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.
TIMES QUEER was poignant, and had a great story line. I wasn’t crazy about the protagonist: he robbed that fag without the slightest remorse. The plot worked for me. It’s not really porno; it’s the story of one boy growing up sexually in a no-holds-barred world. ~Bob Bahr, Factor Press
Mykola Dementiuk is a twenty-first century Rimbaud, sketching a world sick with a surfeit of sex and desire and characters confused by the nature of pleasure. Glimpsed through the eyes of its youthful protagonist Richard Kozlovsky, Times Queer offers twenty-one brief portraits illuminating the darker side of a world-famous landmark. ~ Jeffrey Round
I sat down and read Times Queer all the way through. I couldn’t put it down: I wanted to find out what happened. I never knew much about that kind of life, and it was interesting. Sure different from growing up in Hunterdon County. It made me look at my own life in a different way. ~ Brian Welsh, chef
I acknowledge the excellent writing in Times Queer but find the subject-matter joyless and borderline depressing. Of course the same might be said of many a literary classic. ~ Eion McRae, retired physicist
Man, TQ is one hell of a book, some pretty strong stuff in there. Thanks for sending me the print copy! ~ Don Slepian, musician
Since I read Times Queer, I have been haunted by it. ~ Anonymous female
BRAVO! Times Queer arrived today and I read it cover to cover! I was so intrigued by the characters that I had to know how their story ended. ~ Cindy, nurse
Finally got a bit of free time & read Times Square [ebook]. Liked it & the way it worked with the photos. ~ Richard Freeman, publisher of BNI
If you’ve ever visited New York, seen New York in the movies, watched a TV show set in New York . . . or ever lived in New York, you’ll love this book! It will show you a New York you never saw before! Great story! ~ Barney, writer
I finished Times Queer. Lordy, there seems to be a whole hell of a lot of anger, despair, anguish, guilt and just about every other feeling of a kid growing up confused in the 50s. Since we are near in age, it was a bit weird for me to read. I went through little or no angst growing up other than a sensitivity to an eye condition which caused teasing, and I guess it still impacts my self confidence.
Jeanne Barrack, author, Bend in the Road