Q: Why gay historical fiction?
A: Because there’s so little of it, and it wasn’t until I started making A LIST of it that I found just how little there was.
When you think of how many thousands of heterosexual historical books there are, it’s about time that the gay stories throughout history were told.
Q: What do you review?
A: Gay Historical fiction.
Q: Is it fair to criticise the inaccuracies in the books? Surely it should be about the writing, not the history?
A: We review gay historical fiction. So we take all three aspects into consideration. The gay history, the history in general AND the writing. We know that many people will take historical fiction as being fact, and that badly presented facts and crappy research will give a skewed version of history. So if you put tea in a medieval story, we’ll point that out. If you have Regency gentlemen kissing in public, we’ll roll our eyes.
Q: What don’t you review?
A: We do not – at this time – review anything with a fantasy theme, such as AU earth, myths such as Robin Hood, steampunk, or with things that don’t exist such as shapeshifters or vampires even if the setting is historical. The one exception we have to this is stories with a ghost theme, as ghosts can be subjective.
A: Because this is a very small genre. We want to encourage people to write more gay historical fiction and to get as passionate as we are about it, getting the details right. There are many other review sites where stories involving vampires and shapeshifters can be reviewed.
Q: Will you be critical of OKHOMO?
A: Yes. We personally think that OK HOMO is not a true releflection of the gay struggle. It is possible to still write a story about a gay man without loading a book down with homophobia whilst still remaining true to the era. Making everyone gay, and or making everyone fine about it insults the journey that gay men have had throughout the ages.
Q: What do your ratings mean?
A: 0-1½ stars= poor, 2 to 2½ stars = okay to pretty good, 3-3½ = stars good, 4-4½ stars = VERY good, 5 stars = excellent work, recommended read.
Q: How do I get my book reviewed?
For preference send a mobi file to erastes at kindle dot com, if you have no mobi file, send a PDF. We will happily review paper books of course, so email Erastes on erastes at erastes dot com to request for a snail mail address.
Q: Do you guarantee a review?
A: No. We will do our best, but we have a limited, and varying number of reviewers. I post out the list of what’s available, and allot stories as requested. It may mean there’s a wait, or you may not get reviewed at all. We are sorry about that.
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