QSFer Dan Ackerman has a new queer fantasy book out (bi, non-binary), The Serpent’s Throne Book 2: “On the Rugged Hills.”
Ira never anticipated having a life of his own, let alone having the most powerful creature in Hell as his lover. On top of learning how to live, cook, and work on his own, Ira has to navigate the political landscape that comes with being the Devil’s kept man.
Exes, estranged family members, political rivals, discontented workers, and those who’d compete for Satan’s affections all worm their way into Ira’s life and between him and his Prince.
When things become chaotic and turmoil erupts in Hell, Ira has to decide if he should take action to help his Prince or step aside as nothing more than a pretty face. But can he help or will his inexperience get in the way?
The sky above had barely started to grow dark but Ira still found himself hurrying to get home, an instinct left over from decades of having a curfew. A year had not broken him of that habit. He still paused at his door every time he wanted to leave his apartment, feeling like he couldn’t go out without someone’s permission.
He let himself inside and called hello to the landlady, who almost always had her door open.
She greeted him with a pleasant screech and a twitch of her wing. He’d picked up a handful of words in Ancient Greek, enough to know that she was fond of him.
As he started up the stairs, she called to him, “Garbage night,” or at least, that’s what he thought she said.
“Thanks, Mrs. Spiros.”
She bobbed her head and went back inside her apartment.
Dan Ackerman is a writer and educator who has lived in Connecticut for their entire life. They received wrote their Master’s thesis on representations of women in same-sex relationships in contemporary Spanish literature and cinema.
In their spare time, Dan continues to read and write, supplemented with a healthy amount of movie marathons and gaming.