Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future
In the last quarter of the 21st century, Jeffrey
Cooper, an Alabama-raised, executive design star living in Americanized
Germany, has made a Faustian pact with the huge global economic system
running the world. The system will keep him young and razor-sharp, as
long as he can stay on top of do his job and keep profits high. But
stress from work and the congested, hyper-competitive life around him is
killing Jeffrey. Can he keep his stress level a secret from the system
itself, his co-workers, and even his own seductive, "Daddyish" German
therapist who has told him that, when all else fails, there are “angels”
who can save him, and often we don’t know who they are?
But one will appear in Jeffrey’s life. At first, he seems to be the
Devil himself, offering every kind of excitement, even offering Jeffrey
back his own lost soul—but will this younger, mysterious and attractive
man end up killing Jeffrey, or saving him?
In Carnal Sacraments, Perry Brass has created a parable of our
time and the future, of an emerging international business culture based
on war, and of intense sexuality as a key to religious experience and
personal salvation. Author of The Harvest, Warlock, and Angel Lust,
Perry Brass continues his exploration of the joining of sexuality,
consciousness, and spirituality in this poignant and mature novel.
The Substance of God: A Spiritual Thriller (2003) -- Finalist, 2003 Lambda Literary Award for Science/Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
What would you do with the Substance of God, a constantly regenerating,
"self-cloning" material originating from Creation? The Substance can
bring the dead back to life, but has a willful "mind" of its own. Dr.
Leonard Miller, a gay bio-researcher secretly addicted to "kinky" sex,
learned this after he was found mysteriously murdered in his laboratory
while working alone on the Substance. Once brought back to life, Miller
must find out who infiltrated his lab to kill him, how long will he have
to live again—and, exactly, where does life end and any Hereafter begin? ¶Miller’s story takes him from the
underground sex scenes of New York to the steamy all-male baths of
Istanbul. It will deal with the longing for God in a techno-driven
world; with the deep, persistent attractions of religious
fundamentalism; and with the fundamentals of "outsider" sexuality, as
both spiritual ritual and cosmic release. And Miller, the unbelieving,
hard-core scientist, will be driven himself to ask one more question: Is
our often-censored urge towards sex and our great, undeniable urge
towards a union with God . . . the same urge?
Warlock: A Novel of Possession (2001)
Allen Barrow, a shy bank clerk, dresses out of
discount stores and has a small penis that embarrasses him. One night at
a noisy, popular bathhouse in Manhattan he meets Destry Powars-commanding,
vulgar, seductive, successful-who pulls Allen into his orbit and won't
let go. Destry lives in a closed, moneyed world that Allen can only
glimpse through the smoky windows of popular media and tabloids. From
generations of impoverished drifters, Powars has been chosen to learn a
secret language based on force, deception, and nerve. But who chose
him-and what does he really want from Allen? What are Mr. Powars's dark
powers? These are the mysteries that Allen will uncover in Warlock,
a novel that is as paralyzing in its suspense as it is voluptuously
Angel Lust: An Erotic Novel of Time Travel -- Finalist, 2000 Lambda Literary Award for Science/Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
Angel Lust combines the mystical
atmosphere we see in Ann Rice's classics of dark eroticism with Brass's
more open, full-throttle gay sexuality. What makes this book different
from other gay "erotic" novels of fantasy is that the characters are
totally real. Despite being angels, despite the element of Time travel,
Bert and Tommy, the two angels who have been together since eternity,
could be your neighbors. They worry about making a living, about their
landlord throwing them out, and about the day-to-day struggles that all
humans have. Although they have powers far beyond most of us (for
instance, they can revive the dead), they understand that their human
side can get them into trouble, both with the law and their own deeper
feelings, just like anyone else.
Although this is a relatively short book, it offers an
array of plot devices to keep you guessing, and some of the most erotic
scenes ever written. Brass never uses sex gratuitously, but always to
advance to plot. If you are looking for an erotic novel at least one
full millennium beyond the usual "here-we-go-again" material, this is
the book for you. If this is your first Perry Brass book, you'll want to
go back and read his other novels, especially his science fiction
trilogy. But if you are already a fan of his work, then you know what
kind of thrilling ride you have in store, and you'll want to stick with
it until you turn the last page.
