"No two stories are the same, but are linked in their fine marriage of reality and surrealism. This collection is excellent for readers of the lesser-found gay supernatural fiction, or anyone appreciative of twisted tales in their many forms."
"The stories are without exception well-wrought, fluent gems that reveal Berman's gift for taking absolutely unremarkable situations, little fragments of everyday life, or sometimes bits of popular apocrypha, and twisting them off their path into bizarre and surprising places."
Matthew Bright, author of stories to sing in the dark
"There’s something intrinsically works about mixing gay characters into a good old cauldron of horror and fantasy: it’s the outsider element. If you’ve grown and lived in the same kind of minds as some of these protagonists, it’s not hard to find the kernel of recognition in the monsters in the dark, or to wish to see the mundane world transformed into something a bit more fantastical."
In Berman's second collection of thirteen stories and essays, enter a Victorian England rookery complete with faeries and glamour. Or a world in which the height of fashion is surgery on this month’s hot face. Perhaps, your tastes run to an infestation of German children who seek out loneliness and devour your furniture. If you enjoy your speculative fiction with a queer tint, these stories will do the trick.
"Secrets of the Gwangi"
"Always Listen to a Good Pair of Underwear"
"The High Cost of Tamarind"
"The Price of Glamour"
"Caught by Skin"
"A Rotten Obligation"
"Hidden in Central Asia"
"A Troll on a Mountain with a Girl"