MENAFTER10 by Casey Hamilton


Told in a series of interconnecting stories of strangers and friends using a popular hookup app, MENAFTER10 is a rich and raw depiction of how hard it is being Black, gay, and online.


MENAFTER10 is a geosocial networking and online dating application for gay “urban men looking for urban men.”

Among its users is Chauncey Lee, who is always online, always looking. What exactly he’s looking for is a mystery even to him, but he does his best trying to find it by dating in bedrooms across an unknown city. Brontae Williams is just the opposite. He’s lonely and desperately wants to settle down into a long-term relationship. His biggest problem is that the only thing anyone wants these days is quick and casual sex. LeMilion Meeks, however, is used to the fast life. With his big personality, he might come off as content with snorting coke in club bathrooms, but he’s learning that knowing his HIV status is entirely different than knowing what to do with it.

Despite the differences between them, their reasons for using the app are the same. The stories of these men and the men they meet online intersect and converge in this brilliant and sexy debut novel.

“Raucous, raunchy, no-holds-barred sex hits you right off. But then the story delves deep into its characters, and how their unresolved quest for identity and belonging brings them face to face with old dangers. In turns funny and poignant, Casey Hamilton has written a brilliant work on Black gay life for the 21st century. I felt this story to my core.” —GAR McVEY-RUSSELL, author of Sin Against the Race
“Heartfelt, vulnerable, and at times achingly funny. The interweaving stories of MENAFTER10 will resonate with anyone who’s longed for love and acceptance in the alienating world of hook-up culture. Casey Hamilton is a writer to take immediate notice of.” —THERA D. PITTS, author of South

“In MENAFTER10, Casey Hamilton sings a song of sad young men, in a voice blending the better aspects of James Earl Hardy and Jackie Susann—cynical, very nearly joyless, yet finally moving. Hamilton and his novel are important additions to the canon of Black queer men’s literature.”  LARRY DUPLECHAN, Author of Blackbird and Got ’til It’s Gone

CASEY HAMILTON is a writer with his roots in raw, fictional storytelling. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a graduate of Southern University and A&M College, he now writes from Atlanta, Georgia. After briefly working as a freelance copywriter, Hamilton followed his passion for creative writing with his 2013 amateur debut as a YouTube content creator and star of the gay web series, Judys.

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