Dirty Words: Provocative Gay Erotica
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by M. Christian
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Gay Fiction
Description: Here it is - the Lambda Literary Award Finalist DIRTY WORDS: the queer collection shows just how hot and imaginative - manlove erotica could be! From mischievous Native American spirits, to victims of cybernetic nightmares, these stories will amaze, amuse, terrify, fascinate and -- always -- excite you. Subtle and not, these well-crafted tales will touch you -- and always excite you -- in ways you'd never expect. With a very special introduction by Patrick Califia. "Dipping into his erotic prose is like being doused with a bucket of icy cold water on a sticky Summer's day. It's a sense awakening experience, which enlivens and sweeps you away in the same narrative breath. It's dark, it's dangerous, it's horny, it's mouthwatering, it's witty and it's sharp. Read my lips: Read this book."- Skin Two "To get the most out of M. Christian's haunting mix of rapture and horror, exaltation and degradation, love of language and lust for flesh, read him out loud. If you have someone to read him out loud to, someone who knows that the best porn is also art, you're both very lucky." - Clean Sheets "Part folklore, part pornography, part horror, part brutal romance - and all erotically kick-ass. Dirty Words takes readers in a tour of 14 contorted mental interiors and labyrinthine psychic dungeons inhabiting M. Christian's mind. This is not a collection of short stories where the music swells and the camera pans to clouds passing the bedroom window on a moonlit night. Smart, hot, and vorpal-blade sharp, Dirty Words is perfect reading for those who love their sex fantasies in-you-face and are unafraid of a little blood" - Adult Video News (AVN)
eBook Publisher: Renaissance E Books/Sizzler,
eBookwise Release Date: September 2012
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [278 KB]
Reading time: 176-246 min.
DIRTY DEEDS FOR DIRTY BOYS (AND MEN)
It can be very damned awkward to have a good friend who is also a writer (or wants to be one). What do you do when someone approaches you for an introduction or a blurb for the back cover ... and you like their wicked smile or their spicy chicken marsala or their hospitable, fuzzy butt a whole lot more than you like their paragraphs, which are as graceful as a football tumbling down the stairs, mixed metaphors, and fuck scenes that could not be resurrected with a truckload of Viagra? Fortunately for me, M. Christian presents no such dilemma. Given our long and intimate acquaintance, I probably can't be 100% objective about the book you are holding in your hot little hands. But I can honestly say that this is some of the best writing, period, that I've perused in the last year.
Be forewarned: Dirty Words is not a walk in the park on a sunny day. Like many quiet and unassuming people, M. Christian conceals a frightening intellect, a lurid imagination, and a Zen comprehension of the evil that men can do. In case you never have the privilege of meeting him or hearing him read, I'd like you to know that he's a really nice guy. Honest. Sweet. Compassionate. But all of those virtues spring from doctoral-level study of the Shadow. His kindness is informed by a sad appraisal of all the self-interested alternatives. He chooses not to exploit others even though he gets exactly how thrilling it can be to push a weaker person down and suck them dry.
The best writing about sex is also about something else. The San Francisco writers I refer to as the Glamorous Nerd Pornographers are hand-crafting a renaissance of smart smut. Like Fanny Hill, My Secret Life, or Dangerous Liaisons (bet you didn't know that was originally a very banned book), sexually-explicit work by Carol Queen, Thomas Roche, M. Christian, Bill Brent, Ian Philips, Kirk Read, and their fellow travelers creates a record of mores, manners, philosophy, fashion, controversy, politics, religion, and other keynotes that preserve the tenor of a given moment in human history. (As do a handful of great sex writers in other locales, like Tristan Taormino in, uh, what is that place, New York City?)
The themes that preoccupy M. Christian include (but are not restricted to) revenge (in "Chickenhawk" and "Counting" he details the way a pursuit of vengeance alters the agents of Nemesis as well as her object), the signifiers of masculinity (two badder-than-bad bikers in "The Harley" compete for possession of a dead bro's hawg), the odd things that can cause one human being to bond with another ("What Ails You"), and the Crisco-slippery, razor-sharp twists that Fate loves to hand out to those who think they already know how their story is going to end ("Matches"). Oh, and cocksucking. I don't think I've ever encountered a writer who is more poetically obsessed with cocksucking than M. Christian. He is a bard of deep-throat, a lyrical celebrator of the profoundly transformative act of blowing a load all over somebody else's tonsils. He's a dab hand at describing ass fucking as well. But there's a difference between the three-star restaurant and the one that gets four stars. M. Christian has paid his dues, watching the habits of the feral, big dick (his own and others) as assiduously as your maiden aunt noted various species of swallows in her bird-watching log, or monitored the ownership of cars parked after dark in other people's driveways.
There's a lot of pretty violent stuff in this book (see "Blue Boy" for a prime example). But even the most horrific acts become as jubilant and aesthetically pleasing as a machine-gun massacre in a Quentin Tarantino film. And there's always a surprise. M. Christian does not take the easy way out. From the relentless way he works his readers' nerves, one might almost suspect him of a certain amount of sadism. He's also a surprisingly moral author -- never preachy, but never slipping into the sort of gratuitous bloodshed that quickly becomes a big yawn. There's no noir character more overworked than the vampire, but M. Christian puts a new spin on it with a melancholy artist who feels obligated to clean up the mistakes he makes when his loneliness becomes too much to bear ("Wet").
The carefully choreographed pseudoviolence that's called sadomasochism in the postindustrial West also figures heavily in these stories ("Spike" and "Puppy"). But these are not the hackneyed stories that make one fall asleep over most of the remaindered paperback product of Masquerade Books. "Spike" is a tour de force about narcissism that would make the most seasoned psychiatrist seek out his own psychoanalysis, and "Puppy" pokes good horny fun at every stereotype of the autocratic and omniscient Master.