In all the time I have spent reviewing books, my least favorite sub category would have to be GAY VAMPIRE NOVELS. Generally, they all follow the same plot...some young blond guy sees some mysterious guy in all black, blah blah blah. Not interested.
So, when my books to review for the month contained not one but three GAY VAMPIRE NOVELS, I was less than pleased.
The only one of the three that didn't get thrown across my room in frustration half way through the read was The Blood of Kings, a new novel by John Michael Curlovich.
Something interesting happens while you're reading about twenty year old Jamie and his love affair with the Egyptian Professor Danilo. There is no lesson about the power of love. There are no interesting dressing tips on the sides of the pages. No recipies for succesful parties. Instead, we are tricked into learning about homosexual historical figures, and Mr Curlovich actually makes it interesting.
Professor Damilo tells the reading audience that homosexuals have the blood of kings in them, and if we chose to accept it, then we can do some amazing things. If we don't, then we are no worse than the people that would persecute us.
If we don't, then we are no worse than the people that like to pretend homosexuals never did anything positive towards our worlds history.
Professor Damilo reminds us that our ranks once included Richard the Lion Heart, Chopan, Louis XIII, and lovers Antinous and Hadrian.
What do our ranks include now? Talk show host and make-over experts? Closetet movie stars and musicians? We may not be burned at the stake or killed with burning hot pokers any more, but how far have we really come?
As for the actual plot, there is some depth and mystery to the relationship between Jamie and his professor, but two thirds of the way through the book, everything about the professor is explained. The readers only drive to read the book is to find out more about homosexual history and Egyptian mythology. For me, this was more than enough.
In this day and age when our own culture tricks us into thinking our only heritage is bath houses and color themed parties, it's nice to have some one take the time to show us
that we actually come from some absolutally amazing places. We were kings. We were pharos. We were composers. We were famous. And there are those out there that would have us never ever know this. There are historians that are doing what they can to remove the "homosexual element" from American history.
John Michael Curlovich says it best himself. "...It's a slow uphill fight. Homosexuality may not frighten the horses anymore, but it makes a lot of academics really skittish.
Thank you for educating this man a bit on where he really came from. A place of Dignity.