Memories Out of Season

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.

















Memories seem to attach themselves to certain places.

When I think back on my years in Australia, I invariably wind up at the farm
at Barwon Downs, a weekend getaway owned by John and Janet, Graeme’s
brother and sister-in-law, who made it freely available to the rest of the family.


















Lying in western Victoria, two hours outside of Melbourne, it had a 100-year old farmhouse set in the middle of 60 hectares, where we spent many weekends. 
A place I remember of immense solitudes, with equal parts intimacy.

I especially enjoyed the winter months there, when storms would roll across the flat landscape while we were tucked away inside: a fire going, a crock pot of savory something cooking, both of us in our books, listening to the thunder rumbling overhead and the rain pinging on the metal roof.




It’s where I did much of my early writing on The Legacy of Emily Hargraves and Tales of Tokyo, when they were both still sprawling stories, threatening to go nowhere.












[First posted: October 27, 2013]


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