(Just a couple of originals – four books took up my time.)
Stories I Tell To Friends – The Revelator
Sleep Walking Now and Then – Tor.com
The Mask of the Rex – The Time Traveller’s Almanac
The Queen and the Cambion – Handsome Devil
Seven Days of Poe – Best Gay Stories 2014
The Queen and the Cambion – Gaslit Romance
The Bear Dresser’s Secret -The Best of Electric Velocipede
Tears of Laughter, Tears of Grief – 40 Years of
Unconventional Fantasy World Fantasy 2014
“It’s like hanging in West Village bar with a gay Joseph Mitchell or Jimmy Breslin.” David Pratt, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Bob the Book
“Rick Bowes is a marvelous writer whose fiction captures NYC’s downtown scene like a WeeGee photo.”
“In the tradition of Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, not in content but in style: a remembrance of things past mixed in the alchemical chambers of the imagination. “Christopher Barzak Crawford Award winning author of One For Sorrow and of Before and After Lives.
His surprise at lasting when so many around him didn’t keeps his books honest. They never turn into “How I got clean” stories or “Redemption through art” fables or some queer mythology of survivial.
Kelly Cogswell Gay City News
“Decades of a troubled and magical life in New York are described in this fascinating fictionalized memoir. Adapting previously published stories, Bowes creates an alternate version of himself, inhabiting a world where magic might or might not be real. Ghosts appear and disappear, a runaway kills with his mind, a Lovecraftian adept returns to a deadly building to destroy an old tome, and Bowes lurks on the periphery, sometimes participating in the supernatural and sometimes only briefly touching it through others. Woven in are decades of queer New York experience, from a doomed love triangle and the Stonewall Riots through the AIDS epidemic and into a modern, more accepting, less raucous city. There is no overarching plot, but the vignettes are powerful, and Bowes the character comes across as a very real individual, surrounding himself with a host of memorable and eclectic people. Bowes the author depicts a New York at once beautiful and terrible, dangerous and glorious, where mundane life is only one step away from the supernatural.”(July)
From the Bowery to Times Square, from The Saint to Saint Vincent’s, from Sleepy Hollow to Hoboken, Richard Bowes takes us on an eerie, bittersweet, wonderfully nostalgic tour of a slightly bygone (and very haunted!) New York, New York. It’s like hanging in West Village bar with a gay Joseph Mitchell or Jimmy Breslin. A delightful read for anyone ever captivated by Gotham, by art, by youth, or by the spirits that lurk within ever-shifting cityscapes.” — David Pratt, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Bob the Book
Wednesday Night 8/7 – Thursday morning 8/8 from 12-3 AM I will be on WBAI FM 99.5 for an Hour of the Wolf pledge drive. Pitching, pushing, talking, reading, begging, divesting myself of any shreds of dignity I still posses.
Please join Jim Freund and me.
Pledge Premiums will include copies of my new novel “Dust Devil on a Quiet Street” and CD’s of my reading my award winning story 9/11 story, “There’s a Hole in the City.” as broadcast on WBAI on the Fifth Anniversary of 9/11.
Giveaway dates: Mar 11-Apr 01, 2013
Richard Bowes’ collection o…more
Richard Bowes’ collection of modern Fairy Tales, their Fantasy offspring, and their legendary ancestors presents eight of his stories including “The Lady of Wands,” in which a Fey cop tells her story, that appears here for the first time. Also original to this book is Bowes’ afterword, “A Secret History of Small Books,” which traces the path of Fairy Tales as a refuge for women, gay/lesbian writers, and LGBT readers from the 17th century on.
The collection also includes “Seven Smiles and Six Frowns” a story of the evolution of a Fairy Tale; “The Cinnamon Cavalier,” a Fairy Tale variation a critic has called, “The Gingerbread Man, writ large,” and “The Margay’s Children” a modern take on a “Beastly Bridegroom” tale; “The Progress of Solstice and Chance,” with its complex sexual relations and invented pantheon of gods, the outrageous situation and characters of “The Bear Dresser’s Secret,” and the “The Lady of Wands,” set in a fairy/mortal demi-monde; and two Arthurian tales, “Sir Morgravain Speaks of Night Dragons and Other Things” and “The Queen and the Cambion” in which the eponymous queen, though famous, is not Guinevere. [close]
From Aqueduct Press, my fairy tale collection,
The Queen, the Cambion and Seven Others
Is now available, in print and e-book!
The collection includes the original story “The Lady of Wands,” in which a Fey cop tells her story; “Seven Smiles and Six Frowns” a story of the evolution of a Fairy Tale; “The Cinnamon Cavalier,” a Fairy Tale variation one critic called, “The Gingerbread Man, writ large;” and “The Margay’s Children” a modern take on a “Beastly Bridegroom” tale. Also here are “The Progress of Solstice and Chance,” featuring complex sexual relations and an invented pantheon of gods; the outrageous situation and characters of “The Bear Dresser’s Secret;” and the “The Lady of Wands,” set in a fairy/mortal demimonde. Rounding out the collection are two Arthurian tales, “Sir Morgravain Speaks of Night Dragons and Other Things” and “The Queen and the Cambion” in which the eponymous queen, though famous, is not Guinevere.
Also original to this book is my afterword, “A Secret History of Small Books,” which traces the path of Fairy Tales as a refuge for women, gay/lesbian writers, and LGBT readers from the 17th century on.
