OK – it’s not out yet, but mark your diaries please – official publish date is 1st November (the Day after My Birthday!) but I asked three gay author luminaries to read it in advance and this is what they had to say: Thank you, ALL – I’m hugely flattered, and no, I don’t believe they “only said this to be nice.”
Asking for pre-read blurbs is stressful, and you always feel you are going cap in hand, but most authors are hugely professional. They will either be honest, or they will say “no, I’m afraid I don’t do those” and I respect them for that honesty.
Both a haunting tale of sexual obsession and a stunning portrait of an ordinary man caught up in the throes of an illicit love and teetering on the brink of self-destruction, told with pinpoint psychological insight and mouth-watering prose, this is a splendid example of the storyteller’s art, reminiscent of James Baldwin.
- Victor J. Banis, author of The Man from C.A.M.P.
Erastes has written a beautiful novel about a man in his 30s and a 17 year old man/boy. I can already see eyes going up as brows begin to scowl. “This is wrong, so very wrong,” I hear the naysayers voices muttering, but Erastes has taken an unmentionable subject and faced at it head on and seen beauty where blandness existed before. An amazing job, Erastes, you sure have a definite winner here!
Lambda Literary Awards Winner 2009/Bisexual Fiction
A man desperately trying to derail the train on which his life rides—an anguishing and gripping account of latent self-discovery and a consequential adolescent infatuation in an age of judging eyes. At times endearing and romantic, embarrassing and cruel, Erastes has masterfully written another true-to-life novel steeped with hope and despair.