Lethe Press

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Lethe Press is an independent publishing house specializing in speculative fiction, books of gay interest, poetry, spirituality, as well as classic works of the occult & supernatural. Named after the Greek river of memory and forgetfulness, Lethe Press is devoted to ideas that are often neglected or forgotten by mainstream publishers. Founded in 2001 by author Steve Berman, Lethe Press has grown steadily in its first few years. Our books have been finalists for, and in cases won, such awards as the Andre Norton, Gaylactic Spectrum, Golden Crown Literary, and Lambda Literary Awards. Our anthologies have featured the works of many acclaimed and New York Times best-selling authors.

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The Phoenix
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,730. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
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A compelling Victorian saga of two men whose love for each other transcends time and distance—and the society that considers it an abomination. Set in the last twenty years of the 19th century, The Phoenix is a multi-layered historical novel that illuminates poverty and child abuse, as well as theatre history in America and England.
Engines of Desire: Tales of Love and Other Horrors
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 85,120. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2011 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Death and pleasure—Freud's Todestrieb: "libido has the task of making the destroying instinct innocuous, and it fulfills the task by diverting that instinct to a great extent outwards… The instinct is then called the destructive instinct, the instinct for mastery, or the will to power." Few authors have spun stories of Thanatos and Eros as skillfully and powerfully as Livia Llewellyn.
Going Down
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,080. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
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Luke is hitching from Scotland to Dorset. Losing his virginity is not foremost in the young sailor's thoughts but continually crops up when he meets the likes of the lusting Ruth, butch biker Tex and the delightful and delicious scout Dominic, as he heads ever southward, his vivid imagination conjuring a variety of delightful sexual scenarios.
Butcher's Road
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 118,700. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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Once a world-class wrestler, Cardinal now serves as hired muscle for a second-rate Chicago mobster. While collecting a parcel from a gangland lowlife, Cardinal witnesses the man's murder. Cardinal embarks on search for answers that will reveal a world of metallic charms and weapons, all forged with unimaginable powers, and a mysterious order intent on retrieving their relic.
Disturbed by Her Song
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 63,120. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2010 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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Disturbed By Her Song collects the work of Esther Garber & her half-brother Judas Garbah, the mysterious family of writers that Tanith Lee has been channeling for the past few years. Possibly autobiographical, frequently erotic and darkly surreal, their fiction takes place in a variety of eras and places, from Egypt in the 1940s, to England in the grip of the Pre-Raphaelites, to gaslit Paris.
Slant: A Novel
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 62,420. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2011 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
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James, an Asian boy who likes video games and romantic comedies, realizes he’s gay while attending college in Boston. He begins a whirlwind exploration of the gay world, negotiating its many pitfalls, including the first kiss, his first love and the first drugs. At the same time, he has to manage his insecurities and the constant pressure from his tiger mom.
Cowboys Can Fly
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 59,530. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2010 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
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Young Toby spends his days exploring the backwoods surrounding his UK country home. His imagination not only supplies adventure but also the exciting promise of lustful embraces and kisses with the handsome field hand. When Toby's mother, a nurse, brings home a sickly yet handsome youth, Cymon, to recuperate, Toby finds himself drawn to the older boy. Their friendship, awkward at first, blossoms.
Death by Silver
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Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 110,430. Language: British English. Published: May 29, 2013 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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In the Lambda Literary Award-winning novel Death by Silver, veteran authors Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold introduce a Victorian London where magic works, influencing every aspect of civilized life, and two very appealing detectives.
Vintage: A Ghost Story
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,210. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2010 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
(4.50)
In a small New Jersey town, a lonely teen walking along a highway one autumn evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who died decades ago and haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With a cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage offers readers a memorable blend of dark humor, chills and love.
A Strong and Sudden Thaw
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 122,130. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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The Ice fell upon the world nearly a hundred years ago, and if civilization didn’t rightly collapse, it surely staggered and fell ill a while. In the small town of Moline, Virginia, folks struggle to survive, relying on their own faith in God and hard work. But when a mated pair of dragons starts hunting the countryside, they don’t have the weapons or the skills to fight off such predators.
The Master of Seacliff: A Novel
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,570. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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A gay romance set in 1899 in a mysterious mansion by the sea.For pure gothic escapism with a decidedly masculine point of view, The Master of Seacliff is an enthralling and satisfying read.
Point of Knives: A Novella of Astreiant
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Series: The Novels of Astreiant, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 44,200. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
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A welcome return to the vividly realized city of Astreiant with its intricate magics and deadly politics, Point of Knives takes place in the interval between the widely praised earlier novels Point of Hopes and Point of Dreams. A fantastical mystery and a rousing adventure, Point of Knives also reveals the beginning of the romance between Adjunct Point Nicolas Rathe and Leaguer Philip Eslingen.
Promises, Promises: a romp with plenty of dykes, a unicorn, an ogre, an oracle, a quest, a princess, and true love with a happily ever after
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 66,750. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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Sandy Blunt, witch, has big dreams but C-average magic skills. Her only noteworthy talent is for paying extravagant compliments to women. Trouble is, when she uses that gift, she unwittingly foretells the future for a pretty princess. The punishment for prophesying about one of royal blood is death.
Queer Hauntings: True Tales of Gay and Lesbian Ghosts
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 47,880. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2011 by Lethe Press. Category: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » History
(3.00)
Queer Hauntings: True Tales of Gay and Lesbian Ghosts is a collection of eerie locales worldwide with a queer bent, combining historical fact and unearthly encounters from across the United States, as well as around the globe.
The Filly
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,430. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
(2.00)
Ethan Keller has lived a sheltered life in his mother's boarding house. One day, an enigmatic cowboy passing through the small Texas town takes an immediate liking to the shy seventeen-year-old. Ethan is intrigued by the attention, and the cowboy eventually charms him into signing on to a 900-mile cattle drive. Ethan soon finds that his feelings for this cowboy run deeper than just friendship.


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  • Mambo Panties & Other Stories on Jan. 15, 2013

    These are great character sketches with lots of downhome Texas local color. Witty little stories that draw the reader into a kind of timeless reality. Surprising wisdom. And funny. Toby Johnson