January 3rd, 2013

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Forrest Reid (June 24, 1875 - January 4, 1947)

Forrest Reid (b. 24 June 1875, Belfast, Ireland; d. 4 January 1947, Warrenpoint, County Down) was an Irish novelist, literary critic and translator. He was, along with Hugh Walpole and J.M. Barrie, a leading pre-war British novelist of boyhood. He is still acclaimed as the greatest of Ulster novelists and was recognised with the award of the 1944 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Young Tom.

Born in Belfast, he was the youngest son of a Protestant family of twelve, six of whom survived. His mother, his father's second wife, came from an aristocratic Shropshire family. Although proud of this ancestry, he found the strict Protestant ethics of his immediate family constricting. Reid was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, after which he was initially apprenticed into the Belfast tea-trade before going to Christ's College, Cambridge, where he read medieval and modern languages, and was influenced by the novelist E. M. Forster. Despite this he described his Cambridge experience as 'a rather blank interlude' in life. Graduating in 1908, he returned to Belfast to pursue a writing career; his first book, The Kingdom of Twilight, had been published in 1904. After graduation Forster continued to visit Reid, who was then settled back in Belfast. In 1952 Forster travelled to Belfast to unveil a plaque commemorating Forrest Reid's life (at 13 Ormiston Crescent).

As well as his fiction, Reid also translated poems from the Greek Anthology (Greek Authors (Faber, 1943)). His study of the work of W.B. Yeats (W.B. Yeats: A Critical Study (1915)) has been acclaimed as one of the best critical studies of that poet. He also wrote the definitive work on the English woodcut artists of the 1860s (Illustrators of the Sixties); his collection of original illustrations from that time are housed in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forrest_Reid

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Queers in History: Dame Judith Anderson (February 10, 1897 – January 3, 1992)

Dame Judith Anderson was a distinguished leading actress of the British stage, appearing as Lavinia Mannon in Mourning Becomes Electra, Gertrude to John GIELGUD’s Hamlet, and Lady Macbeth in 1937 and 1941.

Anderson appeared in many feature films, often as a dark, wicked character, such as the dyke-like Mrs. Danvers in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca. Her other films include Lady Scarface, Kings Row with Ronald Reagan, Laura with Clifton WEBB, Salom, The Ten Commandments, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cinderfella, and Star Trek III.

Though she lived quietly in Santa Barbara, it was no secret in Hollywood that Anderson was a lesbian. After she played Big Mama in the film version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof she said, "Tennessee Williams informed me that all his gentlemen friends were convinced it was a stretch for me to play a heterosexual."

Anderson was married twice and declared that "neither experience was a jolly holiday": to Benjamin Harrison Lehmann (1889–1977), an English professor at the University of California at Berkeley; they wed in 1937 and divorced in August 1939. By this marriage she had a stepson, Benjamin Harrison Lehmann Jr. (born 1918); and to Luther Greene (1909–1987), a theatrical producer; they were married in July 1946 and divorced in 1951.

Anderson loved Santa Barbara, California and spent much of her life there, dying of pneumonia in 1992. She was a friend of poet Robinson Jeffers, who wrote the adaptation of Medea which she starred in, and she was a frequent visitor to his home "Tor House" in Carmel, California.

Stern, Keith. Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals. Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

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P&E Poll

The P&E poll is still on (until January 14): http://www.critters.org/predpoll/reviewsite.shtml (hint, hint, you are still in time to vote!)

Announcing the 2012 Preditors & Editors Annual Readers Poll!

Howdy, your P&E Poll Votemaster here, Andrew Burt. Since you're a voter in a prior year's P&E Readers Poll, I just wanted to let you know this year's poll is underway! It's at


as usual.

We've added Steampunk categories this year, both Novel and Short Story. That's in addition to our over 30 other categories honoring all genres and all aspects of writing and publishing.

As in past years, every voter is registered in a drawing for gifts from our sponsors.

So please come share with us what great works you've read this year, what authors, publishers, editors, artists and the like you feel are worth recognition!

With best wishes for the holidays,

--Andrew Burt, P&E Readers Poll Votemaster

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The Men Next Door (2012) directed by Rob Williams

Falling in love with the boy next door? That's a dream come true. Falling in love with his father, too? That's just awkward.

Director: Rob Williams

Writer: Rob Williams

Stars: Eric Dean, Michael Nicklin and Benjamin Lutz

Genres: Comedy

Storyline: Writer/director Rob Williams (Make The Yuletide Gay, Role/Play) returns with a new romantic comedy about finding love a little too close to home. As he reluctantly celebrates his 40th birthday, Doug (Eric Dean, star of Arizona Sky and Nine Lives) finds himself falling for two very different but equally lovable men - Jacob, a secure 50-year-old (Michael Nicklin) who came out later in life, and Colton, an adventurous 30-year-old (Benjamin Lutz, star of The Love Patient and Bite Marks) who literally is the boy next door. What Doug doesn't know right away is that the two men are, in fact, father and son! How long can Doug juggle both relationships before everyone finds out the truth?

@Amazon: The Men Next Door (2012)

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Cast (in credits order)
Eric Dean ... Doug
Michael Nicklin ... Jacob
Benjamin Lutz ... Colton
Heidi Rhodes ... Evelyn
Mark Cirillo ... Woody
Christopher Schram ... Philip
Devon Michael Jones ... Derek
Rachel Alig ... Bambi
Ronnie Kroell ... Darren
David Alanson ... Will
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Doug & Jacob


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Coming Soon: The Doctor's Wife directed by Jonathan Duffy

A gay Doctor takes his partner to live in a small country town in rural Australia. The pair are nervous about the journey ahead and decide to film their experience.

The film began production in September 2008 when Dr Vincent Cornelisse decided to leave Brisbane and move to country Queensland in order to further his career. However, Vincent wouldn't do this without his partner, Jonathan Duffy.

Neither of the two had ever lived in a country town and were excited about the scene change but nervous about how they would be received.

A friend jokingly suggested that Jonathan should film their experience in case they were murdered. Jonathan decided to do this, not because he thought they would be in danger, because he believed that it was going to be a positive and enlightening journey.
The Doctor's Wife explores their journey through Jonathan's eyes and asks the question, "Would their experience be the same if Vincent wasn't the town Doctor?"

Official Selection Tropical Alternatives FIlm Festival 2011.
Official Selection Hollywood Fringe Festival [Film] 2011.
Official Selection Bent Fest Canberra 2011.
Official Selection Pride Queer Film Festival Perth 2011.
Official Selection Oregon Queer Film Festival 2012
Official Selection Mardi Gras Film Festival Sydney 2012
Recipient of the Rev. Ivor Holman's Memorial Keystone Award, Gay and Lesbian Welfare Association 2011.
Winner Award of Excellence in Filmmaking, Canada International Film Festival 2012.

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