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Maurice Vellekoops Pin-upsMaurice Vellekoop's Pin-ups
Maurice Vellekoop
$22.00
Mixing the coy sensuality of great girlie artists like Vargas and Gil Elvgren with the larger-than-life homoerotics of Tom of Finland and Harry Bush, acclaimed artist Maurice Vellekoop presents a clever gallery of gay fantasy figures. Vellekoop's colorful creations prod the viewer with a mischievous smile or a haughty leer, each as aroused as they are arousing. These gay icons include everything from a cigar-chomping army sergeant to a pimple-bottomed nerd. Part of the book's pleasure is in identifying the sources of Vellekoop's satirical riffing. Observant readers can discover references to Italian gladiator movie posters, children's fairy tales, Frazetta-style fantasy art, and Bruce Weber underwear campaigns. Vellekoop also does a queer makeover of such treasured figures as Gainsborough's "Blue Boy" and Michelangelo's "David." These unique pin-ups offer a delightfully sexy celebration of male beauty in the artist's trademark sizzling Technicolor tones.

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Book of Boy Trouble, Volume 2Book of Boy Trouble, Volume 2
Edited by Robert Kirby and David Kelly
$15.00
The second volume of The Book of Boy Trouble further expands the zine's influence and relevance. Its roster of 24 male and female cartoonists spans generations, exploring the alternative gay boy experience and aesthetic from a host of diverse perspectives. Included are works by queer zinester and scene-maker Anonymous Boy, legendary underground cartoonist Howard Cruse, Bitter Girl's Joan Hilty, Andy Hartzell, author of the critically acclaimed graphic novel Fox Bunny Funny, and Tim Fish, creator and editor of Young Bottoms in Love.

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Harry Bush: Hard BoysHard Boys
by Harry Bush
$35.00

Harry Bush’s drawings for magazines such as Physique Pictorial, Mr. Sun, Touch, Drummer, and Stroke combined masterful technique, exceptionally well-endowed subjects, and a wicked sense of humor that made his work extremely popular. Despite long periods of self-imposed retirement and a fear of being outed that led him to destroy much of his own work, the reclusive artist’s drawings were as recognized and recognizable as those of Tom of Finland throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Hard Boys examines the life and work of this brilliant, mysterious, and paradoxical gay artist. Featured are some of Bush’s best-known works along with previously unpublished drawings from the artist’s private sketchbooks, as well as excerpts from Bush’s correspondence that offer insight into a complex personality: egomaniacal artist, self-critical individual, frustrated homosexual, and acerbic social commentator. This eagerly awaited collection allows fans to rediscover Bush’s witty, beautifully executed work while exposing it to a much wider audience.

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Sex by the BookSex by the Book: Gay Men's Tales of Lit & Lust
Edited by Kevin Bentley
$15.00

Bars and chat rooms? Forget it. Colleges, libraries, and bookstores are the real hotbeds of hooking up. Many men find their first affirmation of gay sexuality on an obscure shelf at the campus library, so it’s only natural that they return to bookish spots for further research — hands-on, of course. The original memoirs and stories in Sex by the Book treat books and sex as two equally vital, interlocking obsessions and show how they can be powerful forces for fantasy, delusion, arousal, and seduction. A university student makes a sexy punk his new major in a bookstore's bathroom stall. A cultured older man brings home an abusive hustler who quotes Wittgenstein. A beautiful young man meets the author of an S/M abduction story, eager to be the butch Daddy’s next victim. These and other tales of satyriasis and bibliophilism are just the ticket for every smoldering bookworm longing to have his glasses — and pants — removed by the right guy.

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Brian Howard: Portrait of a FailureBrian Howard: Portrait of a Failure
Marie-Jaqueline Lancaster
$15.00

Brian Howard was expected to become one of the leading authors of his generation, but instead he became a secondary character in the books of others. Marie-Jaqueline Lancaster’s biography makes him — at last — the protagonist of his own highly entertaining story. Packed with dishy reminiscences and extracts from Howard’s letters and writings, this book details the outrageous parties, stunts, and confrontations that were second-nature to this ne'er-do-well. Chronicling 30 years of waste and dereliction, Lancaster captures a prototypical gay literary life, perfect for anyone curious about gay history, the 1920s, modernism, or the mystery of failed artistic promise. From austere libraries in Oxford to seedy hotels in Amsterdam to darkened cinemas in Tangiers, Howard lived and died precociously and — most importantly — as he pleased. Brian Howard: Portrait of a Failure is the next best thing to an invitation to one of his famous parties.

