Hi all! I’m Charlie David and I’m happy to stop by here on the Dreamspinner blog. I’m excited to share that my book Shadowlands was recently released as the Shadowlands TV miniseries. Whether you like to read a book and then watch a show or the other way round, I’d like to invite you into my world and explore Shadowlands.
We’re at an exciting time when it’s still rare for a book in the M/M genre to be made into a film or TV series. While Shadowlands isn’t traditional romance it does explore love in three thematically connected stories – a couple renegotiating a relationship, a narcissist grasping to comprehend love, and star-crossed lovers mourning its loss.
There are story connections between the three episodes of Shadowlands. You can read about them here.
I’d like to share a short story from the Shadowlands collection with you. This one is titled Witch’s Brew.
Leather and Lace
A spit in the face
An insult, a boot
Hook-ups a hoot
HE CLUB WAS TIRED THAT NIGHT AND SO WERE THE queens. Jonny always felt the place should have been introduced to an undertaker long ago. He sat on a cracked pleather stool spewing foam padding and watched a fiftyish CPA mince across the stage in a Dolly get up that would have any true Parton fan praying for his sins.
He leaned into his whiskey coke and onto the sticky black bar top casting yet another hopeful glance around the hopeless joint. But there was nothing. He’d entered a strange no man’s land of the single thirties. He was no longer in the mood for a scrappy and mentally unstable youth and not quite ready to join the newly wed and nearly dead. Fortunately one never knows who might swagger into a watering hole such as this.
And swagger he did. At least six foot two, dark denim hugging in all the right places, and black leather boots with jacket to match. His three-day beard swung right and left in a wolfish prowl as his eyebrows stitched together and cased the joint. A regular James Dean playing the cool card.
Jonny took the last swig of his rye and pushed back his stool as he surveyed the man. He recognized the act exactly for what it was and decided to help the guy out.
“You’re not from around here.”
“This isn’t your kind of place but I could give you a few recommendations.”
“How would you know what I like?” The stranger asked.
“Trust me. Smoke?”
And with that Jonny turned and didn’t look back. He led his new friend outside the club under the eaves. The rain beat the tin in a gentle staccato.
A lucky strike and two Marlboros began to burn slowly.
A few words but mostly stolen glances from under more stitched brows.
Talk is cheap and so in essence…
The stranger isn’t from around here.
This is his first time,
At a place like this.
A specification layered thick with judgment.
And he’s nervous but that’s outweighed by excitement and a healthy dose of randiness. So Jonny takes the lead and exhales a cloud that hangs lazily in the dense wet air. He leans in and smells the stranger. Like one dog on the scent of another.
The stranger turns his T square jaw and meets Jonny’s mouth. Past reason and rationale, he’s determined to try it.
It’s rough, like his beard, tough like the heel of his boot.
And tastes like a rebel without a cause.
In short Jonny is intoxicated.
An alley is more suitable for this type of exchange and so they make a move.
Rain falls. Neither cares. The taste of cigarettes burning short on the tongue and denim 501’s threatening to unbutton themselves hurries them along.
A sole streetlight and they swap postures of prayer.
Jonny doesn’t mind an adventure and his blood boils in a mixture of exhilarated shame as the stranger hurls epithets at him while swinging his bat cockily.
“Suck it homo.”
The irony is not lost on Jonny but he can dish it as well as he can take it.
Why is this self-hatred so erotically satisfying to our little Jonny? A witch’s brew and both Jonny and the stranger are under its spell.
Check out Shadowlands today!
Shadowlands is a collection of short stories exploring the heartfelt, and sometimes heartbreaking passion and pain of gay sexuality. Ancient myths are re-imagined with an exciting queer twist masterfully depicting the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today.
Story genres in this collection include romance, science fiction, fantasy/paranormal, horror, and poetry.
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About Charlie David
Charlie David has been a host for E! Television, NBC, OutTV, LOGO, here! TV, Pink TV, EGO, Fine Living and Slice Networks on such shows as FYE!, SpyTV, Crash Test Mommy and his travel series Bump which shot over 100 episodes around the world and garnered a Hugo Television award. He has appeared as musical guest on VH1, BBC, CBS’s The Early Show, and dozens of radio shows.
In 2005 Out Magazine recognized Charlie in the ‘Out 100’ at their gala in New York. In 2007 the Philadelphia Film Society awarded Charlie with their Rising Star Award. In 2008 the Festival del Sol in Gran Canaria awarded their Best Male Actor Award to Charlie and the male cast of A Four Letter Word. His documentary and scripted films have won several jury and audience awards at festivals around the world. Formerly in a rock band… okay, actually it was a boy band, Charlie opened for Destiny’s Child, Pink, Snoop Dogg, Rick Springfield and Black Eyed Peas.
A love of storytelling led Charlie to start Border2Border Entertainment, a production company whose film and television credits include Shadowlands, Mulligans, Judas Kiss, I’m a Stripper (series), Studlebrity, Balls, Dating Unlocked, PolyLove and Positive Youth. Border2Border Entertainment’s films have been licensed to Showtime, Vice, Super Channel, HBO Canada, MTV/LOGO, Sundance Channel, Discovery Networks, The Movie Network, Movie Central, Hollywood Suite, hereTV, Encore Avenue, and OutTV in North America as well as finding a worldwide audience through international distribution partners.
He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and his current passions include travel, encounters with wildlife, SCUBA diving, mosaic tiling and podcasts. He resides in Toronto and Montréal, Canada when he’s not living out of a suitcase.
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