Amie Taylor reviews ‘Pharmakeia’ in LGBTQ Arts Review

Great review on Pharmakeia in the LGBTQ Arts Review by Amie Taylor..

The LGBTQ Arts Review

By Timothy Graves

Pharmakeia is the second book from author Timothy Graves, his first Homo Jihad was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize.  Published by Paradise Press, this novel takes the form of a thrilling and macabre tale, spun in amongst the subculture of 90s London.

It’s a heady mix of drugs, art, sex and Satanic practises. Mahvand, a young gay artist, spends much of his time creating his own comic books.  He dreams of gaining some kind of recognition for his work, but acknowledgement for his talent feels frustratingly out of reach; that is until he collides with Belial (or Jean-Baptiste Lebeau-Chevalier) who, in a Faustian style manner, offers Mahvand all he ever dreamed of and more.  The question is, what and how much is Mahvand willing to give up in order to fulfil his wildest fantasies?

Graves successfully conjures a distinct image of subcultural London, spanning across…

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