Lethe Press, Inc.

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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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Death by Silver
Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 110,430. Language: British English. Published: May 29, 2013 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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.
The Role
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 99,800. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2016 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Mason Burroughs is an actor on the verge of giving up when his life changes when he bumps into Kevin Caldwell, an old crush from acting school. Kevin helps Mason land a role that could make him the next Broadway star. However, as rehearsals begin, Mason learns that there’s a lot more drama than what’s on stage.
Engines of Desire: Tales of Love and Other Horrors
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 85,120. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2011 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
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.
Slant: A Novel
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 62,400. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2011 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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.
In Search Of and Others
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 45,270. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
In Will Ludwigsen’s beautiful collection of nine reprinted and six original stories, the universe has a way of being weird in just the ways we need it to be. There are answers to many of our deepest questions…and they’re usually far more personal and mysterious than we expect.  What are you in search of? And what is in search of you?
Cowboys Can Fly
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 59,640. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2010 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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.
Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 142,450. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Brice Brown sings about loyalty and broken hearts, the earnestness of being a proud Southerner, yet his popular country music lyrics are misdirection because Brice has kept hidden his attraction to men for all his life. But when a former lover--and band member--goes to the press with the truth, Brice finds himself sick of all the lies and returning to the sanctuary of his West Virginian hometown.
The Phoenix
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 125,710. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
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.
Going Down
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 61,080. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
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
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 118,700. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 63,110. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2010 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
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.
The God in Flight
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 180,850. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2016 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Historical
1878, young Satterwhite attends Yale in the hope he will discover what life holds for fellows with sharp aesthetic senses. He is unprepared to meet his assigned art teacher, Professor Klionarios. The pair are so dissimilar but the tumultuous love affair scorned by their society is a gilded construct between one believing himself ready to know real love and a willing partner.
Vintage: A Ghost Story
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 55,200. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2010 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
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
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 122,120. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
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
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 80,550. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
A thrilling gay romance set in 1899 in a mysterious mansion by the sea. Young Andrew Wyndham has accepted a position tutoring the unruly son of wealthy industrialist Duncan Stewart in the hopes that the work will be brief yet provide an avenue to pay for his passage to France to study art. For pure gothic escapism with a masculine point of view, The Master of Seacliff is an
Point of Knives: A Novella of Astreiant
Series: The Novels of Astreiant, Book 2. Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 44,200. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 66,730. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
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
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 47,860. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2011 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » History, Nonfiction » Travel » Gay and lesbian
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
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 67,430. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014 by Lethe Press, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Western, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
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.


Listening to the Dead
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 95,410. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Jack Dolan has spent almost three decades solving homicides in Denver, his uncanny ability to speak to the dead learned from his aged mentor whom other cops refer to as Old Grim because of his incredible solve rate. Jack has repressed his sexuality, fearing discovery and likely ostracism from his fellow cops. When Jack retires to the mountains of Colorado, he discovers the bodies of two young men.
Heiresses of Russ 2016: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction
Price: $9.00 USD. Words: 129,020. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The latest volume in the acclaimed Heiresses of Russ series features stories that are anything but invisible: the lesbian women in these fantastical and wondrous tales are not hiding and are not easily overlooked but rather are choosing the harder path, the more dangerous route, whether that leads to love or loss or adventure. Guest edited by award-winning author A.M. Dellamonica.

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Latest book: Country. Published August 26, 2016. (5.00 from 1 review)

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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