A little bit of shameless self-promotion here...I'm very happy to announce that the pre-order of my debut collection of short stories, At Danceteria and Other Stories
has officially gone live. The book will be shipped out in early October. Here is a link to the publisher's website where you can pick up a copy today. The Amazon link is coming later so, right now, this is the only place you can find it:http://squaresandrebels.com/books/atdanceteria.htmlORhttp://tinyurl.com/Atdanceteria
I've been working on this collection for about four years now. I didn't really even realize I was writing a collection at first. It began as one story in one of my workshops and then started to take on a life of its own, as these projects tend to do. I read from the title story last December in New York City at the Bureau of General Sciences - Queer Division where our own Mister Tee was gracious enough to come hear me.
A synopsis from Squares + Rebels, my publisher:
"In these immaculately crafted stories inspired by the 1980s, Philip Dean Walker spotlights a cast of celebrities and historical figures in situations unsettling as Day-Glo and poignant as roses while the specter of AIDS looms ..."
Here is some advance praise from Andrew Holleran, author of Dancer from the Dance
"This highly original meditation on the '80s is like nothing else you've read. Dead celebrities are brought back to life in the oddest places: Jackie O in a New York sex club, Princess Di in a London drag bar, Rock Hudson at the White House. Plus Sylvester, Halston and Liza, Keith Haring, Madonna, and, best of all, an anonymous narrator who notices that only good-looking guys in New York are getting the new gay cancer. Odd conjunctions, great wit, and the shadow of AIDS make these stories deceptively light and strangely disturbing."
From Stephanie Grant, author of The Passion of Alice
"In his debut collection, At Danceteria and Other Stories
, Philip Dean Walker writes with a kind of savage nostalgia, one that knows the past was not prettier or glitzier or more fabulous – only more terrifying. Set in the early 1980s, when the word 'queer' was still an insult and when doctors and nurses invented their own names for the mysterious disease killing beautiful young men, At Danceteria and Other Stories
brutally exposes how what we don’t know about ourselves can kill us. Walker’s writing is vivid, electric and devastating."
From Richard McCann, author of Mother of Sorrows
"These stories—so funny and inventive, so merciless, smart, and affecting—are like no others I know, populated with American celebutantes, like Liza Minnelli, Jackie Kennedy, and Little Edie Beale, and punctuated by an abiding American loneliness that has the power to break one's heart. Walker's stories are fully, fully alive."
Thanks in advance for your support. I hope you enjoy my book. Stay tuned for what comes next as I'm already entertaining film adaptation offers...