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50 Ways of Saying Fabulous50 Ways of Saying Fabulous
by Graeme Aitken
$14.95

12-year-old Billy loves food and Lost in Space. As the only son on a remote farm in New Zealand, he’s forced into farm chores that aren’t just abhorrent, but that leave him little time to indulge his theatrical bent. He gets by with the help of his tomboy cousin Lou and a rich fantasy life. The arrival of two outsiders — the freaky, pimply Roy and the sexy David Cassidy look-alike Jamie — changes everything. Billy is drawn to both Roy and Jamie, testing his friendships and loyalties in the process. Funny and engaging, this tale of a gay awakening resonates with anyone who endured an awkward adolescence. Billy struggles with his sexual identity, but also with his weight, in achingly familiar attempts to diet and camouflage his girth. Capturing the period when the adult world begins to impinge on the child’s, the book narrates the agonies of early adolescence with wit and tenderness. Now a major motion picture and available on dvd from www.olivefilms.com.

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The Book of Boy Trouble: Gay Boy Comics with a New AttitudeThe Book of Boy Trouble: Gay Boy Comics with a New Attitude
edited by Robert Kirby and David Kelley
$15.00

From its first photocopied edition in 1994, Boy Trouble: Gay Boy Comics with a New Attitude emphasized personal stories and viewpoints outside the mainstream, with subject matter that ranged from sex, love, and longing to porn, drugs, and punk rock. The Book of Boy Trouble compiles the greatest hits from the zine’s first ten years, including favorites like Michael Fahy’s "Valentine’s Day Love Poem," Andy Hartzell’s "Dinner at Achmed’s," and Anonymous Boy’s "The Non-adventures of Wayne," plus 24 pages of spanking new work from both regular contributors and up-and-coming talents.

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Izzy and Eve: An Erotic ThrillerIzzy and Eve: An Erotic Thriller
by Neal Drinnan
$14.95

Gay Izzy is an erotic cartoonist; his best pal Eve makes exotic jewelry and works as a receptionist in a whorehouse. She collects clippings of unsolved murders of women and has flashes of psychic ability, and he’s an aging party boy who’s been getting more and more into metaphysical reading and exploring heightened states of mind through S/M sex clubs and a drug called SILT that’s permeated the gay community. SILT causes a "shift," which takes one to a different reality. When gay men start disappearing without a trace, and Izzy joins the ranks of the missing, Eve embarks on a mission beyond anything she’s over dreamed or imagined. Part edgy thriller, part ghost story, Izzy and Eve is a witty and unsettling joyride through Drinnan’s acid-etched world.

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Speeding: The Old Reliable Photos of David HurlesSpeeding: The Old Reliable Photos of David Hurles
by David Hurles (Photographer), Rex (Introduction)

$36.95 (Hardcover) | $26.95 (Trade Paper)

For over 40 years, David Hurles documented the hidden world of rough trade and rent boys posing, masturbating, wrestling, or boxing. His models ranged from drifters and grifters to hustlers and ex-cons — men who came to Los Angeles and Hurles’s studio, to make it big but mostly landed in Hollywood’s gutter. His photographs were ubiquitous fixtures in gay publications throughout the seventies and eighties and continue to enjoy a strong following today. More Weegee than Weber, these images vibrate with youthful male power and edgy sexuality. Chosen from Hurles's vast archive by noted homoerotic artist Rex, they comprise an amazing photographic history of a sexuality that society has rarely acknowledged.

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Let's Shut Out the WorldLet's Shut Out the World
by Kevin Bentley
$14.95

Whether describing having his hair styled by a gang of eighth-grade bullies; staging a Satan festival in the main hall of Greenvale High; or indulging in inappropriate sex with a caregiver, Kevin Bentley writes with a pen dipped in blood, indignation, and grim whimsy. The autobiographical stories and personal essays in Let's Shut Out the World focus on different pivotal periods and characters in the author's life, from a twisted youth in Texas, to the glittering excesses and sober spirals of life and love in San Francisco in the 1970s, to the monogamous contentment of an unexpected middle age. The narrator of these stories has man trouble aplenty, butting heads and other body parts with everyone from fundamentalist Christians to a slew of "fauxmosexuals" and elusive boyfriends. Bitingly funny and at times harrowingly sad, Let's Shut Out the World provides the back story and sequel to the author's popular memoir Wild Animals I Have Known.

