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If like me, you want to find some slash novels to read while you wait for your next fanfic fix, a few answers are in here:

The links take you to the books' details at amazon or publisher's/author's sites so you can read synopsis, reviews etc. Last update September 10 2009. New means new to my list, not necessarily a new book :)


Rachel Haimowitz
Fantasy, paranormal and contemporay male/male romances and erotica

Clare London
M/M romance and erotica

Josh Lanyon
Adventure, mystery, drama male/male romance and erotica

JM Snyder
Gay erotic romance

Historical male/male romance

Lee Rowan
Historical male/male romance

Alex Beecroft
Historical male/male romance mostly

Sedonia Guillone erotic romance writer, mostly male/male set in Japan and Thailand.

Emily Veinglory erotic romance writer, male/male with a dark/fantasy or paranormal twist.

Mel Keegan male/male romance and erotica, various genres from historical to fantasy and sci-fi.

L. E. Bryce male/male erotic romance writer, mostly set in fantasy worlds.

Ally Blue male.male erotic romance writer, paranormal mostly.


NEW! The Steel Remains
Richard Morgan
He mostly writes sci-fi. I haven't read any of those, but The Steel Remains is a fantasy novel with one of the main characters being gay. The f-word was a bit over-used in this one.

False Colours by Alex Beecroft. Male/Male Historical romance set during the time of sail. (not read)

Phoenix Rising by Kimberly Gardner. Modern day male/male romance, exotic dancer and client fall in love. (not read)

NEW! Elfland by Freda Warrington. Modern/urban fantasy. Slashy subtext, but it is mostly het, good book though.

NEW! Soul by Tobsha Learner. Historical, gay/slashy subtext.

NEW! Lover's Knot by Donald Hardy. Gothic male/male romance, ghosts, paranormal. (not read)

The Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
Historical, set during the plague in England in 1348. One of the characters is gay (which I guessed before it was revealed in the book, LOL!) and there was a very slashy scene involving a whip and comfort afterwards ;)

An Agreement Among Gentlemen by Chris Own male/male historical romance.

A Discreet Young Gentleman by M. J. Pearson male/male bodice ripper (ignore the cover, it's a great book, LOL!)

The Price of Temptation by M. J. Pearson another male/male bodice ripper, I wish the author had written some more :)

Raised by Wolves: Vol 1 Brethren by W. A. Hoffman Historical slashy pirate
Raised by Wolves: Vol 2 Matelots by W. A. Hoffman
Raised by Wolves: Vol 3 Treasure by W. A. Hoffman

Standish by Erastes. Historical male/male romance.

The Master of Seacliff by Max Pierce gothic male/male romance.

The Colour by Rose Tremain
Historical set during the New Zeland gold rush with some slashy elements.

The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid
Thriller with some slashy elements. Young men are being found dead and mutiliated in the mainly gay area of a small Northern town and pyschologist Tony Hill is brought in to help profile the killer.
Warning for some very graphic desciptions of torture and murder in this one. Not for the faint hearted.

Shadow Dance by Robin Bailey Fantasy novel,
A youth paralysed from birth is cured by a witch, but it comes at a price, he can only walk from sunset to sunrise and if he doesn't dance every night he will lose his ability to walk altogther. Unfortunately, anyone who sees him dancing acts out their darkest desires and he despairs that he will be forever alone. Lots of slashiness in this one, although a lot of it is subtext and implied rather than graphically described. Some gruesome violence in places.

The Nightwatch by Sarah Waters
Femmslash, slash and het in this one, LOL! A book working backwards from 1947 to the beginning of the second world war.

My Fair Captain by JL Langley
Oh, my, this was hot! Adults only, definitely :) No subtext here, LOL! This is like a cross between Star Trek and Jane Austen, I kid you not! Wonderful romp. Set in the future with spaceships technology etc., but with a lot of it taking place on a planet very like the Recency times of Jane Austen and where the young men have to remain pure before marriage. (Some hints of mpreg, but mentioned only.)

