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Quickies: Short Short Fiction on Gay Male Desire [Paperback]

James C. Johnstone

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Book Description

April 1 1998

Quickies, together with Hot & Bothered, are hot his-and-her follow-ups to the highly successful Queer View Mirror 1 and 2 books of queer "short short" fiction. Quickies includes work by 69 writers (67 men and 2 women) from the US, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Germany, South Africa, and Ireland, on aspects of gay male desire, from first kisses and bitter romances to cigar angels and cowboy boots.

Quickies includes work by both well-known and first-time writers; the list boasts such established names as Perry Brass, Justin Chin, Daniel Curzon, Dennis Denisoff, Viet Dinh, Michael Thomas Ford, Jeff Kirby, Michael Lassell, Thomas Roche, Sandip Roy, Lawrence Schimel, Simon Sheppard, Bob Vickery, and Paul Yee.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (April 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551520524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551520520
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #949,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars From what I've read it's terrific. May 26 2001
By Kassander - Published on Amazon.com
When I first went searching through my local bookstore's books in the Gay & Lesbian section I was hoping to find some long and good reads. Then this book hit me.
I have been reading quite a lot of homo erotic books lately, even though my mother considers it disgusting and woulds perfer I read normal erotica.
When the book hit me and I read a few of the stories I was blown away. Not only is it well written, it isn't just mindless sex like some books. (Though I never did mind that...)
And it, like a lot of homo erotica, isn't porn. Would you say a normal romance, with half the pages filled with sex, porn? I don't think so. Don't be put of by editorial reviews. They don't know what they're writing about most of the time.
This is a value for money book and if you're interested in this area of fiction I strongly suggest buying it.

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