Greco-Roman and Egyptian art/statuary, vintage movie stills, […]