Wilde Oats is an online literary magazine. It celebrates gay and bisexual fiction. It embraces the joys and agonies of life for gay and bisexual men, from hard gritty realism to wild flights of romantic fantasy.

Wilde Oats has gone through some big changes in recent months: we have moved to a new server and changed our appearance. The journal is published three times a year - in April, August and December. Between issues, you can find out what's happening, read snippets of new stories, see new artwork, and keep up to date by visiting us here.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Finding The Other Spirit

Finding The Other Spirit is a fascinating tale by Christopher Wagoner.  It fits right in with the theme of issue nine of Wilde Oats, frontiers, but it's a frontier of a different kind.

I glance over to the woman with the steno pad. Her short-cropped, graying hair makes her look rugged. Her face looks like it's seen its fair share of wind and rain. She's wearing green checkered flannel over a light sweater. Maybe she's an outdoor writer, used to how quickly Montana nights can steal your warmth if you aren't prepared. She's no longer scribbling on her pad. Instead she seems to have taken an unusual interest in the man under the cowboy hat.
My eyes skirt over to what seems to have piqued her interest. The man slouches back, his salt and pepper goatee tucked down tight against his adam's apple. The brim of his weathered hat dips to just below his eyebrows, hiding half his face. There's a stub of a Marlboro dangling between a pair of cracked lips. He's wearing one of those duster coats which hangs down the legs of his bar stool.
I can see the calluses of his hands from across the bar. His left thumb flicks the lid off his brass Zippo, igniting it in one smooth, practiced motion. He snaps it shut, killing the flame, only to repeat the motion a few seconds later. Each time the wick flares, the shadow masking his face recedes for a second, just enough to give a tantalizing glimpse. His features are a peculiar mix of Native and European blood.
It's hard to tell from his face alone how old he is. Past the goatee and hint of stubble, his cheeks look creased but not wrinkled. It's the look of constant windburn. He can't be much older than me. Middle thirties at most. I can tell by the glint in his eyes. Focused. Ravenous. Their amber irises flicker within the shadow mask like the flame of the Zippo they pretend to concentrate on.

Source : Wikipedia Commons

Friday, December 23, 2011

Fresh Pencils

Chris Castle has had a few stories in Wilde Oats and its predecessor over the years.  The story in this issue is entitled Fresh Pencils and it's a heartwarming story about ... well read it yourself!  It's not a Christmas story, but it's not inapt to the Christmas spirit either.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Issue 9 is up

With 10 stories; several book and movie reviews; a rant; and an interview with one of our editors.

The marvellous illustration below is by Linda Laaksonen  from a story by Nan Hawthorne called Le Beau Soleil.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Issue Nine of Wilde Oats

Our upcoming issue of Wilde Oats magazine has the theme of Western/Frontier.  We have several great stories in this theme.  We're busy putting the magazine together now, and hope to publish it in early December.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Anel Viz's Kaleidoscope

Anel Viz, a frequent contributor to Wilde Oats,  has just had another book published.  This time it's a collection of short stories called Kaleidoscope.  I haven't read it myself, but here's the publisher's blurb:

In these seven stories, the author explores people’s shifting views of each other, of the images they project, and of themselves.  Individuals fragment, the pieces fall into ever-changing patterns like bright confetti in the base of a kaleidoscope, and our ideas about sexuality color what we see.

Proteus - Dr. Krone puzzles over the real persona of a student whose dress, body language and opinions change from one class to the next.

Roomies - Each of three men who share a condo plays to a different gay stereotype, masking the individual personalities that lie beneath the façade.

Photographic Memories - A witness at a trial for a gay killing harbors some doubts that the accused is the man he saw leave with the victim.

Facing the Music - Two lovers are forced by their church to enter a reconditioning program to cure their homosexuality.

Kevvy - A popular high school student befriends a gay classmate.

Polygon - A man’s fantasies about watching his wife have sex with a woman lead to suspicions about her sexual orientation and that of his best friend.