Dead to the World by L.E. Bryce
Fantasy. Servant and consort of the Lady of the Waters, a powerful sea goddess, Erred is captured by slave traders during a pilgrimage and borne across the desert to be sold. In the decadent city of Tajhaan, he is trained in the arts of love to become a pleasure slave and eventually a courtesan. But in the claustrophobic world of intrigue and brutality he inhabits, what place is there for hope, faith--or love?

Morningstar by Jade Falconer
ebook by our very own fanfic Jade :) Erotic vampire slash. Support a fanfic author done good, LOL!

Gentlemen and Players by Joanna Harris
I can't say too much about this book without giving it away, but let's just say that there are slashy elements

Affinity by Sarah Waters
Historical Femslash

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Historical femslash

The Tamir Trilogy by Lynn Flewelling, genderbending mainly, but has a couple of gay characters.
The Bone Doll's Twin
Hidden Warrior
The Oracle's Queen

Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry
Autobiographical coming of age tale mostly set at boarding school ;)

White Rose of Night by Mel Keegan, historical gay romance set in the time of Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades.
White Rose of Night

Fortunes of War by Mel Keegan, another historical gay romance set around the time of the Spanish Armada and colonisiation of the New World and includes some pirates too, LOL!
Fortunes of War

The Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling, four books so far in order:

Luck in the Shadows
Stalking Darkness
Traitor's Moon
NEW! Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling

A Son Called Gabriel by Damian McNichol, coming of age tale set in Northern Ireland.
A Son Called Gabriel

The Kushiel trilogy by Jacqueline Carey has some slashy elements and is BDSM, not for the faint hearted. Books are listed in order.
Kushiel's Dart
Kushiel's Chosen
Kushiel's Avatar

Hisorical fiction, King of the Wood by Valerie Anand, I think this one is out of print now but well worth a read if you can find a copy:
King of the Wood

The Shell House by Linda Newberry. Two interwoven tales, one of two lovers, soldiers during WW1 and a modern coming of age tale with a boy who doesn't know what the wants, the boy or the girl?
The Shell House

Adam by Anthony McDonald, another coming of age tale, this time an English boy in rural France. Very well written, but does contain graphic scenes.

The Coming Storm by Paul Russell. All you need to know, it's set in boarding school and one of the students like his teacher more than he ought. :-)
The Coming Storm

Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice (not horror, LOL!)
Set in the world of 17th century castrati, very well written, good characterisation and although some of the love scenes are fairly graphic, they aren't crude, written quite poetically I think. Contains both slash and het.
Cry to Heaven

Wratheu by Storm Constantine, sf, set in the future, more hermaprodite rather than slash but interesting nonetheless.

As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann, historical novel set during the English Civil War, bit of supernatural stuff in there
as well. (It's a while since I've read it so can't remember exactly, LOL!)
As Meat Loves Salt

At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill, historical novel set in Ireland in the early twentieth century, coming of age about two boys and their different backgrounds etc.
At Swim, Two Boys

The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice, suspense novel set in a college town
The Snow Garden

Embrace by Mark Behr
content warnings: chan, bestiality, teacher/student (the student is 13) set in a music school in South Africa.

Light Before Day by Christopher Rice
thriller, content warnings, child abuse (kidde porn ring, but no explicit sexual abuse is shown)
Light Before Day

When Jeff Comes Home by Catherine Atkins, young adult book about a boy who is released by his kidnapper (who has been abuing him during that time) after two years and cannot settle back into normal life.
When Jeff Comes Home

Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin, young adult book where the son of a child molester pretends to be one of the man's victims to get to live with a normal family after his father is killed in a police shoot out.
Counterfeit Son

SECOND CHANCES - bisexual character in a significant role. Literary fiction.
Second Chances by Nina M. Osier

STARSHIP CASTAWAYS - lesbian character in a significant role. SF
Starship Castaways by Nina. M. Oiser

UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY - bisexual protagonist. SF
Unfamiliar Territory by Nin. M. Osier

THE MAD FISHERMAN'S DAUGHTER - lesbian protagonist. SF
The Mad Fisherman's Daughter

The books below I haven't read, but found them on various lists etc. on amazon or they have been rec'd to me :)

Paper Flowers by Kit Fisher

Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite
Vampire slash.

