Luke Hartwell

Biography

Luke Hartwell always enjoyed books with the gay boy attracted to straight boy dynamic, and many of his stories deal with just that. Luke's first novel, currently available in a revised edition titled Memory and Madness, was widely praised and got the attention of William S. Burroughs. Luke's approach has been the Walt Whitman approach: revising and reissuing, not considering a work finished or permanently titled simply because it is published. Luke’s work recently has been reissued in revised editions by Watersgreen House along with new material.

Luke Hartwell has spent the past two years rewriting all of his previously published books. As his publisher, Watersgreen House has debated how to handle the new editions, which we believe to be universally better than the old. Industry guidelines suggest that for minor changes in fiction titles, a new edition labeled “revised” will suffice, but for major changes, the work needs a new title. We have deemed that the majority of Luke’s books need new titles. Here, we will offer guidance to those customers who have read the majority of Luke’s previously published work.

To begin, two early Hartwell works that were published not only under different titles but under a different name have been rewritten, given new titles, and added to Hartwell’s catalogue. This includes the book that remains his masterpiece, Memory and Madness, as well as his semi-autobiographical work Who You Are and Where You Come From. We believe the newly revised Memory and Madness is a must read, even for readers who have read the earlier version, which was titled Clicking Beat on the Brink of Nada in Europe and Cody in the U.S.A.
Hartwell’s other best-selling title, Atom Heart John Beloved, has retained its title even though Hartwell made some nice changes to the book. We simply love the title and didn’t want to lose it. Hartwell’s short stories “Michael” and “Nothing Strikes Back!” have also retained their titles as the revisions to them are not extensive, although both stories have been improved.

The two new titles we believe Hartwell readers will want to read again (or listen to, as several of his titles are now available in audiobook format, with more to come) are Love Underneath and Space. Although the opening chapters of Love Underneath will sound familiar to those who read Hartwell’s Locomotives in Winter, Love Underneath is not the same book. Hartwell has used the opening chapters of Locomotives as a base, but the opening section has been expanded, with a new character added, and the second part of the book, while maintaining some similarity to Locomotives, contains an enormous amount of new material and a very different ending, one which we think readers will applaud.

Hartwell also completely rewrote his novel Nathan’s Story to make it a stand-alone work not connected with Atom Heart John Beloved. The new work is titled Space and is available both as a single volume bearing that name and also as part of Hartwell’s collection of shorter fiction, Four Walls and a Passion. As with Love Underneath, the new book is much better than the old and contains a very powerful ending. With Love Underneath and Space, we feel readers will be missing a lot if they don’t experience the beautiful changes Hartwell has made to these books.
Two of Hartwell’s short stories also have been revised and given new titles. “Jimmy” is now “Blue South” and “Toller” is now “Baby Self Hate.” The revisions are nice but do not affect the plots of either book. They remain two of Hartwell’s best stories.

While working on all these revisions, Hartwell did write one completely new story titled “Hooves Are a Horse’s Glue (But You Still Need a Nail for the Shoe).” It is classic Hartwell. It is available as its own book and is also included in Four Walls and a Passion. A second collection of Hartwell’s shorter fiction, to be titled Desire and to include new material, is in the works. We hope you enjoy.

- Michael Wilson, Publisher
Watersgreen House

Where to find Luke Hartwell online


Where to buy in print


Books

Space
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 24,680. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018 by Watersgreen House. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
When a young boy at a bowling alley has his cheeseburger delivered by a handsome future air force cadet, an infatuation develops so strong that three years later, when he learns the older boy's home town, he sets off on his bike to find him. The relationship that develops between the two boys is one of the most heart-warming and seductive in coming of age literature.
Hooves Are a Horse's Glue (But You Still Need a Nail for the Shoe)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,790. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018 by Watersgreen House. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
In Hooves Are a Horse's Glue (But You Still Need a Nail for the Shoe), a high school senior in small town Arkansas finds a new boy in class on the first day of school--a handsome exchange student from Turkey whose presence in town causes a stir. As the friendship develops, hearts and minds are stirred as well, especially when the young Turk tries to teach his new friend Turkish oil wrestling.
Blue South
Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018 by Watersgreen House. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Luke Hartwell explores the relationship between gay and straight best friends in this sparse, moving, revised story previously published as "Jimmy." Chris has been in love with his best friend Jimmy since childhood. While Chris is at college, Jimmy is sent to prison. Now Jimmy is free once more and the two meet again. With eyes wide open, both men re-examine their friendship.
Baby Self Hate
Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 13,750. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2018 by Watersgreen House. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A sultry but funny story of sex and infatuation. the brilliance of the narrative voice shines brightest. Cam, like other Hartwell narrators, is angry but funny, purposeful but confused, and humorous but unexpectedly profound. Although sexy and sought after, Cam sees life darkly and takes solace in fishing. His relationship with a boy he meets in therapy is a wild, unpredictable ride.
Love Underneath
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 83,300. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2018 by Watersgreen House. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A groundbreaking merger of genres, Luke Hartwell's latest novel, Love Underneath, is as distinctive as its predecessors. Using characters and early chapters from his deleted novel Locomotives in Winter, Hartwell has created a beautiful, sexy story of guys who love. As with all Hartwell fiction, the characterizations, narration, and depth of feeling leave an impact.
Four Walls and a Passion
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 66,470. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018 by Watersgreen House. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
Four Walls and a Passion contains five of Luke Hartwell's best stories. As with his longer fiction, Hartwell here creates characters that stick with the reader long after the stories end. These remarkably-written stories, with their compelling narrative voices, are must-reads for those who appreciate moving short fiction like "The Lost Boy," "Brokeback Mountain," and Gide's "The Prodigal Son."
Toller
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 11,410. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2015 by Watersgreen House. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Coming of age
Luke Hartwell does it again! “Toller” is a sultry story of sex, infatuation, and annoying song lyrics. As always, the brilliance of the narrative voice shines brightest. Cam, like other Hartwell narrators, is angry but funny, purposeful but confused, and humorous yet unexpectedly profound.
Moloch
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 264,940. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2015 by Watersgreen House. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
*Contains Jack London's The Iron Heel, H.G. Wells' The Sleeper Awakes, and Robert Hugh Benson's Lord of the World, three dystopian novels that were published within ten years of each other and ushered in the genre. *Contains an introduction by Luke Hartwell.
Nothing Strikes Back
Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 10,740. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013 by Watersgreen House. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » New adult
What do you do when your girlfriend's younger brother is the best-looking person on the planet and has a thing for you but he's only sixteen? Parish doesn't know what he's going to do, but he's about to find out.
Michael
Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 8,020. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013 by Watersgreen House. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Ben cannot keep his mind off the handsome young man sitting at the back of his world literature class. He fantasizes and fantasizes, and then he acts. An amorous, hysterical, and ridiculously unusual tale by the acclaimed author of Atom Heart John Beloved, Nathan's Story, and Locomotives in Winter.
Atom Heart John Beloved
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 66,930. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013 by Watersgreen House. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Atom Heart John Beloved chronicles the lives of two boys who become friends at age thirteen. The story is told by eighteen-year-old John, who quietly whispers to his best friend one night in bed, "Do me." John's narrative voice is one of the most unique in gay literature. Atom Heart John Beloved is literate, intimate, erotic, and delightful, delivering unexpected moments of grace.

Luke Hartwell's tag cloud