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From my Friend M. Christian

April 9, 2008
From my very good friend M. Christian, one of the most brilliant writers I’ve ever had the privilege to work with and a personal hero of mine, comes news of a terrifying and disturbing situation. The world is a dangerous place, more dangerous with every blog post — sometimes I think those are my own footsteps, coming up behind me in the shower. And not in a good way.
I’m writing to inform you about a disturbing situation that has recently come up.  In my ten-plus years as a professional author with more than 250+ short stories, 20 anthologies, four collections, and five published novels to my credit, I have never had someone try and impersonate me and plagiarize my work.Until now.Someone calling himself “M.Christian” has been publicizing a gay horror novel from Alyson Books called Me2.   This person is not me, the real M.Christian, but rather someone trying to capitalize on my name and steal my identity.Sure, the plot of Me2 sure sounds like something I would create.  Agreed, the style is very close to my own.  And yes, I have done a lot of good work with Alyson Books before.  But Me2 is not mine, and this other “M.Christian” is not me.Just take a look at the back cover copy.  Does this sound like a novel I would write?
Do You Know Yourself?
He looks just like you.  He acts exactly like you.  He takes away your job.  He steals your friends.  He seduces your lover.  Every day he becomes more and more like you, pushing you out of your life, taking away what was yours … until there’s nothing left.  Where did he come from?  Robot?  Alien?  Clone?  Doppelganger?  Evil twin?  Long lost brother?A shocking new view of queer identity, Me2 is a groundbreaking and wildly twisted novel that you’ll remember for a long time – no matter who you are, or who you think you may be.
This copy even goes for far as to steal my actual biography and even make fun of the fact that the author is not the real me!  Here’s what he says on the back of the book:
M. Christian’s numerous stories have appeared in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, as well as in the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, and Filthy.  He is also the author of the novels, Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, The Painted Doll, and Brushes.  Some, however, suspect that M.Christian may be more than one person.  The other “M.Christian” adamantly denies this rumor.
What’s even worse is that this copycat hasn’t just managed to trick Alyson Books into publishing this novel, but he’s somehow tricked respectable authors and reviews such as Felice Picano and Michael Thomas Ford into providing blurbs for the book!
Absolutely brilliant. M.Christian explores the meaning of identity and humanity in a generic world where literally everything can be manufactured – a world frighteningly like our own.
– Lisabet Sarai, author of Incognito and Fire
M2 is a unique and always entertaining fable-novel about what exactly identity may entail and how we may or may not decide whether it’s worth the price of keeping it.
– Felice Picano, author of Art & Sex in Greenwich Village
M. Christian has a delightful, marvelously twisted way with words which cause his narratives to crawl beneath your skin and fester there, making you go back for more. He writes with a strong, unique voice which is not only entertaining but also makes you think, makes you ponder the improbable. You’ll think you’ve read this delicious, fast-paced story, but did you? Or was it you?
– Mari Adkins contributing editor, Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest
With delicious slyness , M. Christian creates a world in which the familiar becomes sinister and the comfort of daily routine is replaced by a growing sense of dread. His modern parable lays bare the all-too-real dangers inherent in the sacrifice of individuality in the pursuit of cultural homogenization.
–    Michael Thomas Ford, author of Full Circle and Changing Tides
Please, help me catch this “other” M.Christian and expose him for the plagiarist and fraud that he is.  It’s important to me, as the real M.Christian, to preserve my identity and career as a writer.  For updates on this fraud being perpetuated in my name, please check out my Web site at www.mchristian.com. Luckily I have managed to get my hands on the novel itself.  If you’d like to receive a copy of Me2 — either in its final printed form or as a PDF file — so you can see that while is this is a excellent novel full of humor, horror, suspense and all kinds of devish twists and turns it’s still not a book that I would actually write, please contact me:
The REAL M.Christian
41 Sutter Street, #1012
San Francisco, CA 94194
www.mchristian.com.
For your reference, I’m attaching info on the impostor’s book:
Me2
Alyson Books
ISBN-10: 1555839630
ISBN-13: 978-1555839635
$13.95
Thank you for your help and support regarding this frightening situation.

What can I say? M. Christian is a brilliant genius, one of the most inventive minds of his generation, and he kicks ass. Help him ferret out this evil doer!

Sean Penn Plays Harvey Milk — Be an Extra

January 26, 2008

milk.jpgSean Penn is playing San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk in the film Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant. And you can be an extra! From milkmarch.com:

BE IN A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE AND HELP RE-CREATE A PART OF SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY
On Monday night, February 4th and Friday night, February 8th, the feature film MILK…will be re-creating three 1970s marches through the Castro.

