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Tales from the Bear Cult: Best Bear Stories from the Best Magazines, Bearotica for Your Inner Goldilocks, with 37 Photographs (Paperback)

By: Mark Hemry


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Hand-picked by a dozen magazine editors from `Bear,` `Classic Bear,` `American Bear,` `American Grizzly,` `Drummer,` `Men,` `Indulge,` `Hippie Dick,` and `Target` magazines, these 17 short stories light up the world of Bears and Cubs emerging as a species within the diverse gay world. Masculine adventure stories meet men`s love stories. Comedy mixes light erotica with some serious themes. Young Bear Culture counters the Gay Over-Culture where Bears` potential is often circumscribed by their sexuality of the homomasculine kind, because Bears famously explode stereotypes of gay beauty into new archetypes.

These stories show Bears are a fresh new movement in the queer world. Post-plague and post-political-correction, the thousands of men in the Bear Movement demonstrate it`s okay for gay men to be masculine again, celebrating all the primary joys and secondary sex characteristics of beards, hairy bodies, and belly-up-to-the-bar-boys sex. The 18 pages of new G-rated photographs by Palm Drive Video reference photographer Chris Nelson`s best-selling coffee-table photo book, `The Bear Cult` with its introduction by famed British cultural critic, Edward Lucie-Smith.

Credentials out-the-wahzoo of the 11 featured authors are: Jack Fritscher, editor emeritus of `Drummer,` with more than 4,000 pages in print including the new 2001 `Bear Book II,` Haworth Press; Simon Sheppard, best-selling editor of `Rough Stuff,` Alyson Publications; Ron Suresha, editor of the nonfiction book, `Bears on Bears` 2001, Alyson; Charles Eldridge, frequent contributor to `American Bear` magazine; Bob Vickery, frequent contributor to Brush Creek Media/`Bear` magazine; as well as Jay Neal, `A Returning Appetite`; Mike White, `Stormy Weather`; Kerry Bashford, `Bodily Fluids`; George Madison, `Hippie Hitchhiker`; and Bob Condron whose stories, written in Berlin, appear in `Bar Stories,` Alyson, and `Chasing Danny Boy,` Palm Drive.



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