Issue 18 is live!

2xist thong pencilWell, on the last day of August (!) the August Issue of Wilde Oats is now published.  Three stories, part 3 of Brian Holliday’s novella Delta, and the winning six drabbles from our drabble competition.  Also, as part of the issue 18, another story from the archives, If Only, by Don M,, was uploaded, which is where this picture comes from.  We thought you’d enjoy it.

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DOCTOR SNAP – By Cristina L White

Originally posted on Gay Flash Fiction:

It was written on the sideboard menu in white chalk: PLAIN BELGIAN WAFFLE. As opposed to what, I wondered. Fancy Belgian waffle? Or maybe it wasn’t about plain or fancy. Could one order a plain Bulgarian waffle? What the hell is a Belgian waffle anyway? And why would I care? Please take note: Rachel Sutton doesn’t care about waffles, plain or fancy. Oh, sure, I thought. As if anyone out there is taking note of what I care about. Once upon a time, Angie would have taken note. No. Better not think about that. She had moved on; I should do the same. It was over.

I sipped my coffee. It was black. Bitter. I liked the taste of it, the heat of the liquid. I closed my eyes and listened to the chatter and clatter around me in the café. The noise of the place was soothing. It occurred…

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Victor Banis’ short stories

victor banis tell them Katy Did and other storiesA collection of Victor Banis’ short stories has just been published by Untreed Reads.  It costs just $0.99 and consists of  eight stories.  You can buy it here.

The stories are:

Tell Them Katy Did
The Kiss of Death
Midnight Special
Changing Views
The Princess of the Andes
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Issue 17 is up!

at ease 2Four new short stories and part 2 of Brian Holliday’s Delta; five book reviews; a tribute to Ruth Sims who passed away unexpectedly on May 8th, and a rant by Don Bellew.

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PUNK – by Andrew Baranek

Originally posted on Gay Flash Fiction:

(c)  Andrew Baranek

It’s that kid again, he’s been tagging along all summer. I’ve seen him at every Foul Tip show, standing way in the back shadows, smiling as the band thrashes onstage. It’s weird because he doesn’t even look like a punk: he always wears khaki shorts, a white t-shirt. Like he’s a Boy Scout, or maybe a bando.

And now he’s in my cellar while I’m supposed to be recording Foul Tip’s next record. He sits there in the folding chair, with his weird little smirk. And Nate the frontman’s on the cement floor next to him, in tight black jeans and jacket, all studded with silver. And Nate’s staring off, contemptuous, getting his Foul Tip face ready for the next vocal take. I love when he gets like that.

But this other kid is all like, delicate… or normal… or something. With his hands tucked in his…

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Ruth Sims

Uploading past stories and articles from the archives continues.  This week, we’ve uploaded a review of Ruth Sims’ Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story, an excerpt from this novel, a review by her of Blake Fraina’s King of Cats, and one of her short stories from Forbidden Fruit days, Tom; Or An Improbable Tail.


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Tom or an improbable tail

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You might enjoy this story by Anel Viz, an author who has supported Wilde Oats since its very earliest days.

Somehow, when I saw this picture it made me think of that story.

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