Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories

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G. Winston James stories examine the individual, familial, and societal complexities of desire. Candidly rendered, they unabashedly consider the formation of personal and sexual identity in a world in which the carnal is highly policed, variously dangerous and all too often denied. Shaming the Devil is an erotic, brutal, emotional and thoroughly thought-provoking debut collection that is likely to arouse, inspire and disturb readers, even as they continue, inexorably, to turn its astonishing pages.

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G. Winston James is a Jamaican-born poet, short fiction writer, essayist and editor. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and is the author of the poetry collection The Damaged Good: Poems Around Love and the Lambda Literary Award finalist collection Lyric: Poems Along a Broken Road. James is also co-editor of the historic anthologies, Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing and the Lambda Literary Award finalist publication Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity.

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In the fiction of G. Winston James, sex is revolution, peep shows are poetry, and the dark places that exist in parks and public restrooms are lit with a blinding insight into the hearts of men. Shaming the Devil is a curt, subtle, fluid collection...The best new fiction I have read this year. --Alphonso Morgan, Author of Sons

James pulls out all the stops in this stunning collection, examining with an unflinching moral vision issues of not only sexuality and gender, but religion and community, race, violence, HIV/AIDS, intergenerational sex/eroticism, class and the life and death struggle at the center of every human heart... These are stories that need to be heard, and that shockingly even 40 years into the gay movement are still being silenced, ignored or overlooked... This is the most refreshing gay fiction I've read in years. --Trebor Healey, Author of A Perfect Scar and Other Stories

These stories are erotic, disturbing, yet healing and full of complexity and vulnerability all at once. James' vision of sexuality and the human condition is soul-shaking, and his lyrical prose has a way of slicing right to the truth. As with Fyodor Dostoevsky, at times you begin to think G. Winston James knows everything about human nature. This book is like electricity, but reading it will do more than simply shock you. --Randall Kenan, Department of English, University of North Carolina

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