Queer and/or Poly Paranormal Romance Reccomendations

So I made a twitter call for some reading material recommendations and I decided to compile a list here so I didn’t lose any. Keep in mind I have read none of these yet so these don’t constitute recs I’m making but a resource list. Most descriptions included are those I received. Also I’m only including the recommendations that center queer folks & their relationships, there were a few suggestions that were of series that had queer characters but the focus was not on a queer MC or queer relationship. Some sounded great but I’ve left them off this list.

Dark Ink Tattoo Series by Cassie Alexander
Bisexual female-identified protagonist
(I have read Cassie’s other series the Edie Spence novels and enjoyed those.)

Good Enough To Eat (the Vampire Diet Series Book #1) by Alison Grey & Jae
lesbian vampire romcom

To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon
m/m romance murder mystery with a trans lead

Poison Kiss (Earthside Book 1) by Ana Mardoll
m/f/f poly triad with faeries and past trauma (really can’t wait to read this one!)

The Kate Kane Series by Alexis Hall
f/f paranormal investigator series set in London (also can’t wait to read these!)

The Charm of Magpies series by KJ Charles
m/m paranormal romance (super excited because #1 I love alt-history & #2 there are POC in this series! I love historical fiction but the lack or problematic representation of POC always bothers me)

The Whybourne and Griffin series by Jordan L Hawk
another m/m paranormal romance alt-history and this one is several books deep

The Better To Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood
f/f romance with a werewolf online RPG (and potentially real werewolves, maybe?)

Spellbound by Marcus Atley
m/m (incubus & elf to be exact) second world detective novel

The Tooth & Claw series by L.A. Witt
m/m/m (werewolf/vampire/vampire) paranormal romance

Rule of Three  by Lore Graham
m/m/m I read this one a while back and remember enjoying it.

The Dance with the Devil series by Megan Derr
various m/m and poly pairings. Have read Derr before and really liked it.

Los Nefilim by T. Frohock
m/m romance and war between angels and daimons in 1931 Spain (yeeeeesss!)

Sharing a Pond by Alex Whitehall
m/m/m with trans character and FROG SHIFTERS! (I am extremely tickled by this despite the fact that I hate most nature)

The Possession of Eugene Lawrence Davis by E.E. Ottoman
m/m romance with demon possession

Scale-Bright by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
queer relationships with gods and magic in Hong Kong

Graphic Novels

The Other Side: An Anthology of Queer Paranormal Romance
(I really wish there was a wholesale option for this because I’d love to bring it into the bookstore I work at)

Short Stories

The Psychometry of Snow by Nathan Burgoine
m/m romance with psychicness

Further Arguments in Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman by Rebecca Fraimow
trans m/f romance with werewolves

The Cage by A.M. Dellamonica
Lesbians and werewolves! This short I have read before and I love it.

Thank you to @effies, @ShiraGlassman, @neverwhere, @charlieinabook, @gowritealready, @meganaderr, @dylanNDREdwards, @asymbina for the recommendations!

Classic SF Film: Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames

Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames is the classic science fiction film you might have never seen. The amazing socio-political science fiction film you’ve been waiting for? Was made in 1983.


Live in that photography, cause it is everything.

I was made aware of Born in Flames years ago in a Lesbian/Queer Representation in Media class. It’s a mockumentary but I hate that term for films like this, mockumentary implies comedy and films like Born in Flames and Watermelon Woman may have funny parts but they are not comedies. There’s probably a term for a film that uses the documentary style not for mockery I’ve yet to learn.

The movie starts with a science-fictional (and really the only bit of science fiction in the film but a very important bit) premise – we are ten years past a socialist-democrat revolution and everything is equal. Except not really. Misogyny is still tolerated, as is racism and classism and all the other -isms. The revolution is slowly becoming like the old regime and serving some citizens more than others. Then things begin to get even worse.


Honey (Honey), Isabel (Adele Bertei) & Zella Wylie (Flo Kennedy)

The film refuses to be summarized simply, it has documentary portions and portions that are much more like narrative film. There is no main protagonist, there are instead many different women who share their positions. There are the two different radical underground radio stations – Radio Ragazza & Phoenix Radio – run by Isabel & Honey respectively who share some ideals but have very different focuses and perspectives. Then there’s Adelaide Norris and the other leaders of The Women’s Army and the three white women who run the Socialist Review (one played by a very young Kathryn Bigelow) and the older activist Zella Wylie (played by actual activist Flo Kennedy). All of them sharing their experiences and opinions of the state of the the new socialist-democratic republic. As the cracks begin to widen, we see them take different positions and different actions in reaction. Many storylines parallel journeys of actual civil rights leaders in the 50s, 60s & 70s. In many ways the protagonist of the film? Is the collective women as a force. Men are negligible in this film, the only ones who really appear are on the side of evil (read the interview link down below for more info on why Lizzie Borden did this, also on how there was actually very little script.)

Like any good documentary many points of views are represented and  you as the viewer are allowed to interpret and understand along with the characters. I also hesitate about not calling this a real documentary, because though the story may be untrue the emotions and factions and beliefs are not. The divisions in feminism that Lizzie Borden explores in the film? Are the very divisions we still talk about today. The hypocrisy she calls out in many of the leading figures in the government are still visible in our elected leaders.


1983? Or 2016?

The things The Women’s Army fights for, are not things that are made-up or imaginary goals – an end to misogyny, sexual assault, racism, heterosexism, classism. Lizzie Borden does not leave any of these isms to languish and through the format is able to show us how they interweave and inform each other and how even some activists can be blind to them. The themes and story that Born in Flames tells includes many things we are dealing with today: equal treatment under the law, anti-police brutality, the inequity of the justice system, an end to the biases that have tainted this country for centuries. It will make you sad for the fact that we still deal with these so much and hopeful that such powerful art was being made about it even 33 years ago.

Some enterprising and blessed soul has uploaded the entire film to Youtube. Watch it below. It’s worth it.

In my search for Born in Flames images online I found a few other people writing really smart things about this film. I will say that I have tried my best to avoid spoilers in the above but some of these pieces assume you have already seen the film, proceed at your own risk.


The Feminisms of ‘Born in Flames’  by Heather Brown in BITCH FLICKS

We Still Need the Women’s Army: Form and Politics in Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames by Brent Bellamy in CLEO: A JOURNAL OF FILM AND FEMINISM

And a WONDERFUL interview of the filmmaker Lizzie Borden (yes, that’s her real name) by Betty Sussler in Bomb Magazine in 1983 right after the film’s release.