There’s more to Australia Day than hunks in swimwear…but hey, he’s nice to look at
It’s been a busy time over for Matthew, but we are very happy to announce that two more of his short stories have been accepted for publication. His Australia Day short, following Trent from The Secret of Talmor Manor, will be coming out early next year from MLR Press, and his new, first person short story, To Lovers Past, will be released in Midsumma 2013 as part of banQuetpress‘ 2013 queer men anthology. With The Way You Are tentatively scheduled for January with Dreamspinner Press, that’s three short stories that you can look forward to in the new year. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!
We are very happy to announce that Matthew’s novella, tentatively title The Way You Are, has been contracted to Dreamspinner Press. This will be Matthew’s first story available through Dreamspinner, and we are all very excited to be working with them.
The Way You Are follows Leon, a shy, self-effacing business student at the University of Newcastle, who starts to visit coma patient Travis ‘Rook’ Rookford, a heterosexual student who gets gay bashed by a group of bogans*. At the hospital he meets, falls in love with, and has a lovers tiff with hunky male nurse Warrick, in that order. Then, when Rook finally wakes up, Leon is surprised to find Rook convinced that he and Leon are dating. In the midst of dealing with loving a man in conservative regional Australia, Rook’s upcoming court appearance and his own studies, Leon has to come to terms with what he wants, and gets to find out whether every gay man’s dream of having a hot straight guy fall for you is everything it’s cracked up to be. And he hasn’t even started Christmas shopping yet.
*Bogan, according to the 2012 Oxford English Dictionary, is a “depreciative term for an unfashionable, uncouth, or unsophisticated person, especially of low social status”. It’s a very Australian term, and has, so we are told, nothing to do with the town of Bogan in New South Wales.
Stay tuned for updates and eventual cover art from this exciting new development!
Our dear friends at banQuetpress are running a limited time only sale for both print and ebook copies of their 2010-2012 Anthologies, including banQuet Men 2011, which includes Matthew’s story, Mr. Perfect, and banQuet Men 2012 which includes Screens.
There are of course the banQuet Women 2010, 2011 and 2012 Anthologies for fiction and art about girls who like girls, and we highly recommend those as well. 2012 print books are available for $18 including shipping, and the 2010-2011 print books are available for $13 including shipping, that’s down from a cover price of $25.
Visit TryBooking to place your order, and note that the sale is on until mid-August, as long as stocks last, so if you don’t already own one of these gorgeous books, get yours today.
If you’d rather get an eBook, you can get both Men’s and Women’s 2012 Anthologies for half price at $5 each, also at TryBooking, delivered direct to your email (mobi/epub format). If you just want Matthew’s stories, you can also pick up a eBook copy of Mr. Perfect from Smashwords or Amazon-and don’t forget you can get your Kindle ebooks autographed at Kindlegraph.
Happy reading and look out for more stories as soon as we get Matthew to write a bit more!
With the Geek Mook launch less than twenty four hours away, we’re happy to be able to provide an update on the lineup. It looks like it’s going to be a great night, and we hope you’ll be able to join us and Matthew at the event.
Comedian Ben McKenzie will be MCing the night, and will give you a bit of Dungeon Crawl, an improvisational comedy show based on the role playing game Dungeon and Dragons, is widely believed to be the greatest invention of the geek mind since X-Ray glasses or the Commodore 64.
Following the show will be readings by four incredible Geek Mook contributors Nancy Mauro-Flude, Kent MacCarter, Angela Meyer and Benjamin Solah.
Matthew will not be reading at the launch, but has stated that he would face some difficultly reading out his random tables in an entertaining fashion, as funny as we all think the entries to be. Yes, pandering to the author is definitely something that’s good for job security here at matthew-lang.com.
The Geek Mook itself will be launched by Dr Thomas Apperley, author of Gaming rhythms: Play and counterplay from the situated to the global, a man who has truly delved into geekdom and lived to tell the tale.
So come for the launch and stay on to attend Mr McClellands Finishing School (an awesome retro dance party) for free.
When: 6pm for 6.30pm start, 13 July 2012 Where: Bella Union, cnr Lygon and Victoria St, Carlton VIC 3053 Cost: Free!
Geeky dress (pocket protectors/Cosplay) highly appreciated, but not mandatory.
