Wilde Oats has been published for over five years now, showcasing not just quality gay and bisexual fiction of all genres and types: gritty, romantic, thrilling, sad, thoughtful, happy, sexy, erotic, provocative, real (and unreal), but also featuring reviews, opinion pieces and rants. We are proud that authors who were first published in these pages have gone on to be published by other publishers, for pay (That’s what “removed for publication elsewhere” means). The latest is Richard Natale with his novella Junior Willis, which is reviewed in this issue.
As it happens, we have one of his stories as well; two others from familiar authors who have been with us since inception; a short story from a new author, Andrew Baranek; and the second part part of Brian Holliday’s Delta.
There are also book reviews; a rant; and a tribute to Ruth Sims who passed away unexpectedly on May 8th. Ruth was one of those people who you immediately like and who always left you feeling better for having talked with her. She was a firm friend to Wilde Oats, supporting us from our earliest days. We will miss her.
A word or two about our website. We have been at our new website for nine months now. Many of our stories and articles from the old website have been uploaded, but there are even more yet to be uploaded! It’s a big task.
For our next issue (in August) we are having a drabble competition, open to everyone. See more about it here.
♦ Junior Willis by Richard Natale, reviewed by Piet Bach ♦ Pretty Boy Dead by Jon Michaelson, reviewed by Piet Bach ♦ The Order of the Air, by Melissa Scott & Jo Graham, a review by Nikolaos Thiwerspoon ♦ My Heroes by Don Bellew ♦ A Tribute to Ruth Sims, by Victor Banis