The Finalists of the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced, so I thought I'd the next couple of weeks to visit some of the anthologies among the finalists. Some of these collections I already own, and some of them have been sitting untouched beside my bed or on my bookshelves for way too long. Some I didn't have, but I'll be rectifying that.
In the category of LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror there's an anthology in which I have a story. Now, I've reviewed all the tales in wee micro reviews for Night Shadows: Queer Horror already (you can see them by clicking here) so I won't revisit it.
In the category of Gay Erotica there's another anthology in which I have a story, Raising Hell. I've been reviewing these as well, which you can see by clicking here, but I'm not done all the stories, so today I'll pop on by and visit some demons.
"The Truth in Your Eyes," by Joseph Baneth Allen
One of the fun things about this collection is how it's the twin of Wings. Many of the authors have tales that touch upon - or form a kind of mirror to - the tales from this other collection, and this story has exactly that feel to it, and the two tales make a fun bookend on an interesting world.
The story here - between the sweaty bits - is one of a demon (with a love of kitties) potentially getting in over his head (and definitely getting in over his very human lover's head) with a group of people who seem bound and determined to do them ill. That the demon is trying to be a good guy and evolve is one thing that might throw a wrench or two into the mix, but setting up bombs and potentially harming cats makes it personal. Involvement is rarely such a fun mix of sexy and bloody, though. Reading "The Truth in Your Eyes" made me go back and re-read "The Hate Patrol" from Wings.