Remembering Dirk Vanden

Drewey Wayne Gunn, A.B. Gayle, David Lennon, Dick Smart, Tom Scanlan, and Jaime Harker remember literary pioneer Dirk Vanden…. read more

The Books of Mormons

Dick Smart on “the surprising breadth of influence that Mormonism has had on contemporary gay literature.”… read more

'All Together' by Dirk Vanden

I wrote ‘The Problem with Gay Porno’ because if I’m going to be aroused by erotica, I need the good story to know what’s going on in a man’s head not just his orifices. As erotica editor of this webpage I celebrated authors who kept my attention by showing me men who revel in the… read more

Dirk Vanden: Pioneer Of Gay Literature

“There are those who believe that Gay Liberation started at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969. That is like believing that a flower can blossom without having been planted…” Before a series of landmark decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court concerning obscenity, beginning in 1957 and accelerating and changing direction throughout… read more

What Happens When You're Old & Gay?

Gay Pioneer Asks, “Where Do We Go From Here?” The Gay Community has a huge potential problem facing it that very few people are currently even aware of—or want to think about!  I ran headlong into it when I woke up in the hospital six months ago, after an “idiopathic” seizure at age 77, possibly caused by… read more

GunnShots: Fall 2010

As of mid-September, I have read 68 gay and M/M crime novels that appeared in print in 2010. Given the popularity of the “George Eliot strategy” and bogus biographies, I cannot be certain, but 28 of them seem to have been written by men and 40 by women. I would classify 33 as M/M romances using… read more

'All of Me (Can You Take All of Me?)' by Dirk Vanden

Part mystery, part “fictionalized autobiography,” part fulmination against Mormons, part reinterpretation of Jesus’s mission as gay, this novel was for me above all a nostalgic revisit to an important stage in my own sexual development. Dirk Vanden was one of the heroes, the pioneers of the gay pulp movement. Between 1969 and 1971, he published… read more