Scruffians! Stories of Better Sodomites

Are you prepared to enter acclaimed author Hal Duncan’s world of scruffians and scamps and sodomites? Beware, for it is filled with the gay pirate gods of Love and Death, immortal scoundrels, and young men who find themselves forced to become villains. But who amongst us does not adore a gamin antihero? These fantastical tales from the fringes of an imaginative realm of supernatural fairies and human fey will captivate the reader. Light a smoke, raise a cup of whiskey, and seek a careful spot to cruise the Scruffians!


“The Arthurian legend of the Fisher King, the myth of Orpheus, Shakespeare’s Tempest, comic book superheroes, and Twilight are just a few of the tales that Duncan (Ink) deconstructs through a prism of queer sexuality, youthful rebellion, and rage against authority, in this thrilling, funny, and moving collection.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Hal Duncan’s stories enchant in every sense of the word. In language as magical as the street urchins that give the book its title, these tales conjure up a world in which myths and legends take on flesh, with all the attendant pleasures and dangers that implies. (And he throws in some pirates and fairies for good measure!) Tough, tender and deeply engaging Scruffians! dazzles and delights from beginning to end.” –Peter Dube, author of Subtle Bodies

About the Author

Scottish author Hal Duncan’s novel Vellum was nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and won the Spectrum, Kurd Lasswitz and Tähtivaeltaja. Along with the sequel, Ink, other publications include a novella Escape from Hell!, a chapbook An A-Z of the Fantastic City, and a poetry collection, Songs for the Devil and Death.. Homophobic hatemail once dubbed him “The…. Sodomite Hal Duncan!!” (sic.)

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