It reminds them of the good times!
Creatures great and small, furred and feathered (though all are lead hollowcast in the toy zoo).
In 2011 I published eight pieces of short fiction. I love them all. But a couple stand out in my award preferences. Read them here and see if you agree (or not).
For Short Story my favorite is my contribution to Ellen Datlow’s Blood and Other Cravings anthology (Tor)
“MORTAL BAIT” set in 1950 is the story of a private eye in Greenwich Village caught up in an affair with a Fey seductress and caught the middle of the Elf/Fey wars.
Voting Deadline is 2/15/2012
FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS – Coldstream Guards
By Minikin of Japan! Lead soldiers have had a place at Christmas since The Nutcracker Ballet in the 19th Century and maybe before. These 2 1/2″ tall, beautifully detailed figures may be more collectible than toy. But any kid would love to get his hands on them.
SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS – British Lancers
By William Britains c. 1950’s. I was selling the figures. But shooting the “Castle Blocks” the winter landscape with bottle brush trees was the joy. Toys are hard to leave behind.
THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS : German Winter Flats.
Like Anderson’s “Steadfast Tin Soldier” these 1 1/2″ -2″ two dimensional figures have great paint and poses. Begun in the early 1800’s, still made, in sets of 30 or so pieces – skating, sledding, driving sleighs, selling hot cider – everything!
FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS: Toys from Outer Space!
Or at least from Archer Plastics Co of the Bronx circa 1950’s. 3 1/2″ tall. 2 are wearing their detachable oxygen masks. The third, regrettably seems to have misplaced his.
FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS – Winter Figures by Barclay. When I was a kid in the 1940/50’s these were a fixture of store window displays and living room mantelpieces. Called “Dimestore Figures” because that’s where they were sold – these are the basic pieces in an appropriate setting.
SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOYS – Marx Imagination Dollhouse.Toys reflect their times. And this modular kitchen with furniture is very much in late ’60’s “modern” style. It’s from a Marx all plastic, multi-level dollhouse that could be laid out in a variety of ways. Now it looks as much like a design model as a toy.
SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOYS – A Porcelain head doll.
Perfect visual for New Year’s Day morning hangover: disturbing as all get-out. There are more scary stories about dolls than of all other toys combined (You could look it up!). This china-headed 20th century European item shows why.
EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOY -Marx Super Circus The early 1950’s were the Play Set’s heyday. This 100+ pc set – a tie in with a Saturday morning TV show – boasted a tin litho big top and sideshow platforms plastic and metal accessories, animal acts, patrons and performers like these acrobats swinging from a trapeze in the center ring!
NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS – Knights of AgincourtLead handpainted figures, designed by Selwyn Smith produced by William Britains, circa 1950’s. Four poses 54mm (3″ tall mounted figures). A signpost as lead figures went from being children’s toys to
TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOYS – SF Toys
TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOYS – SF Toys
Nothing says “1950’s” as clearly as the ‘Science Fiction’ toys made in that decade. This Outer Space Jet Car by Gilmark is a fine example – half U.S. Air Force fighter and half G.M Pontiac sedan.
ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOYS – Salvation Army Band
Salvation Army Band a modern maker.H.G. Wells in FLOOR GAMES his wonderful 1911 book about toys and playing with children decries the absence of civilian figures and the overabundance of toy soldiers. A few years later the First World War meant that even eleven year old boys weren’t interested in war. Toy makers turned to civilian themes including Salvation Army figures and remains so as this fine set shows.
TWELFTH DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Casige Sewing Machine
Toy sewing machine by Casige of Germany: Really, “miniature” would be a better description. These
were simply small, functioning machines. The company began making toy sewing machines in the early 20th century and continued into the later part. After WW2, from the “British” sector of Germany where they found themselves they continued to turn out these beautifully designed toys. The art work – in this case art deco – makes them desired collectibles.
The following are the new stories I published this year. “Mortal Bait” is a novelette (over 8K words). The rest are short stories (under 7.5K words).
‘Were’ actors are sturdy troupers giving their all every night. But under the full moon they’re ‘special’!
“A Song to the Moon”
Bewere the Night (Sedia ed.) Prime (April 2011)
A Private Eye in 1950 New York caught in a war between loneliness and love, Fey and Elves.
Supernatural Noir (Datlow ed.) Dark Horse Books (June 2011)
A less than perfect knight of the Round Table shares his thoughts.
“Sir Morgravain Speaks of Night Dragons and Other Things”
Fantasy & Science Fiction (July/August 2011)
An actor born into the wrong time plays a cop in a movie set in old noir New York.
“On the Slide”
Naked City 2011 (Datlow ed.) St Martin’s Press (July 2011)
The daughters of Winter & Summer and Fate & Folly in the Twilight of the Gods
“The Progress of Solstice and Chance”
Realms of Fantasy (August 2011)
Everything old is new again! And Vampires are IT in trend conscious Manhattan right This Minute!
“Blood Yesterday, Blood Tomorrow”
Blood and Other Cravings: (Datlow ed.) Tor (September 2011)
The best is saved for last. An aging gay writer searches for a Destruction of Manhattan story!
(Icarus Magazine from Lethe Press is too fine and too rare to pass up)
“Hoffmann, Godzilla and Me
Icarus: Lethe Press (October 2011)