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No, Luke Evans Is Not Your Pet Gay Action Star

Off the top of my head, I don't think I've ever watched a Luke Evans movie, though High-Rise has been on my 'to watch' list for a while now. But the English actor/heart-throb/fast rising action star has been knocking around the news and social media this week for reasons that are kind of bothersome. Or perhaps it just signals a major shift in the way we need to think about LGBT celebrities.

In short, Evans has been copping some flack for refusing to talk about his sexuality, after having come out all the way back in 2002. Remember that era? When Queer As Folk and Will and Grace were gaying up the airwaves, and several countries were first legalising gay marriage? It was still pretty damn brave and unusual for a big star to come out at the time. But Evans wasn't then a big star. He was a fresh-faced emerging name in the pretty gay-friendly world of theatre-loving London.

All that has since changed, and some are calling his sudden reluctance to discuss his personal l…
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So the Golden Globes are now well behind us, leaving two inescapable truths. 1) Meryl's speech deserves to be broadcast everywhere between here to the furthest reaches of space, and 2) The Oscar is La La Land’s to lose. I was excited to see French thriller Ellefinally get some of the Stateside praise it so richly deserves, because with its much talked about shortlist exclusion, it certainly won’t get this come Oscar time. Come on, kids! Isabelle Huppert is a goddess on par with Meryl.
Another critic’s favourite snapped up the award for Best Picture – Drama, despite not converting any of its numerous other nominations to wins. Okay, if you’ve been paying even a whiff of attention to awards season, it felt kind of inevitable that Moonlightwould win, and I can’t say this makes me unhappy. After all, a major American movie about a man who’s poor, black, and gay just picked up a major Best Picture award.

I’ll say that again, a movie about a man who is poor, black,…

Pre-Order Now for GRL 2017

I am now accepting pre-orders of all three of my novels for collection at GRL. Simply pre-order using this form, arrange payment via email, and collect your books at the con.
I am offering an exclusive deal for GRL attendees. Order both The Beast Without and The Orchard of Flesh together for just $25 (save $8 on GRL prices, or a whopping $18 on Amazon's price). 
In addition, those who pre-order will get to reserve a swag torch keyring in their preferred colour. I'm bringing these to GRL in strictly limited numbers, so this is a great way to make sure you get the one you want.
Pre-order your books here and I'll be in touch asap via email. Please note, orders must be placed by September 30.

Orchard of Flesh Promo (Mini) Tour

So this week is a big one for me and forThe Orchard of Flesh, which released on August 1 through Bold Strokes Books, and today through Amazon and other third-party sellers. Follow the links to buy now, or just order a copy from your favourite indie or LGBT bookstore.



OTTAWA: This Thursday, August 18 I will be reading at Stonewall Gallery with fellow Bold Strokesers 'Nathan Burgoine (Triad Blood) and Stevie Mikayne (Jellicle Girl), plus James K Moran, whose literary horror novel Town and Train is published by Lethe Press. Start time is 6pm at 370 Bank Street, Ottawa. If you would like to go, please do RSVP for the event at Stonewall Gallery's Facebook page.


NEW YORK: Then, if that wasn't exciting enough I will be in New York this weekend, August 20 and 21, with the Genre Junkies at Flame Con 2. Those Genre Junkies will be Andrew J Peters (The City of Seven Gods), David Swatling (Calvin's Head), J L Weinberg (True Religion) and of course myself. We will be at table #128 (…

Lock Up Your Burglars! He Returns to Europe.

I'm writing this in a mix of excitement and raw panic, because in just a week's time I'll be in Nottingham, enjoying Bold Strokes Books's UK Festival at Waterstones.

A week later, I'll also be in Berlin for the second ever Euro Pride Con. Somewhere in there I'm also meeting up with friends in a couple of other cities, so all up, it's a wonderful two weeks for me doing three things I love - talking books, catching up with friends, and exploring Europe.

And I'll be doing it on crutches!

Yes, about a month ago, the gods decided to, as my British friends would no doubt say 'have a laugh,' and shit me to tears test my fortitude, causing me to fall and dislocate a good portion of my midfoot. This stranded me on crutches for 2+ months, dropping me in the deep end of the Canadian healthcare system.

Travel insurance, peeps. Go nowhere without it!

All the same, I am super excited for this trip. It's not my first trip to the UK, but it is my first goi…

Cons and Cross-Continental Moves

So it's taken me a few weeks to decompress and get organised after fantastic week and a bit in the States, which included Saints and Sinners in New Orleans, andRainbow Book Fairin New York City. 
First up, SASFest, which is just as much fun as I remember from last time I went in 2014. It was interesting to be on a totally different panel, talking about a totally different book this year, and not at all intimidating to have Andrew Holleran on one side of me and Laura Antoniou on the other. Not at all, I tell you. Also with us was fellow Bold Strokes newbie Ralph Josiah Bardley, whose novelBrothersis shortlisted for this year’s Lambda for Best Gay Romance. So if you haven't already, it’s well worth checking out.
There were also some terrific questions from both the moderator and audience including authors who were at the festival who came to hear and support us, so thanks! Truly, I love doing panels, but I also get super nervous on them. So for me they're always a balance of t…