Horror After 9/11, University of Texas Press (Fall 2011). Critical anthology, co-edited by myself and the amazing Aviva Briefel. Reviewed in The New Republic, with a review forthcoming in Film Quarterly, and featured in New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix as “brilliant/lowbrow”!!
“57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides,” in Nightmare Magazine. Also published in the ebook version of Lightspeed, and on FearNet, and released in an audio version recorded by an actual actor who, among other things, has played Nazis on two separate Star Trek series. Accompanied by an interview with me, in which I somehow come across remotely not an idiot. AVAILABLE ONLINE
“The Luke Letters” in Upstreet #8. Cited in Best American Essays 2013 as an “Other Notable Essay.” And lest I feel inclined to pity myself for not making it into the winners’ circle, I have only to look around and see that my fellow runners-up include Jhumpa Lahiri, David Sedaris, Jeff Vandermeer, Andre Dubus III, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jonathan Franzen, Malcolm Gladwell, Roxane Gay, Donald Hall, Nick Hornby, Ann Patchett, Colson Whitehead, and tons more great and/or famous writers.
“The Country of Dead Voices,” in Icarus, Spring 2013. Here’s a great summary that came along with a really nice review from 365shortstories.livejournal.com! “It revolves around a simple phone call to a phone sex line, and in the process of a conversation lays bear the narrator’s troubled past and feelings of guilt associated with former lovers. Is the voice on the other end of the call a ghost from his past or something quite different and equally as disturbing? I won’t spoil the outcome. I’ll just say that Miller’s narrator’s voice felt real and personal and the sense of unease that permeates the story is pitch perfect.”
“Black as the Sea,” in Arts & Letters Issue #25. Told by a little Jewish boy during the Odessa Pogrom of 1905, a sort of meta-Isaak-Babel piece, if Babel was writing with a full knowledge of all the horrors that the Soviet 30s and 40s would bring.
“Black Babe,” in Slice Magazine Issue #7 - Fall 2010. Noir-style short story set in 1948, about a sex worker who has evidence that Babe Ruth was Black, and the conspiracy of gangsters out to silence her before she can spread the word….
“Sex, Death, Facebook,” in The Rumpus. September 2009. Creative nonfiction about how sex and social networking sites help us process grief. “Fucking and dying—these two things everyone has in common, that no one wants to talk about.” AVAILABLE ONLINE
“The Last Sleepover,” in Gargoyle Magazine, Issue 56. 2010.
“Haunting Your House,” in Fiction International, Issue #41. Fall 2008. A gentrification ghost story. Subsequently republished in Best Gay Stories 2009 and in Cool Thing: Best New Gay Fiction from Young American Writers, edited by Blair Mastbaum and Will Fabro. “In Alan’s bed I was a market to be manipulated, a trust fund to be plundered. High school Economics had gone right over my head, but suddenly I understood everything. That money boiled down to violence, that the world is set up for men with money to do what they want.”
“Burning Down Wal-Mart,” in Washington Square Issue #25. Fiction is a space to safely act out your deepest but most destructive desires. Like burning down Wal-Mart. I’m in there alongside THREE of my favorite poets ever - Osip Mandelstam, Charles Simic, and C.K. Williams! “I picture tomorrow morning’s newspaper photos, the burned-down husk of it, like a bombed-out aircraft hangar, like Hiroshima, like Wal-Mart came to the wrong town and fucked with the wrong boy.”
“Empty Bed Blues,” essay about Bessie Smith in the book My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, edited by Michael Montlack, from the University of Wisconsin Press…. including work by Mark Doty, David Trinidad, Wayne Koestenbaum, Timothy Liu, and lots of other phenomenal writers.
“The Poetry Vaccine,” in Permafrost, Issue #30 - Summer 2008. Soviet science fiction story. And here is a review of the issue, and my story in particular. “Chukotkin’s lab smelled like blood when I arrived for work. To my great horror, I started salivating.”
“The Heart of the Female Warrior: An Interview with Mary McDonnell,” in the Galactica Sitrep. “Artists really grapple, in general, with a sense of purpose and a sense of responsibility… my talent seems to spring to life more readily when it’s being asked to serve a story that tries to honestly reflect what we really are as humankind, and what we might be, and tries to take responsibility for some of the past, and stand squarely in it.”
