"An LGBT fantasy-tinged story collection that...delights and entertains."
Brit mandelo for queering sff tor.com
"The positivity that runs throughout the book, even in stories that end on gruesome or eerie notes, is the best part: the sense of 'coming out' in many of these pieces is also a sort of coming to life, or a coming into the self. The undercurrent of acceptance despite the odds is pleasant and heart-warming. These are stories about kids finding out what it means to be themselves, and how to be with other people."
"Berman loves to modernize fairy tales and build off urban legends, and he does this to great effect..."
Red Caps might be a rock band. Or they might be something more sinister, a fey source of sounds that are but the backdrop to thrills and misadventures. These thirteen stories provide readers jaded with the traditional, Old World fairy tales and tempts them with new stories that will engage bored readers from their suburban ennui. Closets are waiting to be explored. Escape from work camp leads to a dangerous encounter on a wet road. That high school year book is magical and might be mocking you...or helping you find love. And isn't love one of the central premises of the fairy tale? These teenage boys and girls need not fear that their love has no worth, because Steve Berman has written for them princesses who love maidens and adorkable students who have wondrous and smart boyfriends. Readers can be assured that, if the tale does not end happy, it ends most memorably.
"Thimbleriggery and Fledglings"
"Persimmon, Teeth, and Boys"
"Gomorrahs of the Deep"
"A Calenture of the Jungle"
"Three on a Match"
"Steeped in Debts to the Chimney-Pots"
"Worse Than Alligators"
"Only Lost Boys Are Found"