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68                                      Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
            in the Castro where coincidentally Anne Rice was also living. They both
            knew the same witches, ghouls, ritualists, and vampires. Fritscher’s non-
            fiction interviews with gay witches and Satanists was published in 1972.
            Anne Rice’s fictional Interview with the Vampire came out in 1976. Both
            authors distilled the essence of that very psychic time in gay history.
               In the 1970s, Fritscher received a National Endowment for the Arts
            grant to record audio interviews with his friend, the veteran writer, Sam
            Steward (aka Phil Andros) who told his life story including his times with
            Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder, and James Purdy for
            whose novel, Narrow Rooms, Fritscher shot the cover (GMP, London).
            In the mid-70s, Fritscher became the founding San Francisco editor of
            Drummer magazine which he made infamous. He is the original “Mr.
            Drummer” in the real sense of that title because by the time Drummer
            ceased publication at the end of 1999, his writing and photographs had
            appeared in 62 of Drummer’s 200 issues over twenty-five years, making
            him the author most published in Drummer.
               He is currently working on a book which is kind of The Best of Drum-
            mer, an anthology of writing from the international magazine’s torrid
            history. Who knew that one day a men’s progressive gay skin magazine
            would become a historical document? Fritscher did. Actually, some of
            the Drummer material appears in Corporal in Charge and Other Stories
            (1984) — the first collection of Drummer stories — and in Jacked: The Best
            of Jack Fritscher, published by Alyson Press (2002) and nominated by the
            Erotic Authors Association (2003) as the best anthology written by one
            author. He is also currently nominated by the Erotic Authors Association
            for a Lifetime Achievement Award. [Editor’s note: granted 2007]
               Fritscher is dedicated to the preservation and continuation of gay
            cultural studies and the expansions of its horizons. He believes that there
            are some important facets of gay culture, including the “homomasculin-
            ist” subcultures of leather, muscle, fetish, daddies, and bears which need
            to be fully documented as part of gay history. In the mid-70s in Drummer
            he coined the word homomasculine to address the most neglected species
            in the gay zoo: the masculine-identified homosexual.
               He says he is not himself a masculinist or a feminist, because, inclu-
            sive of both terms, he is a humanist. (Some people, trapped in gender
            politics, he says, don’t rise to that concept.) He is also currently concerned
            about the political “repackaging” of the gay community, and how our
            culture and media have hi-jacked the “gay edge” only to sell it back to us
            in a new, corporate form. For years he has stood foursquare against the
            “politically correct” whom he terms fundamentalist Puritans who, born
            out of failed Marxism, actually hate art, sex, and the transcendentals of
            truth, beauty, and goodness.

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