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July 22, 2005
Writing Below the Belt (1995)
Michael's first book was a groundbreaking study of erotica and popular
culture as seen through the eyes of fourteen of America's best erotic
authors, as well as a devastating indictment of censorship in
literature and the arts. Released during the era of Vancouver's Little
Sister's Bookstore court case against Canada Customs, the book created
a critical firestorm. "Issues of censorship, creative freedom, and
human rights are at the heart of this book," said Boudoir Noir. "Rowe
has created a complex layering of social criticisms aimed at the
forces of creative and sexual repression." The James White Review
noted that "Belt has massive potential appeal to thinkers and readers,
advocates and activists alike. In reference to the human condition,
Rowe and company have left nary a stone unturned."
Like Daughters of Darkness and Dark Angels, Pam
Keesey's successful series of lesbian vampire stories from Cleis
Press, Sons of Darkness gathers first-rate horror fiction that reveals
the inherent homoeroticism of the vampire myth.
Sons of Darkness (1996)
In Anne Rice's
introduction to Interview with a Vampire—a film with a deeply
homoerotic undercurrent, no matter what anyone says—the author and
screenwriter says that the film upon which her novel is based isn't
"just about vampires," it's really about "us." Well, Brothers of the
Night is really about vampires. That's precisely why it's about us.
For the vampire's story, like our own stories, celebrates the erotic
power of ritual bloodletting-even, and perhaps especially, in a
cultural landscape blasted by AIDS and social alienation.
Brothers of the Night (1997)
Michael's first collection of award-winning essays and
journalism, offering a multitude of perspectives on the common threads
that run through gay men's lives, prompted Hero magazine to note that
his "concise presentation of facts without hyperbole is a model for
the type of journalism many American writers have long since
forgotten." Booklist praised the book for supporting "the notion of
the universality of human experience," adding that the book would
"touch as well as provoke all readers, regardless of their gender,
sexual orientation, or nationality, who are interested in well-spoken
ideas and opinions."
Looking for Brothers (1999)
- , 2000 Lambda Literary Award for Science/Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
Queer Fear (2000) -- Finalist
A striking and groundbreaking collection of
gay horror fiction by some of today's hottest authors and talented
newcomers, covering a wide spectrum of creatures of the night and all
manners of urban terrors. These dark, often disturbing tales expand
the boundaries of the horror genre: the sexuality of the protagonists
is a point of reference for the "horror" of otherness that defines
and, at times, divides us.
- Interviews with the brightest stars of the horror fiction field.
The Most Brilliant Darkness (2002)
Queer Fear II (2002) --
Winner, 2002 Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy, and Horror and Finalist, 2002 Lambda Literary Award for Fiction Anthologies
This second volume includes among its stories new work
by some stars of the previous volume—International Horror Guild Award
winners Gemma Files and Michael Marano, Bram Stoker Award winners
David Nickle and Edo van Belkom, and screenwriter Ron Oliver. Newer
writers like Bram Stoker Award-winner Brett Savory, novelist Sephera
Giron, and classic British ghost story author Steve Duffy make their
queer debuts in this award-winning volume.
Best Gay Erotica 2003 (2002)
-- Finalist, 2002 Lambda Literary Award for Erotica
Each year, series editor Richard
Labonte selects an author from the mainstream gay literary
establishment to review the year's best gay erotica to choose the
final collection that makes up Cleis's award-winning, bestselling
series. Previous judges have included such luminaries Felice Picano,
D. Travers Scott, Douglas Sadownick, and Scott Heim. In 2002, Labonte
asked Michael to select the year's best erotic writing. Representing a
wide range of styles and voices, Michael's selctions appear in this
volume along with his never-before published essay, "Red Nights:
Erotica and the Shape of Men's Desire."
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