2013 Rainbow Award Runner-Up, Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction.
"The Characters are vibrant and the description in the writing was Sublime. Over all though, Damaged Angels is an excellent anthology." - Rainbow Award judge
You’ve seen them, for they exist in every city in the world. In every city in the world, they claim as their own a single city block, sometimes more. And they stand there, on these city blocks, a confederacy of angels, slightly damaged, marked down for clearance. These are their stories. They told them to me and now I’m telling them to you. I will tell you, too, my story.
"Damaged Angels" is the first collection of short fiction by Larry Benjamin. The 13 stories in this collection give voice to the invisible, the damaged: the drug addicts and hustlers, the mentally ill, the confused, and the men who fall in love with them, all of them bravely trying to make a place for themselves in the world of unbroken men. Their worlds are sometimes the mean streets of decaying cities, sometimes the great beyond and, once, the earth itself.
Often dark, always evocative and lyrical, these stories delve into the lives of men clearly less-than-perfect and explore love in the context of disease and oncoming death as in "The Cross," drug addiction, as in "The Seduction of the Angel Gabrielle," and mental illness in "Two Rivers."
These stories explore the possibility that less-than-perfect is sometimes perfect.