Scry of Lust Interview with Sara the Black

•May 21, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Sara The Black

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Sara the Black is an introverted California native hermiting deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Proudly multicultural, this primarily Sephardic Jew/Kaldresh Romani was raised in Southern California. A Gender Queer, Asexual, Intersex disabled adult living with multiple chronic illnesses, Sara opted for retirement off-grid with a fiercely independent private contractor/writer companion and neurotic female feline minions. -She- is an unapologetically voracious reader with a healthy appetite for street tacos, good beer, and Hello Kitty

Scry of Lust

Dark and seductive, alluring and imaginative, perverse, shocking, and at times hilarious—Scry of Lust is an arousing collection of erotica, paranormal romance, sexy poetry, and kinky tales that will spark your desire and quicken your breath. Indulge in the lustful imaginings of this diverse group of writers, all by your naughty self, or share it out loud to entice your lovers. Scry of Lust will charm the pants off of you—literally!

Profits from this collection are being donated to the San Francisco AIDSWalk, through SFGoth Team #5015, in memory of Gregory Hug.

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Sarah the Black with Greg Hug

Writing Sample from Ego: Free Me

I burrowed deeper into my thick hoodie as I stormed out into the cold night. Dolly’s version of ‘Jolene’ queued up on my playlist. I cranked up the volume on my player app and filtered out the passing chaos of the city on a fast walk of a few blocks to my refuge.

It was one of those quirky secrets a city like San Francisco could swallow up and only be a hidden gem to true devotees of the darker side of consensual interludes. Yeah we had our share of sex club, bath houses, fetish bars and porn studios but EGO was a deliciously filthy mix of the best parts of the above with a dedicated cast of burlesque and cirque du freak acts. I reached the quiet unmarked door manned by Tiny, a huge Samoan dude in full Class A’s and a Jack Skellington beanie set at an absurd angle on his enormous bald head. He stepped in front of me with a dramatic scowl but those bright green eyes sparkled at some inside joke we’ve never uttered out loud. I pulled the hoodie back enough to show my face.

“Kit…its been a while.”
“Yeah um…I’ve been busy with stuff.” I glanced up briefly before looking back down at my threadbare Chucks.
“Stuff…yeah. They’ve been asking about you.”
“I owe them an explanation, especially Daddy Mao.”
“Yup. Go on in.” He grunted, giving me a slap on the back.
I swiped my membership card on the reader.
**BEEP**

Finally.

I stashed my gear at coat check and headed straight to the bar. Behind me the house DJ was playing a Dub step/WitchHouse mix with seriously cranked up bass. The bartender Katia made eye contact with me and looked momentarily stunned before assuming the usual mask of pleasantry.

“KIT! OMG BABE!!” she had a Jack and Diet Coke (light on ice!) mixed up and slung my way before I had a chance to respond. I smiled and shook my head before chugging round one of liquid courage. She refilled it as soon as the glass hit the highly polished black lacquered counter.

“Thanks.” I was relaxing into the next round when Katia looked up and her face immediately went pale. I glanced at the antique mirror behind the bar and studied the crowd behind me.

There in all His splendor, stood Daddy Mao.

Our eyes met via the warped reflection. A finely drawn eyebrow arched briefly before Daddy spun on 5” platform heels and sauntered in an effortless stride into the back hallway.

I slowly finished my drink then slapped down a crisp new Cnote on the bar with my glass securing it.

Rolling my shoulders and giving my neck a satisfying crack, I followed Daddy Mao into utter bliss.

Interview:

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Q. How did you find out about the Kinky Writer’s Group or Munch at Wicked Grounds? Was it online, in person, through a referral, and how well did it meet expectations when you arrived?

A. I’ve been invited several times but health and transportation issues have kept me from attending thus far. It seems like a lively group- I encourage those less hermity than myself to attend and unleash their yearning creativity.

Q. When did you first start writing? Do you feel it was your purpose to put writing in the world – or do you view writing as a hobby, and how did you begin to love writing if you do love it at all.

A. I’ve always written. It was a major survival mechanism against an absolutely atrocious childhood. As an emancipated teenager, writing helped me put reason to paper and guide me through decision making skills I didn’t have a mentor or an archetype to draw upon.

Q. Before Scry of Lust, had you ever put your writing out into the world in any form and if so, how and where?

A. I was published in a ton of underground zines in Southern California and more recently up in my WA stint. Most of it was poetry, off grid survival articles, costuming addendum to convention panels and workshops, some ghost writing for authors published through Eloras’s Cave, an article or two regarding medieval musicological theory. I haven’t published any personal pieces, absolutely nothing with a touch of self experience emancipated unto fiction until this year. My domestic partner is a ravenously prolific writer and between the call out for submissions and seeing him tap away one amazing piece after another I decided what the heck why not?

