Sunday, December 10, 2017


I was interview by Josh King over at about one of my newest poetry projects, Cryptopedia. Click here to read there.

Friday, December 08, 2017


With so many hunting her for the power she possesses, Keira Fairchild needs a friend in her corner.

After escaping from both the Paragon Academy and a ring of slave traders, Keira is searching for answers. Who is the mysterious alien being trying to contact her in her dreams, and why is he being held captive? Keira learns she isn’t alone. James, Lumen, and Paul are teens with powers like her own—and all of them are in danger. They’ve been sent by their alien father to look for Keira. The kidnapped alien needs their help, and the unscrupulous Dr. Albion has a plan to rob them of their powers and destroy them. In the battle that awaits them, standing together is their only chance.

Monday, May 29, 2017


Wow - I found out that there is a scholarly biblio-biography about me and my work in the newest edition of the academic reference resource *Contemporary Authors.* Such a big deal for me, an author who has only published at small presses, to be recognized by the literary establishment. 
A really, really big deal for me. See complete article below:

Andrew Demcak
Born: September 23, 1968 in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Nationality: American
Occupation: Novelist
Contemporary Authors. Detroit: Gale, 2017. From Literature Resource Center.
Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2017 Gale, Cengage Learning
Updated:Jan. 9, 2017
Table of Contents
Born September 23, 1968; married July, 2014; husband's name Roland. Education: St. Mary's College of California, M.F.A., 1997; San Jose State University, M.L.I.S., 2008. Addresses: Home: Oakland, CA. E-mail:
Poet, novelist. Also works as a librarian, Oakland Public Library, CA.
Three Candles Press Open Book Award for Catching Tigers in Red Weather.


  • Catching Tigers in Red Weather, Three Candles Press (Burnsville, MN), 2007.
  • Zero Summer, BlazeVOX Books (Buffalo, NY), 2009.
  • A Single Hurt Color, Casa Menendez (Bloomington, IL), 2010.
  • Night Chant, Lethe Press (Maple Shade, NJ), 2011.
  • If There's a Heaven Above, JMS Books (Glenn Allen, VA), 2012.
  • Ghost Songs, Harmony Ink Press (Tallahassee, FL), 2014.
  • A Little Bit Langston, Harmony Ink Press (Tallahassee, FL), 2015.
Author of three chapbooks, Pink Narcissus, 2009, 672 Hours, 2009, and Blood-Plague, 2012. Contributor of poetry to journals, periodicals, and anthologies.


Andrew Demcak is an American poet and novelist, the author of four poetry collections and three novels. "Ever since I was little, I've been very good at lying," Demcak noted at the Rainbow Book Reviews Web site. "I was always making up stories. The only difference is: now I write them down." Speaking with a contributor on the Ethereal Book Reviews Web site, Demcak further commented on his path to becoming a writer: "I never really thought about becoming a writer; I have always written since I was a kid. I mostly wrote poetry until about [2009] ... when I wrote my first novel. ... I was a theater major as an undergrad in college. Acting was okay, but I loved my playwriting class best. I decided right then to become an English major with the emphasis on creative writing. I ended up getting a Master's degree in English." Demcak added that the major themes in both his prose and poetry are "abuse and recovery." In an interview with Jory Mickelson on the Literary Magpie blog, Demcak offered the following words of advice to beginning writers: "Keep going in spite of everything. Move forward, even if you move blindly. Only you will know when you have arrived."

Demcak's first publication, Catching Tigers in Red Weather, is a poetry collection that won the Three Candles Press Open Book Award. In an interview on the J. Scott Coatsworth Blog, Demcak remarked on this debut collection: "It was a book of experimental writing, Ten X Ten poems: ten syllables per line, ten lines per poem." Demcak further commented on his writing process in the same interview: "I write what I write. My work tends to bend/blend genres but not by any forethought from me. ... I write all the time in my head. ... I spent three years thinking about my first teen novel ... before I wrote a single word down. Then it took me four weeks to write it and another year to edit/revise/beta test. I write in the morning; afternoons and evenings are out. I'm too tired then."

Demcak followed up this first poetry collection with several chapbooks and the collections Zero Summer, A Single Hurt Color, and Night Chant. Demcak has stated that the collection Night Chant began with poems that did not fit in Catching Tigers in Red Weather. The author noted in a post for the Nervous Breakdown Web site: "The poems in Night Chant all have very formal metrical structures and/or rhyme schemes, but the forms are embedded in the line breaks to conceal them." Concealment and the hidden nature of things becomes a theme of these poems which are set mostly at night and deal with subjects from addiction to hate crimes. Speaking with Mickelson on the Literary Magpie Web site, Demcak commented on his fourth book of poetry: "On the surface, the poems Night Chant appear to be simple free verse, but there is a tremendous amount of deep structure to them. I think there is a backlash against formal poetry starting again right now. Perhaps is it the beginning of 'Occupy Poetry'--taking poetry back again from the establishment, the traditions of social exclusivity and academic barricades. ... So the poems in Night Chant are masquerading, but that is part of the theme of the book: what is hidden. ... Night Chant was a cathartic experience for me."

Demcak's first novel, If There's a Heaven Above, is set in the Gothic music scene of Los Angeles in the 1980s and features Matt, who is on the verge of becoming an adult and finds himself immersed in the party and drug scene of the time but is always looking for something more. He thinks he finds it in the form of Patch, tattooed and shirtless and very appealing. They spend a night together, and then Patch disappears. Now Matt, accompanied by friends Annie and Suzy, tries to find him again in the club scene of the time.

Reviewing If There's a Heaven Above online at Outlaw Reviews, contributor Nancy Ferris noted: "I so wanted to like this book. ... Unfortunately, I couldn't warm up to the characters at all. Their lives were boring, shallow, and pointless." Others found more to like in this novel: it was nominated as an "Outstanding" book for older teens by the American Library Association.
Demcak writes for teens in two further novels: Ghost Songs and A Little Bit Langston. In the former title, Demcak features a gay fourteen-year-old musical prodigy, Todd Williams. He is having a hard time of it lately, with two bullies at his private school making life miserable for him, an alcoholic mother who is continually embarrassing him, and best friend Jennifer suddenly not talking to him. So Todd turns to friendly ghost Leroy for help in dealing with things.

Another young gay teen takes center stage in the paranormal romance A Little Bit Langston. James Kerr is a freshman in high school when he discovers that he is physically attracted to Paul Schmitz, his best friend. At the same time, James begins to channel a poet from the Harlem Renaissance (the fictionalized Montgomery Langston), completing a poem in a trance state for an English assignment. When this gift is noticed by adults, James is sent to the Paragon Academy, which specializes in juvenile paranormal research, and there discovers he has a Korean half-sister, Lumen, who may be able to help James understand his psychic ability. Meanwhile, Paul's father struggles to keep his son away from James. A Kirkus Reviews critic had a mixed assessment of A Little Bit Langston, noting, "This book really wants to take its place in the marginalized-will-lead-us genre ... [but] the message gets lost." The critic concluded, "Well intended but desperately unsuccessful."



  • Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2015, review of A Little Bit Langston.


  • Andrew Demcak Home Page, (May 12, 2016).
  • Dream Spinner Press Web site, (May 12, 2016), "AndrewDemcak."
  • Ethereal Book Reviews, (October 2, 2014), "LGBT Month Author Interview: Andrew Demcak."
  • Fiction DB, (May 12, 2016), "Andrew Demcak."
  • J. Scott Coatsworth Blog, (January 31, 2016), "Author Spotlight: Andrew Demcak."
  • Literary Magpie, (January 30, 2012), Jory Mickelson,"An Interview with the Multifaceted Andrew Demcak."
  • Nervous Breakdown, (February 1, 2012), Andrew Demcak: The TNB Self-Interview.
  • Outlaw Reviews, (October 11, 2014), Nancy Ferris, review of If There's a Heaven Above.
  • Poets and Writers, (May 12, 2016), "Andrew Demcak."
  • Rainbow Book Reviews, (March 10, 2014), author interview.
  • St. Mary's College of California, (May 12, 2016), "Andrew Demcak."*
Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
"Andrew Demcak." Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2017. Literature Resource Accessed 29 May 2017.

Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000320795

Sunday, February 05, 2017


Free Book Giveaway! I'm giving away one signed copy of my GLBTQ Teen novel, A Little Bit Langston, and two signed copies of my classic second poetry book, Zero Summer. CLICK ON THE COVER BELOW TO ENTER!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


The sequel to A LITTLE BIT LANGSTON, Alpha Wave (Harmony Ink Press, 2018), will be published in Summer of 2018. I just signed the contract.  You can get a head start by reading the first chapter here.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

SKYE ALLEN: Why Is My Queer YA Story Not a Romance Nor a Coming Out Story?

