My novels are like my kids. I’m happy with the way they turned out. Each novel is piece of myself set forth into the world, a reflection of my dreams, a part of my soul. The main perspective is that of a black gay man living with HIV/AIDS. Go figure.
Each novel has been a Lambda Literary Award finalist, something for which I’m very grateful.
When people ask me which book to start with, I tell them: if you really want to know what it’s like being me, go for Walt Loves the Bearcat. It’s full of the most autobiographical nuggets and the novel I’m most proud of.
But I’ll let you decide. Hopefully, you’ll get to know and love all my kids. Wouldn’t that be cool?
How to find Randy Boyd’s books, now available in print and as e-books.
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Walt Loves the Bearcat
A black, gay, UCLA cheerleader copes with the 1980s AIDS crisis by dreaming up a “whole other life” with a white quarterback who becomes the first openly gay, superstar athlete of their time.
An epic, adventure-filled odyssey where serious issues like homophobia, racism and AIDS exist right alongside fantastical characters like Hail Larry, Evil Announcer Guy and the Emergency Wife.
A Lambda Literary Finalist for Best Romance
Bridge Across the Ocean
After testing positive for HIV, a 26-year-old black man escapes to Cancun, Mexico, where he meets two white teenage brothers who idolize him, not knowing he is gay and living with HIV/AIDS.
It’s a friendship that will change all their lives forever.
Based on a true story.
A Lambda Literary Finalist for Best Small Title
Uprising: The Suspense Thriller
Three famous but closeted celebrities join forces to assassinate a homophobic US Senator, while a straight white FBI agent goes undercover, as a gay activist, to stop them.
Which side will you be on?
A two-time Lambda Literary Finalist for Best Mystery and Best Small Press Title.
The Devil Inside: The Suspense Thriller
A black gay businessman must figure out if the new man in his life is a dream lover or date from hell with ties to a sinister plot to demonize all homosexuals.
The mind is a terrible thing to fuck with.
A Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, and a Gaylactic Spectrum Awards nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel.
Also available: short stories in e-book formats.
Hostage: A Short Story
LeRon, a young black man, is fed up with being called a sissy, having HIV/AIDS and rap music. After getting bad news from the doctor, he heads home, grabs his father’s gun and holds his two older brothers hostage in their childhood bedroom.
A standoff ensues as LeRon confronts his brothers (at gunpoint) and tries to hold them accountable for making him a sissy and being afraid of him and his virus. And rap music.
Originally published in the 1991 Alyson Publications anthology, “Certain Voices.”
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Ovulation Night: A Short Story
One night to conceive a child. How hard could it be?
For Bradley, who’s gay, and Quasar, who’s lesbian, the prospect becomes more than they bargained for when their lovers’ jealousies and hijinks get in the way.
Can two gays and two lesbians make one baby? It all comes down to who will survive “the battle of the sex” on Ovulation Night.
Revised from a previous version that appeared in the 1998 Sister Vision Press anthology, Ma-Ka Diasporic Juks: Contemporary Writing by Queers of African Descent.
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The Essential Randy Boyd, Volume 1
After four novels, over 500 blogposts and plenty of pieces published elsewhere, the author asked himself: “What if someone only had the opportunity to read a sampling of my writing? Which of my works best define me and my experience?”
Now, in one collection, revisit some of the five-time Lambda Literary Award finalist’s most essential writings, featuring 10 stories, essays, blogposts and book excerpts from the black, gay, HIV-positive author.
Available as an ebook for .99 cents.