Longhorns

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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 charming them with his ...
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Overview

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 charming them with his zest for life. But it is Les who has stolen Buck's heart. As these rugged cowboys dance their own version of the Texas two-step, the other boys watch their little Buck's campaign with amused interest and bet their boots on what the outcome will be.

"The publication of Victor J. Banis's Longhorns is a major event for gay publishing...a terrific novel and a great read" ... Michael Bronski

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608205936
  • Publisher: MLR Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2012
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author


Victor Banis headed two small publishing related corporations in the sixties and seventies, producing packaged books and magazines, along the way he launched the careers of underground photographers Pat Rocco and Tom de Simone. He was an early rabble rouser for gay rights and freedom of the press, and went through a major obscenity trial in the 1960s which advanced the cause of freedom in publishing. Drewey Wayne Gunn (The Gay Sleuth in Print and Film) has called him a "national treasure," and Michael Bronski dedicated his book Pulp Friction to him. Social historians have credited his early gay books, The Why Not and The Man From C.A.M.P. as launching the gay publishing revolution of the sixties and seventies. He is the author of over 100 books, and his verses and shorter pieces have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.
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  • Posted January 28, 2013

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    I had previously passed on  Longhorns by Victor J. Banis [Runnin

    I had previously passed on  Longhorns by Victor J. Banis [Running Press, July 13, 2007] several times, fearing that the title was a euphemism for long (male) ‘horns,’ but seeing the reaction it has received from so many readers, my curiosity finally got the better of me.

    What I found was a pulp-style western, written (for the most part) in the classic vernacular. These are both good features from this reader’s point of view. Moreover, Victor Banis has also done quite a good job of capturing the atmosphere and camaraderie of a 19th-century cattle roundup; ruggedly independent men, interacting man-to-man, and free from the disruptive influence of women.

    And, yes, there was sex between some of them [see: Queer Cowboys by Chris Pickard]. It was common for men in early Western America to relate to one another in pairs or in larger homo-social group settings. At times, they may have competed for the attention of women but more often two cowboys organized themselves into a partnership resembling a heterosexual marriage. This is reflected in a poem by the renowned cowboy poet, Charles Badger Clark, i.e.

    We loved each other in the way men do
    And never spoke about it, Al and me,
    But we both knowed, and knowin' it so true
    Was more than any woman's kiss could be.
    We knowed--and if the way was smooth or rough,
    The weather shine or pour,
    While I had him the rest seemed good enough--
    But he ain't here no more! 
    The range is empty and the trails are blind,
    And I don't seem but half myself today.
    I wait to hear him ridin' up behind
    And feel his knee rub mine the good old way
    He's dead--and what that means no man kin tell.
    Some call it "gone before."
    Where? I don't know, but God! I know so well
    That he ain't here no more!

    However, as can be seen from the above, it was seldom if ever overt, and this is where the story lost credibility with me. Buck was just a bit too out to be believable—or to have even survived, for that matter. Moreover, as several other reviewers have already noted, his fellow cowhands were also incredibly accepting of a way of life that was still considered “unspeakable.”

    These are not fatal flaws, just niggling drawbacks, so I want to stress that this is an enjoyable story with some really strong writing, and a bang-on style. In fact, the style is every bit as authentic as Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour. Three and one-half bees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2010

    A Romantically Masculine Love story

    This was one of those books that I could read over and over again. It was a western novel so it had its rough and tough momments, but it also had manly romance mixed in. I liked that neither part was over done. This book kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I knew what I wanted to happen in the end , but there were several moments in the story where i didn't know if it was going to bappen. I found myself identifying with buck and the way in which he pursued his goal. And I thoroughly enjoyed how the rough exterior of les melted away as the book progressed. I had never read anything by this writter before this book. Now I can happily say that he has a true fan in me. I encourage anyone wanting to venture into gay literature to start with this book.

    sincerely
    roller dragon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2007

    A FEEL GOOD READ

    Totally predictable but as charming a story as the young male lead character buck , who chases shamelessly the ranch foreman, les.Sometimes a bit hard to believe, such as the total acceptance of the other ranch hands of the obvious homosexual going ons.Still a fun read.

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    Posted September 13, 2011

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