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David Holly



I’ve been writing gay fiction since 1995. My most recent novel is The Heart's Eternal Desire from Bold Strokes Books.


I live in an apartment with three thousand books. Sharing the apartment are fur-bearing fellow mortals. I am fond of strong coffee, red wine, English bitters, inverted roller coasters, and nude beaches.


Early Writings

I made my first professional sale to Guys, a digest from FirstHand. The story “Leonardo’s Model” fictionalized a recorded historical event in the life of the renaissance artists Leonardo da Vinci and the model Jacopo Saltarelli. I continued writing for FirstHand magazines and another digest Hot Shots through the 1990s.


Later Writings

Many of my stories have appeared in anthologies from Bold Strokes Books, Alyson Books, Cleis Press, and Starbooks Press. In addition to stories published in StarBooks anthologies, two collections of my stories have appeared. Delicious Darkness is a collection of stories with fantasy themes in which human males have sex with ghosts, demons, devils, fairies, and space aliens. These stories are highly erotic and hilariously funny. The stories in The Dream in the Heart of the Forest are set in past times or exotic locations. They are intensely sexual and closer to being realistic than those in Delicious Darkness.



I write stories that skew history and involve anachronisms. My stories are mythological, philosophical, psychological, and satirical. I am fascinated by the human penchant for odd mythologies, bizarre rituals, diverse religions, forlorn hopes, and broken dreams. I’ve written a gay romance with a literary subtext Kissing Behind the Bathhouse, a gay political novel Stealing the Mayor’s Underpants, and stories of female domination and male emasculation collected in Measuring Down.


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Photos of David Holly

David Holly signing at Powell's Books

David Holly at the Santium Pass

David Holly with the peak
of Mt. Hood in the background
David Holly, Daisy Harris and Lou Harper signing
books at  Gay Romance Northwest
David Holly at Gay Romance Northwest
(Back row, far left)

David Holly at the Highland Games
David Holly in Frenchglen, Oregon

David Holly in Burns, Oregon
David Holly working at his desk

David Holly, moderating, with panelists Kimberly Hunter, Eric Andrews-Katz and Sharon Barela  at Bent Con

David Holly, Jove Belle, and Karis Walsh at Wordstock

David Holly on Collins Beach

David Holly at Smith Rocks, Oregon

David Holly Biking Bridge Pedal

David Holly at the Mosier Tunnel

David Holly in Hood River

David Holly in La Pine, Oregon

John Morgan Wilson, Michael Thomas Ford, Barbara Ann Wright, David Holly, and Rob Byrnes on a panel at Saints and Sinners in New Orleans

David Holly at the Portland, Oregon, Gay Pride Festival, June 15, 2014

David Holly (wearing hat)
Standing at the Entrance to the Fort Rock Cave

David Holly at Timberline Lodge



David Holly with the Strawberry Mountains in the Background

David Holly Hiking with Isis the Wonder Dog

David Holly with the entrance to the John Day Fossil Beds in the Background

David Holly bicycling the Springwater Corridor

David Holly downing pinot noir at a Yamhill County winery

Kilted David Holly walking by the loch

David Holly Signing books at Gay Romance Northwest
Seattle, Washington, September 20, 2014

David Holly reading at Orca Books, Olympia, Washington, September 21, 2014

David Holly, Jeffrey Ricker, Dena Hankins, and Eric Andrews-Katz at Orca Books

Gay Romance Northwest, Seattle, Washington, September 20, 2014


 Love & Murder Panel at Saints & Sinners:
Rob Byrnes, David Holly, Radclyffe,
Rebecca Chance, Ruth Sternglantz;
photo credit: David Swatling
 David Holly Standing on a Rock Overlooking Hole in the Ground in Central Oregon

David Holly Reading at Another Read Through
k Launch Event for The Heart's Eternal Desire 
David Holly Reading at Another Read Through
k Launch Event for The Heart's Eternal Desire 
David Holly in McMinnville

David Holly Bicycling

David Holly Bicycling with Mt. Hood in the Background

David Holly on the Bike Path



David Holly (center) and Rad (right) on a GRNW panel in Seattle on September 26, 2015




 Gay Romance Northwest, Seattle, Washington, September 26, 2015








David Holly in Silverton, Oregon, on December 5, 2015




David Holly at Village Books in Medford, Oregon Jan. 15, 2016.




David Holly at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Oregon Jan. 16, 2016




David Holly at Shakespeare Books in Ashland, Oregon Jan. 16, 2016







Interviews with David Holly


Goodreads Interview

Bold Strokes Books Interview





David Holly Blogs


Bold Strokes Books Blogs




The Rear

The Riting Life or all Misspellings and Typos Being the Intent of the Author

Something to Say



Tumblr Blogs--contains images inappropriate for underage persons



David Holly




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