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Six PositionsSix Positions
Sex Writing by Andy Quan
$14.95

Written with a poet's sense of language and the quirky voice of an outsider among outsiders, Six Positions takes the reader on a frank and entertaining international road trip of clubs, baths, and sex parties. Subtly exploring the roots of fantasy, insecurity, stereotypes, and attraction, Andy Quan emerges as plainly comfortable with himself, his body, and his identity as an Asian man in the notoriously objectifying gay community. This level of comfort shows in the slyly humorous ways he allows the issue to surface in these narratives, where pickups trawling for a passive geisha often get more than they bargained for. Whether narrating the course of a romantic encounter gone bad, detailing the goings-on at an orgy, or smashing the stereotype of the Asian boytoy, Six Positions offers fresh, thoughtful, and creative considerations of gay bodies and acts, while celebrating determined and unadulterated sexual desire.

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Desire, Lust, Passion, SexDesire, Lust, Passion, Sex
by Jameson Currier
$14.95

Desire, Lust, Passion, Sex collects the best known of Jameson Currier's short fiction, along with several new stories that meticulously detail the search for love, romance, partnership, and meaning among the moderns. Currier's characteristically spare prose brings into sharp relief the sometimes maddening multiplicity of traits that constitute a person's romantic ideal and shows how the quest for the other can transform—or derail—the course of our lives.

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Wake Up Romeo!Wake Up Romeo! Tips to Rekindle Your Romantic Life
by Carlos Marerro
$14.95

Romance, that elusive spark that ignites a relationship, can fizzle out over time and this cheery guide offers 50 tips from author and illustrator Carlos Marrero on how to keep the flame burning. Emphasizing drama and surprise, the book is fully illustrated for those would-be Romeos who have issues with written instructions. Adventure (that long-delayed kayaking trip), simplicity (leave a trail of love notes), and pleasure (new uses for wine, whipped cream, and honey) are offered, as surefire ways to remind Mr. Right that repairing a romance can be fun. www.wakeupromeo.com

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Max and SvenMax and Sven
by Tom Bouden
$13.95

Max and Sven are childhood friends who maintain their friendship into adulthood despite Sven's being straight and Max's being gay. With equal doses of laugh-out-loud humor and wry insight, artist Tom Bouden highlights and dispels many misconceptions about gay and straight culture. Created in 1990 as part of an advertising campaign for a gay youth club, Max and Sven quickly rose to stardom with leading roles in their own comic. www.tombouden.be

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Slovakian BoySlovakian Boy
by William Maltese
$14.95

Unabashedly borrowing from the literary precedents set by John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation and Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, Slovakian Boy is a kaleidoscopic account of handsome young Pavel as seen through the eyes of interested — sometimes too interested — parties of family, friends, and fans. William Maltese's narrative of a boy's determined reinvention of himself as a porn god is a sexy romp through a rarely explored realm.

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Original Youth: Edmund WhiteOriginal Youth: The Real Story of Edmund White's Boyhood
by Keith Fleming, David Leavitt (Introduction)
$19.95

It isn't often that a memoirist gets the biographic treatment, but the story of Edmund White's youth was too dramatic to resist. In this bracing true-life tale, Keith Fleming, White's nephew whom he adopted, captures a particularly unusual childhood. Forced to be a confidante to his unhinged mother, terrified and attracted to his imperious father, the teenager White became a Buddhist, a cruiser of hustlers and married men, and an FBI drug informant on his way to ultimate fame as a leading gay literary figure. Drawing on personal knowledge, letters, photographs, and extensive interviews with those closest to "Eddie," Fleming neither exploits his subject nor sugar-coats him. Original Youth is a rich portrait of a complex subject and a "wild child" who managed to survive and flourish against all odds.

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All SortsAll Sorts: A Mixed Bag of Gay and Lesbian Sweeties
Bruno Bouchet, Illustrated by Richard Hughes
$12.95
This pocket-sized, tongue-in-cheek look at the stereotypes of Gay and Lesbian Culture is the perfect little stocking stuffer, a fun gift for Valentines day, Pride Day, or any occasion. All Sorts will appeal to all those connected with the LGBT community, either actively, or as friends and relatives. Illustrated in a wry cartoon style, All Sorts is sure to amuse.

