Bio: Lecturer, former writing instructor and early rabble-rouser for gay rights and freedom of the press, VICTOR J. BANIS is the critically acclaimed author (??a master storyteller??Publishers Weekly) of more than 140 published novels and nonfiction works, and his verse and short pieces have appeared in numerous journals (Blithe House Quarterly, Fall 2006) and anthologies (Charmed Lives, Lethe Press, 2006).

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A Deadly Kind of Love
Nothing bad is supposed to happen in Palm Springs. At least that's what San Francisco private detective Tom Danzel and his partner Stanley Korski believe. But when their friend Chris finds a dead body in his hotel room bed, Tom and Stanley drive out to help the local police investigate. What they discover is a gangster's plot, a rather nasty green snake, and an elegant hotel that offers delicacies not usually found on a room service menu. The two detectives are going to have to rely on the... more info>>
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A Man Of Principle
It begins with a chance meeting in a bar... Temporarily homeless, Neal MacIntyre is invited by a charitable stranger to spend the night at his apartment. "I'm going to tell you something I've never told anyone else," Neal says to his new acquaintance. "I always thought of myself as an honest man. I would have said a man of principle..." And with those words, Neal introduces an eerie tale of betrayal that leads to murder... Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Suspense
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Canals of Mars
Two men come together in an enchanted cottage, one of them old, and one of them scarred -- and begin to see one another and their lives in a different way.The eye is a wonderful thing, but only love can see the truth.
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Changing Views
Angela, a society woman from Chicago, heads to San Francisco to confront her husband Cliff as to why he has quit working in her father's office. It seems Cliff has reevaluated much of his life, and Angela's about to find out the extent to which his views have changed. For Cliff, the move to San Francisco has affected more than just his career. A short story from our Diversity line.
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Cooper's Hawk
If love is truly eternal, what lasts beyond the grave -- and what form might it take? Mike Patterson loses his life-long partner, Adam Cooper---and soon thereafter, a hawk appears and seems to hang around with him. Is the hawk a message from Adam, from beyond the grave -- or might it be Adam himself, come back to offer solace. A bittersweet tale that will resonate with all who love deeply, a story of the sharpness of grief, the pain of loss -- and, ultimately, a story of never ending love.
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Dead of Night
"Doctor," he said before he said anything else, "I am haunted. By ghosts." His parents are brutally murdered in a Manson-like intrusion and Calvin narrowly escapes the same fate. He spends time in an expensive private mental hospital, but when he returns home, he senses the presence of evil in the shadowy old mansion. Someone seems to follow him along the halls, and whispers just beyond his hearing.Gradually the terror escalates. A hand shakes him awake at night, just as it did on that fatal ni... more info>>
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Emerald Mountain
What price would you pay for the life of someone you love? A homophobic, hate spewing evangelist. A gay messiah, who brings people back from the dead, and whose own past is shrouded in mystery. An empty asylum in the Ohio farmland. And the Emerald Mountain, the legendary haven for lost souls. A burned out reporter tries to unravel the threads. "We are all hearts in exile," he writes, "stumbling alone in the dark..." Hailed as a modern classic.
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Final Curtain
An erotic romance with a dash of ice cold water, a cricket, a pebble, the scent of blood oranges and the color red. THE FINAL CURTAIN by Victor J. Banis ~ Be careful what you wish for. Nick wanted the ephemeral young man in the worst way... This short story is also part of the RED anthology.
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Holiday C.A.M.P.
Would you believe a lavender Santa swishing down the chimney? Well how about Jackie Holmes in little girl drag, chasing the jewels to the tune of the Pearly Freecock as played by Birdie Wing and the Swallow Children? Cruise in for a while...'tis the season to be gay and jolly...
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I Will Always Love You
Sometimes the path of true love takes you straight to where you want to go. And sometimes it doesn't. Then it rambles and twists until you're hopelessly lost, and you just know you're never going to get there...and, one day, you look into a pair of eyes, you hear a voice, and you know you've come home.
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Illusions
Delbert Mason has it all - or so it seems. His career is a success, and he is an important man in his small town. His future is mapped out. He knows just where he's going. Until the night he strolls home late and sees a hearse and a limousine pull into the local cemetery. Who were those strange men by the hearse, and whose grave was that being dug nearby? A short story from our Spectres horror line.
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Longhorns
The Double H cowboys are a tough bunch, and none of them are gay--exactly--but they have been out there on the prairie for several weeks, herding cattle, and new thoughts have begun to enter their minds. Enter Buck, a handsome young drifter with a silly grin, an unembarrassed penchant for being "rode hard," and an instant hankering for Les--the straight ranch boss. Despite his openness about his tastes, Buck quickly demonstrates to his fellow cowhands that he's no sissy, at the same time charmin... more info>>
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Lorin's Back
Sure, a handsome young gay stud can go straight and marry the boss's daughter...if, that is, the amorous ghost of his late boyfriend would just quit materializing naked...in his car...at his parties... in his bed...
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Midnight Special
Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1949 - the Las Vegas of its day. A prison legend says that when a man sees the headlight of the ghost train, The Midnight Special, it means he's going free--but what freedom can there be for a black man on the run, in 1949 Arkansas? This short story appears in the print anthology TOO MUCH BOOGIE.
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Neighbors
Linda, who is becoming bored in her marriage, finds herself fixated on the new neighbor who has moved into the trailer next door. Might she be the change Linda's looking for?
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Tell Them Katy Did
A young lesbian walking home alone at night is rescued from a gang by a mysterious woman named Katy. Intrigued by the encounter, she seeks out Katy at a local bar, only to discover there's a lot more to Katy - and her encounter - than what she initially thought.
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That Man from C.A.M.P. in Color Him Gay
Being the Further Adventures of That Man from C.A.M.P..... Steve thought to cut in on the source of blackmail money that Dingo Stark was paying the boys who wanted to Color Him Gay but his hatred took him too far. As his screams drift through the still air, it's up to the debonair secret agent, Jackie Holmes, that Man from C.A.M.P., to arrive in time to save the day!
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The Blood of Love
An ancient curse. An endless terror. A love that will never die. The Amorinii, "the Blood" - the undying sons of the loins of Amor, the ancient Roman God of Love. For desiring men, they are forever cast adrift by the Goddess of Love, Venus herself. Scorned and pursued through the centuries by those who would see them destroyed. For some men, love is a curse.
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The Immortals
The philosopher and the lover understand that beauty is only a silvery mist blown by the winds of chance across one's vision. When the eye of the beholder changes, so change the visions that it sees in the mist. Monkeys become swans, swans become monkeys, and all are as real as the love with which they are seen... When Jason moves with his partner Peter, a model and actor, to live with Peter's father in Los Angeles, he thinks the former Hollywood stuntman, Alders, is as ugly as a monkey. But th... more info>>
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The Princess of the Andes
On a long ocean voyage, there are few things worse than being trapped at sea with a person who bores you to tears. The captain of The Princess of the Andes thinks he may have a solution to his annoying and talkative passenger, but his plan is going to require some VERY unusual intervention by his crew if it's to succeed.
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