The Other F Word

The Other F Word

by R. Richard Williams


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“I thought as a start, I should reintroduce myself since it’s been almost 40 years since we last communicated. My name is Will Magnuson, and you were my tennis coach at an excellence program for more than three years in the mid-1970s. During this time, you helped with my groundstrokes, improved my serve, and assisted in my overall skills to make me a better tennis player and key member of the tennis team. You also sexually abused me.” Bullied at school. Misunderstood at home. Desperate for connection. Will thought he found hope with his mentor, an up-and-coming tennis coach with an unparalleled excellence program for junior athletes. The excellence program brought him the respect and attention that Will needed. It also led him to dangers and horrors he couldn’t handle. At 14, he was sexually abused. When he was 15, Will knew what it was like to be a teenage prostitute. At 18, with his father’s death imminent, he almost committed suicide. That was just the beginning. He survived the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, while watching his friends die. He spent time in—and out—of the closet for years. He married a woman. Had two children. Had several male boyfriends and lovers. Moved to the suburbs. Almost lost everything during the Great Recession of 2009. Abused drugs and alcohol. Went to rehab. Attempted suicide again. Hid all his secrets, and buried all his horrors. Until it was all too much. And then he met Zachariah. His therapist, 25 years his junior. A strapping straight white man from rural Indiana. Years and worlds apart. But perhaps, a connection, too, that can help Will finally find his way. Based on true experiences and real therapy sessions, “The Other F Word” is fiction, but also rooted in reality, uncovering deep horrors and shocking revelations—while also looking for honesty, compassion, and in a strange way, hope.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 189 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 31, 2018)
ISBN10: 1977200125
ISBN13: 9781977200129
Genre: FICTION / Gay

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R. Richard WilliamsAbout the writer: R Richard Williams “The Other F Word” is Williams’ first novel. “It’s about surviving – against nearly impossible odds. I also want to make sure that gay men have a voice in the “#me too” movement. It happened to us, too.” A writer most of his life, Williams started off at Cinefantastique, a science-fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine, based in Oak Park, Illinois. An associate editor and occasional film critic, Rich edited articles about directors, writers and actors before they became famous. “A highlight was working on an article about the making of ‘Evil Dead,’” he said. “We interviewed Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell when they just started the film business.” Raimi went on to direct and produce the original “Spider Man” trilogy and “Oz the Great and Powerful,” among others, while Campbell acted in scores of films and television series. After Cinefantastique, he spearheaded marketing programs for a number of household brands, including Flintstones Vitamins, initiating “Should Betty Be a Vitamin?” a grassroots program for character Betty Rubble. “All the characters had a Flintstones Vitamin, except Betty Rubble. No one knew why. We thought it was a shocking omission. So, we created a tongue-in-cheek, prehistoric voting booth and went coast-to coast asking Americans to support Betty. She won in a landslide and was added to the mix.” Williams is working on his second novel, “Neurosex,” a gay, science fiction novel that addresses peculiar superpowers and mind-blowing sex, due out in 2019.
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