“Midnight Psychology,” in Flashquake, vol. 8 issue 3. Short short about heterosexual male intimacy. AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Battlestar Galactica vs. Star Trek.” Published by mental_floss; featured on the front page of Digg; received 834 diggs and 298 comments in three days! This short article compares the Star Trek franchise (which I love) with the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica (which I think is the greatest thing television has ever produced) and looks at some of the things that make BSG so relevant and so successful to us today. “It boils down to this: Star Trek is about who we want to be, and Battlestar Galactica is about who we are.” AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Monkey Heaven.” Originally published in Atomjack, Issue #10. May 2008. Science fiction short story, narrated by a rebellious helper monkey. “Monkey Heaven” was named one of the Best Short Stories Published Online in 2008, by the judges of the Million Writers Award. Judge Erica Naone wrote in her blog, “I waded through a lot of genre stories that lacked a transcendent quality, and a lot of stories that tried to be literary, but ultimately forgot to be stories. “Monkey Heaven” had the best of both worlds: plenty of action, literary value, and serious philosophical chops.” AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Little Fingers,” published in the Spring 2008 issue of Barrelhouse online. Short short short. “What it smells like: blood and milk and alcohol gone rancid. Last night’s ramen. Hunger and loneliness.” AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Auschwitz Blowjob,” originally published by Velvet Mafia. Queer short fiction that’s not nearly as controversial as the name would lead you to hope; nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Rauxa Prize for Erotic Writing. The wonderful Rachel Kramer Bussel said in her blog that this story “with its Sylvia Plath reference, with its questions, with its in your face title, with its unabashed demand that sex not be cleaned up, that what we desire sometimes makes us feel dirty, and not in the hot way, is vital if we’re to talk about sex honestly. If we’re to admit that we don’t always understand our desires, or our lovers’, that “complicated” is the biggest understatement of all.” AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Depression Halved Production Costs,” SMUT! Issue #5. Fall/Winter 2005. Reprinted in Best Gay Erotica 2006, Cleis Press. (Dennis Cooper, who I would rank among the best writers writing today, had a story in the same anthology, and when I left a comment on his blog he said: “I actually really loved your story in that Best Erotica anthology, so your visit here is even more of a treat. Your site looks really good. I’ve bookmarked it so I can examine it thoroughly. In fact, everybody else reading this, go look at Sam J.’s site if you know what’s good for you”). AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Where the Readers Are,” published in The Quarterly Conversation. An essay critiquing the doom-and-gloom rhetoric around the supposed death of the short story and the decline of fiction readers (starting with Stephen King’s histrionic essay “What Ails the Short Story?”). Includes interviews with awesome folks like the editors at The Kenyon Review, One Story, and Velvet Mafia. Benjamin Percy, who for my money is the most exciting thing happening in short stories today, said: “You present an articulate and sure-footed retort to those naysayers and doomsdayers. I loved it — and even passed it along to my creative writing classes as required reading.” AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Sexless in Montreal,” originally published in Karamu, Spring 2007. Short story about sex, LSD, Madonna, and the agony of approaching the end of adolescence with no idea what you want to do with your life. AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Haunting Our Homes: Nightmares of Gentrification,” in Perforations. Essay about how the modern haunted house film is really about the anxieties caused by gentrification. Subsequently reprinted at PopPolitics.com and AlterNet.org AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Fall Out Boy’s Biggest Faggot Fan,” a creative nonfiction piece about my love-hate affair with the pop-punk band Fall Out Boy… and the broader phenomenon of mainstream artists pandering to queer audiences. Published by PopPolitics.com… AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Short Sad Sordid Sexual Encounters,” in Velvet Mafia. Reprinted in Best Gay Erotica 2008, Cleis Press… AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Homeless Revolution,” an article about the Housing Campaign I’ve spent the last several years working on. Published in Shelterforce. Issue #151, Fall 2007… AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Sleeping is a Crime,” an article about a civil disobedience action where I was arrested for sleeping in Central Park along with members of Picture the Homeless, to protest the NYPD’s policies of arresting homeless people for engaging in life-sustaining activity (like sleep!) that is not against the law. While this article was published in the late lamented Clamor Magazine in December 2004, it is no longer available on their website. So I have posted it here, in a longer version that was co-written with two homeless members of PTH who helped organize the action. AVAILABLE ONLINE
“Like A Virus,” in Sex by the Book: Gay Men’s Tales of Lust and Lit. Edited by Kevin Bentley. Green Candy Press. Fall 2007.
“Social Animals,” Herbivore, issue 13. Spring 2007.
“Turn Up The Volume,” in The Christian Citizen. Volume 1, 2006. Co-written with William S. Burnett.
“My Evil Twin,” in Where The Boys Are. Edited by Richard Labonte. Cleis Press. Fall 2007.