Rainbow Snippets goes to RoM/Mantic Reads for “Billy Gonzalez and the Day of the Dead,” by Jeff Baker, November 5, 2022.

Every week we post six lines from a work of ours, a work-in-progress or published or a recommendation of someone else’s work with at least one LGBT character. Posted at Rainbow Snippets here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/963484217054974

As we’ve just passed The Day of the Dead, here’s a story about the celebration (or about a college fundraiser using it as a theme!) And it gives me the chance to do some promo for the new “RoM/Mantic Reads” e-zine to which I am a regular contributor. https://rommanticreads.wordpress.com/2022/10/22/jeff-baker-billy-gonzalez-and-the-day-of-the-dead/ It’s the latest of my stories about bisexual (like me!) Billy Gonzalez and his knack for stumbling into the supernatural and the strange.

Schuyler Rowley was with the school’s Alumni Association and I’d kind of crushed on him during our largely-closeted school days and we’d gone out a couple of times in the five years since. But now he was standing in front of me in a skeleton costume. And he had another costume for me, complete with full-head skull mask.

“It’ll be fun,” Schuyler said. “We dance around in the Quad during the party and we can do some partying afterwards. It’s for the Scholarship fund, remember?”

Okay, okay. Here’s the rest of the scene.

“And we can go out later…” Schuyler said.

“Yeah, yeah, hand me the skull,” I said, feeling like Don Juan in that play about Hell.

The Quad, the big patio between the Library and the Gym was lit by electric lights and flickering torches, but I guessed those were just to keep the bugs away. Grinning alumni were seated at tables with skull centerpieces. The menu included candy skulls and a lot of Tex-Mex and a band playing on a makeshift stage. Skull decorations everywhere.

Well, that’s it for this week! Pleasant dreams, everyone! ——jeff

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8 Responses to Rainbow Snippets goes to RoM/Mantic Reads for “Billy Gonzalez and the Day of the Dead,” by Jeff Baker, November 5, 2022.

  1. I never thought about it , but bug zappers would probably make good Halloween decorations.

  2. A great lead-in for the forthcoming adventure. Tweeted.

  3. LOL! Now we just need Night on Bald Mountain or Danse Macabre for them to dance to. 🙂

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