Why Is My Queer YA Story Not a Romance Nor a Coming Out Story? By Skye Allen

There’s a trope about coming out in LGBTQ+ young adult fiction. And there’s another trope about falling in love. Pick up a queer story with a teen protagonist, and I would understand if you expected certain things. Kissing. Maybe sex, depending on your idea of what makes something a YA book versus a book for adults. A story that centers on the big gay reveal to Mom/Dad/Coach.

I get where that came from. The whole concept of queer young adult stories told in a positive light, that genre being a thing at all, that is still fresh and wonderful. Queer literature in general is relatively young as a category, and it’s no surprise that the first few generations of stories had a lot to do with falling in love and coming out. After all, that’s what makes us different. It’s who we are and who we love. And the dangers that can strike when we tell the world the good news. That makes for pretty huge drama, and no matter how enlightened your family or your hometown, the day you come out is always going to be a pretty huge day.

But some of the best queer YA books, lately, have not been love stories. They haven’t even been coming out stories. The audience is ready for that now; they have been for some time. There’s no closet factor in these non-romances, no miserable gay teens who can’t show themselves in all their splendor for fear of violence or being misunderstood by the people they have to live with. It’s just…kids. Kids who already came out before the book started. Some of them have sweethearts. Some are single. Some are fixated on that special diving champion or choir girl, or just on losing their virginity, but some are fixated on their mother’s immigration status or the app they’re creating or any one of a million different real-life things.

In other words, they’re real kids.

In Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, the central relationship is between two friends, a gay boy and a straight boy. There’s a mention of sex, but not between those two. The story explores the range of complex emotion in a teenage best-friendship. That’s what it’s about. And I love it for that. Andrew Demcak’s beautiful Ghost Songs is similar: the main character is gay, but that’s a given. His story is about bullying, and a deep friendship, and an alcoholic parent, and just plain growing up as a sensitive kid. It’s not a romance. It doesn’t need to be.

I knew when I started writing The Songbird Thief that there was no love story. Or -- there was, but not a romantic one. It’s the story of Lee, a fifteen-year-old girl from rural Marin County who runs away to San Francisco to be near her grownup friend, Sonja. Lee has a crush on Sonja, but it’s not reciprocal. Sonja is like a mother to Lee. Girls Lee’s age come along who could be love interests, and there’s a flirtatious moment or two, but Lee is busy looking for a job and trying to find her real father. Lee’s life is complicated by magic, and her singing voice makes people do things like unconsciously walk into traffic. She’s distracted. She’s a girl who happens to be gay, whose story has nothing to do with kissing.

She’s a real kid. And I’m happy there’s a place on the bookshelf for her.

Read more from Skye Allen at her blog - click here.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Review: A Little Bit Langston by Andrew Demcak

