'Hotel Living' by Ioannis Pappos

Management consultants don’t exactly sound like the kind of people that would make for interesting summer reading: they evoke thoughts of boardrooms, airport lounges, expense accounts, and the kind of asshole with whom not many people would want to spend time. Stathis, the protagonist of Ioannis Pappos’ Hotel Living, fits all those descriptions and more,… read more

‘The Brink’ by Austin Bunn

The Brink is a fast-paced, slim, engrossing collection that reminds its reader of one of life’s most essential truths: we’re always on the cusp of something new, and every passing moment, for better or worse, changes us… read more

‘Bad Kid’ by David Crabb

Crabb artfully mines the high drama of the goth/new-wave culture that sustained him during his hormone-fueled and drug-influenced teenage years for comedy… read more

'Trespass' by Thomas Dooley

Dooley has a particular heartbreaking family story to relate, of children abused, of the traumatized adults who find themselves in closets both metaphorical and literal… read more

'The Marbled Swarm' by Dennis Cooper

Structured like a gruesome Möbius strip, Dennis Cooper’s latest novel, The Marbled Swarm (Harper Perennial), is a carnivalesque switchback of secret passageways, incest, cannibalism and a haunting sense of isolation…. read more

Dennis Cooper: Florid Mysteries

“I’m really afraid of repeating myself or writing a book that just doesn’t need to exist for me. I don’t want to get to the point where I’m just writing stuff, where everybody’s like, ‘here’s another one of these stupid books…’… read more

'Horror Hospital Unplugged' by Dennis Cooper and Keith Mayerson

I come up against the same problem every time I try to discuss Dennis Cooper’s work. Transgressive work creates a visceral experience that is deeply subjective, even when using societal morals as an anchor point, and discussing Cooper’s work in a formal framework always has the effect of minimizing the statement of the work. He… read more

'Quarantine' by Rahul Mehta

You’ve heard the story before, right? Second generation immigrant from [insert country] works twice as hard to fulfill his parents’ dreams, hiding his own desire and bearing the brunt of assimilation—until everyone sees him Bend It, marvelously. To Rahul Mehta’s credit, such Hollywood clichés are turned on their heads in his serene, lingering story collection,… read more

The Banal and the Profane: Gee Henry

“…I try to limit my interaction with the media, actually… my logic is that if editors and reporters don’t hear from me that often, they are happier to hear from me when they do…” “The Banal and the Profane” is a monthly Lambda Literary column in which we lift the veil on both the writerly life… read more