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Until My Heart Stops

intimate writings

Chelsea Station Editions, 2015

Until My Heart Stops assembles more than fifty works of narrative nonfiction written by the author over a thirty-year period, including many published during the height of the AIDS epidemic. The result is a searing personal and poignant memoir of an artist finding his voice during difficult times. Once again Currier doesn’t shy away from revealing personal moments and emotions, this time his own, including his love and retreat from the theater, his grappling with boyfriends and long-term relationships, and the details into his own medical diagnosis of HCM—hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition of excessive thickening of the heart muscle for which there is no apparent cause or cure.

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Based on a True Story

a novel

Chelsea Station Editions, 2015

Two gay couples meet at an idyllic mountain cabin to celebrate Thanksgiving. As the four men reminisce of their college years, coming out, and recall their past friends and former lovers, a shocking and fatal tale of obsession unfolds.

 

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A Gathering Storm

a novel

Chelsea Station Editions, 2014

Inspired by true events, A Gathering Storm begins in a small university town in the South when a gay college student is beaten. In the ensuing days as the young man struggles to survive in a hospital, the residents of the town and the university find themselves at the center of a growing media frenzy as the crime reverberates through the local and national consciousness. Using details and elements from actual hate crimes committed against gay men, Currier weaves personal and spiritual layers into a timely and emotional story.

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The Forever Marathon

a novel

Chelsea Station Editions, 2013

 

“The opposite of love is not hate but rather indifference. Thanks to the talent of Jameson Currier, readers are never at risk for feeling indifferent to the couple at the heart of his The Forever Marathon. Adoration mingled with aversion at this pair’s antics ensures every page will be read with enthusiasm. We should all be grateful that Currier has not shied away from presenting an honest depiction of gay men in their late forties.”

     Steve Berman, editor of the Best Gay Stories annual series

 

“With The Forever Marathon, Jameson Currier offers a fast-paced and incisive portrait of forty-eight hours in the life of a challenging twenty-four-year relationship. In the story of Adam and Jesse, Currier daringly probes the underside of passion, where need turns too easily into entitlement and love skids heedlessly toward hate. Currier demonstrates powerful insights into the history of a relationship: how assumptions and misunderstandings can set lovers off course, how hearts harden in the wake of disappointment, and how essential it is to remember the love that underlies it all, even in the darkest moments. These are vividly drawn characters who come to life on the page, with feelings and experiences that not only touch the reader but will no doubt resonate personally for many.”

     Lewis DeSimone, author of The Heart’s History and Chemistry

         

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What Comes Around

 

a novel of linked stories

Chelsea Station Editions, 2012

A quirky, touching, and unique novel of a single gay man’s quest to find a meaningful relationship. Written over a period of twenty-five years, these fifteen linked short stories—many of which have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies—exploit the narrator’s wit and heightened self-examination by utilizing a second person point of view technique. Covering four decades of misadventures of looking for the right man, Currier’s unnamed narrator bumps through blind dates, break-ups, unexpected seductions, tragedies, and imperfect affairs. Currier was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship for the stories included in What Comes Around.
 

 “Linking wit, heady sex, longing, and the agony of a hollow love life, Currier beautifully romanticizes the hope and the hunt for love, the rarest flower. At times this journey to find Mr. Right is agonizing, sometimes sad, and sometimes erotically titillating. But every scene is written with such beauty and poetic grace, it becomes an easy voyage to embrace, even though at times all the misfires and near-misses cut like a knife.”

