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San Francisco in the late 1970's, and early 1980's.
It was a time of sexual, evolutionary, and
political change with both glorious and
nearly catastrophic consequences.
It was also a great time to be a
straight young man in a
gay old city.

It was a time for Morehead.

Morehead is now available in Print, Kindle and Audio Book. Look for it on amazon.com, and other fine online retailers and bookstores everywhere.


,  a new novel by Jeffrey Hickey

Available today at Amazon.com in print. Kindle version out soon.

And then:

An abridged audiobook


Joseph Rende as Dave Morehead and all the guys in Chapter 2

Lauren Pizzi as almost all the  women

Jeffrey Hickey as everyone else

Morehead just got it's first major publication review--Five Stars out of Five Stars from Foreword Clarion Review:

Foreword Clarion Review
Jeffrey Hickey
Five Stars (out of Five)

College student Dave Morehead is a “straight young man living in a gay old city” in Jeffrey Hickey’s candid coming-of-age story. Set in the 1970s and 1980s, Morehead follows the education of a twenty-one-year-old man who arrives at San Francisco State University with only one real goal: to seduce women. Dave Morehead’s college experiences challenge this singlemindedness and broaden his perspective immensely.

Hickey presents Dave’s story in the first person but avoids the exclusive use of journallike musings that would become tedious after a few hundred pages. Instead, he illuminates
Dave’s thoughts in a variety of formats that keep the reader engaged and entertained. Class assignments reveal Dave’s friendships and a 1970s culture that revolves around record albums and sound systems. His journal entries include not only self-reflection but also transcripts of intimate conversations that shine light on the other characters.

Some of the vignettes are poignant, illustrating the turbulent times. Dave’s visits to the flamboyant Castro District and his quiet talks with gay men in the early days of the AIDS crisis show his growth as a compassionate person. Other scenes are simply hilarious, such as the “Work in the Eighties” chapters. Here, Hickey drops readers into a day in the life of Dave at work. We find him at a movie concession stand, a car dealership, and in a series of temporary jobs, all of which he handles with varying levels of competence and a constant sense of humor.

The language used by Dave and his compatriots is often crude, with frequent profanities and references to sex. The swearing doesn’t feel gratuitous, however. Instead, it paints a realistic picture of the way guys might talk to each other. Additionally, the frankness allows Dave to ask a lot of questions, and get a lot of answers, about the burgeoning gay culture he finds himself living in.

Hickey provides fertile ground for character growth as Dave gets to know people who are very different from him. Initially naïve about homosexuality, Dave finishes his college years by writing a play about the struggles of the first Gay Games as they fought the US Olympic Committee over the use of the word “Olympic.” The script of the play is included and exhibits Dave’s signature sarcasm and humor.

Previous works by Hickey include multimedia productions like Bats and Bones, which combines stories and music; Wages Creek, a children’s book; and The Coach’s Son, a sports novel. Hickey’s versatility and comfort with diverse formats are revealed in the blend of styles he brings together in Morehead to take Dave from boorish freshman to promising young adult.

Sheila M. Trask



By Jeffrey Hickey

Dave Morehead is like most men. He wants to get laid. In the late 1970’s in San Francisco, at the height of the sexual revolution, this does not pose much of a problem for a handsome young college student in his early 20’s. But despite his narrow perspective, Dave cannot help but be drawn into the social, sexual and political upheaval of his time.

Dave encounters people of varying sexual orientations, and while he remains staunchly and defiantly heterosexual throughout the story, he soon realizes there is much more to life than his sexual needs.

San Francisco is teeming with diversity, and an evolving political base that forever changes the landscape of what had always been a progressive city. Harvey Milk, Halloween in the Castro, college classes where heterosexuals are in the minority, the first Gay Games, and spiritual cults comprise just part of the terrain Dave must traverse in order to get from where he was, to what he will become.

Along the way, he is challenged, assaulted, forced to defend himself, and rely on an expanding and surprising variety of friends. He is put into situations most straight men would find challenging at best, if not repugnant.

At the same time, a mysterious “gay cancer” is beginning to afflict his new friends and the community at large.  Dave has to grow up, and he has to make choices. Will he be there for his friends, or will he let them go?

Morehead is a coming of age story in the first person. It is told from the perspective of journals, classroom assignments, and transcribed audio recordings. It comically, bluntly and poignantly tells the tale of a straight young man living in a gay old city.

