Felice Picano is considered a founder of modern gay
literature. With the other members of the Violet Quill Club, he
founded the SeaHorse Press and Gay Presses of New York. -- from
Saints & Sinners
20th Century Un-limited
(April 2013 release)
The 20th Century is over and done with and nothing
can be changed. Or is it? Felice Picano’s two short novels take
delicious what-if peeks at outwitting Time’s (seemingly) unbending
In Ingoldsby, a handsome graduate student finds himself
caretaking a Midwestern architectural treasure in which not everything
or everyone is what they seem—or when they seem either! But a sexy
newcomer challenges him to change all that, for himself, and for a gay
youth way out of his own time.
In Wonder City of the West, a man too young in spirit to be at
retirement age takes a leap back to Golden Age Hollywood. He encounters
youth, friendship, a movie star lover, and talents he never knew he
possessed. But as he succeeds beyond his dreams, he must ask—is he
merely a tool for a shadowy group with a far larger purpose?
Provocative, mind-bending, sensual, and entertaining, 20th Century
Unlimited is an unexpected addition to an established body of work by an
author unafraid to confound and surpass expectations.
Fred in Love
In the early 1970s, when he was still an aspiring, unpublished writer,
Felice Picano began a remarkable relationship with an extraordinary
animal: a days-old kitten slated for euthanasia who refused to perish.
Rescued, named, and trained, Fred became an extraordinarily intelligent
companion, ally, teacher, and constant wonder to the author as he began
his ascent through the Bohemian circles of Greenwich Village, among
musicians, actors, curious characters, and even the famous British
actress in hiding right next door.
But when an acquaintance brought his female cat to be serviced by Fred,
an entire new set of experiences opened up for the cat-and for Picano,
who'd never had the nerve to befriend her owner, his ideal man. The
course of love seldom runs straight for cats or for men, and this time
would prove (hilariously) no different.
This is another of Picano's distinguished portraits of a vanished era,
when a new gay domain was solidifying only a few years after the
Stonewall Riots, and the still nascent gay literary world that Picano
would help invent was just a conception. Fred in Love is a
charming, nostalgic, funny, gossipy, involving, and ultimately
enlightening story about how we learn and grow, and how we love-whether
the object of our affection is a cat or another human being. It's sure
to take its place next to Picano's now classic literary memoirs
Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children, Men Who Loved Me: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel
A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay.
Contemporary dramatic/comedy of gay life.
The New York Years: Stories
The New York Years: An
Asian Minor/ and slashed to Ribbons in Defense of Love reprinted as two
books in one
Looking Glass Lives
Contemporary & Historical
The Book of Lies
(1998) -- Finalist 1998 Lambda Literary Book
Award in Fiction.
Bright, ambitious, and handsome, Ross Ohrenstedt is a
high flier in the fashionable field of queer studies. He has just taken
a prestigious university position in Los Angeles and has been appointed
to oversee the collection of papers and works of a leading light of the
gay literary salon known as the Purple Circle. Ross stumbles across a
"lost" work by an unknown author and his quest to identify the mystery
writer and achieve the glory of scholastic tenure unveils increasingly
bizarre and unbalanced facts about a group of writers who in the 1970s
and 1980s broke new ground in the creation of a gay literary
sensibility. But the dark truth contained within The Book of Lies is
even more startling. With biting wit and a lush sense of place and character,
Felice Picano's daring novel is at once a stylish mystery, a comical
roman à clef, and a wicked send-up of the new Ivory Tower.
Lambda Literary Award for
Dryland's End (1995) - Finalist
Set five thousand years
in the future, Dryland's End takes place in a fabulous techno-empire
ruled by intelligent, powerful women. But military rivalries, religious
fanaticism and economic competition threaten to destroy the empire from
within just as a rebellion also threatens human exi stence throughout
Like People in History
(1995) -- Winner
1995 Ferro-Grumley Award for Best Gay Male Fiction (U.S.);
Winner 1995 Gay Times of England Award for Best
Gay Fiction (UK); Winner Le Figaro
Literraire Award for Best Foreign Fiction (France); Finalist 1995
Lambda Literary Award for Fiction
Roger and Alistair become lifelong friends when they meet as boys in
1954. They discover their homosexuality and their lives intersect
against the backdrop of 20th-century gay culture, from the beachboy
surfer days of the 1960s, to Greenwich Village AIDS activism in the
To the Seventh Power
Contemporary psychological/Sci-Fi thriller.
House of Cards
Slashed to Ribbons in Defense of Love and Other Stories
Gay stories of contemporary life.
An Asian Minor: The True Story of Ganymede
Comic novella on mythological theme.
Late in the Season
A telling novel about gay life after Stonewall,
Late in the Season is one of the finest novels in the long career of one
of the founding members of the Violet Quill Club. Set on Fire Island in
late September, this is the story of an unlikely pair of friends—a gay
composer in his late thirties and an eighteen-year-old schoolgirl—both
of whom are trying to make sense of their complicated lives. But much
more than this, it is a compelling portrait of a magical time and place,
after the Stonewall riots opened up so many possibilities and before
AIDS forever changed the face of the gay world.
Psychological thriller set in New York gay world.
Noel Cummings is about to change irrevocably. After witnessing a brutal
murder, Noel is recruited by the police to assist as a lure for the
killer-at-large. Undercover, Noel moves deeper and deeper into the
freneticism of Manhattan's gay highlife...
This was the first gay
novel to be taken by major book club.
Psychological thriller set in the US West, circa 1900.
Psychological thriller/love story.
