Dennis Cooper$16.98 $15.62
Dennis Cooper is rightly hailed as one of America's boldest boundary-pushers and this novel—composed of chats, message board posts and other digital ephemera—morphs from a blackly comic mystery into a brutal vision of fantasies, willful delusion and tortured love.
Clive Barker$20.00 $18.40
Few writers detonate a genre in a single book, but Barker did just that with these wild, sensual stories. Come for the grisly horror, stay for the sly comedy and wry wisdom.
Sarah Waters$18.00 $16.56
It's hard to say that one Sarah Waters novel is any better than another (it's like saying one perfect diamond is somehow more perfect than another) but this tale of lesbian passion, murder and the deceptively fragile class system is more or less the Hope diamond of queer suspense fiction.
John Banville$16.95 $15.59
Nobody—nobody—can blend language and thought better than this Irish master, and his story of a closeted double agent at the heights of the Cold War is heartfelt, wise and endlessly surprising.
It almost feels like a spoiler to list this masterpiece here, but even if you know, going into this book, that there's queerness afoot, there's no preparing yourself for the shock on its final page. Get your tissues ready.
John Fram$27.99 $25.75
And here's a cheeky bonus. I couldn't have written my own queer thriller without the work of the incredible authors above, so it's only right it hangs out here in their shadow.