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Somewhere in the Night: Eight Gay Tales of the Supernatural Paperback – October 1, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
All of the protagonists of the eight horror tales here are gay, allowing McMahan both a new twist on chiller standbys, such as vampirism and spirit possession, and an intriguing perspective on the complexities of gay life. Devilish energy and macabre wit glitter throughout. One vampire, for example, is an unwillingly undead ghoul with a heart of gold who pities the beautiful men he kills--yet he is reluctant to bestow the dubious gift of a vampire's immortality lest his liaisons with them grow tiresome over the millennia. A few stories teeter precariously between effective shock and the merely grisly: gory details menace the exposition of "Two-faced Johnny," in which a vain young man at a strange Halloween party is transformed permanently into the gruesome being of his costume. "Fantasyland," about a young boy who takes refuge in daydreams from his brutal rape until he rescues another boy from the same assailants, is the richest entry, a trenchant meditation on coming out as gay in a hostile society. This is MaMahan's first book.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Johnny Two-Face", about a ghoulish Halloween party, is just silly, and "This Apartment Possessed" turns out to be a mess. Still the title tale is impressive, with its moral conundrum that must always be at the heart of successful horror fiction. Here Andrew, the protagonist, a young vampire, reflects on his ability to bestow immortality on his victims. Andrew returns in "Hell is for Children", but only a dolt would not be able to figure out who the decapitator is in the first few pages. "Fantasyland" is probably the best story in the collection. Its theme, of escape from adversity through imagination, is familiar enough, but McMahan shows some skill in demarcating reality and fantasy.