The Harvest: A Novel (1997) - Finalist, 1998 Lambda Literary Award for Science/Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
In the future, one Corporation ("the Corp") will rule
America. Religion, reduced to greeting card slogans for the "Godthing,"
will become an arm of public relations. Food, shelter, and health, will
be stressed as an old elite class rises again behind a mask of
"universal" opportunity. Wealth will be invested in the production of
vaccos: lab-produced (human) "Corporate cadavers," raised on isolated
ranches as living sources of organ and tissue transplants. Drugged on
numbing "euphorics," vaccos are harvested regularly for a waiting list
of patients. One extraordinary vacco, using whatever intelligence has
been cloned in him, a valuable "Corp property" known as Hart256043, will
escape. At an underground bar specializing in illicit sex and drugs, he
meets Edgar Devereaux: successful Corp designer, adopted son of wealthy
Joshua Devereaux, member of the Corp Board. But Devereaux has a secret.
He was born Chris Turner, a lower-class car thief, hustler, and juvenile
delinquent, and he can never shake his roots or a desire to retaste his
wild youth. In an atmosphere of tension, violence, and repression, Chris
and Hart will bond and discover within each other a compassion and a
completeness totally outside "Corp" life. Edgar will reject Joshua's
lifestyle, and join with Hart to do anything-including kill-to save the
vacco's life. And Hart, one of the most appealing characters to appear
in contemporary fiction, will find in Chris Turner the humanity he needs
ultimately to survive.
The Lover of My Soul: A Search for Ecstasy and Wisdom (1997) with Tom
Laine, ed. and Vince Gabrielly (Photographer)
Out There: Stories of Private Desires, Horror and the Afterlife
Works and Other "Smoky George" Stories (1992)
Works and Other Smoky George Stories is a
collection of gay short stories that reads like a novel with many
different episodes. What ties it all together is the voice of "Smoky
George," the narrator. Smoky is sexually adventurous but socially shy.
He is the sort who doesn't kiss and tell, but if prodded enough will
tell. In these stories he does tell. Many of the stories take place in
unusual settings, such as a hunting camp in the Adirondacks, a steamer
in the Pacific, the bayous of Louisiana, a farm in Ohio and the more
usual settings of Manhattan and New Orleans' steamy, sensual French
Quarter. What makes "Works and Other Smoky George Stories" different
from other books of gay short stories is that one) they are often
outrageously funny as well as outrageously sexy; and two) they combine
all the classic elements of men's stories-tension, plot, character, and
Indiana-Jones-type adventures, with a dose of old-fashioned class and a
whamo-dollop of sex. What Brass wanted to do when writing the Smoky
tales was to get gay stories out of what he called the "ghetto of
confessional writing," in other words, stories about sad young men who
have problems with their mothers, and write the kind of rip-roaring,
action adventures he loved as a kid; with a lot of gay-positive,
sex-positive attitudes in them as well. So the models for these stories
were for the most part "classic stories." As he put it, if Somerset
Maugham had written modern gay stories, he would have written these
stories, and some editors have compared the narrator who goes by the
name "Smoky George" to Maugham himself. In this expanded edition of
Works, the author, who for years was better known as a poet, has also
included a selection of his steamy, always controversial poetry, and an
essay called " "Maybe We Should Keep the 'Porn' in Pornography."
Mirage -- Finalist, 1991 Lambda Literary Award for Science/Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
Circles: A Novel (2001)
Like a wet dream hitchhiking through a nightmare
-- Circles is the phenomenal sequel to Perry Brass'
groundbreaking gay science fiction thriller Mirage.
You're closeted Nick Lawrence, happily married to a
wealthy woman in Beverly Hills. Suddenly your life has been taken over
by an alien force-and the secret you've worked so hard to maintain is
exploding in your face. Your only ally is a strange, old man from a
distant planet, who threatens to kill you. What's next?
You're the young, blue-eyed Republican vice president of
the United States secretly trying to win over the hidden wealth and
power of gay America, while promoting your own agenda of "family
values." Whom will you enlist for help?
You're a gay Russian mathematician who's discovered an
organic substance that can pass through time, space, and other beings.
What do you do when you discover that this substance has taken over you?
Circles returns to tiny Ki, a primitive, violent
planet where Same-Sex love is a part of the balance of life. There
Enkidu, once the promised mate of the ambitious hunter Greeland, has
become the most hunted man on the planet. His only way out is to escape
to Earth, alone, and there in a riot-scarred Los Angeles, take on the
identity and body of another man. There he will find a partner who will
do anything for him, including kill-and there he will attempt to save
the lives of those he loves, including the tortured, handsome man whose
body and fate he now owns.
Circles is both graphic and mystical. It brings to life some of
the most unforgettable characters ever put into a contemporary novel.
Advancing the chronicles of the extraordinary planet Ki, Circles will
also advance the cause of gay fiction out of its narrow focus and into
the world-embracing landscape of our era. Circles will become a powerful
key to the evolution of gender studies and the expanding gay
consciousness of the 21st Century, whose effects are already being seen,
culturally and politically, today.
Albert, Or the Book of Man (1995) with Tom Laine, ed.
