Santa Claus is back. And flying beside him is Wendy, his freshly minted stepdaughter, who can peer into the future of selected children and offer them glimpses of the wonders ahead. But with that power come horrific visions of the turmoil and trouble the less fortunate among them are fated to suffer. Can Wendy and her stepfather prevent the suicide of Jamie Stratton in his teen years, as he grows up gay in a homophobic household and community? God the Father grants them three Thanksgiving visits to Jamie’s tormentors, in hopes of bringing about a change of heart in them and eliminating their ingrained prejudices. Beyond the challenge of rescuing one precious child lies the far more daunting task of expunging entirely this brand of bigotry from the human race, as Santa and Wendy strive to remake the world in compassion and generosity. Along the way, they enlist the aid of the Easter Bunny, a highly persuasive fellow indeed. But the Tooth Fairy and her loathsome imps are hell-bent on doing all they can to stop Santa and Wendy-nay, to heighten mortal fear and hatred of anyone whose orientation strays even the slightest from the norm.
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Robert Deveruex is a fantasy and horror fiction writer who has a well-deserved reputation as an author who pushes every envelope, though he would claim, with a stage actor’s assurance, that as long as one’s writing illuminates characters in all their kinks, quirks, kindnesses, and extremes, the imagination must be free to explore nasty places as well as nice, or what’s the point?
Santa Steps Out, is the sequel to “Santa Claus Conquers The Homophobes” in which Santa Claus’s gradual recall of his prior existence as Pan leads to an affair with the Tooth Fairy, while a voyeuristic Easter Bunny tries to twitch and wiggle his way into Mrs. Claus’s good graces. Santa Steps Out, which won much praise for its mythological underpinnings and also had the honor of being banned in that cultural backwater of intolerance and censoriousness known as Cincinnati.
It’s taken 60 years but the James Jones classic novel From Here To Eternity will be reissued digitally, with previously censored references to homosexuality restored via the ebook firm Open Road.
The heirs of author James Jones struck a deal with ebook firm Open Road to to put out a new edition that includes two scenes which includes Private Angelo Maggio – played by singer Frank Sinatra in the 1950 film – reveals he is paid to have oral sex with another man for money and a scene referring to a military investigation into possible homosexual relationship will also be present.
The new version will also include profanity that was considered too extreme for Eternity’s original publisher Scribner. “It’s been on my mind for quite a few years, and the right moment just hadn’t come up yet. My father fought bitterly to hold on to every four-letter word in the manuscript,” his daughter Kaylie told the New York Times. “The publisher was concerned about getting through the censors.”
On a personal note I’d like to say Thank you to the Jones heirs and to Open Road publishing for returning the original content to the book. We have been around since the beginning of time and by replacing us back into your fathers original vision of From Here To Eternity helps us regain our place in what was an often too scrubbed, repressed era in America Literature. via BBC News
Now at the age of 57. Mary Ann been living as a Connecticut housewife for the past 20 years. She’s having another life crisis and has to come back to San Francisco to take care of it and renew her friendship with Michael Tolliver
Where Michael Tolliver Lives was a benediction, a book I couldn’t read three pages of without weeping, this is a hearkening back to the bad old days of the Chronicle serial, with odd, unbelievable plot twists that make a person whoop with laughter.
Truth be told I really can’t wait. I was Michael “Mouse” Tolliver.