These are vivid stories exploring the strange terrain of urban legend, sexual obsession and lines crossed. As Rimbaud was to the 1870s - a terrible beauty who remade the literary world - so was D'Allesandro to 1980s San Francisco. An inspiration to many of today's successful gay writers, this is a timely and powerful reissue. "The Wild Creatures" brings together all the stories of Sam D'Allesandro, a young voice whose life tragically ended at 31 during the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1988. This new collection includes all of D'Allesandro's published stories (including those first collected in the out-of-print cult classic The Zombie Pit) as well as unpublished stories found among D'Allesandro's papers years after his death by his editor, the poet and novelist Kevin Killian, who worked with the literary estate to create this extended edition of his writing. D'Allesandro wrote especially well about the body and its pleasures, not only about the extreme heights of sex pleasure and drug incapacity, but ordinary moments of anxiety and even boredom.
Out of all the writers whose lives were cut short by AIDS, Sam D'Allesandro was one of the most talented making his loss particularly perplexing and sad. "The Wild Creatures" explores a strange terrain of urban legend, the power of sexual obsession and the thin line where the too-cool becomes the too-hot. Sam D'Allesandro's focused, vivid writing is the stuff of legend: writing so powerful it drags the reader in by the neck.
"Sam D'Allesandro's voice is beguilingly intimate, but never gossipy or confessional. His thoughts glimmer with a lucid, unsentimental intelligence and freshness. This is what queer literature looks like freed from pretension and banality." - Alvin Orloff "Even before his death D'Allesandro had attained icon status, and now, years later, the work still holds up - its purity and its power stun, like jewels in a tomb." - Dodie Bellamy"
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 2nd March 2006
Publisher: Suspect Thoughts Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9
Weight (kg): 0.16