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by Laura Antoniou
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Gay Fiction
Description: In this smoking hot tale of m-m love, the author spins a mythic story of Tom falls hard for an older an older man he meets in a gym with mixed feelings of fear and attraction. Meanwhile, the older man puts Tom through a sexual initiation involving BDSM and brutal, sweaty sex. In the process Tom's hatred of his own body and gay urges is transformation in very positive ways. Musclebound is a story that takes Tom from innocence to experience, ordeal to triumph. "Laura Antoniou . . . elevates the genre of SM erotica ... in storyline, character development, passion and humor. ...the dialogue achingly real, and the sex is as hot as you'd ever hope for. ... these books are the next best thing to being there." -Kate Bornstein (author, My Gender Workbook)
eBook Publisher: Renaissance E Books/Sizzler Editions,
eBookwise Release Date: July 2011
7 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [211 KB]
Reading time: 142-199 min.
Welcome to my closet.
It extends a bit, doesn't it? From my early days of using a pseudonym to hide my more pansexual works from my lesbian readers to this little corner here, where my gay male fiction has been hiding.
It won't surprise too many of my readers that I have written vast amounts of gay smut, especially of they have read my more far reaching erotic works, where I do my best to throw in something for everyone. It might surprise a few at how this brutal tale of pumped up bodies and punishing sex became the first book of mine ever mentioned in academia.
No less a figure than Will Roscoe, one of the major voices in gay men's spirituality in the United States, anthropologist and winner of the Margaret Mead Award, devoted a neat chapter to Muscle Bound in his book Queer Spirits (Beacon Press, 1995.)
In this chapter, Roscoe seems delighted to find a little porn novel that fulfills the requirements of a mythic story; he writes about how my hero Tom relates to the story villain with "fear and attraction based on a sense of lack, (that) all too often characterizes how we as gay men relate to our fathers." He talks about the "initiatory themes" of the sex scenes, and how Tom grows with the transformation of his body, "a common feature of tribal rites." He mentions Divine Twins, Rabelais, liberation and subject-SUBJECT relationships.
Here is where I reveal my years of study of literature, anthropology, sociology, sexuality and, well, the mythic archetype. Here is where I admit that when faced with completing my first novel, I decided I couldn't mess it up if I just told The Story, of innocence to experience, ordeal to triumph, blah, blah. That it had brutal, sweaty gay sex was beside the point. I knew what I was writing. And here, this guy saw it and wrote about it, probably never dreaming this story was written by 1) a woman, and 2) an academic drop out with too much useless information to sit around and not use it from time to time. I was delighted. I was amused.
And I couldn't TELL anyone!
Luckily, times change. And just as lesbians didn't leave me in hordes when I put men and straight people in my books, I suspect there will be some gay men who won't mind reading this under a real name instead of a fantasy one. The best change of all, of course, is the number of people who read sexy books way outside their identity, their tastes, even their personal fantasies -- because they read them as books.
Now, that's really kinky. And it's my kinda kink, too.
The author formerly known as Christopher Morgan