Sea, Swallow Me was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award (“Lammie”) in the gay debut fiction category.  It faces some tough competition, but it’s an honor to be nominated at all, first time out of the gate.

Review from Obsidian Bookshelf

The book received a great review from a site called Obsidian Bookshelf.  Here is an excerpt:

Sea, Swallow Me is a striking collection of short stories that crackle like flames on the border between fantasy and horror. It offers a perspective we don’t often get in speculative fiction: that of the gay, southern, African American male.  For that alone and the poetic writing, Sea, Swallow Me is worth reading.

You can read the rest of Val Kovalin’s review here.


Free Fiction for Download

Lethe Press has made available a free download of my story, “Circus Boy Without A Safety Net” from my collection, Sea, Swallow Me for the month of December (and 1/2 of November).  You may read the story in its entirety here; just click the Free Gay Story sample.  If you like what you read, consider buying the whole collection.

The Fix reviews Sea, Swallow Me

The book was graced with this glowing review that begins with:

Craig Laurance Gidney loves words…sensually, sexually, omnivorously. He streams out floods of them in his stories so that you, too, can taste their deliciousness. He wields them with abandon and precision to create little worlds that rise off the page and engulf you in snow globes of sparkling beauty and perceptiveness. Each story in his latest collection, Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories, has a strong immersive effect.

You can read the rest here.

Open Mic Report

I read my story Magpie Sisters. I was third on the list.  I think I did pretty well–I gestured, looked at the audience.  My story was cut short–there was a 6 minute time limit.  I will read the story in its entirety for the book release party in December.  It was great to see many of my friends and family (my brother came down from Boston) out there to support me.

I liked many of the other readers, but I missed their names, unfortunately.