Anyone over the age of 50 who reads gay themed fiction and literature will certainly recognize this author's name. Victor Banis was one of the early forerunners in the 50's and 60's who helped push gay fiction to the fore front of the literary world, often times paying a severe price for his efforts. In the 60's, his books seemed to be everywhere, as stories poured from his typewriter, but not necessarily under his own name: he had many different pen names he used. The names may not be familiar to a reader, but the titles of his books should be: The Gay Haunt, The Man From C.A.M.P., The Greek Boy, Stranger at the Door, Kenny's Back, and the book which started his gay writing careet, The Why Not? All these titles had long been out of print until recently, along with his autobiography, Spine Intact, Some Creases: Remembrances of a Paperback Writer.
After years of a self-imposed exile from publishing, Victor has been coaxed back to his desk and the result is a wonderful, powerful tale of the Wild West where love is as hot as the weather, as deadly as a snake bite and as wily as the winds that blow across the terrain. Cowboys are an unusual breed: rough, tough,and rowdy but under the right circumstances can be smooth, sensual and loving; especially if they have gone long enough without sex and are horny enough to go looking for love.
Les,the boss of the Double H Ranch,is out on the range, herding cattle with his men when into their midsts rides one young cowboy, Buck, part Indian, part American, who quickly upsets all the notions and beliefs Les has about what a cowboy should be and how one should act, both in the saddle and out.
The western landscape is set ablaze with the heat that Banis pours into his new novel, showing that he is still a true connoisseur of the written word. You simply cannot wait to turn page after page to see what happens to Les, Buck and a couple other ranch hands as they learn lessons about life and love they never thought possible.
With the publication of Longhorns, and the multiple re-issues of his older works, it is a happy day for readers both gay and straight, as Victor Banis returns to the spotlight for a "return engagement". This grand old man of letters is at his best and we, his readers, are only too happy to say, "Welcome Back!"