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    For the vast majority of my life I’ve lived in London, England, and worked in healthcare. Both have given me the chance to meet many different people in many different situations, which have all coloured my writing.

    I am fascinated by how we live our lives, and as gay men how we find places for ourselves in today’s world, and how we lived in the past. So much of my writing tries to explore this, but it also explores issues and subjects that interest me or make me angry. Behind every headline is a story too.

    I want to find the people in the situations and stories I write about.

    As any writer, I value feedback to help improve my writing, so please leave a comment on the stories you read here.

    Happy reading.

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  1. The World Out There

    By Drew Payne, in Fiction. 06/20/2021 (Updated: 06/20/2021)

    It is Sunday morning. Liam sits alone in his room, at the top of the building, and hides himself away. The world outside has suddenly become and a dangerous place and he must stay away from it, and he must remember that his name is now Leo.

    This story follows Liam through one fateful Sunday and, through flashbacks, tells the story of how he came to be there.

  2. Stories Written on Lined Paper

    By Drew Payne, in Fiction. 10/20/2018 (Updated: 03/11/2021)

    When I first started writing I wrote in long-hand, and wrote my stories on pads of lined white paper.

    I now mostly write straight onto my computer or laptop, but I still have found memories of filling up those empty white pages with my sprawling handwriting and tales of other people’s lives. So happy reading, I hope.

  3. Chalkboard History Lessons

    By Drew Payne, in Fiction. 01/31/2021 (Updated: 01/31/2021)

    History is written by the victors, the winners, those in power, those at the top of society. Who tells the stories of those groups forgotten by history?

    For centuries LGBTQ histories were hidden histories, histories forgotten by the mainstream, histories passed down by word-of-mouth. It has only been in recent decades that scholarly works have been written about gay history.

    This collection of stories are about gay history, stories that focus on different events from gay history, events that helped shape our gay world, stories that cover so many different emotions.

  4. Days Like This

    By Drew Payne, in Fiction. 07/29/2019 (Updated: 08/22/2020)

    Some days go right

    Some days go wrong

    Some days don’t go at all.

    Simon is sixteen and on the edge of everything changing, his world changing from adolescent to adult, to facing up to his sexuality and coming out, but not just yet.

    Now, his boyfriend is late and he’s sat on a cold, concrete bench waiting, waiting, waiting…

    Over twenty different days, during four weeks in spring, this story follows Simon as he navigates the difficult journey of his coming out. Like all journeys, this one will change him but in ways he doesn’t imagine, taking him places he didn’t expect to go.

  5. Noises in the Dark

    By Drew Payne, in Fiction. 12/13/2018 (Updated: 01/04/2020)

    Things that go bump in the night, voices that scream in the dark, sounds when no one is there or the silent figure when there should be no one there.

    Horror and ghost stories have always held a fascination for the LGBT reader, just look at the popularity of American Horror Story and the writing of Clive Barker and Anne Rice. In horror/ghost stories so many LGBT themes can be explored, they are far more than screaming women and camp villains, well the good ones are.

    This collection will feature some of my LGBT horror and ghost stories. So, sit back and make sure all the lights are still on…

  6. Case Studies in Modern Life

    By Drew Payne, in Fiction. 09/22/2018 (Updated: 11/25/2019)

    This is a collection of my flash fiction, stories looking at modern day gay life (and life from a few years ago). Each chapter is a different story.

    So sit back, put your feet up, and read some of my “case studies”.

  7. The Passenger on Platform Six Premium

    By Drew Payne, in Fiction. 05/19/2019 (Updated: 05/26/2019)

    The journey of a lifetime starts with one train ticket.

    Owen, nineteen and single, is finally making his journey to coming out, but this is far more difficult and complicated than the train journey he has to take from his small home town to London, the only place where he feels he can come out. What has led him to such an extreme move and what will he find when he arrives?

  8. His Story

    By Drew Payne, in Fiction. 05/09/2019 (Updated: 05/21/2019)

    Modern gay life is hard enough, with homophobia, bar culture and dysfunctional relationships, but how do you navigate it carrying the baggage of the ex-gay movement?

    Chris was involved with an ex-gay organisation as a teenager, after a breakdown he broke away from them. Now, as an adult, Chris is trying to live as an out gay man but the baggage of his past keeps pulling him back.

    So often the damage does not stop when the abuse does.

    This six-part story asks how does someone come to terms with the aftermath of the ex-gay movement.

  9. A Walk Along the Promenade

    By Drew Payne, in Fiction. 01/19/2019 (Updated: 02/11/2019)

    One evening, in one man’s life when everything will change.

    Shaun’s disabled leg has affected his entire life, causing a downward spiral he neither likes nor can live with. It is not just that his life is on hold, it is now falling backwards. On holiday in Scarborough (A northern English seaside resort), he finally faces the realities of his life and decides to take matters into his own hands. A walk along the town’s promenade to clear his thoughts and to help him make up his mind, if only the town’s numerous seagulls would stop following him.

  10. Keeping the Faith

    By Drew Payne, in Fiction. 10/03/2018 (Updated: 10/05/2018)

    The ex-gay movement has hit the headlines recently with the films The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Boy Erased, but what is it like to live by that belief, what price does it demand of an individual?

    The story, in four chapters, set 1991, looks at how difficult it is to live a life denying your sexuality, and the cost the ex-gay life takes from a person.

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