Peter Dubé is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and cultural critic. He is the author of the chapbook Vortex Faction Manifesto (Vortex Editions, 2001), the novel Hovering World (DC Books 2002), At the Bottom of the Sky, a collection of linked short stories (DC Books, 2007) and most recently, the novella Subtle Bodies: a Fantasia on Voice, History and René Crevel (Lethe Press 2010). He is also the editor of the anthology Madder Love: Queer Men and The Precincts of Surrealism (Rebel Satori Press, 2008).
His fiction — informed by surrealism, queer and “popular” cultures, as well as a whole host of heretical and apocalyptic visions — deploys dense verbal surfaces to investigate the narrative construction of experience, particularly at the points where imagination, desire and the body politic intersect. In other words, his writing is often weird, sweaty and lush.
This book, the latest collection by Shirley Jackson award finalist, Peter Dubé, offers strange and surreal tales that reflect as much as they haunt the reader. Chip away at the known world until there are wide cracks that reveal many a strange fact to all of us at once. Features an introduction by award-winning author Elizabeth Hand.
The many stories featured in this volume of Best Gay Stories focus on what we, as gay men have in common, what underlies and nourishes the roots of all that fabulous diversity. Editor Peter Dubé doesn’t mean to suggest that every one of the fifteen stories in this year’s collection is necessarily erotic (though some are.) These stories are more complicated than that.
In the 2011 edition of Best Gay Stories, editor Peter Dubé reminds gay men that when we step up to the proverbial microphone and tell our own stories, something monumental happens. This anthology of fourteen stories is a testament to all the voices, the power of storytelling, a chorus of narrative impulses.
Paris, 1935. The poet René Crevel dwells on past events that changed his life and ended the peace among the Surrealists.
Years earlier, Crevel enacted seances for André Breton and his guests. Soon Crevel found himself overcome with lapses in memory and time. While in a trance, Crevel felt his sense of self expand to new levels, subtle bodies of consciousness.