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Wayne Courtois

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Profile created May 10, 2005
Updated April 22, 2010

Wayne Courtois' fiction and nonfiction have appeared in anthologies ranging from PORN! to Walking Higher: Gay Men Write about the Deaths of Their Mothers, and in journals such as The Greensboro Review and Harrington Gay Men’s Literary Quarterly. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri. -- from Saints & Sinners

  • A Pardoner’s Tale (Future release)

  • Tales My Body Told Me (Future release)

  • A Report From Winter (2009)
    Report from Winter is a death-in-the-family story, a love story, and a meditation on the meaning of “winter”—as a season and as a metaphor for family relationships.

    It’s January 1998, and southern Maine is recovering from one of the worst ice storms in history. Into this unforgiving environment comes the author, flying “home” from Kansas City after a ten-year absence. It’s a trip that he is forced to make: his mother, Jennie, is dying of cancer and could pass at any time. She is receiving excellent care in a nursing home, but can no longer communicate. Wayne and his mother have had a difficult history, and finding a way to reconnect with her is as difficult as trying to reconnect with the rest of his immediate family—a feisty aunt and an emotionally remote older brother.

    Before two days of his visit have elapsed, Wayne makes an SOS call to Ralph, his longtime partner. Ralph boards a plane to Portland to help Wayne through this difficult time. It’s Ralph’s first exposure to a Maine winter, and to Wayne’s family as well. The contrast between their relationship and dysfunctional family bonds is as sharp as the wind sweeping in from the sea.

    Stubbornly unsentimental, A Report from Winter weaves childhood memories of winter with the harsh realities of living in a family where there’s not enough love to go around. The memoir is a tribute to hard-won relationships built on mutual trust and understanding, defying an uncaring world.

  • My Name Is Rand (2004)
    “Mapped out on a playing field of ticklish male flesh, My Name Is Rand follows a young man on his search for the ultimate erotic adventure. Betrayed by his own skin into a helplessly eroticized state, he becomes a captive of The Compound, a bizarre torture camp where men practice extreme tickling. After several near-death experiences, he stumbles upon a hiding place where a band of desperate men plot escape while taking physical solace in each other. Sweatily detailed in its depiction of men driven over the edge, this nightmarish novel is a bondage epic, a horror comic, and a totally original speculation on the nature of time and consciousness.”

"My Name Is Rand does for wriggling, unrelenting, tickling fingers what The Texas Chainsaw Massacre did for chainsaws." -- Ian Philips, author of Satyriasis and See Dick Deconstruct

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