Tom and Trebor: Rimming, a Horse and a Faun


Last night, was one of the moments when, as I would say, I feel like a real person, or more accurately, a real human being:  Having more than enough money to pay bills and treat myself to dinner, going out on a date that is wonderful (in other words, that is purely perfect), and attending a cultural event.

Last night, I had the honor of attending a book reading event at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers on West 82nd Street and Broadway in Manhattan, NYC.

I first met Trebor Healey at “Between the Worlds,” a Pagan Festival for Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Men.  It was in 2011 and I had the honor of participating in a workshop he led there.  I had known about him for years, as I have had his book, Sweet Son of Pan, for years.  This book is a collection of Homo-Erotic poetry that truly honors the Energy and the Power of Pan, Greek God of Wild Fields and Wilder Lust.

However, I want to do the alphabetical order thing, although I have known Trebor Healey longer than Tom Cardamone.

So, Tom Cardamone, author of, among others, Green Thumb: A Novella, Pumpkin Teeth, and editor of The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered (with all these books I want to buy, I may need to offer Readings in exchange for books), read a passage from the middle of his newest book, Pacific Rimming (and, yes, my fellow Gay Men, the title is appropriate!).

Pacific Rimming (Copyright 2013, Chelsea Station Editions, New York, New Y9rk) is set in New York City, during the 1990s.  I recall him mentioning such places as “Caterpillar,” “The Next Bardot” and there was another place that I forgot to write down in my notepad.

Now, I must confess, given that I was there to see and hear Trebor Healey read, I did not originally pay much attention to Tom Cardamone.  Please, do not make the same mistake I did.  He is a very talented author with great Energy, and I look forward to purchasing my own copy of “Pacific Rimming” and given that Mr. Cardamone is based on NYC, I can get my copy autographed!

Now, Trebor Healey read from both of his newest books, A Horse Named Sorrow” and “Faun.”

A Horse Named Sorrow (Copyright 2012, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin) is set in San Francisco during the 1980s and 1990s.  It is the story of Seamus Blake and his love affair with Jimmy.  Along the course of their relationship, Jimmy dies of aids-related illness and he asks Seamus to take him back the way he came (Jimmy is from Buffalo, New York).

As a result, one journey ends for both of them, and another begins.

Trebor also read from Faun (Copyright 2012, Lethe Press, Maple Shade, New Jersey).  In this novel, Gilberto Rubio who lives in California and is Mexican-American.  One morning, he wakes up and finds puberty in full swing and out of control.  He finds that his legs are becoming shaggy (or, perhaps staggy), and there are horns growing out of his scalp, not to mention that he can no longer sit comfortably in a chair (but couches yes) because of a tail growing out of his backside.

He soon discovers that he is becoming a Faun those Mythical Beings that are younger Satyrs, the Sons of Pan.

And yes, I began reading this book last night, too.

After both Tom and Trebor read from their respective books, there was an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

Now, with my Sun-Sign in Capricorn and typical Rising-Sign Leo, I tend to be first in these kinds of situations.  but then, as I mentioned later in the evening, there was an article in USA Today several years ago that more people are afraid of speaking in public than of death.

Really, people?  You are more comfortable with being hit by a bus than opening your mouth in public?

Anyway, so I was in the front row (where the all the action is) and I raised my hand; Tom pointed his microphone at me and I immediately thought, “Really?  No one else raised his or her hand?”

Well, I began by saying to Tom that I know how he received Inspiration for Pacific Rimming, but I asked Trebor how he received Inspiration for Faun.  Now, I had a pretty good idea, but I do not believe in assuming nothing.  He said that he had always been fascinated by Mythology.

Trebor also mentioned that he began writing A Horse Named Sorrow about fifteen years ago, but wrote Faun about (and correct me if I AM wrong, Trebor) two years ago, but he began fixing up both last year.  Also, in spite of how different bot of his novels are, he is very OK with both being published at the same time.

