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Gays and Lesbians
Author: Steve Berman
ISBN: 159021000X
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Pages 164 pages
Publisher Lethe Press (September 1, 2001)
Language English
Category: Gays and Lesbians
Rating: 4.5
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Steve Berman's short fiction collection Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories is a rare gem. These thirteen tales of desire and passion - with a nod to the supernatural and the fantastic - are skillfully wrought with surprising, wonderful results. The prose is strong, the characters interesting, the stories highly original and generically diverse.

Steve Berman's short fiction collection Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories is a rare ge. Although some stories are frankly macabre, at the core of this book are trysts. Each story involves the meeting or coming together of two lovers. While generally homoerotic in nature, these scenes succeed in being extremely erotic without graphic sexual detail.

Trysts : A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories. Steve Berman has assembled thirteen of his most evocative stories, all of which revolve around the central theme of the 'tryst

Trysts : A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories. Steve Berman has assembled thirteen of his most evocative stories, all of which revolve around the central theme of the 'tryst. But these passionate hookups and romantic encounters range from the eerie to the horrifying to the wondrous. Trysts offers readers dark and quirky tales from a distinctive new voice in gay fiction.

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A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories. Published September 1, 2001 by Lethe Press.

He writes in the field of queer speculative fiction. Berman was born on August 28, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in southern New Jersey

He writes in the field of queer speculative fiction. Berman was born on August 28, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in southern New Jersey. Berman realized by junior high school he was gay. He attended Tulane University, earning a bachelor's degree in English literature, then later studied History at Rutgers–Camden campus in Camden, New Jersey as well as a master's degree in Liberal Studies in 2006

A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories. Thirteen weird and queer short stories by one of the more notable names in gay speculative fiction. Narrated by: Pavi Proczko. Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins. Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Vintage: A Ghost Story.

Trysts is the first collection of dark fantasy fiction with gay characters by Steve Berman.

Berman has assembled thirteen (thus the triskadecollection of the subtitle) evocative stories, all of which revolve around the central theme of the 'tryst.' But these passionate hookups and romantic encounters range from the eerie to the horrifying to the wondrous.

Trysts offers readers dark and quirky tales from a distinctive voice in gay fiction.

Lailace
There are certainly many things in the world I would enjoy but do not even know to ask for, for my imagination hasn't yet stretched that far. This book contains one: New Orleans rent boys performing Bacchanalian rituals to Lovecraftian Elder Gods. Now I want all of it, so much more of it than this book provided, the idea is set in me now and I can't stop thinking of it. Nothing recommends a book better than a reader who can't stop thinking about it, extrapolating from it.

In general I'm not a horror fan, I don't dislike it, I just am very picky about it. I prefer my horror subtle. I want to make me shiver and ask questions and imagine things I've never thought of. This book really provided for me. There was only one story that stretched to too gross/too creepy for me and it involved spidery things and frankly I should have known better as soon as they appeared but the rest of the book was sublime, ranging from just a hint of "oh this is weird" to "whoa WTF is going on here!?"

Several of the stories shared characters and a strange post-apocalyptic universe where vast swathes of cities are quarantined because magic has surfaced and too much darkness and unknown resides there now. Of course outcasts flock to these dead zones producing several stories that are lovely fairy tales in their own right.

Themes of isolation, loneliness and seeking community fill this book, with as many happy endings as there are terrifying horrors. Berman's writing is both spare and lyrical where it needs to be, leading to the sense that each of these is a timeless fairytale being played out against an unexpected backdrop. The dead zone in cities act as the fairyland under the hill, the magic users like fairies themselves. Each other story has a hero to root for and a chance to wistfully hope for a happy ending. Very much enjoyed everything about this book. Went and bought two more by Berman right away, can't wait to get to them.
Xig
I first came across Steve Berman's work when I ordered his short novel VINTAGE from the InsightOut Book Club (an arm of the Book of the Month Club aimed at gay and lesbian readers). I enjoyed the book, posted my review and discovered that Steve is on livejournal, both on his own journal and through the journal for the publishing house he runs,Lethe Press . This gave me the opportunity to seek out more of Berman's work, which has most recently appeared in the anthologies PAPER CITIES and THE BEASTLY BRIDE. I ordered both of Steve's personal short story collections from Lethe, and have finally gotten around to reading the earlier of the two, TRYSTS.

There are twenty stories in TRYSTS, and several of them show the rough edges of a writer who is just starting out. These stories date from the late 90s through the collection's publication in 2001. Four of the twenty stories take place in Berman's dark-fantasy world of The Fallen Area, a section (or perhaps all) of Philadelphia that has been cut off from the rest of the civilized world because something has happened to change it -- magic works, people develop Talents or Afflictions, normal people struggle to survive a world they no longer hold primacy in. All four stories feature individuals new to the Fallen Area who find themselves in over their heads; some adapt better than others.

Not all of Berman's stories are Dark Fantasy / Horror. "His Paper Doll" is nearly whimsical and "Beach 2" isn't really supernatural at all. Some of the stories are homages to other authors. "The Resurrectionist" owes a lot to Poe (and perhaps Hawthorne), while "Path of Corruption" is positively Lovecraftian. A few of the stories didn't work for me (notably "Left Alone," which feels incomplete, and "Stormed and Taken in Prague," which seems too focused on the sex the main character has to really get across the kind of hole the character is potentially falling into) but even those stories don't lack for potentially interesting premises. I would recommend this collection for the Fallen Area stories in particular, and for a look at early Berman.
Iphonedivorced
I admit that I'm a bit biased. Horror and dark
fantasy stories have always been of keen interest to
me, ever since reading "The Shining" by Stephen King.
They are the kind of books that I just can't seem to
put down. And, "Trysts" is no exception.

The thirteen stories in this collection take the
reader from a session with a ouija board to the dark,
back alleys of New Orleans, from the grotesqueries of
an artists' studio to a "Fallen Area" where nothing is
what it seems anymore. Each story has great
characters and is visually appealing and imaginative.
(Just thinking about the statues in "Cries Beneath the
Plaster" makes me shiver.) Some horror/dark fantasy
has a tendency to get stale, with the same types of
characters being overused, but Berman's have just the
right amount of uniqueness to make them stand out.

A must-read for any fan of horror/dark fantasy and a
great addition to gay fiction.
BOND
The stories collected in Trysts are strange, twisted, gloomy but undeniably emotional and moving. They are beautifully written and leave you with in a bittersweet mood. All in all, this is unique collection of love/pain stories where the beautiful and the ugly are masterfully mixed, leaving behind the impression of having had one of those vivid absinthe dreams the poets talk about… Excellent book.
superstar
Sweet, wise, melancholy collection of stories, building to a fantastic sequence in a shared world where the author explores the characters and themes much more deeply. A gothic feel, romance and sex and darkness and trysts of all kinds.
Felolak
I enjoyed this collection of stories by Steve Bergman greatly. A nice assortment of eerie and mysterious storytelling with a dash of tension and a sprinkle of eroticism.