Calling all geeks and lovers of geekery! Matthew’s first foray into the realms of non-fiction writing will be launched as part of Vignette Press‘ Geek Mook launch on Friday the 13th of July. For everyone who doesn’t know, Vignette Press is and Independent publishers sepcialising in Mooks, which are a hyrbid of magazine and book. Previously publishing Sex Mook and Death Mook, and currently putting together Fat Mook, the next launch is in celebration fo the geek!
Date: Friday 13th July, 2012 Time: 6pm, for 6.30pm start Venue: The Bella Union (Trades Hall), cnr Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton VIC 3053
Costumes are optional, and as of yet Matthew has not revealed any plans to dress up. We hear he’s considering going as Inspector Gadget though. Frankly, we think he should go as a Torchwood Weevil.
Watch this space for a geekstastic launch line up, and there’ll be free entry to Mr McClelland’s Finishing School, a retro and indie dance party afterwards if you stick around!
For the blog hop against homophobia I posted stories from the people not typically heard in the fight for equality: our straight allies. Of course, once I started filming at the Equal Love rally in Melbourne, there were a lot of other people who spoke and I believe that their stories too should be shared. Plus, no one found the elusive Tellytubby. Also, I promised everyone I’d post Kendrie’s full story. So here it is:
Kendrie Coonan’s Full Story
Photo by Ali Bakhtiavandi 2012
Challenging homophobia is something I am very passionate about. As a mother of two small children I want nothing more than for my children to grow up to be accepted and respected regardless of their nationality, religion, or in this instance sexual orientation. As parents we try our hardest to bring up well balanced, caring individuals and we want them to be judged always and only for the people they are, not their circumstance.
Both my husband and I have a long history in theatre and dance and have from an early age been immersed in a culture where homosexuality is prevalent and warmly accepted. In theatre, people are people, you are judged more for your talent than anything else. I suppose not everyone has had the open and honest experiences we have been lucky enough to have, but those experiences, those interactions with fabulously lovely individuals of many different walks of nature have shaped our ideas on many things in our adult life and most importantly our parenting.
The stories I have heard of gay friends struggling to come out, being confronted by closed minded family, frowned upon and feeling the need for secrecy has always saddened me. People deserve love and acceptance, they should be encouraged to be themselves and live the life they are internally pulled to live. In our family it is important that our children know that we love them for exactly who they are.
Our kids know that when they grow up and fall in love, that person may be male or female. They understand at 5 and 2 years of age that, that is their choice and either way is more than fine with us. When my son is snuggling me on the couch and I jest that in years to come some little girl or boy will be snuggling him instead of me he giggles. Having homosexuality and heterosexuality both viewed as normal and natural in our house is paramount. I will not have my children ever question my support of them or be concerned for my acceptance. They will know from small daily interactions that our love and support is a given.
A proud moment occurred when out for dinner with some extended family recently. A member of Gen Y in conversation exclaimed “That’s so gay!” and before I even needed to say a word my 5 year . . . → Read More: IDAHO 2012: Where was the Teletubby?
I was recently given a copy of Glenn Cooper’s The Devil Will Come by a friend who works at a literary festival–it was a Speculative Fiction book, which is a genre he typically doesn’t read and one I often enjoy. Cooper’s book is centred around the Vatican and the Catholic faith, but unlike Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, the Catholics are not the villians of the piece. Indeed the heroine we follow is a young nun, who is tasked with uncovering the mysteries of a secret sect who have vowed to destroy the Catholic faith in the name of money and power, guided by the true power of astrology. Apparently, we’ve had the symbol for Pices wrong for a very long time.
Initially, the reading experience was very promising. Cooper’s text was well put together and the plot was compelling. There was a great drive and flow to the action that kept things chugging along, with enough twists and turns that were neither overtly foreshadowed nor spelt out in great detail before they became relevant to the plot, which has always been my greatest gripe when reading a mystery story. The characters too were well formed, although I still personally wonder if the device of creating a character (or characters) and writing from their perspective for the specific purpose of having them die in an attempt to heighten the emotional impact of their (usually messy) deaths is one that is worth doing. Personally I feel a bit cheated when I recognise the device. Still, the major characters were very well crafted, and I particularly enjoyed the interactions of the protagonist and her family, as well as the look back to the times of the Roman Emperor Nero and Elizabethan England.
