Books by Steve Berman

Daughters of Frankenstein by Steve Berman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2015

"A lively and engrossing collection of female-driven fiction."
Berman (Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers, 2014, etc.) edits an anthology of sci-fi and horror from queer perspectives. Read full book review >
RED CAPS by Steve Berman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"An LGBT fantasy-tinged story collection that, despite a few stumbles, delights and entertains. "
The stories in this collection track a philosophical imp who harvests teeth, a strange creature from the New Jersey Pinelands, a magical yearbook and something sinister in the sewer. Read full book review >
Wilde Stories 2013 by Steve Berman
Released: June 15, 2013

"An impressive collection brimming with originality."
Editor Berman (Wilde Stories 2012, etc.) compiles an eerie, moving volume of gay-themed speculative fiction. Read full book review >
Best Gay Stories 2013 by Steve Berman
Released: June 1, 2013

"A fine showcase of emerging and small-press authors."
The latest edition of the yearly anthology series offers a vivid cross section of contemporary gay life. Read full book review >
SPEAKING OUT by Steve Berman
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"LGBTQ teens do need to see themselves represented positively; it's a shame more of them won't here. (Short stories. 12 & up)"
Ambitiously, the editor believes this book will stop LGBTQ teens from feeling alone, and in the anthology's short introduction, he encourages queer teens to speak out and straight teens to listen. To this end, most of the stories in the collection show LGBTQ teens who are proud of their gender or sexual orientation and stand up for themselves or for something they believe in. In Alex Jeffers' standout "Captain of the World," a gay, Turkish Muslim goalie fights back against both racial and sexual harassment on the soccer field. In Berman's fantastical "Only Lost Boys Are Found," an unnamed hero quests his way through a half-cartoon, half-dream sequence to rescue the boy he loves. Other stories, however, fall flatter, including the well-intentioned but poorly executed "All Gender U," whose trans protagonist (the only one in the collection) reads more as a hodgepodge of outsider assumptions about trans people than as a person in her own right. While some diversity is represented among the stories—hometowns small and large, a variety of faiths—the majority of protagonists are still white and male. Read full book review >
MAGIC IN THE MIRRORSTONE by Steve Berman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

Led by Holly Black and Nina Kiriki Hoffman, 15 writers throw magical challenges at teenaged (mostly) characters in settings that range from exotic alternate realities to un-exotic high-school restrooms. The all-new stories range from reworkings of folk tales in Gregory Frost's "The Fortunate Dream" and Eugie Foster's "Princess Bufo marinus, Also Known As Amy," to Cassandra Clare's Lovecraftian "Have You Ever Seen A Shuggoth?" and Tiffany Trent's eerie "Blackwater Baby." Generally likable protagonists take on curses, sorcerers, magical talismans and other supernatural MacGuffins—along with the customary bullies, prejudice, abuse and domestic issues. Not only do the entries exhibit a lively variety of tones and lengths, but because the sex and even most of the violence has been left implicit, the tales can be offered or read to an unusually wide audience. Jejune author/editor comments on each entry don't measure up to the rest, but they've all been gathered into an easily skippable closing section. First-rate fare for fantasy fans. (Short stories. 11-15)Read full book review >