Steve Berman

Biography

Author of over a hundred short stories, editor of numerous queer and weird anthologies, and small press publisher living in western Massachusetts.

Where to find Steve Berman online

Where to buy in print

Series

Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Named after one of the pioneers of homoerotic fantasy, the Wilde Stories series offers readers the finest stories of the eerie, the strange, the fantastical, and the weird--all with gay male leads.

Books

Brute: Stories of Dark Desire, Masculinity, & Rough Trade
Price: $5.00 $1.25 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 90,080. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2023 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
The allure of trouble is the forbidden fruit at the finale and the pleasure of abandoning good judgment for this win. And one of the enticing pursuits for us sodomites is rough trade, young or old men who could answer one wrong move on your part with violence. These stories are a collection of some things old, some things new, somethings scary, and somethings to leave you black and blue.
Fit for Consumption: Stories Both Queer and Horrifying
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 64,920. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2021 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Horror » General
These are thirteen stories of men facing strange appetites within their own physicality, within a lover or, perhaps, a stranger's hungers. "Entertaining tales of the macabre, sure to cause shivers and indigestion." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Burly Tales: Fairy Tales for the Hirsute and Hefty Gay Man
Price: $6.50 $3.25 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 73,690. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2021 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Run away with us to enchanted woods, where the cubs and bears are not going to eat you (not without informed, enthusiastic consent), where no one will judge if you take up residence in a house with seven bearded men and only one bed, and where if you fall in love with a large, hairy man with a forbidding castle and a well-stocked library, he'll still be that way after you kiss him.
Vintage: 13th Anniversary Edition
Price: $3.00 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 62,010. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2020 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » LGBTQ+, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
One night, on a lonely highway, a teenager meets the boy of his dreams dressed in vintage clothing. When the boy vanishes, the teenager discovers he’s encountered the local legend, the a ghost who died four decades earlier and has haunted that road ever since. Curious and smitten, the next evening the teen returns with his best friend. So begins one of the eeriest romances told for gay teens.
Wilde Stories 2018: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Series: Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Price: $2.00 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 103,420. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2018 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
This book offers the best gay-themed stories of the strange, uncanny, and fantastical is out! Turn a page and walk the halls of a library shelved with every book never completed by authors before they passed away, a fish grants a young man wishes without ever explaining their true cost, ghosts relive their erotic past, Captain Hook and the Greek god Pan finally meet, and even Oscar Wilde himself.
His Seed: An Arboretum of Erotica
Price: $5.00 $1.25 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 78,770. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2017 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Science Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Verdant virgins and lush lotharios await readers in this anthology of strange yet sensual stories about men and vegetation. Fantastical fronds cannot resist caressing warm flesh. Sylvan creatures of myth protecting the forest; botanical laboratory experiments run amok; and a veteran of the Mexican-American war finds himself entranced by an aesthete's poisonous garden. Lammy award winner!
Heiresses of Russ 2016: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction
Series: Heiresses of Russ: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. Price: $2.00 $1.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 129,020. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2016 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » 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.
Wilde Stories 2016: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Series: Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Price: $6.00 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 81,120. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2016 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Literary collections » LGBTQ+
(4.00 from 1 review)
Reality and memory; imagination and oblivion. Somewhere between these signposts can be found the events of 15 stories in Wilde Stories 2016: a future world has forbidden the songs of dancefloor divas but on one night the show returns as a cautionary exhibition; high school outcasts create a fictional scapegoat and then his body is found; and let us not forget that colonial Mars needs Oscar Wilde!
Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists
Price: $6.00 $1.50 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 123,910. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2015 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In the field of mad science, women have for too long been ignored, their triumphs misattributed to mere men. Society has seen the laboratory as the province of men. Thankfully, the women working to dangerous and/or questionable ends in the pages of Daughters of Frankenstein are unafraid of the patriarchy--indeed, as lesbian mad scientists, they prefer the company and comforts of their own gender.
Wilde Stories 2015: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Series: Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Price: $2.00 $1.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 65,610. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2015 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Wilde Stories showcases the previous year's best offerings in short gay fantasy, horror, weird, and science fiction. This volume offers readers the secret missives of Roman emperors, an ungrateful ghost haunting her father's lover, werewolves, possible vampires, and more tales of the strange and eerie blended with bit of loss and passion. Editor Steve Berman has been collecting the finest stories
Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction
Series: Heiresses of Russ: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. Price: $2.00 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 92,810. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A book such as this spins not only words but also whole worlds: eighteen of them, representing the best lesbian-themed stories of the fantastic or futuristic published the prior year. The women to be met in these pages will find themselves tested not because of their sexual identity but rather the identity they have composed, constructed, and spun.
