Finally after lots of hard work, editing, revision, and formatting, the final copy of book one of “The Gay Guy’s Guide to Werewolves and Other Man Beasts” is available for purchase online at my online bookstore: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/melmystery
It should be available online at major booksellers such as Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc. within the next 6-8 weeks. I encourage folks to buy directly from my online store as I will get a better profit back from direct sales.
I will be hosting an official book launch party near the full moon in July. By then it should be available at these major book retailers.
What are the ancient mythical and real world connections between homosexuality, shapeshifting, and shamanism?
This is a book about werewolves and other shapeshifters written from the perspective of a gay, Pagan male. This first book in an anticipated trilogy of gay werewolf books starts with an overview of werewolf lore and then traces the histories, folklore, and mythologies of werewolves and shapeshifters through a number of cultures. Wherever possible links between werewolves and homosexuality are made.
Themes include: gender variant gods, goddesses, and heroes with wolf / werewolf associations; homosexual initiations and shapeshifting practices among ancient all-male warrior bands; gender-shifting among shapeshifters; shamans who changed both shape and gender, including many who were gender variant to begin with; animal-human hybrids; and gay and bi positive cultures with stories of werewolves and shapeshifting.
While most of the book focuses on male werewolves, information related to lesbian and transgender folks are scattered throughout the book. Additionally, there are chapters devoted to she-wolves and gender-shifting. Since an entire segment of the gay male population identifies with “bears,” a section on were-bears and ancient bear worship is included. There’s a section on Christian werewolves too. To round things out there’s a chapter on other types of were-beasts and human-animal hybrid creatures.
Future books in the trilogy will include information on wolves and werewolves in real life and as totem animals; werewolves as a metaphor for homosexuality and as archetypes for modern LGBT folks; LGBT werewolves in popular culture; modern manifestations of werewolves and shapeshifting; how to create your own wolf pack; and holidays and rituals for the modern werewolf.
I just want to give a shout out about two upcoming men’s gatherings on two totally separate corners of the U.S.
Spirituality Community Camp
I just found out about Spirituality Community Camp to be held May 27-30, 2016 (Memorial Day Weekend) at Camp Round Meadow, Angelus Oaks, CA. This is a first time event hosted by CalComMen (California Community of Men). They’re advertising the possibility of 100 men. That’s awesome! The theme is “From Your Head to Your Heart.” It’s a chance to deepen your spiritual path in a community of Pagan men. The price is one flat fee of $175 that include three nights and four days and a meal plan, among other offerings
To find out more, visit: http://www.calcommen.com/#!get_involved/c1yzj
Midsummer Men’s Retreat
This one is being held by my local Pagan Men’s group and I’m involved in the planning and will be hosting a workshop. The Midsummer Men’s Retreat is being held the weekend of June 3-5, 2016 at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This is a smaller focused retreat and the main day of workshops will be June 4. We’re expecting somewhere between a dozen and 20 attendees. The theme of the event involves the Fey, nature spirits, thresholds, and liminal space. Early-bird pre-registration prices have ended, but we’re still accepting pre-pays and at-the-gate registrations. Meals are included in the cost. Registrations for tent spaces on our campsite has ended, but folks can still get campsites directly from the park or make other overnight accommodations as needed. At the gate costs are: $15 for Friday, $50 for Saturday, and $10 for Sunday.
To find out more, visit: http://norfolkbrotherhood.orderofthestonecircle.org/mensretreat.htm