**WARNING: THE FOLLOWING TEXT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**
However (and you knew there was going to be a ‘however’), I was jarred out of the book and the narrative on several occasions, and I personally felt like homosexuality was used in the book as a shorthand for the concepts of ‘evil’, ‘debauched’ or ‘lesser individuals unworthy of due process’, which I personally was unsettled by. It also made me ask if this was a deliberate plot device (given Occam’s Razor and that one of the situations involved the historical figure of Christopher Marlowe), and I was being overly sensitive, or whether this is a prime example of latent homophobia. Now as a proponent of diversity, I have to admit it is crucial to accept that there is nothing that prevents anyone in the GLBT community from being a villian, or bad, debauched or just plain evil. I am also hesitant to demand that any story where a gay character is penned as evil must be balanced by one that is not. I suppose what I object to in this particular work, is the idea that homosexuality is given a token treatment in a ‘that’s so gay’ fashion. As a successful author, it is . . . → Read More: The Ease of Offending
MLR Press is currently having an open call for Christmas and Australia Day short stories:
There's more to Australia Day than hunks in swimwear…but hey, it's nice to look at
Australia Day is the Australian version of July 4, it’s when the whole of Australia drops everything and PARTIES to celebrate ALL THINGS Australia. It’s fireworks, festivals, food, beer, ferryboat races on Sydney Harbour, you name it… It’s their national day. Every city puts on the most amazing celebrations.
So here’s your chance if you’ve always wanted to write a story about Australia, help us celebrate Australia Day! Imagine the stories you can write about HOT Aussie men in iconic Aussie locations/scenarios:
- Surf Life Savers on Bondi Beach – Jackaroo horsemen in the Outback – Drag queens and HOT men at Sydney’s party of parties the Gay Mardi Gras – Lovers snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef – Romance in Melbourne, the Paris of the southern hemisphere – Opera at the Sydney Opera House – The mystical Ayers Rock and the Red Centre – Love in a hot wool-shearing shed on a sizzling Queensland – A steamy crocodile safari in Darwin
Now that you’re tantalized with the possibilities…here’s the details:
Stories should be between 5k and 40k
Any subgenre you’d like (but MUST be set in Australia around the celebration)
Due November 5, 2012
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Memories (2011) by Matthew Lang
H-oohhh-H-ohhh-Holiday Time! Let’s celebrate MLR style! From the sweet to the scorching, the winter holidays have it all. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve – no matter the holiday if it’s in the winter months, let’s celebrate it!
- Be set around a winter holiday between Thanksgiving (US) and New Year’s Eve – Be between 5k and 40k – Any subgenre is welcome
Deadline for submissions: August 15th, 2012
Submission should be sent to email@example.com.
God I feel like I haven’t sat down to write properly in ages. It’s probably the whole Midsumma festival thing. Having recently moved back into the inner suburbs I was not only able to make my first Midsumma appearance as an author at Hares & Hyenas‘ Word is Out festival–well okay, second counting the banQuetPress Anthology launch, but first appearance as an Official Festival Guest (capitals not optional), and also got to go to a lot of events I would otherwise have missed out on. So to all my writing, geeky, queer, Canadian and just plain awesome friends I’ve spent time with over the past month: thank you, I love you all. It’s almost sad to wind down and notice the weather changing away from the blistering hot days of sunburning intensity, but it’s also been a joy to be able to sit down and crack open my Prophecy file and start writing again. I will conquer you yet elusive second book!
Also, I have recently been asked to do a reading at the brand new, extra funky, literary bar/cafe, The Moat, as part of a Meet The Residents night hosted by SPUNC (Small Press Underground Networking Community), and Writers Victoria. It’s a free night, and an opportunity to meet fellow writers and publishers in Melbourne’s Indie Press scene, and looks like it’ll be the start of a fun night–and an awesome series of happenings at The Moat. Details below–hope you can make it!
When: Thursday 16th of February, 5 PM Where: The Moat Bar & Cafe, Basement 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Price: Free More Information Writers Victoria
Matthew Lang will be live on blog talk Radio’s Other Worlds of Romance net radio show on the 16th of January @ 11 PM(American Eastern Standard time), or the 17th of January @3 PM Australian Eastern Standard time. He’ll be reading an excerpt from The Secret of Talmor Manor, and will also be available for questions. He’ll also be giving away an ebook copy of the novel to one lucky listener. So if you’d like to hear him read live, win a book, or just ask a really embarrassing question, tune in and chat to one of the hottest young authors on the m/m scene!
Technical details: You can listen live at the the show’s website, call in to the show (see webpage) to lodge a question or head to the show’s chatroom. Basically, come hang out and immerse yourself in mystery.