     Jim Piechota, Bay Area Reporter

“As a writer, Currier should be lauded for his creative decision to avoid the all-too-common formulaic trappings of most current novels written for and about gay men. Here, the focus is not on sex. Rather, the emphasis is the considerable lengths a man will go to in his lifelong search for true love.”
      David-Matthew Barnes, Lambda Literary

“This intriguing and unusual novel is really a collection of interconnected short stories tied together by an unnamed male narrator who spends much of his life searching for a lifetime lover, each quest ending in disappointment and regret. Currier captures the fragile nature of human relationships and explores the ways in which they can be broken. Cleverly constructed and and not without an original hook, What Comes Around provides a compelling and intimate portrait of one man 's obsession. Readers looking for an unusual narrative voice will find the novel hugely rewarding.”
      Charles Green, Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide

 

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The Third Buddha

a novel of 9/11 and Afghanistan

Chelsea Station Editions, 2011

Like Currier’s previous work, the author once again targets the big themes of modern gay life in his new novel: identity, faith, homophobia, romance, and the complexity of relationships, but at the heart of The Third Buddha are the little acts of random kindness that continue to astonish in times of crisis and war. 

Jameson Currier expands his richly detailed storytelling to an international level in this new novel, weaving together the intertwining stories of the search for a missing journalist in the Bamiyan region of Afghanistan with a young man’s search for his older brother in Manhattan in the aftermath of 9-11. The result is a sweeping, multi-cultural novel of what it means to be a gay citizen of the world.

 
“Filled with remarkable characters, incredibly rich details, and a compelling story, the novel balances exotic locations and religious quests with the ordinary yet powerful struggle for identity and love in the modern world.”

      Charles Green, Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide

“A riveting tale of suspense, hardship and the human spirit to overcome all odds, making it a perfect choice for a reader who appreciates such efforts. Five stars out of five.”

      Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

 

 

 

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The Haunted Heart and Other Tales

ghost stories

Lethe Press, 2009

Chelsea Station Editions, 2012

Twelve stories of gay men and the memories that haunt them. 

Jameson Currier modernizes the traditional ghost story with gay lovers, loners, activists, and addicts, blending history and contemporary issues of the gay community with the unexpected of the supernatural. 

“Jameson Currier’s The Haunted Heart and Other Tales expands upon the usual ghost story tropes by imbuing them with deep metaphorical resonance to the queer experience. Infused with flawed, three-dimensional characters, this first-rate collection strikes all the right chords in just the right places. Equal parts unnerving and heartrending, these chilling tales are testament to Currier’s literary prowess and the profound humanity at the core of his writing. Gay, straight, twisted like a pretzel… his writing is simply not to be missed by any reader with a taste for good fiction.”
    
Vince Liaguno, Dark Scribe Magazine

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The Wolf at the Door

a novel set in a haunted gay-owned guesthouse in New Orleans

Chelsea Station Editions, 2010

Ghosts? Angels? Hallucinations? When a death occurs at Le Petite Paradis, a guesthouse in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the spirit world becomes unsettled, or so Avery Greene Dalyrymple III, the co-owner believes. The son and grandson of Southern evangelists, Avery is also an overworked and overwrought middle-aged gay man, a cynical “big-time drinker and sinner” fairly certain he can maintain a family of “other deviants and delinquents stumbling along Bourbon Street” to keep him company.

But Avery is also the only person in contact with the spirit world on his property—ghosts from the house’s origins during the 1820s—and he must use the history left behind from another ghost—a gay man from the 1970s—to find a way to restore peace to his household and rejuvenate his faith. 
 

“Currier is one of the few writers who can be equally literary, erotic, dramatic and damn funny, sometimes all in the same sentence.”
      Sean Meriwether, The Silent Hustler
 
"The Wolf at the Door is a raunchy gay comedy set in the French Quarter in N’auwlins, ever ripe with the author’s elegant and muscular prose. Currier spins Creole lore flush with characters living in the gay big easy erotically, exotically, and sometimes supernaturally. Currier delivers campy chills with ghost sex, wolf specters, and voodoo diva dances, but the true horrors are uncovered in the realities of Southern slavery. A journal from the 1820s reveals a parallel story of gay interracial master-slave love, a tale full of portents, both real and symbolic. The author conjures more than literary devices, and writes with venomous wit and a huge heart. The Wolf at the Door is the tale everyone should be reading on the beach this year."
      Lewis Whittington, Edge, April 2010

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Where the Rainbow Ends

a novel

Overlook Press 1998 and 2000

Chelsea Station Editions, 2011

A powerful, compelling, and heartfelt first novel of a young gay man's quest for faith, family, and understanding during the early years of the AIDS epidemic.