Wilde Stories 2014: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Series: Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Price: $2.00 $1.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 76,390. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Wilde Stories 2014 showcases the best gay-themed speculative fiction of the prior year. Zombies, vampires, and ghosts are as much a woe to the men in these stories as being an outsider or an outcast. Featuring fifteen stories that will leave readers with a sense of dread—or wonder—when the last page is turned.
Suffered From the Night: Queering Stoker's Dracula
Price: $5.00 $1.25 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 95,270. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General
In Suffered from the Night: Queering Stoker’s Dracula, editor Steve Berman provides a worthy companion to Lethe Press’s widely acclaimed earlier anthologies of queered canon. Here you will find dark tales (and a poem) of Dracula himself, his minions willing and not, his implacable enemies, and their heirs. Prepare to be guided into the deep recesses of the queer imagination.
Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe
Price: $5.00 $1.25 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 111,360. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General, Fiction » Horror » General
In Where Thy Dark Eye Glances, editor Steve Berman has assembled a range of tales that queer the prose and poetry of the Poe, the man himself, as well as dark and eerie stories about reading Poe’s work.
Wilde Stories 2013: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Series: Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Price: $2.00 $1.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 86,580. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In the 2013 volume, editor Steve Berman has collected stories of adolescents suffering growing pains in the midst of lake monsters, boyfriends seeking safe pest-free shelter in an infested dystopian world, the most unique story of a boy and his dog ever written, and pirates encountering a living island. A dozen tales written by award-winning authors and new talent.
Wilde Stories 2012: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Series: Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Price: $2.00 $1.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 68,520. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2012 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
The latest volume in the acclaimed Wilde Stories series has tales of hitchhikers on the run, dragons in the sky, swordsmen drawing their blades. These are stories fantastic and strange, otherworldly and eerie, but all feature gay men struggling with memories or lovers or simply the vicissitudes of life no matter how wild the world might be.
The Touch of the Sea
Price: $4.00 $1.00 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 68,900. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Here are eleven tales within the pages of The Touch of the Sea: fantastical, at times eerie, with sightings of mermen, water spirits, and sea beasts (even the fabled "living island," the aspidochelone) as well as a smattering of pirates. What makes these stories memorable is that they define the masculinity of the sea, the taste of brine on another man's lips.
Wilde Stories 2011: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Series: Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Price: $2.00 $1.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 96,460. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2011 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General
Celebrate a decade of gay speculative fiction with Wilde Stories 2011! This expanded volume from Lethe Press brings stories of undead lovers, stranded astronauts, ghosts and phantom reflections, men lost in an inhospitable wilderness, and fiends who hide under handsome veneers, all written by award-winning authors and fresh voices in the field.
Wagers of Gold Mountain
Price: Free! Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2011 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Set in San Francisco during the Gold Rush era, Ji Yuan, a Chinese youth who immigrated to America with his brother to seek his fortune but has found only disappointment. Now, his brother lays sick, dying, and Yuan must seek the help of two local spirits. But being tricksters, nothing these spirits tells the youth is ever the whole truth.
Wilde Stories 2009: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Series: Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 65,580. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2011 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
The 2009 edition of Wilde Stories, edited by Steve Berman, promises readers a range of imaginative gay-themed fiction culled from the prior year. These are tales that range from the horrorific (Lee Thomas' "I'm Your Violence") to the surreal (Sven Davisson's "Dim Star Descried") to the fantastical ("Firooz and His Brother" by Alex Jeffers).
So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 122,110. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2010 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General
Twenty-two captivating stories where queer culture and fey folklore meet! Lambda Award-nominated editor Steve Berman brings together acclaimed fantasy writers with some of the brightest names in speculative and LGBT fiction to create tales that are moving and magical. These stories of romance and grief, adolescence and identity, struggle and hope will enchant readers who long for a fantastic esc
Second Thoughts: More Queer and Weird Stories
Price: $2.00 $1.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 57,600. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2010 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
In his second collection of stories and essays, author Steve Berman once more guides readers through the dark paths of his imagination with such tales as a nursery rhyme tempting a young lover, the scent of loneliness enticing children to eat away a caretaker’s historic house, and a pair of Victorian-era burglars seeking their fortune in a fey-filled London
Wilde Stories 2010: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Series: Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 72,280. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2010 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
This 2010 edition of Wilde Stories offers the finest tales of fantastical and weird happenings befalling gay men from both acclaimed authors (award-winners Laird Barron, Elizabeth Hand, Tanith Lee, Richard Bowes, & Joel Lane) and fresh voices (Tom Cardamone &, Georgina Li) in the field. Here are stories of hungry wolves walking on two legs and ghosts of departed lovers hesitant to leave.

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