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Cockloft: Scenes from a Gay Marriage

Kyle Thomas Smith

“Some guys just shouldn’t have a cockloft.”


Gunhild Haugnes

“A gaunt woman stands alone on a rocky outcrop.”

The Hidden Hand of Death

Lawrence J. Epstein

“I was waiting patiently for it all to go dark.”

Life Is Big

Kiki Denis

“I am Alma-Jane, and I am genetically happier than the average person.”

The Scoundrel’s New Con

Catherine Stein

“I’m quite looking forward to the postmortal state, myself.”

A New Flame (SEAL Team Six: No More #13)

Max Kent and Dan Wickline

“Flame stared down into the deep abyss and felt it pulling at him.”