“Currier is adept at drawing a fi ne line between the erotic and the tragic, and at telling stories that ‘although personal, are also the stories of our community.’ Where the Rainbow Ends feels like the fi ctionalized history of a generation of gay men.”
     Erik Burns, The New York Times Book Review

“Jameson Currier’s debut novel, Where the Rainbow Ends, moved me to tears more than once and, simply put, is one of the best pieces of gay literature I have ever read. Rather than focusing on and wallowing in the heavy melodrama that the AIDS epidemic seems to produce in most writers, Currier shows both the highs and lows. The lives of these incredibly well-drawn, three-dimensional people encompass all of the emotion that is found in gay/lesbian life. The book is about creating a sense of family, and most of all, it is about hope. In Robbie, Currier has created a gay Everyman we can all identify with, love, and root for. This is one novel that I was sorry to see end. With this work, Currier has established himself as one of the preeminent gay novelists, not just of the 1990s, but of all time. This book should be required reading for every gay man, period.”

      Greg Herren, Impact

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Dancing on the Moon

short stories about AIDS

Chelsea Station Editions, 2011

Penguin, 1994

Viking, 1993

This debut collection of short stories, first published in 1993, was praised for its courageous and compassionate depiction of the impact of AIDS on gay men and their families and friends.

I have read and re-read these stories, delighted in them and savored each one. How is it that fiction can so successfully transcend and translate science? Jameson Currier’s kind of fiction can recreate reality more accurately than a cinema verité account of our daily lives... Currier captures the bittersweet existence of gay men living through this holocaust, the afterglow when the bombs have fallen and before news of further devastation reaches them.”
     Abraham Verghese, The Washington Post Book World

Some people may refrain from reading Dancing on the Moon out of a discomfort with AIDS. That would be a shame. As the band plays on, AIDS spirals deeper into our lives. To ask fiction to ignore what it has always done best: mirror the times in which we live, and the ways in which we survive, Dancing on the Moon reaches to fulfill that obligation with an effort of the first order. For that reason, and for the sheer good talent of Jameson Currier, this collection deserves a wide readership.”
      Robert Drake, Baltimore Alternative

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Still Dancing

new and selected stories

Lethe Press 2008

Chelsea Station Editions, 2011

In Still Dancing author Jameson Currier brings together twenty short stories spanning three decades of the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the gay community. Along with stories from Currier’s debut collection, Dancing on the Moon, praised by The Village Voice as “defiant and elegiac,” are ten newly selected stories written by one of our preeminent masters of the short narrative form.

“The breadth of Currier’s personal experience is evident in his writing, which is moving without resorting to melodrama, familiar without feeling clichéd. In the new book’s title story, for instance, he describes a man who has lost many friends to AIDS as feeling “like a boy lost at an amusement park who can’t find his family and doesn’t understand why they are not where they should be.” It’s a characteristically vivid yet unsentimental description of what it’s like to wake up and find that your entire chosen family, your whole support system, is suddenly gone—and many people who survived the worst years of the epidemic will likely find that Currier has, once again, put into words the things that they’ve felt for years.”
      Wayne Hoffman, Windy City Times

“In these stories, Currier fictionalizes queer life and times from three decades of the AIDS era, capturing the years in his prose. It has the literary heft of Camus and the quiet urbanity of Cheever…. Currier chronicles not only a defining era in gay America, but the private lives of the people who triumphed through what looked like defeat. These lives are often so finely drawn, Currier never has to resort to cliché… Gritty, esoteric, funny and passionate, Currier’s courageous prose reminds us that we must never forget.”
      Lewis Whittington, Edge

