It was supposed to be published in April. But at the last minute we got some excellent subs, so we stopped the presses, as it were. So here it is, a week or two late.
Six new stories, five by some of our favourite contributors and one from a new author. Poignant, funny, dark … as ever our stories cover the many different ways it is to be a gay or bisexual man. Every author has their own flavour, and we like it like that.
Three non-fiction pieces: two reviews, and one meditation. A sort of meditation. Or perhaps just a grumble.
WO has been around for over six years now, and we still think it’s a great gay-shaded e-zine. We hope you do too.
Our 19th issue! It’s remarkable! We’ve been publishing quality gay and bisexual stories for nearly 6 years now, and before that, pretty much the same team published stories at Forbidden Fruit, our predecessor magazine. Our team is 100% volunteer. Our editors, webmaster, reviewers, copy editors, promoters, all of us work at Wilde Oats as a labour of love, trying to find time and energy to fit all the work that goes into creating each issue of WO into busy and full lives. Wilde Oats is entirely independent, and we flatter ourselves that here you will find some of the best gay-shaded stories on the web.
Next year will see even more stories, reviews and articles uploaded to our new website from our archives. Visit us every couple of weeks to see what’s new, or join our updates list, here. We have found the quarterly format we adopted over the last year somewhat tight, particularly regarding illustrations for the stories, so will be reverting to three issues a year in 2015, in April, August and December.
It just so happens that this December issue has two seasonal stories, both a little melancholy; a son’s memory of his mother; and a tale about love and fidelity. There are four book reviews, of Rick R Reed’sLegally Wed, of Richard Natale’s Café Eisenhower, and of two non-fiction books about Oscar Wilde and two Victorian cross-dressers.
All of us at Wilde Oats wish you season’s greetings, and hope you will be back to read our e-zine in the new year.
This story from Issue 2 has just been uploaded from our Archives. You can read it here.
Well, 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.