LangstonTitle: “A Little Bit Langston.”
Author: Andrew Demcak
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult.
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Pages: 204.
Being different can be dangerous, and discovery can be deadly.
High school freshman James Kerr is finding out he’s not quite like his classmates. Around the time he realizes he’s attracted to his best friend, Paul Schmitz, James starts channeling a dead writer’s poetry and also discovers he has an ability to manipulate energy-a super power. Before James can figure out why this is happening to him, tragedy strikes in the form of Paul’s abusive father, and James is sent to a government-run school, The Paragon Academy, which specializes in juvenile paranormal research. There, he meets Lumen, the daughter of a famous Korean actress. Lumen’s psychic ability might be the key to helping James understand both his poems and his own power.
I was in a really bad mood when I picked up a copy of A Little Bit Langston, having had an especially horrendous week of insomnia. But I picked it up anyway, really just out of habit, hoping to kill some time before the end of the day. Before I knew it, I had finished half the book. If you can overcome one of my insomnia induced zombie states, you are an especially engaging author.
A Little Bit Langston is not at all what I expected. It follows a young teen, James Kerr, as he tries to come to terms with a highly strange occurrence. He is assigned to write a poem for class, and unwittingly, he writes a beautiful poem that just happens to resemble the work of the famous poet, Langston Hughes. The mystery is instantly gripping, as James tries to figure out what exactly happened. Is he somehow channeling a long dead, poet? His teacher naturally thinks he plagiarized it, and poor James doesn’t know what to do. His quirky mother finally intervenes and decides to enroll him in a unique school, Paragon Academy, where they work with “special” kids. And that’s where the strangeness intensifies. Now cut off from his mother and friends, James discovers that this school is not what it professes to be, and he must learn to tap his strange power, as well as rely upon some equally gifted teens, to solve the institution’s very odd secret.
Demcak’s strength as a writer comes through in the eminently likable characters he creates. James himself is a beautiful, if confused soul. And I loved his interactions with his new friend, Lumen, a Korean girl already familiar with much of Paragon Academy’s strange secret, due to her own unique ability. And finally James has a love interest in his best friend Paul, who himself gets caught up in Paragon’s bizarre past.
This was a great, quick read, and lots of fun — exactly what I needed during a long hot summer day and a week of insomnia. I enjoyed following James as he first discovers his strange powers, and then learns their true origins. X-files fans will especially enjoy the ride. Those steeped in UFO lore will get a bit more out of this, as Demcak makes references to famous cases throughout. And if nothing else, the book gives you the most poetic euphemism for “gay” that I’ve ever seen, a phrase captured in the book’s beautiful title. I know the author has already penned a sequel to A Little Bit Langston, called Alpha Wave. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for it to be published.
You can purchase A Little Bit Langston from Amazon or directly from Harmony Ink Press. And as a special bonus, here is an interview Queer Sci Fi’s, J. Scott Coatsworth, did with Andrew Demcak a few months ago.
Jay Jordan Hawke is the award winning author of the Two-Spirit Chronicles, which includes: Pukawiss the OutcastA Scout is Brave, and Onwaachige the Dreamer. He is an avid sci-fi fan. His first love was Star Wars, but alas, he married Star Trek. Learn more about Jay Hawke at

Monday, April 11, 2016


My Goodreads book giveaway is now OPEN.


Enter now (below) to win a signed copy of my Teen GLBTQ Sci Fi novel, A Little Bit Langston.
Kirkus Reviews raved: "This book really ... takes its place in the marginalized-will-lead-us genre,
as popularized by The Matrix and the X-Men franchises."

A Little Bit Langston by Andrew Demcak
Being different is a challenge, especially for James Kerr.

He’s no average teenager. James begins to channel a dead writer’s poetry and then discovers he has the power to manipulate electricity. At the same time, romantic feelings for his best friend, Paul Schmitz, make him realize he’s gay. But he has little time to explore the drastic changes in his life before heartbreak strikes at the hands of Paul’s violent father. James is sent to The Paragon Academy, an institute specializing in juvenile paranormal research. There he meets Lumen Kim, the mysterious daughter of a famous Korean actress. Lumen’s psychic ability might just be the thing that helps James unlock the secrets of both his poems and the origins of his supernatural talents.

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A Little Bit Langston by Andrew Demcak

A Little Bit Langston

by Andrew Demcak

Giveaway ends May 01, 2016.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015


A great review at Amazon of my Teen GLBTQ Sci-Fi Coming-Out novel, A Little Bit Langston:

Holding my breath for the sequelDecember 29, 2015
This review is from: A Little Bit Langston (Kindle Edition)
A Little Bit Langston starts off in your head. No, YOUR head, the head of an LA teenager who has a learning disability and a demanding, self-absorbed mother and a bubbling volcano of feelings for his best friend. Or at least the book starts in the head of someone you love. James, the main character, is so engaging, so immediately present on the page, that I was willing to follow him right down the rabbit hole, no questions asked.

And it is quite a warren down there. I don’t want to spoil too much, but let’s just say if you’re a fan of alien technology, secret government agencies, and gifted young people who can probably kill you with their brains, you won’t be disappointed. Not to mention if you’re a fan of Langston Hughes, the Langston of the title. The author doesn’t use any excerpts of Hughes’ actual work; instead he paraphrases, or in some instances inserts original lines that are clearly intended to remind the reader of famous Hughes poems. But the spirit of the poet is there--in the multifaceted identities of the main characters, in the brave actions of young men who get beaten for being gay, in the expansively hopeful feeling of the story as a whole.

The plot fits into the classic “chosen one” style of tale. James appears at first to have trouble reading at school, but a bizarre talent quickly emerges when he begins to channel the writing of long-dead poet Montgomery Langston (Langston Hughes). At the same time, his electricity-related superpower shows itself. After a period of being persecuted at school, and some harrowing real-world complications involving his best friend/love interest, Paul, James finds himself at a special academy for gifted teens like himself. Which is when the alien + conspiracy questions really kick into gear. I’m glad the author set us up for a sequel, because the busy, scheme-filled underworld he created is way too big for just one book.