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Desire, Lust, Passion, Sex

stories

Green Candy Press, 2004

Chelsea Station Editions, 2013

Desire, Lust, Passion, Sex brings together nineteen stories by Jameson Currier—including six never-before-published works as well as the author’s widely praised short fiction previously published in literary journals, Web sites, and award-winning anthologies such as Best Gay Erotica, Best American Erotica, and Men on Men. In this new collection, the author meticulously details the search for love, romance, and partnership between gay men, and his characteristically spare prose brings into sharp relief the sometimes maddening traits that constitute a person’s romantic ideal and shows how the quest for a meaningful relationship can transform—or derail—the course of our lives.

“Jameson Currier is a literary rara avis, a topflight American short story writer who treads where he pleases, and doesn’t acknowledge genre boundaries. At its best, his work—particularly his erotica—is filtered through an exquisite poetic sensibility, and a prism of humanity that lifts the story above and away from anything as pedestrian as a genre, and into the realm of fine literature.”
     Michael Rowe, author of Looking for Brothers and Other Men’s Sons

“In his new collection, Jameson Currier reasserts himself as one of our preeminent masters of the short narrative form. Currier plays with points of view: first-person and third person, to be sure, but also the rarely used (and even more rarely used well) second-person point of view. In these lapidary tales, he computes the inscrutable calculus of desire with uncanny accuracy. In fact, there is such precision in both the foreground and background details of each tale that this collection is nothing less than HDST—High Definition Story Telling. The effect is often unnerving. This is not a microscope that Currier presents to you, dear reader; it is a mirror. And objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”
     Thomas L. Long, editor-in-chief,Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly

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Les Fantomes

short stories about AIDS

Cylibris, 2005

In 2005, CyLibris, a gay publishing company in France, published a French-language edition of a collection of AIDS-themed short stories titled Les Fantômes (translation The Ghosts) — in cooperation with “sida, Grande Cause Nationale 2005,” a national French AIDS organization. In case you are a little curious about how this book came about: A little more than a decade ago, Anne-Laure Hubert, a graduate student in Belgium, translated into French my first collection of short stories, Dancing on the Moon, for her masters thesis. In 2003, Anne-Laure located me on the Internet and e-mailed me to let me know she had translated my stories and asked if I wanted to see her thesis. For me, it was a truly strange experience — to read and rediscover my early stories (and now in a foreign language) and to revisit many of the issues and themes which seemed to have evaporated from gay life — and my own consciousness. Anne-Laure had several unanswered questions regarding her translation — idioms and footnotes and specifics relating to gay life or life in the U.S. — and together we polished a final translation which we submitted to CyLibris — and this edition really owes a lot to her tremendous faith and understanding of these stories, as well as her acceptance of gay life and the historical impact AIDS has had upon it, particularly in the early years of the epidemic and in the United States. Olivier Gainon and the folks at CyLibris have produced a beautiful edition of these short stories — and if you know any French language speakers or citizens, I hope that you will encourage them to support Cylibris and any French, international, or local AIDS organization.

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Chelsea Station: Issue 1

a literary magazine edited by Jameson Currier

Chelsea Station Editions, 2011

In November 2011, Chelsea Station Editions launched Chelsea Station, a new literary magazine of gay writing, edited by Jameson Currier.  The first issue featured six original short stories, fourteen new poems, a never-before-published one-act play and memoir, and several interviews, columns, and reviews on gay literature and theater.  Contributors include Eric Andrews-Katz, Billie Aul, Tom Cardamone, Anthony R. Cardno, Jameson Currier, Gavin Geoffrey Dillard, David Eye, Michael Graves, William Henderson, Wayne Hoffman, Lisa Huffaker, Alex Jeffers, Richard Johns, Shaun Levin, Vince Liaguno, Jeff Mann, Thomas March, Kevin McLellan, Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, Stephen S. Mills, Eric Norris, Felice Picano, David Pratt, Robert A. Schanke, Charles Silverstein, Jerry L. Wheeler, Emanuel Xavier, and Cal Yeomans.

