So….we’re all here, reading this right? At SOME point in our younger days we decided that we were gay! Right? Not a choice…but at some point we realized that, “Hey! I think I kinda like boys more than girls!” (Or vice versa, for our lesbian audience) There’s always that ONE boy that awakens us to our sexuality! Who was it for you! You can just say a first name. But what boy caught your eye when you were younger and forced the idea of being GAY in you mind? I’m curious! This is a question for the next issue of Imagine Magazine! So, if you’re a bit worried about having your true feelings displayed for whatever reason, I can respect that. But for those who don’t mind having a place to share your memories with the rest of us…PLEASE feel free! K? You’re an innocent kid…who made you gay? Hehehe! For me, it was this boy named Gabe! I was just…wow…I wanted him so BAD! He was the first boyContinue reading »

In some of my reviews I’ve mentioned how LGBTI young adult books are getting more diverse in the stories they tell. “One Man Guy” isn’t one of them. It’s a “boy meets boy” book, and “realising you might be gay” book, with a healthy dose of that young adult staple “forging your own identity separate from your family for the first time”. But just because it’s straight-forward and familiar doesn’t make it any less charming. The story’s “hook” is that the protagonist, 14 year old Alek Khederian is an Armenian-American living in the suburbs of New Jersey. He is saddled with high-expectation parents who have sentenced him to summer school for falling off the honours track in his first year of high school. And to top it off, he has a perfect older brother who is always showing off how committed to Armenian culture he is. It’s through summer school that Alek meets Ethan, the cute skater boy legendary for starting a food fight. Ethan is the classic older, cooler,Continue reading »

1- If you look at the cap on your pen, you will notice a hole or some form of ventilation in the top of it. This is a safety measure that was put in the pen cap’s design for people that absentmindedly chew on their pens. If swallowed…the victim will be able to get at least some oxygen through the pen cap, until proper medical attention can be received. 2- While many people think that the DC Comics character, ‘Shazam’, has that as a name…it is actually an anagram. It stands for Solomon, Hercules, Aries, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury! 3- If you have pots and pans in your kitchen, you’ll notice that most, if not all, of them have a hole in the handle. This is not just for hanging them up on a rack or on the wall. The hole is meant to be used to hold your spoon or cooking utensil upright, with the ‘used’ end dangling over the pot. 4- Nearly 50% of Asian men and womenContinue reading »

Okay, let’s just get this one out of the way, because you cant have a list of movies about friendship without the classic “Stand By Me”. And how can you forget the bond between Elliot and E.T.? 😮 Stepping out of our comfort zone here, “Now and Then” is exactly friendship is made of. And what good would a hunt for buried treasure be without a bunch of wonderful friends? When I’m old and grey, I really hope I’m blessed with a friendship like that between Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in “The Bucket List”. Okay, there’s just a quick skim of the surface. What movies have you watched that scream friendship to you?

This month’s release is dedicated to the importance of friendship, and both @mike and Johnny from The Shack Forum have found us some great songs on that very subject! From Mike:   From Johnny:

JOIN US!!! >:O Have you been meaning to start writing more? Do you need a little more encouragement, maybe a little more motivation? Well, dagnabbit, so have I, them, and us! Join us at the brand new section of the Imagine website called the Writers Club, where we’ll be talking tools and dropping writing prompts and challenges and having a gay old time just trying to get each other to pick up the perverbial pen (see what I did there?) The primary goal is obvious – get us writing, then maintain momentum. Participation in the group isn’t mandatory. You can sign up and pop in whenever you feel like it. Writing prompts are going to start off at one per day, and writing challenges will be posted on Saturday of each week to begin with.   To join the group, simply register for an account here at Imagine, and visit this page: Hope to see you there! Over the years, there has been a true sense of love and unquestionable loyalty from the fans when it came to the “Billy Chase” series! The personal ‘diary’ format was something new and different for me, as well as a challenge to most readers in the beginning. It was an audience that didn’t really want to read a story that was told in that style at the time, so they avoided it like the plague despite its long run and many dedicated chapters over the years, updated on an almost weekly basis as the site’s personal ‘soap opera’. But as more and more people discovered the storyline and fell in love with the characters, it finally gained the popularity that I had been hoping for, but could NEVER predict ahead of time! And that fanbase grew even bigger when it came to the re-edited ebooks on! It found a whole new life there as the refurbished chapters brought the “Billy Chase” character and all of his friends intoContinue reading »

