Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories

Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories

by Steve Berman


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Steve Berman has assembled thirteen of his most evocative stories, all of which revolve around the central theme of the 'tryst.' But these passionate hookups and romantic encounters range from the eerie to the horrifying to the wondrous. Trysts offers readers dark and quirky tales from a distinctive new voice in gay fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590210000
Publisher: Lethe Press
Publication date: 09/01/2001
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Steve Berman has published over a hundred articles, essays, and short fiction works. He has been a finalist for the Andre Norton Award, Lambda Literary Award, Golden Crown Literary Award, and Shirley Jackson Awards. He has edited more anthologies of queer speculative fiction than any other individual, alive or dead. He resides in southern New Jersey, where he runs Lethe Press, a small press that publishes books offering queer and weird adventures for readers of every gender and sexual identity.

Read an Excerpt

Saj lived on the top floor of a not-too-distant building. Zane rested his head against the elevator wall. The elevator seemed to have too many buttons, and most of them had weird lettering instead of numbers.
The sliding doors opened on a dim hall. Zane trudged along after Saj, thankful when they stopped at an apartment door. Saj smiled at him as he turned a key in the lock. Inside, a bare bulb hung from the ceiling and flickered annoyingly. A mattress on the floor, layers of colorful blankets, and lots of pillows kept the front room from being empty. Cracks in the graying plaster decorated the bare walls.
Saj pointed across the room at a far door. "There's the bathroom. The rest I wouldn't bother with." He began pulling off clothes: first the sweater, then the shirt underneath. Bare-chested, he hesitated a moment in front of Zane, who blushed deeply and turned his head to stare out the window.
"I'm going to take a shower," he heard Saj call out. A moment later the door closed, and soon the soothing sound of the shower running filled the apartment.
Zane sank to his knees amid all the pillows with a sigh. The memory of a shirtless Saj, with his perfect, smooth, muscular chest, stayed with him, making it even easier to relax in bed. He was asleep soon after laying his head down.
Zane stirred awake when he felt the mattress sag under the other's weight. Saj’s bare skin gave off a cool and fresh aura. "Can I touch you?" he whispered in Zane's ear. Zane struggled to keep his eyes open, and lightly grunted, sleepily rolling over onto his back so his body brushed against Saj. He shivered when a cool hand slipped underneath his T-shirt and began stroking his stomach. But though part of him was stirring, by the time the wet kisses began on his neck, he was falling asleep again.

Table of Contents

Beach 21
Stormed and Taken in Prague9
His Paper Doll17
The Resurrectionist23
Path of Corruption31
Left Alone55
Cries Beneath the Plaster59
Finn's Night69
Tea Time with Corn Dolly87
The Anthvoke95
Hair Like Fire, Blood Like Silk119

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