Man Candy Monday postings are about to get a lot more sporadic (again!) so I’m winding down with some quiet ink. I wish I could credit the photographer but, alas, it’s a Tumblr world where origins don’t count for much.
I have a bunch of stuff I’m working on and waiting on right now – big projects and small. Hopefully at some point, these things will manifest themselves as Very Exciting News. For now, I can tell you I recently heard that my romantically filthy short story, ‘No Sleep’ will be appearing in Shanna Germain’s kinky-love anthology, Bound by Lust, published by Cleis early in 2012. I’m really looking forward to this one. The line up looks spectacular, Alison Tyler is penning the intro, and we’re already muttering about doing a couple of star-studded readings to promote the book next year. I’ll keep you posted!
Hot, salty nights. I like the sweat.
This is Marcus Hill by Rick Day. Beautiful, no?
I adore Rick Day’s work. His colour palette tends towards neutrals with occasional vibrant splashes, and he makes skin and hair look so damn good. He also makes bedsheets and floorboards look good, so textured. There’s often a dingy theatricality in his work or a feeling that reality just got turned up a notch. Plus, the men he shoots are heavenly.
I adore the cover of Alison’s Wonderland; it’s one of my all-time favourites. It’s also the only erotica book I own which has been mauled by the cat. She half-shredded the cover when I wasn’t there. It’s as if this collection of smut is so damn sexy even the cat wants to read it; she just hasn’t worked out how to turn pages yet.
And one more piece of hotness, check out the music video below from Bitter Ruin. It’s stunning, brilliantly and darkly sexy, does some astonishing things with rope bondage and the ending will take your breath away. Thanks to word-of-twitter and the like, the video has shot to very-nearly-the-top of the YouTube charts within a couple of days, and deservedly so.
Bitter Ruin are a Brighton-based band I’ve seen play live a couple of times. If you ever get chance to see them, do! And in the meantime, check out the new video. I don’t think it’s actually possible to watch it just once!
I’m off to France today, woohoo! MCM is late because I’ve been focusing on a deadline. Nailed it last night, meaning I am now allowed out of the country. Phew.
A small piece of excitement. My short story, The Lion Tamer’s Scars, is now available on an iPhone near you via the digital deliciousness that is Ether Books. The Ether Books app is free to download – and I know this because when my first story was published by Ether, I asked a total stranger in the pub if I could borrow his iPhone to check it out.
The Lion Tamer’s Scars first appeared in the fund-raising anthology, Ultimate Burlesque, where it was described as an “eroto-comic masterpiece of a story” by Jeremy Edwards, himself a master of the eroto-comic. I’m hoping to publish this story (and others) as a stand-alone e-short later in the year, so if you don’t have a smart phone, fret not!
But for now, je suis en vacances!
Here’s how the story starts:
The Lion Tamer’s Scars
Roxy Roxoff wanted to run away and join an office. Sure, the circus was fun and the contortionist was cute but getting naked every night took its toll on a girl. For three spangly years, Roxy had been stripping down to her well-waxed pubes, and now those watching eyes were starting to bug. In fact, Roxy was so goddamn tired of being ogled she could no longer have sex with the light on.
“He was bare from the arse upwards, his naked back facing me. His olive skin was overlaid with a sheen of dark bronze, and he was perfectly muscled: sinewy, work-strong contours rather than vulgar brawn. His black hair was cut in a grade-two crop and the suggestion of skull beneath was menacingly beautiful. His head was slightly turned, eyes downcast, mouth set in a firm line. You could see an ear, jawline, high cheekbone, and part of a big, hawkish nose.
His left arm was angled at the elbow; his hand was in front of his body. It looked like he was wanking, oblivious to anyone else.
It was, quite simply, the horniest photo of a bloke I’d ever seen.”
That’s Ilya, from Asking for Trouble.
Because we can eroticise men with words as well as pictures.
Don’t forget, Filament Magazine are running an erotic short story comp. The theme is music, the closing date is July 31st.