In the journalistic heyday of Victorian-era fiction, the serial was a place to feast on the literary prowess of the writers and cultural denizens of their time — a place to bear witness to a writer’s creative process in episodic instalments, from Charles Dickens in The Pickwick Papers to Harriet Beecher Stowe in The National Era.
Over at Ace Hotel‘s Blog Naked Boys Reading curates monthly short serialised fiction by some of their favourite queer authors.
“Short Serials” began in March 2019.
SERIES 1: SEASON BUTLER
Season Butler is a writer, artist and dramaturg, based between London and Berlin. She is interested in the opportunities and traps of hindsight and hope, coming-of-age into unprecedented change and what it means to look forward to an increasingly wily future.
Her recent art work has appeared in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Latvian National Museum of Art, Barbican Centre and Tate Exchange.
Her debut novel, Cygnet, is out now from Dialogue Books in the UK and Harper Collins in the US.
Part 1: “AM” – The day begins for Gwendolyn MacArthur.
Part 2: “Broad Daylight – Gwendolyn receives a seemingly urgent phone call.
Part 3: “Between three and four” – Getting home in the wee hours, Gwendolyn is not alone.
SERIES 2: JOHANNA LINSLEY
Forthcoming June 2019-Aug 2019