Walking on Water & After All This by Thom Nickels
(Two Novellas)

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Walking on Water is the story of a hip, Boston/Harvard student, a twenty something urban gay guy who goes to bars and who tricks and who is looking for a lover but who also has a spiritual bent and a desire to become a monk. He lives in a surreal world where the power of his mind can create alternate universes. One day he wakes up in his rooming house in Harvard Square and discovers that there is a stream next to the building along with a rowboat. He knows he has an option to take the boat out and see where it goes, since his life is like a spiritual dream with good stuff and assorted horrors that he can change just by getting into the rowboat and rowing. He takes the boat out in an attempt to change his life, to see what else is there other than the empty fast sex and disappointment in love that he has experienced so far in life.


After All This ties in with the Mayan 2012 prophecy – the end of New York City and all the major cities perhaps in the nation, compliments of a mysterious world event or cosmic event that "flashes" out the lives of everybody but a few. Dennis is living in NYC with his straight roommate Julius when the flash occurs. They "wake up" to a world where everybody is dead, in the streets, on roads, everywhere. Most of the buildings are still standing since the flash was like an x-ray zap that did everybody in but kept the exterior in place. Dennis and Julius walk all over NYC in horror; soon they find that they have to leave, so they concoct a homemade wagon of sorts and get an old NYC police horse they name Fash, and begin a pilgrimage towards Philly, thinking there may be life in Philly. Along the way they find a straight cute couple, also survivors, and they team up. Together they have domestic adventures and along the way they discover that the Flash has worked a change in their sexual orientations, Dennis is attracted to the woman and Julius is attracted to the woman's boyfriend, a former Warholesque heroin addict, and once a boyfriend of Allen Ginsberg's.

 

About Thom Nickels

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Thom Nickels is a poet and the author of several books, including Two Novellas: Walking Water & After All This, which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and a Hugo Award. The lifelong Philadelphia resident is a contributor to many newspapers, including the Philadelphia Daily News. He writes for the Lambda Book Report and is a columnist for Pridevision T.V. in Toronto.
 
Published February 8, 2012 by STARbooks Press. 203 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lambda Literary

In Schoeman’s book Honey from the Rock (Ignatius), the author tells the story of sixteen famous Jews in history who converted to Catholicism, including the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Rabbi Israel Zolli, who after his conversion insisted he was not giving up the synagogue for the Church.

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Lambda Literary

Not only was the Latin mass changed to the vernacular but the nuances of the liturgy were streamlined or in some cases, “protestantized.” One of the intentions of Vatican II was to make the Catholic Mass “accessible” to mainstream Protestant religious bodies like the Lutherans and Methodists.

Aug 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Walking on Water & After All ...

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