Smart As the Devil
Finalist for P.E.N./Hemingway Award for First Fiction
Fourth Ambientes: Latino/a Writing Today, co-edited
by Felice Picano and Lazaro Lima (2011) -- Finalist 2011 Lambda Book Award in Gay
As the U.S. Latino population grows
rapidly, and as the LGBTQ Latino community becomes more visible and
a more crucial part of our literary and artistic heritage, there is
an increasing demand for literature that successfully highlights
these diverse lives. Edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano,
Ambientes is a revolutionary collection of fiction featuring stories
by established authors as well as emerging voices that present a
collective portrait of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
experience in America today. With a preface by Picano and an
introduction by Lima that sets the stage for understanding Latino
literary and cultural history, this is the first anthology to cross
cultural and regional borders by offering a wide variety of urban,
rural, East Coast, West Coast, and midwestern perspectives on Latina
and Latino queers from different walks of life. Stories range from
sensual pieces to comical romances and from inner-city dramas fueled
by street language to portraits of gay domesticity, making this a
much-needed collection for many different kinds of readers. The
stories in this collection reflect a vibrant and creative community
and redefine received notions of “gay” and “lesbian.”
NINE HUNDRED & SIXTY-NINE: West Hollywood Stories
(2008), Stephen Soucy
A collections of short fiction, including stories by
Alex Roberts, Ben Scuglia, Felice Picano,
Frank Bua, Jameson Currier, Joe
Symon, John Morgan Wilson, Kyle
T. Wilson, Max Pierce, Paul D. Cain,
Rakesh Satyal, Shaun Levin, Stephen
Soucy, and Timothy State.
The Burning Pen: Sex Writers on Sex Writing
With M. Christian, ed. and Carol Queen,
Felice Picano, Jack Fritscher, Laura Antoniou, Lucy Taylor, Patrick
Califia-Rice, Shar Rednour, Simon Sheppard, and
Best Gay Erotica 1999
The year's best gay erotica,
including works by Carol Queen,
D. Travers Scott, Justin Chin, Michael Lassell, Scott O'Hara, and others.
Window Elegies (1986)
Contemporary love poetry
A True Likenesss: Lebian & Gay Writing Today
The Deformity Lover and Other Poems
Twelve O'Clock Tales
Twelve O’Clock Tales is the fourth collection
of short fiction by legendary novelist and memoirist, Felice Picano
(The Lure, Like People in History, True Stories). A personal homage
to the storytellers of his youth, Edgar Allen Poe, E.F. Benson, and
H. P. Lovecraft, as well as his acquaintances, Arthur C. Clarke and
Harlan Ellison. Eleven dark tales, eerie, bizarre, and dreamlike,
the tales will thrill and disturb, discomfort and titillate,
enthrall and leave you wondering. Picano ranges across time and
space, from tribal West Africa to the American heartland, to a lab
in Venezuela, and a California Highway fifteen years from now. His
characters range from a teen accident survivor with a secret, to a
far-future scholar forced to travel to a galactic backwater, to a
retired L.A. cop who dabbles in astrology, and a peasant girl in
B.C.E. Israel encountering the strangest of strangers. The eleven
tales include brand new stories and acknowledged Picano masterworks
collected here for the first time.
Contemporary Gay Romances
Contemporary Gay Romances is the third collection
of short fiction by legendary novelist and memoirist, Felice Picano (The
Lure, Like People in History, Ambidextrous). It is also his most diverse
in terms of the times, places, themes, characters and situations he
writes about. Filled with the unexpected, the true, and the amazing,
Contemporary Gay Romances moves with ease from gas-lit, upper class
London, to a future, climate-altered Bay Area; from semi-rural Florida
to Southern California beaches, to an extrasolar planet where people
have surprising existences. His characters range from ordinary American
suburban housewives to extraordinary children, from grieving young
geologists and memory-haunted middle aged men, to British Midlands
soccer stars and 22nd Century war heroes. Picano subtitled this
collection of stylish, unique, and moving works “Tragic, Comic, Mystic &
Horrific,” and they are all that and more. The ten tales include prize
winners as well as stories published here for the first time, and are as
different from any standard “romances” as you can get, but they will
linger in the mind and memory.
True Stories: Portraits from My Past
-- Winner 2010 Rainbow Award for Non-fiction
From author Felice Picano, co-founder of the path
breaking Violet Quill Club, comes a new collection of memoirs, many of
which have never appeared in print. Picano presents sweet and sometimes
controversial anecdotes of his precocious childhood, odd, funny, and
often disturbing encounters from before he found his calling as a writer
and later as one of the first GLBT publishers. Throughout are his
delightful encounters and surprising relationships with the
one-of-a-kind and the famous-including Tennessee Williams, W.H. Auden,
Charles Henri Ford, Bette Midler, and Diana Vreeland.
Aphrodisiac: Fiction from Christopher Street
Includes works by
Felice Picano, Jane Rule, Kate Millett,
Tennessee Williams, and others.
Best Gay Erotica 1999
(1999), Richard Labonte, ed. Selected
and introduced by Felice Picano
The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill and the Making of Gay Culture
Felice Picano, and others gay writers.
Fool For Love: New Gay Fiction
(2009), R.D. Cochrane and
Timothy J. Lambert, eds.
In an age of hookups and cybersex, who has time for a
little romance? For all those who think love’s gone the way of the 8-track
tape comes a collection of new gay fiction designed to reignite their belief
in love and romance. Follow the travails of a dog walker enchanted with his
new client, a restaurant owner who catches the eye of his most loyal customer,
a blind date fix-up, and other seekers of the lost flame as they stumble upon
romance and a possible chance at love.
Showcasing new work from some of today’s best-known gay writers the stories in
Fool for Love are a funny, sweet, and sometimes wrenching reminder of
the joy romance brings to the human heart. Includes:
Andrew Holleran, Brandon M. Long,
Greg Herren, Joel Derfner,
John H. Roush,
Mark G. Harris,
Rob Williams, Sean Anniston, and Trebor
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