Announcing “Small Change”, a new ūüĒ• story for Halloween.

Small Change by Adrik Kemp in Strange Shifters

Very pleased with my second foray into the Coming Together world. “Small Change” is a tale of a mysterious, young were¬†who meets an unlikely lover at an underground were bar. Exactly what kind of were he is will need to be seen to be believed but I’ll give you a clue – cute and cuddly.

This story is part of an exceptional anthology, edited by Lynn Townsend. The book collects stories of a wide variety of were-somethings and their erotic adventures. Get your very own copy from Amazon or Smashwords.

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A coming out story for National Coming Out Day

In honour of National Coming Out Day¬†I have decided to share one of the many coming out stories in my repertoire. Because of course, we actually never stop coming out. It becomes easier and more off the cuff as I get older, but I still¬†see that moment of confirmation/realisation when new people are ‘let in on the secret’.

Not much of a secret, I’ve been in a relationship for almost eight years and have been ‘out’¬†much longer (and gay even longer still!) but I suppose a good coming out story to start on (tune in next year for more) is the first one.

I was 14ish and had jigged school to go smoke in a park down the road with a friend. This friend had her suspicions and liked to push homosexually themed books on me to read, and as such I had devoured Maurice and Holding the Man at a very young age.

Invariably, our conversations would lead to sexual orientation and while we sat on the play equipment of a deserted park, I admitted that I was in fact, bisexual. Now, I am not bisexual and I realise the issues with calling this a ‘gateway orientation’ towards becoming gay because it is a very real and perfectly acceptable orientation all on its own, but for me, this admission was a stepping stone.

Sated for the moment, my friend agreed that this was an excellent way to be, I finished my cigarette and then I assume, life went on.

If anyone honours you so by choosing to come out to you, regardless of when, where or how, please listen and support them and love them for being who they are.

Adrik Kemp smoking in high school

Announcing a new story – “Drought” in “The Never Never Land” anthology.

Very pleased to announce that I have a story in the anthology “The Never Never Land” through the wonderful Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild (CSFG) Press. The whole anthology is filled with fantastical, science-fictional and horrific tales inspired by and drawing on Australia for inspiration.

Drought by Adrik Kemp in The Never Never LandMy story, “Drought” is that of a young man who lives on an arid, rural property with his parents and discovers he has the ability to sense and absorb water from almost anything. The destructive path this leads him on is one he nor his family were expecting.

You can order it now through CSFG Press in print, with ebook versions coming soon.

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