I love a YA story where the superpowers appear at adolescence, where they overwhelm the character and then through the arc of the story he masters them. That’s what growing up feels like: channeling electricity with no control, destroying all the lightbulbs in the house, knowing for a fact that no one can understand your side of the story. Even though James’ demanding mother claims she always knew he was special, we see James changing into his true self on the page, as his feelings for Paul blossom and he discovers who he really is. In this case that’s pretty literal; James gets a big surprise when he finds out who his father is. Good YA science fiction stuff.

The love story isn’t center stage here, and that’s a big strength of the book. There’s plenty already going on in this story, and not all YA stories or coming-out stories have to be love stories. Another significant strength is Demcak’s skillful, barely-there handling of race and ethnicity. Way too much science fiction is, historically, way too white. That’s started to shift in recent years, but slowly. In A Little Bit Langston, the love interest, Paul, is Filipino, while James is white. Hardly anything is ever said about that difference between them, but Paul never has that insert-diversity-here feeling as a character. He’s three-dimensional, with a complex family and history of his own, and his journey toward loving James feels very earned. When we meet Lumen, another student at the special school, James expresses curiosity about her Korean heritage, but when the two turn out to be half-siblings, no one misses a beat, because these characters live so easily in a multicultural world.

Don’t miss out on A Little Bit Langston. I will be holding my breath until the sequel comes out.

Sunday, December 27, 2015


Enter now to win a FREE signed copy of my new Teen GLBTQ Sci-Fi Coming Out novel, 
A Little Bit Langston!

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A Little Bit Langston by Andrew Demcak

A Little Bit Langston

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Monday, December 07, 2015


My new Teen GLBTQ novel, A Little Bit Langston, is a Best Seller in the U. K. - It's currently #43 in the Top 100 Gay & Lesbian Teen books. Yay! Thanks Harmony Ink Press.

Thursday, December 03, 2015


“A Little Bit Langston” by Andrew Demcak

25817186Genre: Gay YA Science Fiction
Length: Novel

James has a pretty boring life. Sure, his mom is nuts, and also sort of interesting, but that’s par for the course for adults, who all seem a bit off. He’s in high school, but he still has problems with reading, and his best friend, Paul, seems to have a few problems as well. But people pretty much leave them alone, and all in all, he has nothing to worry about—just the average life of an average teenager. Until one day when he blacks out, and wakes up to find he’s written perfect copies of a dead poet’s greatest works… works he’s never seen before. On top of that, he starts zapping things with green electricity. Then things get weird, and he and his best friend have to face the facts: they aren’t your average teenagers anymore, and nothing’s going to ever be the same.
I don’t usually read young adult fiction—for many reasons—but I loved this book. I loved the two boys, James and Paul, and how their friendship turned into an adorable crush, and then into love. It had a very teenage boy feel—one scene in particular—and you’ll know the scene when you read it. It was perfect in characterizing their fragile love, and the forces that tried to keep them apart, creating a compelling story line.
I also liked the little secondary characterization details from James’s point of view: how poor Paul had to wear a helmet growing up, because his parents said his balance was off, and how Paul was always in front of James in line no matter where they went, and that was perfectly natural for both of them, or even how James’s mother kept saying he was destined for greatness… in that overly eccentric way of hers. Those details were incredibly beautiful and complete in how they showed the characters.
James and Paul are just “a little bit Langston”, and while that line is poetic in itself, I can also relate, because I’m just a little bit Langston too. The story, as well as these fantastic details, came off as more literary fiction than genre fiction, but then the world cracked open, and James and Paul were thrust into a crazy science fiction adventure, meeting new characters and creatures, and battling to save their lives, and maybe the entire world. Wow. Super good. Check it out.
Andrew Demcak has written much fiction, poetry, and other works, so if you favor a particular genre, I can assure you he has plenty to choose from. I can also assure you you’ll love it, and I’ll definitely be reading more.

B. A. Brock is a reviewer for DSP and QSF. He enjoys reading, writing, running, family and food, and fills his life with bent bunk. He especially loves to discuss LGBTQ+ literature. His website is You can find him on Goodreads:
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