In the 2013 volume of Wilde Stories--a critically acclaimed series reprinting the best of the prior year's gay fantasy, horror and science-fiction tales--editor Steve Berman has collected stories of adolescents suffering growing pains in the midst of lake monsters, boyfriends seeking a safe pest-free shelter in an infested dystopian world, the most unique story of a boy and his dog ever written, a forbidden encounter between prison guard and inmate, and pirates encountering a fabled living island. A dozen tales written by award-winning authors including Laird Barron, Richard Bowes, Hal Duncan--and new talent including L. Lark and Rahul Kanakia.
"The solid latest volume in this annual collection of gay speculative fiction includes a dozen stories from 2012, chosen by editor and publisher Berman (Boys of Summer) from various sources. While the only criterion is that each story must have a gay character or theme, a seductive undercurrent involving the sea or water symbolically connects many of the stories.... With many genres, tones, and styles represented, there's a little something for everyone."--Publishers Weekly
"The various authors anthologized here write on different subjects ranging from a gay, humanoid cephalopod couple to a man tormented by the dead after his lover's suicide. Despite the disparities, the collection comes together as a remarkably coherent whole, and none of the characters' queer identities outweigh the telling of the tales....An impressive collection brimming with originality."--Kirkus Reviews