“Greeks Bearing Gifts” was published in Dreamspinner’s anthology Sandals and Sodomy. I enjoyed writing this story as I’ve always been a fan of the great Greek epics. Homer rocks. I particularly love The Odyssey and its wily hero, but I resisted the urge to base my story around him. Turns out that was a good call, since another author did so in S&S.
My story was about Antenor, a young survivor of the siege of Troy. After the city’s fallen, any men who don’t escape are put to death. Antenor catches the eye of cruel Greek Endymion, and it seems the young Trojan is destined for a short life of sexual torment. Enter Calchas, an older Greek warrior who hesitantly takes Antenor as a slave. Their relationship is off to a rocky start, but slowly the develop a trust that carries them through many differences and dangers.
There was one web review, and besides praising the book for its beautiful appearance (I agree), it had good things to say about “Greeks Bearing Gifts.” The website Speak Its Name called it “a great little story, sweet and surprising in turns.”
There’s a funny coda to this adventure. When Dreamspinner cuts their checks, they print the anthology and story names right on the check face. So yes, I had to go to the bank and deposit a check for sodomy.