Nicola Griffith: Master World Builder

“I had to write about Hild because she was so important. She changed the world. Her story demands to be told. She basically midwifed English literature. And there’s no book about this woman. The more I thought about it, the more I thought, well, why?”… read more

'Hild' by Nicola Griffith

Griffith moves easily between genres, from science fiction to noir thriller and back, always with a taut language sense and an elegant, fast-moving story. In Hild, she has written a historical novel of thrilling depth.… read more

'Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore' by Stella Duffy

Theodora (Penguin Press) as history is fascinating. Stella Duffy’s historical novel about the most progressive empress of Byzantium and wife of the late-Roman emperor Justinian I, affords the attention and respect the historical Theodora deserves. Duffy presents a main character that is brilliant, flawed, and utterly mesmerizing…. read more

'Captain Harding’s Six-Day War' by Elliott Mackle

In 1967, Captain Harding is working his way up the promotion ladder within the U.S. Air Force.  He’s a go-getter with a head on his shoulders and a talent for fixing problems. He is also gay. The story begins with Captain Harding arriving at his new assignment, the post of executive officer for Wheelus Air… read more

Queering the Literary Canon: Vicente de la Rosa, the Dress Thief in 'Don Quixote'

Don Quixote, one of the greatest works of world literature, has been the object of academic studies since the inception of Queer Theory in the critical apparatus. The well-known possibility of Miguel de Cervantes’ homosexuality, the main character’s relationship with his male companion and his idealization of the impossible and inexistent heterosexual love, and other… read more