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Rainbow County and Other Stories

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ISBN-10: 1890834289
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Publisher Larry Townsend writes: "Jack Fritscher is the master of gay fiction." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

I "opened" all these 12 stories "out-of-town" in the sense that many of them have appeared in various men's magazines, so I was able to be pro-actively sensitive through editors and through letters from readers as to how to polish the fiction. A couple of these stories, including the very strange "serial killer" title story, are absolutely new for this third collection of my fiction--as is the wild cyberpunk futurism of the sex-gore sci-fi cyborg story. What's interesting is that magazine editors who have seen this book in pre-publication galleys have booked everyone of the stories into their magazines. So these stories will be appearing one by one around the world through the year 2002. The value of this collection by leather publisher and guru Larry Townsend is that the variety of voices that speak to me and through me can all do their voodoo between two covers held in one hand in your lap. In February 1998, from Prowler Press, comes another collection of my short stories titled, "CORPORAL IN CHARGE OF TAKING CARE OF CAPTAIN O'MALLEY AND OTHER STORIES." I love short fiction that takes care of the reader's needs and desires! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Palm Drive Publishing (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890834289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890834289
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,905,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on February 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
You could read through all 12 of the selections and never guess they were written by the same man. The going is rough and rugged in "Rainbow County," one of the many anthologies of Jack Fritscher's work. I will pay a very high compliment to "RoughNight@sodom.com." This story shocked me so much that I had to put the book down and catch my breath. I won't give the details, but you'll never again think of [certain phrases] in the same light after reading this story.
At the same time, the over the top brutality of "RoughNight" rests in such a sharp comparison to the book's titular story, that Frtischer's genius as an erotic writer is stunning. On one hand, you have a William Gibson/James Cameron sadistic future gone berserk, on the other, a slow, brutal, circling of wolves. It's sadistic without a single blow being struck, frightening without a single threat uttered, and tensely sexual in a manner that echoes "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?." Two men locked in a dance around the other, a barber from the old days of San Francisco and a rough young buck on his mission to find the face of God. There are no razors, but each cuts the other, penetration but no rape. Just long slow sexual burn.
That story, like this book, encapsulates masculine writing in a timeless form. A far cry from most hard core SM writing that loses itself in meaningless genital tossing and faceless back alley crotch mauling. Allow yourself the time to read, absorb and savor each of these stories. From the startling wartime cruelty that opens the book with a torturous breaking of "The Shadow Soldiers," to the final Eros of "Sleep In Heavenly Peace," this is too fine a vintage to pilfer away quickly.
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I like erotica, but this book pushed the meaning of erotica into territory I never knew could be a turn on. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that this old dog learned some new tricks. The writing is way better done than writing in mainstream books. Erotica when it's good becomes so believeable that you... Can John Grisham make you do that?
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The title story "Rainbow county" is amazing in this book that was a "Staff Recommendation" at A Different LIght Bookstore when it came out. I remember. I worked there then. I recommended it. And time proves me right. Muscle stories, soldiers, you name it. Some stories you forget. Some stick in your head. This book took me over the rainbow!
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