We are looking for volunteers to appear in the these marches in the film. THERE ARE NO AUDITIONS. IF YOU SIGN-UP …AND SHOW UP, YOU WILL BE USED. All ages, races and genders are welcome. But, you MUST be 18 or over to participate…. Filming will take place from 7pm – midnight on Monday night at Castro & Market and from 9pm – 3am on Friday night at Market & Franklin. Come either or both nights.

As a thank you for participating, we will host a screening for the marchers of the documentary THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK on Monday, February 4th at the Castro Theater at 4:30pm, with introductions by the filmmaker, Rob Epstein, Cleve Jones, Gus Van Sant, and members of the cast. The filming will begin immediately after the screening.

Gay, straight or, you know, whatever, everyone should see The Times, a great documentary about an amazing time in San Francisco history. In case you don’t know (as I’ve discovered a lot of people outside San Francisco don’t), Milk was a Castro neighborhood camera store owner and the first openly gay municipal supervisor in American history. He was killed, with then-Mayor George Moscone, by fellow supervisor and former cop Dan White in a case that created the phrase “twinkie defense.” White committed suicide two years after his release from prison. Moscone’s death meant that the then-President of the Board of Supervisors, Diane Feinstein, took over the office of mayor.

Sean Penn Plays Harvey Milk — Be an Extra

January 26, 2008

milk.jpgSean Penn is playing San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk in the film Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant. And you can be an extra! From milkmarch.com:

BE IN A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE AND HELP RE-CREATE A PART OF SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY
On Monday night, February 4th and Friday night, February 8th, the feature film MILK…will be re-creating three 1970s marches through the Castro.

We are looking for volunteers to appear in the these marches in the film. THERE ARE NO AUDITIONS. IF YOU SIGN-UP …AND SHOW UP, YOU WILL BE USED. All ages, races and genders are welcome. But, you MUST be 18 or over to participate…. Filming will take place from 7pm – midnight on Monday night at Castro & Market and from 9pm – 3am on Friday night at Market & Franklin. Come either or both nights.

As a thank you for participating, we will host a screening for the marchers of the documentary THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK on Monday, February 4th at the Castro Theater at 4:30pm, with introductions by the filmmaker, Rob Epstein, Cleve Jones, Gus Van Sant, and members of the cast. The filming will begin immediately after the screening.

Gay, straight or, you know, whatever, everyone should see The Times, a great documentary about an amazing time in San Francisco history. In case you don’t know (as I’ve discovered a lot of people outside San Francisco don’t), Milk was a Castro neighborhood camera store owner and the first openly gay municipal supervisor in American history. He was killed, with then-Mayor George Moscone, by fellow supervisor and former cop Dan White in a case that created the phrase “twinkie defense.” White committed suicide two years after his release from prison. Moscone’s death meant that the then-President of the Board of Supervisors, Diane Feinstein, took over the office of mayor.

Abby Winters (Interview)

December 15, 2007

Abby Winters is the creative force behind her eponymous web site, a treasure trove of hot Aussie amateurs. She started abbywinters.com seven years ago after unsuccessfully searching for a sincerely amateur site that would suit her tastes. Garion Hall, the CEO of the site, is responsible for the business operation, paradigm adherence and overall performance of the company. With no previous experience running a business before, he followed the dream with passion and common sense. The proof of his ability is in the continuing success of abbywinters.com. The two took some time out of their hectic shooting schedule for a candid conversation with Eros Zine about how they began in the business, how they keep fans happy and their definition of “amateur.”
Read more at Eros Zine.

James St. James

October 30, 2007

For those in the New York club scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s, James St. James was one of the most outrageous fixtures of the scene and the leader of a substantial cadre of club kids. For the rest of us, he shot to fame with the publication of his 1999 memoir Disco Bloodbath: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland, the story of the Michael Alig-Angel Melendez murder that was adapted into the film Party Monster. More recently, he wrote Freakshow, a young-adult novel about Billy, a Florida high school kid who just wants to be Prom Queen (and who doesn’t?).

A former columnist for Out Magazine who is currently working in Hollywood for the film company that released Party Monster, St. James is heading to San Francisco soon to serve as a celebrity judge (or is that celebutante judge/jury/executioner?) on the legendary Miss Trannyshack Pageant. We at Eros Zine traded emails with the famously erudite St. James recently about his writing, his experiences in the club scene, and the upcoming pageant.

Read More at Eros Zine.

Juanita More

October 30, 2007

One of the most visible figures in the San Francisco drag scene, artist-designer-performer-party host-event organizer Juanita More can be seen, often with her entourage, the Moreboys, at many of SF’s most fabulous events. She’s also exhibited her artwork and performance extensively, including shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and many other venues.