Morehead will also resonate in the world today; especially pertaining to straight/gay relations, because Dave Morehead is like most men.

The following article was published July 11, 2013 in the Point Reyes Light:

Inverness author invited to Limerick gay festivities

Mackenzie Mount

Patrons of a 101-year-old bar in Limerick, Ireland will gather on July 20 to hear Inverness author Jeffrey Hickey read from his 2012 self-published novel, Morehead. Mr. Hickey will share portions of his “loosely autobiographical” coming-of-age story courtesy of the Limerick 2018 Gay Games X Bid Team. 

The book is set mostly in San Francisco, but news of it has hopped the Atlantic by way of a chapter written about the first Gay Games, a multi-sport competition modeled on the Olympics that started in San Francisco in 1982.

Mr. Hickey and his wife, Karen Kiser, had already planned a trip to Ireland as a 28-years-belated honeymoon. (The couple married during a lunch break, in black sweatshirts and jeans, at San Francisco City Hall.) 

The Gay Games Federation, for whom Mr. Hickey had read a Morehead excerpt at a Games 30th-anniversary party last year, put Mr. Hickey in touch with the bid team, one of three finalists along with London and Paris campaigning to host the 10th Games. 

Morehead, in part, is meant to blur the distinctions between straight and gay men, “using the language of a straight man to convince other straight men not to be so scared,” Mr. Hickey said. He thinks people at the Games do not view the story as necessarily gay or straight: “It’s just human.”

Morehead also features a lot of sex. Chapter one, “College,” mentions an erection in the first paragraph. By chapter 23, “Reminders,” all of the blunt, first-person accounts of lustful thoughts and hooking up have plotted an overarching Bildungsroman about finding a common humanity that transcends perceptions of sexuality.  

Still, Mr. Hickey relishes surprising audiences with the book’s carnal anecdotes, or what he calls “going completely swishy on them,” at readings. He alternatingly voices “six multi-ethnic gay men” when he reads aloud chapter 11, “Roger’s Place.”

The content, and perhaps Mr. Hickey’s exuberant delivery, has upset audiences before, such as during a spring 2012 open mic at a monthly poetry reading in the Blackbird café in Inverness. At least a couple of people walked out. Others, Mr. Hickey said, laughed uproariously.

“You’ve got this group that’s dying and this other group that’s dying,” Mr. Hickey said. “Chapter one is anything but poetic.”

Mr. Hickey looks forward to more auspicious tidings on July 20. 

“That particular day will be the 18th anniversary of my mother’s passing,” he said. “She’s the one who taught me to write. She was one of the most graphically inappropriate people and, as such, taught me that I should be the same way. So that will be powerful, just to feel her that particular day.”

Mr. Hickey is comfortable with “misty mornings and pearly dew drops” not being his thing. He wrote children’s books and taught public speaking at Bay Area schools before the family moved from Mill Valley to Inverness in the mid 90s. Then the shackles came off, he said. 

Mr. Hickey’s first novel was The Coach’s Son, a sports story drawing on superstition and Southern mores, then Morehead, and, this October, Scary, Man, about  a family navigating small-town dynamics in Mill Valley and Inverness.

“I made sure there’s nobody out here that’s referred to that anybody could possibly go, ‘Oh, he’s talking about so-and-so,’” Mr. Hickey said. “As the saying goes, you don’t crap where you eat.”

Mr. Hickey very much likes where he eats. His love-at-first-sight wife has had a Pixar “dream job” for nearly 20 years, including working as an animator for the films Toy Story and Cars. Their two-acre Inverness property has a swing Ms. Kiser hung from an old buckeye tree in the backyard, which Mr. Hickey insists all visitors take for a spin. 

“This is my life. This is my heaven.”

Parts of “allegedly liberal West Marin” may not embrace his work, but Mr. Hickey says his spouse does, as do their 25-year-old twin sons.

“I would say that [the twins] probably went into a bit of a transition when I started to write for adults, because they loved and missed the children’s storyteller, but they also knew that wasn’t the real Jeff,” Mr. Hickey said. “That was Jeff being the children’s storyteller. That wasn’t dad that they knew who was capable of saying anything at any time. They’re very supportive now of the work that I’m doing, because it’s really who I am.”

Mr. Hickey plans to retire from writing fiction rooted in reality for a while. His next novel will be written from the perspective of that centuries-old buckeye tree.

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