Brevity may be the soul of wit, but in James Johnstone's Quickies: Short, Short Fiction on Gay Male Desire
it's also the essence of an inflamed sexual imagination. Gay male porn--even at its best--has never been noted for its succinctness; the rule has always been "the more details the better." In the 69 pieces here--from noted writers such as Jonathan Strong and Lawrence Schimel to newcomers like Viet Dhin and Sandip Roy--Johnstone has assembled a panoply of the sexy, the odd, the vibrant, and the powerful that covers the full range of gay sexual desire and expression. None of the stories is more than four pages long, and each of them packs a wallop. While they all contain some sexual material--from slow love-making to quick tricking, from arcane fantasy to pulp fiction sex--none of them falls into the category of simple-minded, obvious porn. Johnstone's strength as an editor is being able to choose stories that feature the quirky detail or strike the surprising emotional cord. With its abundance of wit, warmth and wonder, Quickies
makes most porn anthologies look overwrought and undersexed. --Michael Bronski
About the Author
In addition to editing three volumes of Quickies and co-editing two volumes of Queer View Mirror with Karen X. Tulchinsky, James C. Johnstone's writing has been published in the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology Sister & Brother: Lesbians & Gay Men Write About Their Lives Together, Flashpoints: Gay Male Sexual Writing, Prairie Fire, Icon Magazine, The Buzz, and Homefronts: Controversies in the Queer Parenting Community. He is co-editor of Queer View Mirror: Lesbian and Gay Short Short Fiction, and Queer View Mirror 2. He is also editor of Quickies1, 2, &3 : Short Short Fiction on Gay Male Desire.
James has worked as a Japanese language interpreter, translator, and tour escort, and is now the proprietor of Home History Research Services, which provides historical information on houses and buildings to Vancouver clients.