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Chelsea Station: Issue 2

a literary magazine edited by Jameson Currier

Chelsea Station Editions, 2012

Chelsea Station: Issue 2, a new literary magazine of gay writing, edited by Jameson Currier, features ten short stories, six new poems, a never-before-published one-act play, a travel memoir, and several essays, interviews, book columns, and reviews on gay literature  Contributors include Eric Andrews-Katz, Nicholas Boggs, Perry Brass, Tom Cardamone, Anthony R. Cardno, Lewis DeSimone, Michael Graves, Charles Green, Jonathan Harper, Matthew Hittinger, Wayne Hoffman, Lee Houck, Daniel M. Jaffe, Richard Johns, Michael T. Luongo, Raymond Luczak, Jeffrey Luscombe, Jeff Mann, Jon Marans, Stephen Mead, Jarrett Neal, Eric Nguyen, David Pratt, Trumbull Rogers, Robert Siek, Charles Silverstein, and Scott Wiggerman.

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Chelsea Station: Issue 3

a literary magazine edited by Jameson Currier

Chelsea Station Editions, 2012

The third issue of Chelsea Station, the popular new literary magazine of gay writing, edited by Jameson Currier, features twelve short stories, ten poems, and essays, reviews and other writing relating to gay literature. Contributors hail from New York, Canada, Scotland, France, Brazil, China, California, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Provincetown, San Francisco, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Istanbul, and Paris. Contributors include George Bixby, Mu Cao, Alan Chin, Steven Cordova, Aaron Crippen, Mike Dressel, Michael Graves, Aaron Hamburger, Richard Johns, Amos Lassen, David Lewis, Jeff Lindemann, Jeff Mann, Kelly McQuain, David Derbin Nolta, Roberto Carlos Ortiz, J.M. Parker, Rogério Meireles Pinto, Dennis Rhodes, Raymond Soltysek, Jonathan Vatner, Vicente R. Viray, Ian Young and Stephen Zerance.

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Chelsea Station: Issue 4

a literary magazine edited by Jameson Currier

Chelsea Station Editions, 2013

The fourth issue of Chelsea Station, the popular new literary magazine of gay writing, edited by Jameson Currier, features seven short stories, three essays, ten poems, and interviews, reviews and other writing relating to gay literature. Contributors include Eric Karl Anderson, Eric Andrews-Katz, David-Matthew Barnes, Perry Brass, Anthony R. Cardno, Jameson Currier, Stephen Greco, Vance Philip Hedderel, Walter Holland, Paul Hostovsky, Dennis Jordan, Collin Kelley, Amos Lassen, Jeff Mann, Craig Moreau, Jarrett Neal, Felice Picano, Raydon L. Reyes, Jonathon Saia, Stephen Sanchez, Derick Schultz, Johnny Townsend, William Sterling Walker, Jerry L. Wheeler, and Stephen Zerance.

 

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Between: New Gay Poetry

edited by Jameson Currier

Chelsea Station Editions, 2013

Between: New Gay Poetry, edited by Jameson Currier, features sixty gay poets writing on relationships between men: gay men with their friends, lovers, partners, husbands, dates, tricks, boyfriends, hustlers, idols, teachers, mentors, fathers, brothers, family, teams, co-workers, relatives and strangers.

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With: New Gay Fiction

edited by Jameson Currier

Chelsea Station Editions, 2013

With: New Gay Fiction, edited by Jameson Currier, features sixteen authors writing on relationships with men: gay men with their friends, lovers, partners, husbands, dates, tricks, boyfriends, hustlers, idols, teachers, mentors, fathers, brothers, family, teams, co-workers, relatives, and strangers.