A Writer's Journal

Alan's haunting novel of the AIDS epidemic, As If Death Summoned, was released on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2020, and has won the Foreword INDIES LGBT Book of the Year Award. Watch the book trailer here. Read the reviews here.


The Oregon Historical Society is promoting As If Death Summoned in their current (June 2022) newsletter, as part of their exhibit, "It's Not Over: Forty Years of HIV/AIDS in Oregon." The book is available to purchase in the museum's bookstore.

The haunting novel about the AIDS epidemic was named winner in the 22nd annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in the LGBT category. Foreword Reviews editors cited it, writing: “As heartwarming and hope-giving as it is heartbreaking, As If Death Summoned showcases the best and worst aspects of the fight against HIV.” The novel was released on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2020, by Amble Press, an imprint of Bywater Books.

Unique among AIDS novels, the book is written from the point of view of staff at a community AIDS organization in the 1980s and ‘90s, and whereas much of the AIDS literature has been written about the epidemic in its epicenters of New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, this novel takes place in Portland, Oregon. 

OHS's exhibit about the history of AIDS in Oregon runs from June 10 to August 14, 2022, at 1200 SW Park Avenue in Portland, Oregon.

More information can be found at https://www.ohs.org/museum/exhibits, or click here.




First posted: June 19, 2022


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