Book List in Order: 43 titles


  • From over 500 short stories published over three decades, author Johnny Townsend presents several of his favorites.A gay couple steals from the rich to support their favorite charities.Two young women vie for the affection of the same missionary.A fa...



  • Todd Tillotson is struggling to move on after his husband is killed in a hit and run attack a year earlier during a Black Lives Matter protest in Seattle.In this novel set entirely on public transportation, we watch as Todd, isolated throughout the p...



  • Two Mormon missionaries in Italy discover they share the same rare ability-both can emit pheromones on demand. At first, they playfully compete in the hills of Frascati to see who can tempt investigators most. But soon they're targeting each other no...



  • Sex isn't the way Derek Murdock experienced it when he first came out, when HIV was the most frightening possibility during any encounter. With COVID, even condoms might not protect. Simply being in the same room with another person could transmit th...







  • It's 1981, and two Mormon missionaries randomly assigned to work together as "companions" in Napoli find themselves in trouble. They're falling in love, but the Church forbids gay relationships. As missionaries, they can't date anyone at all, much le...



  • What gay man hasn’t fantasized about hot sex with those repressed Mormon missionaries in their white shirts and conservative ties? But there’s more to Mormon fantasy sex than curious young “elders.” What about temple workers going at it in th...



  • Johnny Townsend, author of award-winning literary fiction, whose op-eds have appeared in major newspapers across the country, gives us his most eclectic collection yet. Stories of trans and gay Mormons balancing their spiritual and temporal lives. Es...







  • A moat can work to keep bad guys out of one's sanctuary, but it can also act like a prison, trapping good people inside, and the stench from its fetid waters can often prove unbearable. In these tales of the trapped faithful, a woman is shunned when ...



  • Mental illness can strike the faithful as easily as anyone else. But often religious doctrine and practice exacerbate rather than alleviate these problems. From schizophrenia to obsessive-compulsive disorder, from persecution complex to sexual dysfun...



  • The scriptures tell us that in the Last Days, wickedness will increase upon the Earth. When the Mormon Church sees a rise in the number of gay members, they believe the end is upon them. But while “wickedness never was happiness,” it begins to ap...



  • Ex-Mormon writer Johnny Townsend can’t leave the Church behind. But it turns out, that’s a good thing. With almost five decades in the Mormon and ex-Mormon communities, Townsend knows its people well. In this collection of short stories, we see a...



  • At Judgment Day, several Mormon apostates face being thrust into Outer Darkness for their sins. With all of humanity watching, they are forced to confess their stories of rejecting the witness of the Holy Ghost. As they tell the world what led them t...



  • Jason Kincaid is nearing the end of his three-year term as president of the Washington Seattle mission of the LDS Church. His service has been difficult, and for the first time in his life, he has doubts. During the last zone conference over which he...



  • Decades after the Fall, archeologists excavating ruins discover an abandoned vault deep in a mountainside. The vault has been seriously compromised, but a few documents have been found printed on actual paper, an astonishing recovery after worldwide ...



  • A world-weary man becomes a widower for the third time. A budding feminist tries to make a political statement by giving birth to her "illegitimate" son in church just before Mother's Day. Missionaries in Rome try to prevent a terrorist bombing. The ...



  • A missionary in Italy tries to rescue a woman enslaved in trafficking. A Salt Lake bishop is murdered in his office. A Mormon advice columnist gets into trouble with the Church. Parents arrange to kidnap their missionary son and force him into deprog...



  • During the Apocalypse, a group of Mormon survivors in Hurricane, Utah gather in the home of the Relief Society president, telling stories to pass the time as they ration their food storage and await the Second Coming. But this is no ordinary group of...







  • An Artificial Intelligence tries to lead Mormons astray. A bereaved widow listens to the radio hoping to hear love songs from her departed husband. A high school teacher is stalked by one of her students. An ex-Mormon earns a living selling Mormon un...



  • In this collection of Mormon short stories, a sister missionary fulfills her community service requirement by babysitting for a prostitute. Two elders break their mission rules by venturing into the forbidden French Quarter. A schizophrenic woman tri...



  • In this collection of Mormon short stories, an uncle awaits word on his niece caught up in the 2004 tsunami. A stake president threatens to revoke a couple's temple marriage. An elderly woman breaks her hip and struggles desperately to reach the phon...



  • In these Mormon short stories, a missionary in Italy makes a break for freedom on Christmas. Mormons create a theocracy in America and rename the country Zion. A conflicted father wonders how to deal with a transgender son who wants to be his daughte...



  • In these Mormon short stories, a teenage boy, worried about the future of the planet, prays for God to send a devastating plague on humans. A polygamist endures a miserable wedding night with his multiple wives. A government assassin tries to incorpo...



  • A male escort, invited to the hotel room of a closeted gay Mormon Republican senator, learns that the man is poised to vote on a piece of anti-gay legislation the following morning. To prevent him from sleeping, so that the exhausted senator will mis...




  • In this collection of Mormon short stories, we see a mission president's wife murdered in Rome. A mother plans for her role as a god in the hereafter. A descendant of Enoch tries out Capitalism. A bishop disguises himself as a homeless man to teach h...



  • In this collection of Mormon short stories, we see a supporter of Prop 8 forced to attend his boss's gay wedding. A devout Latter-day Saint struggling to pay his bills wonders if he should keep paying tithing, even after being excommunicated. A repor...



  • A Victorian enthusiast has a startling sexual revelation to make at his monthly Society meeting. Two men find love in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A home teaching assignment goes terribly wrong when a man is confronted with a young gay cowboy....







  • What happens when a High Priest becomes addicted to crack cocaine? Should an unemployed bank teller take in a homeless protestor from the Occupy movement? Do gay people have positive near-death experiences or unhappy ones? Is there a way to splice th...



  • This eclectic mixture of poignant memoir, bristling Op-ed, and literary criticism focuses on three of the most serious issues facing society today--gay rights, the environment, and universal healthcare. With both sarcasm and insight, Johnny Townsend ...





  • On Gay Pride Day in 1973, someone set the entrance to a French Quarter gay bar on fire. In the terrible inferno that followed, thirty-two people lost their lives, including a third of the local congregation of the Metropolitan Community Church, their...



  • Fascinating Mormon tales with an unorthodox twist. The Three Nephites from the Book of Mormon cope with their frustrated sexuality since their wives aren't immortal as they are. A deceased sinner plots to break out of Spirit Prison. An obsessive-comp...







  • A teenage Mormon girl is haunted by Joseph Smith's wife. A white college instructor confronts his subconscious racism. A timid gay man unleashes his inner beast through a role-playing game. A plastic surgeon accidentally discovers a new life form. Go...









  • Clean-cut Mormons may preach purity and wholesomeness, but sometimes repressing sexual instincts forces those feelings to erupt in unexpected ways. In these stories, two women vie for the sexual affections of the same missionary. An elderly farmer...



  • These sixteen stories reveal Mormons with serious problems their church can't always help solve. A young girl has to fight the Klan in 1960's Mississippi. A betrayed husband demands the return of the kidney he donated to his wife. A young gay man is...