Issue 14 of Wilde Oats is a retrospective; the editors have chosen the best stories out of the many we’ve published since we started Wilde Oats nearly 5 years ago. How did we choose? Every submission to Wilde Oats is read by our team of editors and readers. Each of us assigns a score, between 1 and 3, for each sub, with comments. Then we argue, uh, discuss the merits of the submissions. We accept for publication those which score more than 2. After some discussion.
The tales below are the crème de la crème of some really rather good short stories and serials. Well, not exactly: some which we would have liked to have printed here have been with withdrawn by their authors for (paid) publication elsewhere.
From issue 1:
“Love is not love which alters where it alteration finds.” When David has an accident, how does he rebuild his relationship with Richard?
Sometimes the burdens created by saving someone’s life can only be repaid with love and courage, even if — especially if — it’s your best friend.
What happens when you create semi-sentient robots who know that the man you love doesn’t love you?
It’s all about the music.
From issue 2:
Samuel Pepys’ gay brother. And his friend John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester.
When you’re lonely and an outsider, friendship — and love — can come from unexpected quarters.
Faint heart never won fair man. Especially if he’s straight. But is he?
Don’t go mountaineering in a snow storm. It can be fatal.
From issue 3:
Memories, bitter and sad. Two marriages and loves and the prices they all paid.
From issue 4:
“Betray not thy divine gifts to men until commanded by the Muse who bestowed them upon thee and of whom thou hast become worthy.”
From issue 5:
A drag performer explains to the police investigator that his fox fur stole has a mind and life of its own.
Ryan goes out to a cruisy bar looking for an escape from his troubled marriage.
From issue 6:
Adam has always hated Christmas, but he’s a professional. It doesn’t bother him at all to be asked to come up with an ad campaign for a toy company in time for the holidays; at least, not until he meets Traditional Toys junior executive, Nicholas.
1918 was a year of dramatic struggles worldwide. Lulu Clement met the challenges head-on.
From issue 9:
When Richard hears that his estranged friend Forrest is dying, he must reestablish contact to thank him for changing his life.