Hayden Thorne, Queerteen Press, Small Gems

Small Gems – Short Stories That Leave a Big Impression

The Haunted Glade by Hayden Thorne

In true fairytale fashion, where enchanted forests house mystical beings and inspire the legends passed down to the village children, eighteen year old Yves Milford hears music that only the village potter, Irwin Blythe, can hear as well. It is a song that calls to those who love differently, a song that will awaken Yves’ understanding and embracing of his sexuality. With Irwin’s help, Yves will find acceptance, and will come to bear the mantle of responsibility to help others on their journey, when the time comes to pay the gift forward.

The Haunted Glade is a small gem, one of those beautiful little stories that leaves a big impression. Its message is universal and is delivered in a touching and magical way that inspires an immediate affinity with the characters and the story. It is a coming-of-age tale of affirmation and fulfillment, delivered with a lovely moral.



6 thoughts on “Small Gems – Short Stories That Leave a Big Impression

  1. Thanks so much for the mini-review, Lisa! I didn’t expect anyone to take the trouble of saying something about the story, so this is really nice. :)

    (minor correction: it’s glade, not glen)


      • LOL, no worries. BTW, do you review short stories on a regular basis? Because I’d be more than happy to send you copies of my stories as they’re released if you’d like. You don’t even have to guarantee a review (I perfectly understand that reviewers are constantly swamped) when you receive them. I figured that short story reviews tend to be a rare beast outside Goodreads, so my promo efforts are practically next to none. ^^;;;;


  2. I think I’m in a minority of people who loves short stories! I’ve read so many from JMS Books and am so excited about J.M.’s Queerteen Press spinoff :-D

    I’ll say this: I would love for you to send me your stories, Hayden, but if you don’t, I’ve put myself on Queerteen’s mailing list so I’ll know when they’re ready for purchase too. :)

    One of the things about reviewing shorts is that sometimes the reviews end up either spilling too much of the storyline, or they take longer to write than it did to read the story. P.D. Singer gave me the idea for the “Small Gems” for my site as a way to say, “I loved this story” without giving too much away. :)


    • That’s cool! No worries there – I’ll send you a copy of each short story (again, no guarantee as far as reviews go) as we go. Queerteen Press usually gives me my author copies just before the release date, and from there I can forward your preferred file. Just let me know which file you’d like to have.

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate it.


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