About the Author: Philip Dean Walker is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in literary journals such as Big Lucks, Collective Fallout, Jonathan, Glitterwolf Magazine, theNewerYork, Driftwood Press, Lunch Review, and Carbon Culture Review. His short story “Three-Sink Sink” was named as a finalist for the 2013 Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction from The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review and appears in the anthology Pay for Play (Bold Strokes Books). He holds a B.A. in American Literature from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from American University. He lives in Washington, D.C. At Danceteria and Other Stories is his first book.
Read by Strangers is a collection of sixteen queer stories exploring the complexities of the human experience. From weary men seeking a ride back from a club but find themselves trapped to a woman addicted to a virtual reality game who is neglecting her child to a man whose fantasies about of his neighbor's wife have begun to take over his life.
In these immaculately crafted stories inspired by the 1980s, Philip Dean Walker spotlights a cast of celebrities and historical figures in situations unsettling as Day-Glo and poignant as roses while the specter of AIDS looms.