The Herald Mage Series by Mercedes Lackey
Magic's Pawn
Magic's Promise
Magic's Price

Almost like Being in Love by Steve Kluger
Gay general fiction.

An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis Historical fiction, a modern take of the Trojan war where Achille's son was a stripper. :-)
An Arrow's Flight

Pembroke Park by Michelle Martin
Historical Femslash

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Historical Femslash

The Back Passage by James Lear
Erotic slash whodunnit mystery

Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim. Warnings, deals with child abuse, haven't read the book, but the film was fairly graphic.
Mysterious Skin

The World of Normal Boys by K. M. Soehnlein, another coming of age tale, set in the 1970's.
The World of Normal Boys

A Different Sin by Rochelle Hollander Schwab, historical set during the American Civil War with a gay protaganist.
A Different Sin

Frontiers by Michael Jensen, historical set in 18th centure pioneer times.

Please feel free to add any other books you know of in the comments. :-)

Take care,


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Jul. 27th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
oh my god - I love you!!! quite a while ago I put out a plea for slashy novels that weren't pure porn and I only got one response, which was a scifi trilogy. WHOOT!
Jul. 27th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
I know, it's so hard to find them that have at least some semblance of plot or characters isn't it? I read the odd pwp in fanfic, but I much prefer longer stories with build up, it makes the love scenes even better in my opinion. :-)

Oh, just thought of Lynn Flewelling again, it isn't slash per se, more of a gender bending fic, there are three books in all but only two are published yet, The Bone Doll's Twin and Hidden Warrior are the two so far.

They're fantasies and the main character is a royal princess who is under an enchantment so that in fact looks like her dead twin brother as the King has killed off all his female relatives. It's a bit strange but very good. Excellent characterisation of how he/she copes when discovering their true form etc. as well as the usual fantasy adventures.

Take care,
Jul. 27th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
I loved "The Coming Storm" - great book.
Jul. 29th, 2005 05:25 am (UTC)
Re: P.S.
is it really? I ordered it today however I really do not know much about it.
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Jul. 27th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
This is great idea! Thanks you very much!!
Jul. 28th, 2005 06:14 am (UTC)
You're welcome :-)

Take care,
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Jul. 28th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
Yay! You're a live savor. I've been looking for some new books to read. I loved the Kushiel series and the Nightrunner series. I have a few recomendations of my own.

One of my favorite series is Mercedes Lackey's Magic series. It is Magic's Pawn, Magic's Promise, and Magics Price. All are very innocent, with nothing more graphic than kisses and suggestion, but there are wonderful stories that once you start you can not put them down. And of course they have the mistical fantasy element that appealed to the Harry Potter addict in me.

Next is "Paper Flowers" by Kit Fisher.It is only available through www.waywardbooks.com that offers lots of slashy books worth checking out. I is about two men trying to bring down some corrupt cops. It has quite a few graphic scenes in it.

Last, I really liked "Drawing Blood" by Poppy Z. Brite. It was very good and quite suspencful. I liked it, even though I don't usually read books that lean towards horror.

Well, that's all I can think of off the top of my head. Thanks for the recs,

Jul. 29th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
Oh, I might check out wayward books and Mercedes Lackey, thanks. :-)

Take care,
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Jul. 29th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
Love you so much *hug*
I went to Books a million today and ordered The Coming Storm, sounds good enough, I am prolly going to check into more, thank you for this!
Jul. 29th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
You're welcome. :-)

Take care,
Jul. 31st, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
These are great! Now that I am working again I need something I can take with me and read, these are perfect.

I lauged out loud when I read your The Coming Storm comment - yes it does sound familiar, hehe.

