Gargoyle

by J. Scott Coatsworth

Gargoyle - J. Scott Coatsworth
Editions:Kindle - First: $ 0.99
Pages: 10

James Matson - Mattie to his friends - has it bad. It's 1974 in Alabama, not the best time or place for a young gay guy to have a crush on his college football quarterback. But James can't help himself.

Randy Paxton is a football player with needs. His girlfriend isn't putting out, so he takes what he can get. A warm mouth is a warm mouth, after all.

And Daniel O'Malley has a crush too... on James. But James hardly gives him a second glance. What's a guy to do?

It's Halloween night, the time when the veil between this world and the next thins, and anything can happen. And tonight, something will happen, something that will change all three of their lives forever.

A very abbreviated version of this short short story originally appeared on the WROTE Halloween Podcast in 2015. This version has been extended.

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About the Author

Scott lives with his husband of twenty five years in a Sacramento suburb, in a cute little yellow house with a brick fireplace and two pink flamingoes out front.

He inhabits in the space between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into science fiction and fantasy by his mom at the tender age of nine, he quickly finished her entire library. But he soon began to wonder where all the queer people were.

After coming out at twenty three, he started writing the kinds of stories he couldn't find at Crown Books. If there weren't many queer characters in his favorite genres, he would will them into existence, subverting them to his own ends. And if he was lucky enough, someone else would want to read them.

His friends say Scott's mind works a little differently than most - he makes connections between ideas that others don't, and somehow does more in a day than most people manage in a week. Although born an introvert, he forced himself to reach outside himself, and learned to connect with others like him.

Scott's stories subvert expectations that transform traditional science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something different and unexpected. He runs both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark.

His romance and genre fiction writing brings a queer energy to his stories, filling them with love, beauty and power. He imagines how the world could be - in the process, he hopes to change the world, just a little.

Scott was recognized as one of the top new gay authors in the 2017 Rainbow Awards, and his debut novel "Skythane" received two awards and an honorable mention.

You can find him at Dreamspinner here, Goodreads here, on Amazon here, on QueeRomance Ink here, and on Facebook here.


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