Rated R. Contains explicit sex, cruelty, and immoral dining.
The Girlfriends of Dorian Gray
By Gregory Frost
For all that, his manners were impeccable. It wasn’t that he sat slobbering and gnashing, drawing attention to himself as some deranged Neanderthal with a fork might have done. No, he ate demurely, quietly, chatting with her, truly interested in what she had to say (or at least feigning interest so well that she would never notice the difference). Dinner with him lasted the entire evening. The courses came and went — soups, hors-d’oeuvres, first course, main course, cheese course, desserts and coffee, liqueurs. She would not have noticed right away that he had eaten an extra course, or more than one dessert, or consumed an entire bottle of wine on his own and helped her with half of another. Simply, he ate. And ate. And ate. And ate.
About the Author
Gregory Frost is the author of highly-regarded novels that include the Shadowbridge series (Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet, from Del Rey), Fitcher’s Brides (Tor), the “PK Dickian” sf novel, The Pure Cold Light, as well as two novels derived from the Celtic epic, the táin bó cuailnge, Táin and Remscela, returning to print in ebook format from Book View Cafe in Winter 2015.
His short fiction has appeared most recently in Asimov’s Science Fiction (April/May 2015); in Out of Tune edited by Jonathan Maberry; in the anthology Dark Duets (HarperCollins), and in Jet-Pack Adventures, an anthology honoring the work of the late Dave Stevens (IDW).
He’s director of the fiction writing workshop at Swarthmore College.
About the Narrator
Serah Eley is the original producer, editor and host of Escape Pod. She mispronounced her name as Steve Eley at the time, but has since realized that life is much more fun as a woman, and came out as transgender in 2015. Serah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her two spouses (she prefers “spice”), Sadi and Cat.
So if there were ever any betting pools on what happened to Steve: the dark-horse winner is “changed sex and joined a committed lesbian love triangle.” She is, obviously, still Having Fun.