So are you planning on writing any slashy novels?
Aug. 1st, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)
I might do, I'll see how things go, LOL!

Take care,
Sep. 11th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Adding a couple...
Firelands by Michael Jensen is good...pretty much historical fiction, but with some minor sci-fi elements thrown in...and it raises some interesting questions, such as what DID gay pioneers do? Some graphic voilence, but not a lot of graphic sex...more inuendo than anything and the buildup of feelings between the two main characters.

Definitely a second for Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite. I never read horror either...until I found her. Also Lost Souls, also by Poppy, started my love affair with vampires...well, with a little help from vampire!Severus. :)

Thanks for this; I'll definitely check out some of these!

Jan. 10th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, interesting list!

Have you read Making History by Stephen Fry? The sex is alluded to but it is a very good read :) Starts of het but turns slash later
Jan. 11th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
No, I haven't read that one, but I adore Stepehn Fry, so I'll look out for it :-)

Take care,
Jan. 10th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Finally!!! A list of slashy books!!

*runs off to the shops...turns around, comes back, smothers you with hugs and kisses, turns back round and heads once again for shops*

Jan. 11th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
Re: YES!!!!!!!!
I'll update it every so often, I'll leave a message on my LJ when it's updated again :-)

Take care,
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Jan. 11th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
Hm, not sure about that one, but I'll add it to the list next time I update :-)

Take care,
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Jan. 10th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner has slash elements. I read it just once last summer, so my recollection might be a bit skewed, but I remember that among all the swords fighting and high society politics (or something like it), there was love between the two main characters, Richard and Alec.

This is a great list, by the way. I've been wanting to read the Kushiel trilogy for a while, and now I think that next time I stop by a bookstore, I'll pick them up. It's funny how knowing a novel is slash makes it more appealing to me. :) Not that it's the only thing I look for in books...
Jan. 11th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)
LOL, my husband bought me the Kushiel books for Christmas in 2004, he found them on my amazon wishlist :-) It doesn't have a lot of slash, but it is there and the books themselves are a good read. He asked me why do I like reading slash/gay books?

Well, for me, it opened up a whole new genre of books to read (and write, LOL!) I read so much but I had never really read anything gay themed before and was surprised at myself that a whole section of books had passed me by. HP slash started it, LOL!

Take care,
Apr. 2nd, 2006 07:43 am (UTC)
Hey, have you ever read Mercedes Lackey's Last Herald Mage series? I guarantee you it's slashy. It's my favorite of all. :P
Aug. 15th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
dream boys is really good. i cant remember the author at the moment tho.

try reading Almost like being in Love. its about these two guys who fall in love at school but go their sepereate ways, then 20 years later one seeks the other. Its really good.
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Nov. 11th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Pembroke Park by Michelle Martin is a lesbian regency novel. :) I picked this up at a book sale a few years back, and it's an enjoyable read.

I definitely second the rec for the Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. Book three especially. (Actually, all of her Valdemar books are good, and more than a few have homosexual characters in them.)
Nov. 12th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Femslash?
If you lived close to me, I'd be dropping by with my copies of Lackey's Magic series. :)
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Jan. 8th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Sounds like Orlando by Virginia Wolf :-)
Nov. 12th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
(Just a tiny nitpick) Wratheu should be Wraeththu

There are also the historical novels that Mary Renault wrote based on Alexander. I know the first one features some slashy content, but the second one has more. Not sure about the third one.

Drawing Blood does feature some slash, but it also features some father/son.

The Stone Prince by Fiona Patton also has some slashy content and it's part of a series. I haven't read the rest of the series, but as I understand there is some slash in the rest of it.
May. 10th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
The series contains: The Stone Prince, The Painter Knight, The Granite Shield and The Golden Sword. They all have slashy elements although The Stone Prince and The Painter Knight have the most. She also has a new series out that has slashy elements and hermaphrodites in it, the first book is Silver Lake the second isn't out yet.
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