Since the Reunion - “Spouses and significant others welcome.” How many will attend? How have they changed over the past 25 years?

Anel Viz's Wilde Oats home page can be accessed here, and we also have reviews of his novels too:

The House in Birdgate Alley
City of Lovely Brothers
P'tit Cadeau
The Memoirs of Colonel Gérard Vreilhac

You can read Anel's blog here.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Chevy Chase

In this story by James Silvestri, a young surburban outsider struggles to navigate his way through love, lust and the cruel realities of life.

I meet up with Billy at a motel 'cause it’s Sunday. Billy’s older than my grandpa and he looks it and I gotta admit sometimes he smells it too. I think he knows that 'cause he usually wears lots of cologne. He always makes sad comments that he’s so old and I always tell him that he’s wrong 'cause he’s real sensitive about his age. He’s real sensitive about lots of stuff. He sometimes gets all quiet and then his eyes look like my dad’s sometimes do when they’re watching my mom on the phone with Bonnie at QVC. Billy likes to warn me that the world’s a sad, stupid place and I act like he’s telling me something I don’t already know because it makes him happy when he’s teaching me stuff. He has a son and daughter and a wife that are always around him but they don’t get him 'cause he can’t be honest with them. And his whole life is a lie. I made up that last part, he never said that, but it’s true.

You can read this story here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Issue 8 is now up

It's uploaded!  And ready to read.  Eight stories, an excerpt from Rick R Reed's novel Tricks, an interview with Rick, and much much more.

Wilde Oats is the premier gay-shaded e-zine around, with fiction, rants, interviews with gay-shaded authors, and book and film reviews.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Back Home by R J Scott

One of our editors, Stan Ridge, reviews this novel in the upcoming issue of Wilde Oats (up tomorrow -- we're just waiting on a couple of author and artist bios.)

Meanwhile, I think the guy in the cover of the book is startlingly beaut.

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Wolf

My story The Wolf has been lucky enough to acquire TWO illustrators.  Quel embarras de richesse!

Here's one of the illustrations, by Tricia Danby.

Uploading proceeding apace!!!

The Squires

I'm busy putting the final touches to the next issue of Wilde Oats -- hurray!

This illo is for Nan Hawthorne's tale The Squires, just to give you a foretaste of the pleasures which await you when the issue is up.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Issue 8

Stories, reviews and rants!  As usual, enough to keep you entertained and happy for hours.  I'm bust converting texts to HTML and will sstart uploading them in a couple of days.  There's always more to do than I thought, and it always takes longer.

We'll keep you posted.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Issue Seven Up!

As always, the readers of this blog get advance notice that the latest issue of Wilde Oats is uploaded.

Eight new stories; the conclusion of a the serial Clockworld, and the start of a new serial; rants and reviews; and an interview with the celebrated Tanya Huff.

You can read it here.

Enjoy!  (And let us know, on this blog, if you find any errors!)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tanya Huff

We have an interview with the celebrated Tanya Huff in the upcoming issue.  For those who don't know, she is the author of a range of books from the SF, fantasy and horror genres, and is consistently gay-friendly in all her work.

We will have a new review of one of her novels too.

All the HTML conversion and uploading of the latest issue is done -- now we're just checking links and for typos, so you should be able to see it very soon!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Issue Seven underway

We have some truly excellent fiction for you for the next issue of Wilde Oats.   We're busy uploading the fiction and putting together the zine right now.

We'll keep you informed.  The next issue is scheduled to be released in early April. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wilde Oats non-fiction pieces

Though Wilde Oats was primarily intended as a e-zine where you can read (or submit!) great m2m/gay/slash fiction, we have from the beginning also had opinion pieces, interviews, book and film reviews and news about upcoming books and films.

You can read our non-fiction pieces here.

There's an interesting interview with Dorien Grey, the renowned author of several gay PI serials.