1- Every time you go to the gas station to fill your car up… you may be putting your LIFE at risk! While most people are aware of the dangers of leaving the car running or smoking around the gas pump, there is a third precaution that is clearly detailed on the pump that no one pays attention to. You are actually supposed to touch both of your hands to a metal surface before filling up your car to rid yourself of any possible built up static electricity. While this rule goes highly unnoticed, the slightest accidental spark could cause the gas fumes to ignite, setting both you AND your car on fire! So… remember that! 😛 2- In the Destiny’s Child “Say My Name” music video… TWO of those girls were actually no longer a part of the group! They started off with four members, including Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. Then two were fired from the group without even knowing it until after the video had already been shot,Continue reading »

For this months issue, we asked readers what some of their personal fears might be! These were the answers we received! What are YOU scared of? Give it some thought, and add it to the comments below! “Fear can be a superpower… OK, so for the benefit of Imagine Magazine, I’ve flushed out, what was initially a much briefer response. Feel free to use it if it’s helpful in some way. CLAUSTROPHOBIA. Well for one, I’m super claustrophobic. And it’s not so much about being in tight places like a small room, it’s more about being unable to breathe / move / sit up / raise my hands, being restricted in some form, just the thought of, say, being put in a straitjacket or handcuffs, or sandwiched between two huge rocks, unable to squeeze through, seriously freaks me out. When people think of claustrophobia they think of the fear of being trapped in small rooms / tight spaces, etc. But while that does bother me somewhat, it’s much more aboutContinue reading »

Nobody should be able to make it through a Halloween night without a few genuine scares, witnessed from the comfort of your own home! So, if you’re looking for creepy goosebumps and some serious midnight chills…here are Comsie’s ’13 Short Horror Films To Watch Before Bed’! Sweet dreams! >:) #1 – Chained – #2 – Sheets – #3 – On My Way – #4 – Night Night Nancy – #5 – The Smiling Man – #6 – Horror Short Film – #7 – The Whisperer – #8 – She’s A Doll – #9 – Vicious – #10 -Candy – #11 – Abe-   #12 – Red Balloon – #13 – I Heard It Too-

Simon is gay, closeted, and emailing anonymously with another gay boy at his school he knows only as “Blue”. But now one of his class mates saw the email programme Simon left open, and is threatening to out him unless Simon sets him up with Simon’s friend Abby. The relationship between his friends is getting more complicated, opening night of the school musical is getting closer, and the emails with the frustratingly shy Blue are getting more flirtatious by the day. This is a fun read. The book is told from Simon’s point of view, but periodically interrupted by the email exchanges between Simon and Blue. The email conversations feel very true to life – occasionally revealing, occasionally flirty, filled with the type of things you might say to someone anonymously in an email but would be terrified to say to someone in real life. Simon starting to fall for someone he’s never met feels pretty natural, as does Blue’s reluctance to admit his identity or meet Simon in realContinue reading »

1- When the original “Blair Witch” movie was released, so MANY people thought that it was a real and legitimate document of people who were actually ‘missing’ that the parents of the three actors received a flood of sympathy cards in the mail from people who saw it in theaters. 2- At the end of the original novel, “The Jungle Book”, Mowgli goes to live with his own kind, but the other humans reject him and cast him back out into the wilderness. Enraged by their judgement of him, Mowgli goes back and enlists the help of his animal friends to come BACK to the human village… and viciously tear the entire human settlement apart, slaughtering everyone inside! Hehehe, that Kipling… you crazy writer, you! 😛 3- Diehard religion during childhood… can cause actual brain damage! And that damage is irreparable past a certain age. Scientific studies have proven that extended exposure to heavy theological beliefs harshly affects the Hippocampus part of the brain. To young children, indoctrinating them withContinue reading »

