Monday, February 15, 2010

VAMPIRES OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS by Richard Grayson now available at Amazon Kindle Store

Richard Grayson's Vampires of Northwest Arkansas is now available at Amazon's Kindle Store for 99¢.

Here is the promo material for the 149-page $7.99 paperback edition from Art Pants Company:

Ten stories by acclaimed short story writer Richard Grayson (WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, I SURVIVED CARACAS TRAFFIC, LINCOLN'S DOCTOR'S DOG, I BRAKE FOR DELMORE SCHWARTZ, WHO WILL KISS THE PIG?: SEX STORIES FOR TEENS) spotlight gay men coping with unusual situations: a best friend and fellow former prostitute bitten by an Ozarks bat in the wake of 9/11; a boyfriend morbidly worried about an impending worldwide chocolate shortage; an Orthodox Jew who consults his rabbi because a lover refuses to ever remove his socks during sex; a young African-American college student on a homophobic campus who has to care for his Muslim roommate’s therapy monkey; a Wyoming cattle ranch manager dealing with an outbreak of leafy spurge on his land; a Brooklyn man with a younger Japanese lover reflecting on his Williamsburg neighborhood’s demographic transitions from Italian to Hispanic to hipster to yuppie; a writer confronting on his past affair with his much younger stepbrother and contrasting his adventures with those of the comic book superhero Green Arrow; a Puerto Rican teacher compelled to watch shirtless teabag-eating white boys online; a former babysitter of the actor Laurence Fishburne unable to understand the young gay Phoenix couple who are his tenants; and a Florida man haunted by the shuttered suburban movie theaters of his youth. Wickedly funny and weirdly profound, these talky stories weave a startling tapestry of quirky gay life in the America of the last two decades.

The pieces originally appeared in the such webzines (most now defunct) as VerbSap, Opium, Rio, Me Three, Apogee, The Magazine Shiver, The Rumpus and Pug Magazine.

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