Felice Picano is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, fiction, memoirs, nonfiction, and plays. His work has been translated into many languages and several of his titles have been national and international bestsellers. He is considered a founder of modern gay literature along with the other members of the Violet Quill. Picano also began and operated the SeaHorse Press and Gay Presses of New York for fifteen years. His first novel was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Since then he’s been nominated for and/or won dozens of literary honors, most recently a Lambda Literary Pioneer Award. Recent work includes a collection of stories, Tales: From a Distant Planet, and a history/memoir of early gay life in New York, Art & Sex in Greenwich Village. Picano's latest colleciton of memoirs, True Stories: Protraits From My Past was published in 2011, and, with Prof. Lazaro Lima, Picano co-edited Ambientes: an anthology of GLBT Latina/o writing.
Twelve O'Clock Talesby Felice Picano
Twelve O’Clock Tales is the fourth collection of short fiction by legendary novelist and memoirist, Felice Picano (The Lure, Like People in History, True Stories). A personal homage to the storytellers of his youth, Edgar Allen Poe, E.F. Benson, and H. P. Lovecraft, as well as his acquaintances, Arthur C. Clarke and Harlan Ellison. Eleven dark tales, eerie,
Twelve O’Clock Tales is the fourth collection of short fiction by legendary novelist and memoirist, Felice Picano (The Lure, Like People in History, True Stories). A personal homage to the storytellers of his youth, Edgar Allen Poe, E.F. Benson, and H. P. Lovecraft, as well as his acquaintances, Arthur C. Clarke and Harlan Ellison. Eleven dark tales, eerie, bizarre, and dreamlike, the tales will thrill and disturb, discomfort and titillate, enthrall and leave you wondering. Picano ranges across time and space, from tribal West Africa to the American heartland, to a lab in Venezuela, and a California Highway fifteen years from now. His characters range from a teen accident survivor with a secret, to a far-future scholar forced to travel to a galactic backwater, to a retired L.A. cop who dabbles in astrology, and a peasant girl in B.C.E. Israel encountering the strangest of strangers. The eleven tales include brand new stories and acknowledged Picano masterworks collected here for the first time.
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Twelve O’Clock Stories by Felice Picano This is Felice’s fourth collection of short stories. In Twelve O’Clock Tales Felice gives us 13 short stories - three of which I’ve read before: Food for Thought - A Sci-Fi adventure on Plant Deneb 3 where Andy, a telepathic member in the exploration colony for “The Company.” After realizing the planet is not fit for colonization Andy is lured by forces within the planet that make him become one with it. One Way Out - An experimental treatment is given to a patient who was catatonic, wherein the patient thinks there is a catastrophic event and he must chose to come out of it voluntarily. However, Bay, the patient, inexplicably prefers to stay in the new created reality. The Perfect Setting: An artist, Ottilie Chase., has been murdered and our hero decides to investigate. Apparently, Ottillie paints landscapes which she dates and times to the minute. In these landscapes there is evidence of a terrible past for someone. After finding out why Ottillie was killed the protagonist realizes that she had captured his indiscretion and if Ottillie had not been killed by her murderer, he would have had to kill her himself. Then there are nine new ones I enjoyed just as much: Synapse - A seventy-seven year old man is somehow connected to the body of a fourteen year old boy. He confronts the boy’s mother. Duel on Interstate Five - A futuristic drag race on interstate Five where our protagonist wins a car Spices of the World - David is looking for his friend Raji and can’t get much information from the owner of a spice shop Eye - A comet is brought for study and the comet which begins to act strangely. It has a fissure that keeps enlarging and from which a torus which connects the handler to another world. Love and the She Lion - This is an African folk tale about a woman who wants to be independent but it cost her the affections of the man she loves. A witch doctor explains that to get the man to marry she must separate from the lioness spirit within her. A Guest in the Heavens - This is the story of a rescue mission in the future. Our solar system has vanished due to the explosion of our Sun. The rescue mission finds a large group of chimpanzees that must be rescued Swear not by the Moon - Detective McGraghiu dwells in the zodiac The Gospel According to Miriam, Daughter of Jebu and Anna, Wife to Josephat, Mother of Joshua - is the tale of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary with a twist Absolute Ebony - This is the tale of Michaelis, a promising painter who has gone dark. He gets this very dark pigment: absolute ebony, darkest than anything else he’s ever seen and things start to happen on his masterpiece canvas. And finally - Room Nine - Cregnell is sent to revise a textbook at a famous university. He’s given a very cold and small hotel room to do the work. Dr. Edwin Blethworthy gives him the keys to his clubhouse where Cregnell sees two rugby players having sex. He’s threatened by them and fleeing from a sexual attack by the rugby team, he drowns in room nine’s shower stall. This is a wonderful collection of tales, which includes one of my all time favorites: The Perfect Setting and One Way Out; and introduced me to new favorites like Absolute Ebony, Love and the She Lion, Eye, and A Guest in the Heavens. A wonderful and interesting read. I strongly recommend it to all Science Fiction fans