Just in case your dream tank was empty and you were running low on a steady stream of total nightmare fuel, then you need to look no further than artist, Joshua Hoffine, for a full service fill up! If you haven’t heard the name or seen his work before, then read on, horror fans. This is one visual artist who is sure to stir up a few fearful thoughts and a collection of goosebumps…all with a single picture. Featured in magazines and news circulations, Joshua Hoffine’s special brand of ‘horror photography’ have grown extremely popular over the past few years, and he gets more ambitious with each following project. His work has been called ‘disturbing’, ‘jaw dropping’, and downright ‘unsettling’, by many…and yet those feelings of dread and repulsion only seem to add to their utter fascination with his art. With his impeccable eye for detail, mixed with heavy doses of passion, patience, and ingenuity…even the harshest critics have to praise him for the photos’ creativity and creepy vintage appeal.Continue reading »

While Comsie is away wrestling with an army of small children, the rest of us have to keep things ticking over here. So it’s time for another review! As you might guess from the title – this book is very gay. JT lives in Clearwater, Florida. He has a loud best friend called Heather, and gorgeous boyfriend called Seth that JT thinks is way out of his league. But he won’t be able to attend college without a scholarship, and the alternative is being trapped in Clearwater forever, working at his parents’ gas station. Then Seth springs a surprise on JT – a beauty pageant for teenage drag queens, with a college scholarship as first prize. JT is more than reluctant. His one drag queen performance, at his high school talent show, ended in disaster and humiliation, and he’s been too traumatized to try it in public again since. But with no other options for escaping Clearwater, JT agrees to enter, and he, Heather and Seth hit the road. It’sContinue reading »

While spending my nights writing new material and doing all I can to avoid sleep, I’m constantly pushing myself to try something new with the stories I’ve told over the years. Something different. Something original. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But, thanks to the awesome collection of fans the Shack has gathered over the years, I’ve realized that I can’t even touch some of the great ideas and amazing talents that they’ve come up with all on their own! Not only showing a true appreciation and loyalty to the source material, but enhancing it ways that I’ve NEVER even thought of before! It is because of them that the Shack is now preparing to spread out into areas of entertainment that I didn’t think were possible a few years back. The readers have been wowing me with what they can do all on their own, and because of their efforts, I’m more inspired than ever to keep up with them! The very first big attempt to allow readers toContinue reading »

1- Buzz Aldrin, the 2nd man to ever walk on the Moon? His mother’s maiden name was ‘Moon’. And the 1st man to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong (Neil A.), spelled backwards is ‘A.Lien’! 🙂 2- Young actor, Noah Schnapp (‘Will’ from the Netflix series, “Stranger Things”), is also the voice of ‘Charlie Brown’ in the “Peanuts” movie. 3- Your average ‘professional’ Youtuber makes anywhere from 50 cents to 1 dollar for every 1,000 views their video gets! One hundred thousand views might mean 100 dollars. One MILLION views might get you up to 1,000 dollars per video! Per month! Considering they could probably upload two or three videos a day over a 30 day period if they wanted to… that adds up to a LOT of money pretty quickly! (Goddamn you, Jacob Sartorius!) :O 4- There are more than 370,000 pieces of random ‘space junk’ orbiting the Earth at this very moment. Some of it is random space debris, some are detached rocket pieces, and some are fromContinue reading »

1- Tears of joy are actually the human body’s way of reducing emotional tension in an attempt to restore your emotional equilibrium. 2- The first YouTube video to ever hit a million views was a Nike commercial. 3- Your body physically experiences loneliness in the same way that it experiences ‘pain’. Therefore, there is a human need to avoid loneliness through social interaction (for MOST, not all) the same way that it avoids physical pain. 4- In order to keep those salads looking crisp, green, and fresh, at your average fast food restaurant…companies spray the salad with a chemical called Propylene Glycol. The same chemical that is used in anti-freeze and sexual lubricants! (Enjoy your healthy alternative, folks!) 5- Small and hairless penises were actually preferred and highly desirable in ancient Greece. Larger, hairy, ones weren’t fancied that much at all by most people. (See? It was sexy to be 12 years old back then! ::Giggles::) 6- As its properties attract and easily bind to the green dye in AmericanContinue reading »