The Queen of Queer Queries summons Jack Sagrado’s “The Pink Morgue”, claimed as Philippines’ first-ever collection of homoerotic mystery and suspense stories.
- How was the cover?
Grabe, ginalingan nila mga bes. 1 point and an extra 0.5 for including a box case and the naked male torso as cover image.
- Did the book live up to my expectations?
The claims to be the first-ever thingy, and perhaps it is. But I was expecting stories that will really take my breath away, the kind of effect I had when I read Manila Noir. In fact, I had the latter as a point of reference. But it didn’t live up to my expectations really. The stories are good but not good enough to give me nerdy-bookworm orgasms.
- Did it compel you to do something you’ve never done before?
Did it compel me to do something morbid, and something gayer than what I am doing now? Nah! But the idea of gay ghosts kinda did remind of something.
Yes, I downloaded this gay porn movie. Now for some Mary Palm moment… LOL!
- Was the plot development refreshing and more than the usual shit you read or has it became your reality?
I can’t say it’s refreshing at all. But since it is the first of its kind then let’s just give it 1,5 points for starting this genre that could pave the way for more interesting reads in Philippine literature.
But of course, there are enjoyable stories here.
Old Sapa Road” is a ghost
story but more like a bad romance thing where the living and the dead collided
for one night to bring back to life a past romance.
“The Pageant”, I wish this story could’ve been developed more. A crime story that revolves around a gay beauty pageant and its beauty queen murdered. Nothing is more interesting than a homicidal scorned pageant diva.
“The Pink Morgue” is truly the centrepiece here and the best among others. What happens inside a morgue when fabulous gay ghosts inhabit it?
A total of 8 stories, all very interesting but these three are the best. Unfortunately, making them short stories kind of shortened my enthusiasm over them. I believe that if the author developed all 8, each as a novel or a longer story, then I truly believe they would be good reads.
- Were the characters of the story similar to your favourite imaginary friends?
I would like to have a criminal diva beauty queen as a friend and speak to some gay ghosts. They would go along well with the voices in my head.
- Has it changed your way of thinking? Have you become a better person or remained the same asshole in the neighbourhood?
I haven’t changed at all. I think I’ve become more demanding, expecting more from gay writers to add more colours in Philippine literature.
- Tonight. Sex or this book?
Three stories to read, and I’d put it on one corner. Then proceed to my Mary Palm Moment with this material.
A total of 5,5 points. Could’ve done better. Fell short of expectation. Masturbation can compensate. LOL!