Larry Mellman

author, The Ballot Boy trilogy

Venice, 1368.

The Ballot Boy

The only thing worse than killing another man is loving him.

The Ballot Boy
“The heart of the novel is a coming-of-age story in period dress that follows Nico’s coming to terms with his own sexuality — and the danger that it may bring him. Mellman’s tale shines when it interrogates the ways sex and gender impact the lives of ordinary people.”
Kirkus Reviews
“I love Larry Mellman’s masterful The Ballot Boy, an ingenious Gay Historical Romance perfect in every way--beautifully crafted, deliciously erotic, and convincingly set in a deeply researched 14th-century Venice where sodomites are burned at the stake.The Ballot Boy is both a unique work of art and a fab read! Please don’t make me wait too long for the enchanting Nico’s continued adventures in The Man with Sapphire Eyes.”
Vincent Virga, author of The Gaywyck Trilogy
“Larry Mellman blends love, lust, lies, bliss, fear, heroism, stratagem, and history into a storytelling concoction that is enlightening and entertaining. With each chapter, the book's composer leaves the reader craving for the next movement. What more could you want?: a loyal horse named Delfín, a next-level Renaissance chase scene, raging boyhood to manhood discovery, palace-type intrigue, and crossbows galore. Not necessarily in that order. The Ballot Boy is a joyride.”
Michael Warr, author of Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin