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Wilde Stories 2011

The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction

edited by

Steve Berman

Published by Lethe Press at Smashwords

Copyright © 2011 Steve Berman.

All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilm, and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Published in 2011 by Lethe Press, Inc.

118 Heritage Avenue • Maple Shade, NJ 08052-3018 •

ISBN: 1-59021-302-5 / 978-1-59021-302-5 (library binding)

ISBN: 1-59021-303-3 / 978-1-59021-303-2 (paperback)

These stories are works of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the authors’ imaginations or are used fictitiously.

Cover design: Thomas Drymon, drymondesign.

Cover image: “Shadows” by Cesarr S. Terrio.

Map of Seventeen” copyright © 2010 by Christopher Barzak, first appeared in The Beastly Bride, ed. by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (Viking Juvenile) / “Mortis Persona” copyright © 2010 by Barbara A. Barnett, first appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Nov. 2010 / “Mysterium Tremendum” copyright © 2010 by Laird Barron, first appeared in Occultation (Night Shade Books) / “Waiting for the Phone to Ring” copyright © 2010 by Richard Bowes, first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2010 / “Hothouse Flowers: or The Discreet Boys of Dr. Barnabas” copyright © 2010 by Chaz Brenchley, first appeared in The Bitten Word, ed. by Ian Whates (NewCon Press) / “Blazon” copyright © 2010 by Peter Dubé, first published in Saints + Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival ed. by Amie Evans & Paul J. Willis (Queer Mojo) / “Oneirica” copyright © 2010 by Hal Duncan, first appeared in Icarus 5 / “Love Will Tear us Apart” copyright © 2010 by Alaya Dawn Johnson, first appeared in Zombies vs. Unicorns ed. by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier (Margaret K. McElderry) / a slightly different version of “All the Shadows,” copyright © 2010 by Joel Lane, first appeared in Brighton Shock!, ed. by Stephen Jones (PS Publishing) / “The Noise” copyright © 2010 by Richard Larson, first appeared in Sybil’s Garage #7 / “Beach Blanket Spaceship” copyright © 2010 by Sandra McDonald, first appeared in Clarkesworld 46 / “How to Make Friends in Seventh Grade” copyright © 2010 by Nick Poniatowsku, first appeared in Strange Horizons / “Lifeblood” copyright © 2010 by Jeffrey A. Ricker, first appeared in Blood Sacraments, ed. by Todd Gregory (Bold Strokes Books) / “How to Make a Clown” copyright © 2010 by Jeremy C. Shipp, first appeared in Fungus of the Heart (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

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