There were other questions asked, but I AM having difficulty reading my notes.  And I do not want to write anything that is not correct.

Now, leave it to the Astrologer and Witch that I AM to make other connections between Tom and Trebor.  First, according to Tom’s Facebook page, his Birthday is October 18, which makes him a Libra on the Cusp of Scorpio.  Trebor’s Birthday is May 1 (I know, and he is Irish, too).  Friday is the Day of Venus, which rules both Libra and Taurus and the Moon was Waxing in Taurus last night.

Also, there was something that Trebor had shared.  He had received a copy of Pacific Rimming, as a blind submission.  He had no idea who had written it, but when they first met, Tom had asked Trebor to write a blurb about it, and when he read the book, he was like, “Hey!  I’ve read this book!”

This, ladies and gentlemen, was one of the highlights of my night.

For those of you that were there, last night,  I hope you enjoy this blog post.  For those of you that were in the area, available and did not go, oh, well.  As a feisty part of my persona would say, “DEAL WITH IT, BITCHES!”

As a Gay Man, this event was a great Re-Minder to spend time reading Queer books.  It is no coincidence that Faun is published by Lethe Press, which I learned earlier is named for the Greek River of Memory and forgetfulness (and pronounced LEE-thee).  And another connection to the Greek Pantheon.  As I AM inclined to say, “Why am I not surprised?”

To all my fellow Gay Men (and the non-Gays who love and adore us), I highly recommend these authors works and yes, do purchase Pacific Rimming, by Tom Cardamone as well as A Horse Named Sorrow and Faun, both by Trebor Healey.  And feel free to check out their others books, too.

Oh, and feel free to check out Tom Cardamone’s Web site, http://www.pumpkinteeth.net.

And you can also check out Trebor Healey’s Web site, http://www.treborhealey.com, as well as (and no hating!), http://horsefaun.blogspot.com.

Finally, let me acknowledge my newest blog followers (there are a few of them, and I AM hungry, but I digress).  They are: “J J Gonzalez” and “Reality Swipe.”  May both of you and yours receive many Blessings of Divine Love, Divine Light, Divine Prosperity and Divine Peace from following my blogs.

And for those of you that are already following and reading my blog, may you and yours continue to receive Divine Protection from false information, false friends and unholy madness and unnecessary chaos.

Thank you for honoring who I AM and what I do.283413_10151306557786126_3576161_n188397_10151306564546126_1745905679_nLethe_Faun_epresssmall2_sonofpan576672_10151524734355839_100973163_n

12 comments on “Tom and Trebor: Rimming, a Horse and a Faun

    • Steve, thank you for your comment.

      As I stated in my blog post, I was more interested in seeing Trebor Healey, especially since the last time I saw him (as well as the first time I met him) was in September, 2011.

      Also, since I AM Cuban, I want to return to Philadelphia during this year’s “Equality Forum,” especially since Cuba is the featured nation. I rechecked the dates, and it is from Thursday, May 2, through Sunday, May 5, 2013. I thought it ended on the 10th, but I AM going to do my best to go on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

      And you and I have probably met in the past, but the next time I go to Giovanni’s Room, I shall make certain to ask for you.

      I have a few other books published by Lethe Press, so I AM looking forward to purchasing more.

      Thanks, again, for the comment, Steve, and have a great day!

    • Hello, Steve. Thank you for the comment.

      As I stated in my post, I came to see Trebor Healey, but was happy that Tom Cardamone was there, too.

      Also, since I AM Cuban, I AM looking forward to FINALLY returning to Philadelphia during the Equality Forum, since Cuba is the featured country this year.

      Every time I go to Center City, I always go to Giovanni’s Room. The next time I do, I shall happily introduce myself to you, but I have no doubt that you have seen me in the store at least once. I look different now: shaved head, shaved face and about thirty pounds lighter.

      Be well, and thanks for all you do.

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