From the award-winning author of Where the Rainbow Ends and The Haunted Heart comes a witty tour de force
of spirits, spooks, and sinners, a supernatural roller coaster set in the Big Easy that is giddy, soulful, and sentimental.

 

2011 Saints & Sinners Hall of Famer

Black Quill Nominee! Best Small Press Chill


Betty's List - LGBT Best Books of 2010

2011 Gaylactic Spectrum Award:

Short List for Best Novel

 

 


 

ISBN: 978-0-9844707-0-9
$16.00

The Wolf at the Door

a novel by Jameson Currier

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


 

About the author

Jameson Currier is the author of seven novels, four collections of short fiction, and a memoir. His short fiction has appeared in many literary magazines and Web sites, including Velvet Mafia, Blithe House Quarterly, Christopher Street, and the anthologies Men on Men, Best American Gay Fiction, Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best American Erotica, Best Gay Stories, Rebel Yell, and Making Literature Matter. His gay-themed ghost stories have appeared in Wilde Stories, Unspeakable Horror, Best Gay Romance, Velvet Mafia, Icarus, and All Hallows: The Journal of the Ghost Story Society.

Also by Jameson Currier from Chelsea Station Editions:

A Gathering Storm; Based on a True Story; Dancing on the Moon; Desire, Lust, Passion, Sex; Still Dancing; The Forever Marathon; The Haunted Heart and Other Tales; The Third Buddha; Until My Heart Stops; What Comes Around; and Where the Rainbow Ends.

 


 

Praise for The Wolf at the Door

“A delightfully spooky, often kooky, gay vision quest. Currier’s Avery Dalyrymple is larger-than-life and intricately flawed, and the fact that he just can’t seem to get out of his own way makes him primed for misadventure and gay mayhem. One of Currier’s strengths has always been the ability to soak his narrative in a rich, authentic ambiance and The Wolf at the Door is no exception, with sentences that resonate with the decadent rhythms of the French Quarter and paragraphs that positively drip with Southern gothic moodiness. Genre fans will find plenty to appreciate in Currier’s otherworldly version of It’s a Wonderful Life fused with all the ensemble wit of Tales of the City and the regional gothic texture of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. Savor this one like a bowlful of spicy jambalaya and a snifter of fine aged bourbon on a hot, humid night.”
—Vince Liaguno, Dark Scribe Magazine

“I love, love, love this book and I love New Orleans and I love Jameson Currier’s skill. Put that all together and you have one ‘helluva’ read.”
—Amos Lassen, Eureka Pride

“Marvelous! Currier’s writing is up to his usual high standards, which means that he can make you smile and scare the crap out of you in the same paragraph. And I believe his work here to be his richest, most personal and heartfelt yet. More than being a good ghost story, The Wolf at the Door is one gay man’s spiritual journey. Though he’s been looking mostly in the bottom of bourbon bottles, Avery’s search for spiritual belonging—finding God in ghosts—is as universal as it gets, and Currier brings it to life with both wit and wonderment. Blending philosophy with good old-fashioned scares, Currier makes the impossible look effortless. The ending, which I won’t spoil for you, actually brought a catch to my throat and a tear to my eye.”
—Jerry Wheeler, Out in Print

“It’s not easy to classify Currier’s novel. The New Orleans setting leads naturally to spirited spookiness, with supernatural proceedings and ghostly manifestations, including that of a gorgeous young man, the late partner of Mack, who is dying of HIV in an upstairs apartment—adding a touch of realistic melancholy to the tale. And the story is also infused with erotic passages. So let’s just classify the novel as really good—a masterful blend of genres that comes together like succulent literary gumbo. Currier’s crew of querulous aging queens, offbeat beautiful boys and assorted oddball friends constitute an endearing found family of queers, while the author’s historical flashbacks conjure the Big Easy’s atmospheric past.”
—Richard Labonté, Bookmarks

“Lush with surreal, sensual tones, the novel becomes a heady, pungent gumbo of spirits, sex, magic spells, voodoo, spirituality, and lots and lots of bourbon. A writer who consistently surprises and delights, Currier's dynamism will surely carry his literary career to higher heights.”
—Jim Piechota, Bay Area Reporter

“This novel tells of Avery's long farewell to Mack, but it’s not a sad farewell. Trying to find a reason to what happened, Avery is also building the path towards his new life. Reliving the past will teach to Avery something for the future, and it will also help Avery to accept his own past. Avery will become someone who believes in everything, above all that Mack indeed loved him, like others love him, and that there is a reason to live."
—Elisa Rolle, Reviews and Ramblings

“Currier is a master storyteller of speculative fiction, and this novel is unique in that it takes a group of unbelievers (whom I can identify with) and gradually forces them to accept the reality of what they are experiencing. Very creative story, told with a dry wit by a group of highly diverse, realistic, flawed individuals who become links to the past and instrumental in helping some tortured souls find their rest. Outstanding for those who appreciate this genre of fiction. Five ghostly stars out of five.”
—Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

“Refreshingly light and witty.... The chatty first person narrative is augmented by historically accurate journals, diaries, and slave narratives. The bright, hopeful tone of the prose and Currier’s love for his imperfect characters makes this a charming read.”
—Craig Gidney, Lambda Literary

“Stirring a gumbo pot of characters and subplots, Currier keeps his unlikely mix of ingredients at a perfect simmer as they meld into a singularly delectable story with a sense of place so rich, readers may be enticed to head to Louisiana and experience the novel’s setting firsthand.”
—Jim Gladstone, Passport

“Remember when ghost stories were about mood, about unease, about discovering that there is another side to the world and it's a side found only in shadow? All you need to do to reconnect with the wonderful supernatural fiction of past masters is buy this book, which offers an exploration of a memorable guest house in New Orleans. Highly recommended for those who like richly told stories that have a supernatural element and plenty of character (in every sense of the word).”
—Steve Berman, author of Vintage

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. Currier 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

If you’ve been pining for Anne Rice's New Orleans, The Wolf at the Door’s lovable characters (mostly gay men) and spooky happenings might quench your desires. It is a delightful, casual read, and is recommended for public libraries. Adults should treat themselves with this one!

—Johnnie N. Gray , ALA GLBTRT Newsletter

 


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