Maine setting for gay fiction?


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Maine setting for gay fiction?

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apr 30, 2009, 1:03pm

Anyone aware of any gay novels that are set in a Maine local?

maj 28, 2009, 9:16pm

No, but you might check out A Winter's Light by John Preston. It's a collection of his essays published after he died. He writes about life in Portland among other topics. He talks about why a gay pornographer and AIDS activist chooses to live in Maine after gay meccas like San Francisco and New York. He talks about watching and helping a community grow. There is also a chilling oral history he takes of a gay man living in the nightmare that is Lewiston and an essay of the murder in the '80s of the gay man in Bangor.

I don't know how old you are, but I read lots of his writing in the '90s. I remember the time, places, events and attitudes. Give it a try IF you can find it.

maj 28, 2009, 10:12pm

In Young Adult, there's Tips on Having a Gay Ex-Boyfriend. Personally, I didn't really care for it, but you might want to check it out because it seems to have a substantial following. It's told from the viewpoint of a straight girl, though, and I personally found it somewhat condescending.

apr 21, 2012, 10:39pm

Stephen E. Stanley has written a few mysteries based in the Bath, Maine, area. The protagonist is a gay private detective. Titles include: A Midcoast Murder; The Big Boys Detective Agency and Murder in the Choir Room. Other titles I have not read and that might or might not have a Maine setting are Murder on Mt. Royal and Murder at the Windsor Club. Most if not all are available for Kindle, and the paperback can be purchased from

Redigeret: apr 21, 2012, 10:44pm

It's not Shakespeare, by Amy Lane, has references to Maine but no specific place, except it is clearly on the coast. Maine is the home of the protagonist's parents.

Redigeret: maj 11, 2014, 12:05pm

Just read another one: "An All-American boy - Steve's story" by Herb Hall. The story is pretty good, but the editing is atrocious. Horribly stilted and formal dialogue, misspellings, and an obvious lack of proofing and relying on the spell check too much (pass for past, and so forth). He's coming out with a sequel: "An All-American boy - Chandler's story", but no date is provided for its release. It is set in a fictional town, but the characters travel to Portland and Augusta with some fairly accurate depictions (mostly ) of those areas.

jan 2, 2017, 11:11am

The Luke Littlefield Mystery series, also by Stephen E. Stanley, is pretty good. I just finished the fourth in the series (Mystery on Shaker Hill). There are a few editing problems (such things as "incidences" when he meant "incidents", etc.) but all together a decent effort. This one is set in northern Franklin County, with a few "visits" to Augusta. Having lived in Franklin County for eight years early in my career, I found the locale writing to be fairly accurate. There are at least four in the series, at least three of which are available for Kindle.