Steve Berman's young adult novel Vintage: A Ghost Story was a Nebula (Andre Norton Award) and Gaylactic Spectrum finalist, and made the GLBT-Round Table of the American Library Association’s Rainbow List of recommended queer-positive books for children and teens. He has recently completed the first of a series of novellas chronicling the secret history behind infamous photographer Guglielmo Plüschow. Berman’s nearly 100 published essays and stories include stories in Teeth: Vampire Tales (Datlow and Windling, eds.), Brave New Love (Guran, ed.), Paper Cities (Sedia, ed.), Phantom (Tremblay and Wallace, eds.), Time Well Bent (Wilkins, ed.), Japanese Dreams (Wallace, ed.), Wilful Impropriety (Sedia, ed.), Fungi (Grey and Moreno-Garcia, eds.) and All in Fear (Utz, ed.).
His collection Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories (Lethe, 2001) was a Gaylactic Spectrum Other Works finalist and included the short fiction finalist “The Anthvoke”; his second collection, Second Thoughts: More Queer and Weird Stories (Lethe, 2008), includes “Kiss,” “Caught by Skin,” and “Bittersweet,” all Gaylactic Spectrum short fiction finalists for 2003, 2006, and 2007, respectively. His third collection, Red Caps (Lethe, 2014), contained queer young adult fiction with illustrations.
He’s edited the genre anthologies So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction (Lethe, 2007; Gaylactic Spectrum finalist), Magic in the Mirrorstone (Mirrorstone, 2008), The Touch of the Sea (Lethe, 2012), Where Thy Dark Eye Glances (Lethe 2013; Shirley Jackson finalist), Bad Seeds (Prime, 2013), Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages (Prime, 2013), Daughters of Frankenstein (Lethe, 2015; Golden Crown Literary finalist), the annuals Wilde Stories: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction (Lethe 2008-2017; Lambda finalist in 2008 and 2010), and co-edited Heiresses of Russ: The Year’s Best Speculative Fiction (Lethe, 2011-17).
Outside the genre, he’s co-edited (with Toby Johnson) Charmed Lives (White Crane, 2006; Lambda finalist), and edited two anthologies aimed at gay teens with Bold Strokes Books: Speaking Out (2011), featuring inspirational short fiction; and Boys of Summer (2012), featuring romantic tales.
Berman is the founder of the award-winning Lethe Press, which has released quality books of queer and weird fiction for over a decade from such writers as Tanith Lee, Livia Llewellyn, Michael Thomas Ford, Sean Eads, Patrick E. Horrigan, and Will Ludwigsen. Berman has recently relocated from New Jersey to Massachusetts.