Lethe Press Newsletter

Not-quite-May 2012




 Are you ready for Flor´┐Żal? I know I'm bored with 43 years of Aprils and Mays and am ready to adopt new calendar month names. Or an old one like the French Republican. Barring pollen allergies, isn't it nice to think of a month with every day named after a flower.


We have some ready blossoms in print available for bouquet on your shelf. The long-awaited anthology that stretches the definition of both gender and sexual indentity if finally available. And a new gay romance is ready to tug at all your emotions.


I'll be back in two weeks with more book news. Right now I need to hold a buttercup under Daulton's chin to see if he likes butter. He already tested positive with the capon cup.


All my best regards,


Steve Berman

Lethe Press, Inc. 



Be on the lookout for these exciting releases in 2012:

Touch of the Sea

Anthology of maritime fantasy stories featuring mermen, water spirits, and pirates.  


Silver Moon


And another award-winning author, Catherine Lundoff, with her debut novel. Lesbians. Werewolves. Do we need to say more?

Harding sequel
The sequel to acclaimed historical novel,Captain Harding's Zix-Day War.

So who makes all our books look so pretty or handsome?


Lethe employs a team of artists and designers. Our usually Gang of Four are Toby Johnson, Alex Jeffers, Ben Baldwin, and Niki Smith.


This is no way sleights the hard efforts of other artists/designers we have used like Tom Dryman or Fred Tovich.


I am thrilled to work with so many amazing people who do their best to make Lethe's books look good. If you a cover, are impressed with an interior, it is because of them.


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New Releases!


Beyond Binary
Spec fic that goes beyond gender



Beyond Binary

A Novel of Astreiant



edited by Brit Mandelo



Speculative fiction is the literature of questions, of challenges and imagination, and what better to question than the ways in which gender and sexuality have been rigidly defined, partitioned off, put in little boxes? These seventeen stories explore the ways in which identity can go beyond binary from space colonies to small college towns, from angels to androids, and from a magical past to other worlds entirely, the authors in this collection have brought to life wonderful tales starring people who proudly define (and redefine) their own genders, sexualities, identities, and so much else in between. Featuring such award-winning authors as Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente.







Bisexual & Transgender fantasy/science-fiction




ISBN 978-1-59021-005-5

Paperback, 276 pages

Only $20

Available now! 




Read the starred review in Publishers Weekly!



Read what Nicola Griffith says about the anthology!



Read what Charlie Jane Anders raves about this book! 
























The Heart's History
A touching romance



The Heart's History


by Lewis DeSimone



This is Edward: architect, friend, lover, mystery. Everyone has their own Edward, a kaleidoscope of images struggling to define a man who has never let anyone get too close. But now, Edward is dying, and all of his loved ones are desperate to understand him, to connect fully with him, before it's too late. In this beautiful and haunting novel, Lewis DeSimone, author of the acclaimed Chemistry, explores the hidden depths of love, the struggle to maintain a balance between connection and individuality. Edward's illness is set against the backdrop of a sea change in gay culture, a time when AIDS is assumed to be simply a manageable condition, and when the drive for assimilation through marriage, or the military has begun to trump the distinct characteristics that were once a source of pride. Deftly shifting perspectives to paint a compelling portrait of a man and a community on the cusp of a critical transition, The Heart's History gives hope that, despite the impossibility of ever achieving true oneness with another person, it is the attempt itself that gives life its greatest joy.


Gay fiction/romance

ISBN 978-1-59021-342-1

Paperback, 308 pages

Only $18



Lewis DeSimone's Heart's History is a novel of trouble and wonder. It moves in unexpected directions and looks into the complicated, real-life struggles that lesser writers tend to simplify or avoid. It is adult in its scope, and generous in its understanding of how loss changes us as both groups and individuals. As soon as I finished, I wanted to start reading all over again.

-Paul Lisicky, author of The Burning House


Lewis DeSimone's beautiful novel captures the many facets of contemporary gay life, from sharp humor, long-lasting friendships, and the urban club scene to the insecurities of aging, the uncertainties of romance, and the agonies of a loved one's loss. It also illuminates a difficult and inescapable truth: we mortals are all elusive mysteries, all in the end unknowable, but that mystery is the very fuel of love.

-Jeff Mann, author of Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War


And don't forget the new issue of Icarus (#12 - Spring 2012) is out.


Icarus 12 





In this issue, the finale of Scot D. Ryersson's Victorian-era dark fantasy novella, "The Arsenic Flower," will not disappoint; our handsome friend across the pond, James Bennett, offers readers a story of fate and regret dealt to the man in "Half Light House"; Alex Jeffers provides the next installment in his cycle of tales about the fey teen Liam's coming-of-age struggles in "Liam and His Dads"; a frustrated writer on a lonely drive is haunted by a voice "On the Radio" by Warren Rochelle; and, in honor of our gorgeous cover android, there's a story from Lethe Press publisher Steve Berman involving teenage boys and robots. Plus all our usual sweets-reviews, gossip, and Tom Cardamone's column on forgotten gay books. 


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