David Jay Collins is the indie author of two novels set in Chicago: Gaybash (LGBTQ fiction) and Summerdale (LGBTQ horror). David is an In and Proud member and a longtime vendor at Pride Fest and Market Days in Boystown.
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Gaybash is set in Boystown! The main character lives in the courtyard building at Addison & Halsted and several scenes take place at Sidetrack, Roscoe’s, and along Halsted Street and Broadway.
Matt Tompkins, a reserved gay man, has always played by the rules and has created a comfortable but unfulfilling life for himself. When his bold best friend Greg reaps unexpected rewards for standing up for himself in a very public display, Matt’s jealousy leads him to risk everything when he’s confronted by two attackers.
Determined to be more like Greg, a split-second reaction brings astonishing changes to Matt’s life—for better and for worse.
The fictional novel Gaybash explores the boundaries of love and friendship and the unintended consequences of wanting to be somebody else.
Summerdale is the beginning of a horror series set in Andersonville. Four gay men. Four addictions. One landlord from Hell.
The landlord of Summerdale House is Mr. McGreevy, a charismatic sociopath who enables addiction and isolates his tenants until the only place they feel safe is inside his house. Throughout the series, Summerdale will focus on pressing issues in the gay community including racism, misogyny, substance abuse, and domestic abuse.
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