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Boyfriends From HellBoyfriends From Hell
edited by Kevin Bentley
$14.95

Whether you've dated, mated, or just plain slept around, if you're a gay man looking to hook up, you've probably had your share of boy trouble. Was he passive aggressive, a withholder, stalker, or snippy vegan? The one-night stand you thought you'd never escape, the date you couldn't flee fast enough? The sexually hot but emotionally unbalanced thug you crawled for—and then ran from? Maybe he was that quiet trick who really wanted to shave your erogenous zones? More Heathcliff than Mr. Darcy, more Cape Fear than Sleepless in Seattle—we've all suffered the tortures of an unfaithful, unavailable, too controlling, or too demanding date, boyfriend, or lover. They may be Hell to live through, but they do make for riveting post mortems. Now twenty gay writers have the last word in Boyfriends from Hell, a collection of sexy, funny, scary, heartbreaking and delightfully vengeful accounts of adventures at the deep end of the dating pool, where sometimes you just can't see the bottom.

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The Sperm EngineThai Died
by William Maltese
$14.99

This second title in a new gay mystery series is a fast-paced tale that melds mystery and erotica. When a lingerie manufacturer goes to Thailand on business, he gets far more than he bargained for. While innocently shopping for silk and taking in the sights of Bangkok, Stud Draqual finds himself being stalked by a mercenary—one who's been implicated in the murder of a male prostitute.

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The Sperm EngineThe Sperm Engine
by Stephen Greco
$13.99

The Sperm Engine is a collection of short, erotic works by former Interview and Advocate editor Stephen Greco. The book features autobiographical and semi-autobiographical short stories, memoirs, and diary entries that tell steamy, gritty, and often comical stories of sexual adventure and misadventure in everyday gay life. Following in the tradition of literary provocateurs like John Preston, John Rechy, and Boyd MacDonald, Greco's The Sperm Engine illustrates how people often reveal themselves best during sex—whether through traditional, romantic expressions of love or through the vast variety of 'sex sport' and 'sex work' that are integral to modern gay life.

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Wild AnimalsWild Animals I Have Known
by Kevin Bentley
$12.95
Wild Animals I Have Known is a frank, witty, and literate portrayal of the experiences of a wide-eyed 22 year old living in San Francisco from his arrival in 1977 to 1996. The memoir recounts war stories of love, sex, self-doubt, friendship, humor, and unapologetic partying—the stuff of gay life in the heyday of San Francisco gay bohemia. Wild Animals I Have Known is the story of a man who sets out to tally and record his sexual exploits and ultimately captures the friendships, hilarity, and unique experience of a legendary gay milieu.


Warning: contains explicit sexual material

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  Homo Hero's Big Book of Fun and AdventureHomo Hero's Big Book of Fun
and Adventure
by Michael Troy
$11.95

Homo Hero's Big Book of Fun and Adventure is an interactive book of gay male erotica and fun activities. Intended for adults only, Homo Hero's Big Book of Fun and Adventure is wildly sexy and outrageously funny. This unique, brain-teasing activity book contains coloring pages, word puzzles and jumbles, connect-the-dots tests, and word searches. Perfect for lazy, rainy days, this illustrated book of fun and games provides hours of entertainment for you and your friends.

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D.O.C.: Lust LettersD.O.C.: Lust Letters
by P. Beckford and K. Dax
$12.95
Drunk On Cum documents the real-life e-mail romance of Kevin and Paul. Shockingly explicit and movingly honest, the book provides an authentic glimpse into the sexual and emotional lives of two gay men. Follow the writers as they cruise the wild California gay scene of the late 1990s — from San Francisco to Los Angeles and everywhere in between — and discover no shortage of willing partners for their ministrations.

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Photo: Raymond Vino © 1999
Blue Door Productions, Inc

 

Maurice Vellekoop's ABC BookMaurice Vellekoop’s ABC Book:
A Homoerotic Primer
$12.95
Award winning artist Maurice Vellekoop is the illustrator and writer of this naughty adult ABC book which celebrates the gay male. From firemen to truckers, opera singer to hairdressers, each letter of the alphabet is represented by a titillating scenario of men enjoying one another’s sexuality. Written in rhyme, this ABC book is lighthearted and pure fun. Great for gift giving, and even better to keep for yourself. A must for every gay household!

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