Albert, or The Book of Man is the third book in the chronicles of
the planet Ki, which have already produced the classic gay science
fiction thriller Mirage -nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Gay
Science Fiction-and its powerful successor Circles. Albert is even more
incendiary and exciting than its predessors. Although it is a
continuation of the story of tribal Ki, it deals with new characters and
can be read separately. Albert casts its shadow into the future of life
on Earth-America. The year 2025, when the country is even more polarized
than present and the ultra-conservative White Christian Party has taken
over. The country is now scored into rigid "WCP zones" and "gay
reserves," those few places where gays and lesbians can live openly and
under their own fragile rule. Into this world Albert must seek refuge,
after Ki has been taken over by the forces of a renegade warlord, Anvil,
and Woosh, the sinister leader of the tribe of the Blue Monkeys. Who
exactly is Albert? The long-hoped-for son of a pair of Kivian Same-Sex
men and an unknown mother, as a child Albert was raised in the midst of
deceit, war, and murder. As an adult, he separated himself from the
intrigues of his planet. After the death of his royal father, Enkidu,
who has become the Lord of Ki, Albert must pay the price of keeping this
distance. Using his powerful third testicle, "the Egg of the Eye,"
Albert will be reborn on Earth, the son of a "virgin" lesbian mother and
an unknown father. Rising from the waters in the gay reserve of
Provincetown, Albert will become the center of a whirlpool of personal
and political struggles: he will grow to be a man in only four years,
find himself passionately loved by his Earth father, and then find the
mate who will take his heart away as Albert plots to get his mate back
to Ki and attempts to rule life on this strangest of small planets.
Albert is the gay Everyman at the crossroads of two planets and two
centuries. Like all of us, he is attempting to find his own story, his
roots, and to define himself and the tribe he comes from. Albert is
indeed the story of Man, and the latest part of the story of Ki, where
Same-Sex men mate for life, where power defines love and sex, and where
the merciful Sisters of Ki attempt to keep life in balance. As in any
great work of Extra-Reality fiction, Albert is a mirror into our own
world and presents for us a true picture of ourselves, our nightmares,
and our most colorful fantasies.
How to Survive Your Own Gay Life: An Adult Guide to Love, Sex, and
Relationships (1998) with Tom Laine, ed.
From three time Lambda Literary Award nominee
Perry Brass, comes a fully-loaded Swiss Army knife for Gay Survival. In
this indispensable book, Perry Brass starts out with the basics: how to
meet men now. (It's easier than you think!) How to have a relationship
with one man (or several) that is both emotionally nourishing and
sexually satisfying. How to deal with financial problems in a
relationship (with an eye-opening section on "kept" men and what keeps
them that way). How to survive (and counter) anti-gay violence on the
street, at work, or at home. And how to arrive at a core group of
feelings and beliefs that will keep you going in a difficult, often
hostile and misleading time. Brass is totally honest. He is not a
therapist, psychiatrist, or sociologist. Instead, after thirty years of
writing about the "gay wars"-starting with "liberation" right after
Stonewall, going into AIDS, and now in our present Age of Gay
Consumerism-he realizes that he has had the kind of passionate, lasting
adult relationships with gay men that have sustained him and that many
men are looking for. If you are as puzzled as so many people are about
where the gay world is going, and if you're also angry at the cold,
abrasiveness that we often experience in it, then How to Survive Your
Own Gay Life is for you. Because, after all, it's your life and nobody
Survival Kit: A Complete Guidance Manual for Gay Men
Smash the Church, Smash the State!: The Early Years of Gay Liberation
(2009), Tommi Avicolli Mecca, ed. -- Nominated
for an American Library Association
This anthology by former members of the Gay Liberation
Front (GLF) captures the history and spirit of the revolutionary time just
after Stonewall, when thousands came out of the closet to claim their
sexuality, and when queer resistance coalesced into a turbulent, joyous
liberation movement—one whose lasting influence would ultimately inform and
profoundly shape the LGBT community of today.
Personal essays explore the philosophy and culture of the stridently anti-assimilationist
GLF: the actions, demonstrations, and marches; views on marriage, religion,
and gender; the drugs, orgies, and communes; and GLF’s relationship to the
hippies, the Black Panthers, the straight Left, the women’s movement, civil
rights, and the antiwar struggle.
The collection includes contributions from Barbara Ruth, Cei Bell, Mark
Segal, Martha Shelley, Nikos Diaman, Paola Bacchetta, Perry Brass,
Susan Stryker, and Tom Ammiano.
Identity Envy: Wanting to Be Who We're Not (2007), Jim Tushinski and Jim Van Buskirk, eds.
Creative nonfiction by queer writers.
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