by Mykola Dementiuk
edited by Sally Miller

“100 Whores” documents Mykola Dementiuk’s trysts with New York City street hookers during the 1960s and 70s in vignettes of one or two pages. Other stories in the anthology include five short whore stories plus “The Christmas Whore,” a novella with an O. Henry ending. These additional stories come from the author’s experience and psycho-sexual imagination, and we can live vicariously because of his realistic portrayals of the seedy side of Manhattan.

100 Whores exemplifies man’s base instinctual drive to spread his seed, the complete antithesis of modern monogamous marriage, both untenable extremes… over the long term.

Anger and degradation ride alongside raw sex and occasional love.

100 Whores: Memories of a John and other whoreporn, trade paper, 242 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″
ISBN: 0-9758581-8-1

$25 postpaid from Synergy Book Service also check out the 100 Whores website.


by Mykola Dementiuk
edited by Sally Miller

HOLY COMMUNION is an exploration of a boy’s need to understand and accept the consequences of his thoughts and actions as sin while he struggles to challenge and renounce the authority of that judgment against him. It is this groping through confusion and outrage that he comes to understand the cetainty of his innocence and child-humanity, and achieve the “holy communion” of sex and rejection, struggle and survival, loss and hope.

Holy Communion is a full-length novel, trade paper, 220 pages, 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 0-9758581-4-9
$25 postpaid, available from Synergy Book Service.


by Mykola Dementiuk
edited by Sally Miller

Set on March 12, 1938, in a hotel/brothel in Vienna, Austria, Vienna Dolorosa unfolds through the points of view of its main characters, who are hotel employees and guests, brothel employees and customers, as well as invading German soldiers, police, and Nazi SS (plus a darling street kid). Violence and lust abound, with some warped humor and movie-direct detail. Not for the faint of heart, this novel includes rape, incest, intergenerational sex, transvestism, teen sex, prostitution, brutality, castration/mutilation, and murder as well as thought-provoking discussions on topics as diverse as Nazism, homosexuality, history of Vienna/Austria, transgender issues, masculinity/femininity, Viennese sights, and a really unusual take on why we don’t need women (or perhaps it is why God gave us women).

5.5 x 8.5 256 pages trade paper
ISBN: 0-9758581-5-7
$25 postpaid from Synergy Book Service.

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by Mykola Dementiuk
edited by Sally Miller

A dark, coming-of-age story set in New York’s Times Square in the 1950s and 60s. This 14,000-word story (or short novella) is just right for one long sitting, but it comes in three parts if you want to divide it up! Afterword by Sally Miller. First in a series of graphic stories that we plan to publish by Mykola Dementiuk, who wrote “Pubes” (included in Hair). Involves the dregs of urban society as well as a likeable boy you’ll not soon forget. Mykola’s voice of authenticity reminds us of Henry Miller. Our first fiction in nearly ten years.

5.5 x 8.5 96 pages
$15 alone, $10 with any other book or with Times Queer ebook from Synergy Book Service.

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by Mykola Dementiuk
edited by Sally Miller

Selected Tales is a collection of seven short stories. Lust, love, fear, humor, tenderness, passion, and pain are all part of Selected Tales. Each story reveals Mykola’s sharp eye for detail and his great insight into the human condition. His love for words is obvious throughout.

If we had to pick our favorite, it would be “The Electric Guy,” which gets into the head of an imaginative man working at an all-girls high school. It’s hilarious, especially when read out loud.

“Kiss Me” shows so perfectly both sides of a teenage boy/girl encounter (could it enlighten even grown-ups?).

“Cosmo Girl” gives us a wonderful peek into a young woman’s view of modern marriage and femininity, and

“Drama of a Gifted Child” will surely warm your heart as it did ours.

“Her Kid Sister,” a story of lust and satisfaction, is Mykola’s favorite, and “Dead Joey” reminds us of lessons learned in childhood.

The last story in the book, “Without You I’m Nothing,” is somewhat melancholy, but it so accurately portrays the depression that can come with life change.

None of these stories have the hard edge that other of Mykola’s writings have, but they will make you laugh, and perhaps cry. Certainly they will make you think.

5.5 x 8.5 64 pages, saddle-stitched chapbook
$13 postpaid, or $10 when ordered with any other Synergy Book from Synergy Book Service.

Baby Doll Front coverBABY DOLL

by Mykola Dementiuk
edited by Sally Miller

Mykola Dementiuk has again brought us an unusual story of a youth growing up in New York City. Skipping school as a daily routine, the main character of Baby Doll finds himself spending time at the East River Park, looking for girls. Instead he finds a pair of pink underwear which take him on an adventure that shapes his future.

Baby Doll gives us a literary look at the complicated psychodynamics of love and sex between a boy and a man in America in the early ‘80s (the beginning era of AIDS, sex-offender witch-hunts, and gay/transvestite visibility). Like a good movie, Baby Doll is definitely worth giving a second (or third) read. Mykola’s mastery at storytelling and excellent writing will keep you engaged the first time through, but subsequent readings will help you understand the complex forces that unfold between the characters. You may question his opinions on femininity and relationships, but you won’t be able to ignore Mykola’s love for words as well as his understanding of a boy’s feelings and behavior.

Sexual counselor Sally Miller provides some insight into the story in the afterword.

Baby Doll is the second in a series of chapbooks by Mykola Dementiuk to be published by Synergy Press in 2006. Look for the next one, a collection of short stories, just in time for summer reading!

5.5 x 8.5 56 pages, saddle-stitched.
$12 postpaid, $8 when ordered with any other Synergy Book from Synergy Book Service.

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