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April 19, 2006
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Alicia E. Goranson is a writer from the Boston area. She tells stories
about the strength of the underdog, the alienated and the unloved.
In addition to her novel, Supervillainz, her other works have appeared
in Other Magazine.-- from
Saints & Sinners
Supervillainz (2006) -
of the 2005 Project QueerLit award;
Finalist 2006 Lambda Literary Award
Supervillainz boots transgender literature out of
the classroom and into modern hipster culture with its unapologetic
depiction of young genderqueers and their daily struggles for income,
housing and friendship. By shifting focus away from the typical angst of
passing and cultural acceptance, Supervillainz delivers a hard-edged
tale of young adults focused on the mundanities of postcollege life, and
the extreme measures they must take when a struggle breaks out between
themselves and a clan more economically and socially powerful than they.
Bit and Devon, 20-something trangendered friends, are
mugged one night, but are rescued by a headstrong man in a high-tech
suit, acting as a superhero. When the man is shot to death by the crowd
he attracts while showing off his newfound abilities, Bit and Devon
escape with his helmet. The man’s family blames Bit for the killing and
pursues her, and anyone connected to her, throughout Boston. While she
and Devon hide out at the loft of Galeno, a boi and drinking buddy of
Devon’s, a jilted lover of Bit’s roommate Markie reveals their location
to the superheroes. Bit is kidnapped but exchanged for the helmet.
However, all is not forgiven, so Bit and Devon set off
to discover what they can about the superheroes to figure out how to
defend themselves. When the superheroes threaten to destroy Bit and
Devon financially, the friends decide to reveal the truth behind the
superheroes at a queer rally. Two sides face off, and the queers escape
to rebuild their lives, but not with each other.
“…AND THE WORLD GROWS A LITTLE DARKER”
In 2010, Alicia had two plays performed – “The
Sirens of War” in the Big Broadcast of 1946 show at the Somerville
Theater and “Doctor Who and the Starship of Madness” at Arisia 2011,
both for the Post-Meridian Radio Players.
In 2009, she had two plays performed – a ten-minute
short called “The B’Arkies” for the Ten Tiny Shows festival, and an
adaptation of the Orson Welles version of “War of the Worlds”, set
in Boston (bb1938.com), for the Post-Meridian Radio Players.
In the early 1950s, Leonard Allen was the producer and host of After
Dark, a very popular, independently-produced suspense-horror radio
show. His on-air persona, Dr. Damien Crask, was practically a
household name. But when his best friend and business partner,
Robert Stroud, stole the scripts and decamped for Hollywood to
produce his own show, After Dark lost its biggest sponsor and Allen,
feeling betrayed, gave up. After Dark died, unfinished.
Fifty years later, Allen is dying in a state-run nursing home, when
he is approached by the mysterious David Lewis, a smooth-talking
businessman who gives him a strange offer: the role of caretaker and
tour guide for an historic lighthouse off the New England coast.
Allen is unable to resist the lure of a mystery and, when
invigorated by a sudden and unexplained improvement in his health,
he accepts the job.
But for Allen, settling into his new home, overlooking the stormy
sea below, it all seems too perfect. Just who are the people of Sea
Robin Island and why do so many of them seem familiar? Why go
through so much effort to get one, very specific, old man for such a
mundane job? Why does a very useful, technically-minded teenage girl
show up on his doorstep just before he discovers a disused radio
transmission facility behind a door locked from the inside? And why
is it so important for Dr. Damien Crask to return to the airwaves
long after America has left the Golden Age of Radio behind?
Leonard Allen is determined to get answers, but shortly after he
discovers the bizarre truth, he learns that the plan is destined to
go horribly, horribly wrong. Sea Robin Island will become a
wasteland and face demons far greater than any mortal enemy if
something isn’t done. But how can one old man and one rebellious
teenage girl prevent the ongoing wave of destruction?
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