The Last Days Linger

The Last Days Linger

by Johnny Townsend


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The Last Days Linger by Johnny Townsend

The scriptures tell us that in the Last Days, wickedness will increase upon the Earth. When the Mormon Church sees a rise in the number of gay members, they believe the end is upon them. But while “wickedness never was happiness,” it begins to appear that wickedness can sometimes be divine. At least, the stories here suggest that religious proscriptions condemning homosexuality have it all wrong. While gay Mormons may be no closer to perfection than anyone else, they’re no farther from it, either. And sometimes, being gay provides just the right ingredient to create saints—as flawed as God himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634926300
Publisher: Inc
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Johnny Townsend earned an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University. He has published stories and essays in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Humanist, The Progressive, Glimmer Train, and in many other publications. His collections of unorthodox Mormon short stories have been named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. He has written one non-fiction book, an account of the arson at the UpStairs Lounge, where 32 people died in a French Quarter gay bar on Gay Pride Day in 1973. He is also an associate producer for the documentary "Upstairs Inferno."

Table of Contents

Introduction: LGBTQ Literature for Mormons

The Italian

The Pro-Anti-Nephi-Lehies

The Washing Away of Sins

Peppercorns at the Preppercon

Shadow Boxing

Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Teeth

MoreMen Tabernacle Queer

Two Much of a Good Thing

The Shedding of Blood

Recruiting Gays

Train up a Child

Birds Don’t Fly in the Rain

The Curse

A Mormon in Morocco

Faith-Demoting Stories

Bread and Pottage

Stuck Up

The Power of the Penishood

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