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The Ghost of Carmen Miranda: and Other Spooky Gay and Lesbian Tales Paperback – October, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; 1st edition (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555834884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555834883
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,383,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Lowe on October 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
In the anthology, The Ghost of Carmen Miranda and other spooky Gay and Lesbian Tales, the editors Julie K. Trevelyan and Scott Brassart have assembled a lively, lavender corps of ghost stories. As the title implies, this Alyson publication is not strictly a horror collection, although some of the tales certainly qualify. All the stories, however, focus on lesbian or gay characters as well as elements of the supernatural with manifestations of ghosts in some form or another.
Many of the stories, like Don Sakers' title entry "The Ghost of Carmen Miranda" -- wherein a morbidly obese gay man, trapped in a dead end existence on a space station, finds help and inspiration in a different kind patron saint -- are queerly witty and delightfully amusing. Several stories address the idea of the spirit of a loved one returning or being trapped until some unfinished business can reach closure. A. J. Potter's "Taking Care of Faith" fits this theme. The peanut butter eating ghost, Brandon, returns to his apartment, to check on his "widowed," lover, Evan. When Victor, the new renter, realizes it's not really strong cockroaches raiding his peanut butter, he is taken aback, to say the least. A rather nonchalant spectral Brandon, complains about Victor's choice of low fat variety, "It's peanut butter, for chrissake. If you're going to eat peanut butter, eat the real thing." (p19)
Abbe Ireland's "Case of the Sapphic Succubus" features a "ghost busting" Frances who must face another kind of "bust" when she agrees to spend the night in a historic bed and breakfast with an unusual guest service. Frances learns that facing a succubus isn't as difficult as facing what resides in the researcher's heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gac1003 on April 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
The majority of stories in this collection - edited by Julie K. Trevelyan and Scott Brassart - deal with ghosts helping the living find love: of past loves trying to help their partners move on and to find love ("Taking Care of Faith" by A.J. Potter, "Old as a Rose in Bloom" by Lawrence Schimel); older ghosts and other supernatural beings helping new lovers to find one another ("The Course of True Love" by d.g.k. goldberg, "Paisley" by Jessica Kirkwood); and, of course those with a more evil bent ("amat67.jpg" by Hall Owen Calwaugh). They're all fairly pleasant tales, easy to read an enjoyable; however, this collection is almost like reading the same story over and over. Some of the standouts making this a worthy collection to read are "The Haunting of Room 110" by Michael Price Nelson about a ghost waiting for his lover to join him, and "Eyes" by E.J. Galusha, which really did put the scare in me and is a fitting finale to the collection. An overall good collection for anyone wanting a gay take on ghosts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Few of the stories produce authentic chills - they tend to be more romantic than eerie(the book's common theme is the intervention of a ghost in the love lives of the living) - but some deliver, most notably M. Christian's perversely erotic "Echoes" and J. Beazley's "The Thing at the Botton of the Bed." Other stories have nice touches of humor, such as R. Neu's "Remembrance of Tom Perdue". In the main, however, the stories telegraph their "shocks" or "surprises" on the first page, and whiffs of political correctness don't help either. More astute editing would have helped. Overall, though, this is an enjoyable enough collection for the not-too-discerning fan of ghost stories.
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