Saturday means it’s time for Rainbow Snippets, the meme where readers and writers share six lines from a piece of LGBTQ+ fiction. This weekend, I’m sharing from “When The Big Moon Shines” by Carl Redlum in Myths, Moons, and Mayhem, a paranormal anthology of male ménage a trois that I edited that came out last month. It’s the story of Henry, a college student intent on hunting down the man who turned him into a werewolf. The gay couple next door seem like they might be able to help—or maybe they’re trying to get in the way.
It’s a story that starts out as bleak and lonely, but as the tale progresses, threads of hope and light begin to weave into the narrative. Henry’s journey pulled me in.
These six sentences open “When The Big Moon Shines”:
Henry frowned at the four bare walls of his new bedroom. Two were the solid stone of the foundation; the other two sported new chain link against bare drywall. His father hadn’t even bothered to paint. Daylight streamed through a tiny slit of a window. But during those terrible nights, he might be able to wiggle through it. They’d better block it up before he could try.
Carl Redlum was born and raised in Oregon where he spent his childhood chasing deer and getting lost in the woods. He entered the world of publishing backwards by working for years as a typesetter before selling his first story.
Have a great weekend, and happy reading!
About Rainbow Snippets
Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook group and meme for sharing excerpts from your own or others’ stories about queer/LGBTQIA characters. The goal is to share six or so lines—one for each stripe on the rainbow flag. (Most rainbow flags have six stripes, but there are variations with up to nine, so participants have some leeway with the exact number.)