Twelve O'Clock Tales

Twelve O'Clock Tales is the fourth collection of short fiction by legendary novelist and memoirist, Felice Picano (The Lure, Like People in History, True Stories).

A personal homage to the storytellers of his youth, Edgar Allen Poe, E.F. Benson, and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as his acquaintances, Arthur C. Clarke and Harlan Ellison. Eleven dark tales, eerie, bizarre, and dreamlike, the tales with thrill and disturb, discomfort and titillate, enthrall and leave you wondering. Picano ranges across time and space, from tribal West Africa to the American heartland, to a lab in Venezuela, and a California Highway fifteen years from now.

His characters range from a teen accident survivor with a secret, to a far-future scholar forced to travel to a galactic backwater, to a retired L.A. cop who dabbles in astrology, and a peasant girl in B.C.E. Israel encountering the strangest of strangers. The eleven tales include brand new stories and acknowledged Picano masterworks collected here for the first time.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826595
ISBN-13: 978-1602826595
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Acclaim for Felice Picano

"Felice Picano is one hell of a writer!" --Stephen King

"Picano's destiny has been to lead the way for a generation of gay writers." --Robert L. Pela, The Advocate

20th Century Unlimited

The 20th Century is over and done with and nothing can be changed. Or is it? Felice Picano's two short novels take delicious what-if peeks at outwitting Time's (seemingly) unbending Arrow.

In Ingoldsby, a handsome graduate student finds himself caretaking a Midwestern architectural treasure in which not everything or everyone is what they seem—or when they seem either! But a sexy newcomer challenges him to change all that, for himself, and for a gay youth way out of his own time.

In Wonder City of the West, a man too young in spirit to be at retirement age takes a leap back to Golden Age Hollywood. He encounters youth, friendship, a movie star lover, and talents he never knew he possessed. But as he succeeds beyond his dreams, he must ask—is he merely a tool for a shadowy group with a far larger purpose?

Provocative, mind-bending, sensual, and entertaining, 20th Century Un-limited is an unexpected addition to an established body of work by an author unafraid to confound and surpass expectations.

Author: Felice Picano
Pages: 264, paperback
Pub Date: April 1, 2013
ISBN: 9781602829213B
Bold Strokes Books
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Our Naked Lives: Essays from Gay Italian American Men

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Literary Nonfiction. LGBT Studies. Italian American Studies. Edited by Joseph Anthony LoGiudice and Michael Carosone. An amazing collection of essays that finally addresses an experience so many of us share. Evocative, moving, and entertaining, OUR NAKED LIVES brings forth the stories of so many of us who've often felt left out in gay culture as well as in Italian-American culture, while simultaneously celebrating the richness of both.

Publisher: Bordighera Press
PubDate: 5/1/2013
ISBN: 9781599540504
Price: $15.00
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Contemporary Gay Romances

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 Tragic, Mystic, Comic & Horrific

Contemporary Gay Romances is the third collection of short fiction by legendary novelist and memoirist, Felice Picano (The Lure, Like People in History, Ambidextrous). It is also his most diverse in terms of the times, places, themes, characters and situations he writes about. Filled with the unexpected, the true, and the amazing, Contemporary Gay Romances moves with ease from gas-lit, upper class London, to a future, climate-altered Bay Area; from semi-rural Florida to Southern California beaches, to an extrasolar planet where people have surprising existences. His characters range from ordinary American suburban housewives to extraordinary children, from grieving young geologists and memory-haunted middle aged men, to British Midlands soccer stars and 22nd Century war heroes. Picano subtitled this collection of stylish, unique, and moving works “Tragic, Comic, Mystic & Horrific,” and they are all that and more. The ten tales include prize winners as well as stories published here for the first time, and are as different from any standard “romances” as you can get, but they will linger in the mind and memory.

Author: Felice Picano
Pages: 240
Pub Date: October 2011
ISBN 13: 9781602826397
Bold Strokes Books $16.95
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True Stories

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Portraits from My Past

From author Felice Picano, co-founder of the path breaking Violet Quill Club, comes a new collection of memoirs, many of which have never appeared in print. Picano presents sweet and sometimes controversial anecdotes of his precocious childhood, odd, funny, and often disturbing encounters from before he found his calling as a writer and later as one of the first GLBT publishers. Throughout are his delightful encounters and surprising relationships with the one-of-a-kind and the famous – including Tennessee Williams, W.H. Auden, Charles Henri Ford, Bette Midler, and Diana Vreeland.

Published by Chelsea Station Editions
ISBN: 978-0-9844707-7-8
$16

Praise for the memoirs of Felice Picano

“What makes his memoir invaluable and enjoyable is his willingness to dish.” - The New York Times

“Compelling and engrossing, it will conjure up memories of everyone's adolescence, straight or gay.” -Out Magazine

 

Recent Reviews for True Stories

by Jim Piechota for The Bay Area Reporter -  04/07/2011

Franz Kafka once wrote, "It is hard to tell the truth, for although there 'is' one, it is alive and constantly changes its face." Telling truths is something that popular, prolific author and memoirist Felice Picano does extremely well. This is most evident in True Stories: Portraits from My Past, his latest collection of expanded personal essays and life reflections. While some are new, many of these pieces have enjoyed publication in other anthologies, but Picano presents them in their unedited form, free from the shackles of word counts and the red editing pencil.

In the introduction, Picano bows to the "strange, wondrous, or simply nutty" people who have passed through his life, since they're the ones who helped him become the writer that he is today. By extension, his writings are a grand gesture to "those I related to, over the years."