For the legendary Miss Trannyshack Pageant this year, she’s taking a central role — she’s supervising performers, helping them choreograph the most fabulous numbers in dragdom.

We caught up with Juanita recently for a chat about life, drag, art, and expression.

Read more at Eros Zine.

Pink Steel: Out at the Devil

October 30, 2007

 There is a wind blowing from Bremen, Germany; it has more umlauts than you can count and it wants to suck your boyfriend’s dick.

“Out at the Devil,” the debut album from New York glammetal hairrockers Pink Stëël is a balls-out assault on heteronormative spooge-rock, tearing into the mise-en-scene of Motley Crüe and Poison with eight inches of love and a 33-and-a-half-inch guitar scale, both with your name on it, baby.

I have, as you might guess, been around the block. As a longtime music reviewer for Gothic.net, I reviewed hundreds of bands with names like Spaztic Pustule Eruption and Death is My Love, My Love, My Love. I’ve heard it all — cryptohomo guitar-blowjob glamrock crossed with Swedish ambient-industrial, a Napalm Death-style all-midget Tom Jones cover band; an opera singer who gets fisted onstage while singing “The Magic Flute;” nothing can shock me and most of it doesn’t even get a raised eyebrow let alone a “Dude, did he just say that?”

But the world of Pink Stëël is the totally unexpected pileup of perhaps the three most obvious four-beer-queers who have spent the last forty years spoiling for a drunken threeway while pretending they’re just taking a “wide stance”: hair metal, fagrock and glam-drag burlesque.

Read More at Eros Zine.

Sex Mannequin (DVD Review)

October 19, 2007

Cult porn legend Maria Beatty has a painter’s eye for photography, and a photographer’s eye for fetish pornography. Nowhere are these two facts more evident than in the gorgeous, lavishly-lighted scenes of Sex Mannequin, in which Dylan Ryan orders up her own personal sexbot, who turns magically from plastic tart to hot tomboy London in the blink of an eye. Like its predecessor in my DVD player, Skateboard Kink Freak, it’s a minimal setup that provides ample opportunity for essentially story-free fucking, in which the drama and narrative are communicated by moans, movements, stares, glares and pelvic thrusts, each one as lovingly rendered on camera as a brush stroke in a Monet.

Read more at Eros Zine.

Pink Stëël Releases Gay First Album, Acts Gay

October 3, 2007

Having lived through the era of the hair bands and their hated nemeses Christian Metalheads, I have to say: It’s real. Unbelievable and wonderful, and real. Gay metal band Pink Steel released their debut album, Out at the Devil.

Claiming to hail from the Germanic North, the band writes of itself:

PINK STËËL make heavy metal gay, and gay heavy metal funny as hell–blurring the lines between music, comedy, Motley Crüe and Mary Poppins to create a fabulous, fist-pumping arena rock concert experience that will leave you singing tunes like ‘We Fight For Cock’ ‘I’m Comin’ Out (All Over You)’ and ‘Sausage Party’ for days–whether you want to or not. Their crossover comedy-rock cabaret co-mingles gay culture and heavy metal bluster with punch-line songwriting–giving every audience front row seats to a stadium-style rock show unlike any other.

As for whether they’re actually Nordic-enhanced, I shake my head suspiciously: isn’t there some sort of law in Germany about umlaut usage, especially since topping the E’s? But what is a shredding, howling, gay-Satan-worshipping metal band or a gay cabaret without a little hoaxing?

Read more at Eros Zine. Thanks to Rachel Kramer Bussel for the tip.

Luchando (Movie Review)

September 18, 2007

Luchando is a Spanish word meaning “to fight,” and it lends itself well to the title of Noelle Stout’s amazing documentary about the queer hustler underground in Havana, playing at Docfest at San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre Saturday, September 29, 9:15pm, Friday, October 5, 9:15pm, and Saturday, October 6, 7pm.

Luchando opens with 23-year-old transgender woman La Diosa returning from shopping, walking down a crowded Havana street, dressed in a makeshift short jean skirt and crop top, caressing her long black hair and receiving calls of “Transvestite! Tranny! Homosexual,” which she responds to with insults. “When I arrive, the street gets hot mama,” she explains. “That guy’s a stinky dick. It’s a shame.”

Those moments give you a sense of the kind of irreverence all of the documentary’s subjects show, and La Diosa explains the title eloquently: Though its literal meaning is “to fight,” “Luchando” also means to have sex for money, and has the strong sense of “to survive.” La Diosa doesn’t consider herself as having hustled, turned tricks, or had sex for money; what she’s done is “Luchando.” She’s survived.

Read more at Eros Zine.