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Rick Reed: So it’s probably a cliché, but my first LGBT book was Patricia Nell Warren’s iconic The Front Runner. I remember discovering it in the Waldenbooks at the Beaver Valley Mall in western Pennsylvania when I was about sixteen. I hid it from the friend I had come with and hid it when I got home again between the mattress and box spring of my bed.
But I reread that book many times through my teen years, amazed that for me, a small town boy, there were not only actually people who had the same feelings out there, but that they could be marines and athletes.
An award-winning author referred to as the “Stephen King of gay horror” by Unzipped Magazine, Rick Reed has 16 books in print including his most recent titles, A Demon Inside (MLR), Tales from the Sexual Underground (MLR), and Orientation (Amber Quill Press), which won the EPPIE Award for best LGBT novel of 2008. His short fiction has appeared in more than 20 anthologies. He also reviews books for Dark Scribe magazine, and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his partner, and their dog, Lily. http://www.rickrreed.com/