Adam McOmber’s lush, hallucinatory stories are both familiar and wholly original. Drawn from the historical record, Biblical lore, fairy tales, science fiction, and nightmares, these offbeat and fantastical works explore gender and sexuality in their darkest and most beautiful manifestations. In the tradition of Angela Carter or Kelly Link, My House Gathers Desires is covertly funny and haunting, seeking fresh ways to consider sexual identity and its relation to history.
In "Sodom and Gomorrah," readers encounter a subversive, ecstatic new version of the Old Testament story. In "The Re’em," a medieval monk’s search for a mythic beast conjures forbidden desire. And in "Notes on Inversion," the German psychiatrist Kraft-Ebbing receives a surreal retort to his clinical descriptions of same-sex desire.
PRAISE FOR MY HOUSE GATHERS DESIRES
"Not only is the level of erudition and inquiry evident in these stories supremely impressive, Adam McOmber's storytelling skills are also sublime. He mines the darker corners of the human psyche and presents us with one vivid and startling discovery after another; he likewise finds the secret beating hearts of his characters' desires, longings that would be equally at home in a Poe or an Angela Carter story. This is a breathtaking new collection of stories."
—Christine Sneed, author of The Virginity of Famous Men and Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry
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