Q. Some of the pieces in the anthology are sci-fi leaning; others are fantasy, real life scenarios, poetry, or transgressive fiction. How would you describe your own brand of erotic fiction?

A. Real, raw- profoundly emotional. I write what I know. I was born intersex and was gender assigned cis female. Up until recent life events I was heavily into the modification, suspension and ‘Freak’ scene and I’ll always feature or at least hint at these details in future writings. I keep Kit’s biology purposefully vague, preferring to focus on the human experience of a scene. As a former High Protocol trained submissive that later graduated to being an instructional Top, consent, negotiated perimeters and through aftercare are essential not only in a deeply emotional piece but obviously in real life as well.

Q. Many of the people in the anthology are marginalized in one way or another. Women are underrepresented in horror while men are underrepresented in the romance literary genre, queer people are under-represented in literature and disabled people and ethnic minorities are more often written about by others than able to self-represent. Do you view yourself as a member of any marginalized communities and if so, how do you feel about the representation of those communities in both this anthology and in erotica in general?

A. I think I hit most of the big check marks on this one. Being a gender queer intersex disabled minority female that is openly of Sephardic Jew, Romani and a smattering of other exciting genetic queries I see this very strongly in the realm of writing, period. I think there is an uncomfortable amount of focus on race and identity when there’s a push to make a quota or find another marketing angle for a tired publisher/event. There are an amazing amount of undiscovered authors out there that don’t fit the classic ‘marketable’ mold. I wish more of these amazing people had a chance at mainstream recognition.

Q.  Erotica seems to have a bad name in certain circles as a trash genre – do you think that is true? Anne Rice said that erotica and romance are maligned because they are genres written mostly by women for women, do you think that is valid? Finally, do you think people view male-written erotica like John Norman’s Chronicles of Gor as any more or less trashy?

A. I love me some ‘Bodice Rippers’…but I also enjoy intelligent, deeply complicated fiction where people express sexy and panty melting moments. To both dismiss and systematically lump all erotica and ‘trash’ and ‘smut’ is honestly denying oneself an opportunity for moments of escape and self reflection. I think women know the things that make a reader tick or in this case, um…purr?

Q. I think male written erotica has more acceptability because its viewed as subjective since the main subject- females, are not a state of being they are intuitively aware of being. Its like someone that writes about serial killers but isn’t one if that makes any sense.

A. Which of the other writer’s stories did you like the most and want to recommend that the readers check out? I know you loved the whole book, but this isn’t the question. If you wanted to entice the prospective reader to buy the book, name 1 to 3 works that you didn’t personally write that you would point them at to read first. And why?

I haven’t read any of the offerings on this compilation. I’m waiting for the weekend after my outpatient surgery to curl up and really immerse myself into a huge spectrum of experiences. This sounds like its going to be delightful.

Q. Finally – since this is horror blog – what is your favorite scarerogenous hot sexy scene in a horror movie, and do you think it is appropriate or inappropriate to be turned on by this?

A. Ha! I’ll blame Merlin Monroe for this final question right? Easily has to be the scene in Bram Stoker’s Dracula between the Brides and Harker. You have to also consider what a seriously sexy mofo Gary Oldman was in the role as well all decked out in improper period attire. That cravat, Gods forbid!

Interview with Scry of Lust author Sumiko Saulson

•May 20, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Sumiko Saulson

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Sumiko Saulson (Mauskaveli on FetLife) is a cartoonist, science-fiction, fantasy and horror writer, editor of Black Magic Women and 100 Black Women in Horror Fiction, author of Solitude, Warmth, The Moon Cried Blood, Happiness and Other Diseases, Somnalia, Insatiable, Ashes and Coffee, and Things That Go Bump In My Head.  She wrote and illustrated comics Mauskaveli, Dooky and graphic novels Dreamworlds and Agrippa. She writes for the SEARCH Magazine.  The child of African American and Russian-Jewish parents, a native Californian and an Oakland resident who’s spent most of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is pansexual, polyamorous and genderqueer.

Name of Stories in Scry of Lust: Andona’s Feast, Translucent Skin, Love… poems Spit and Pathos and My Beloved Gave Me A Rose.

Work Sample (From Translucent Skin)

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“You will find it near the coral reef at low-tide,” Naedra’s father had told her. “Find and fetch the amphibiod home. Only encircle it about the waist with a slender chain of wrought iron first, which you will find at the fence. That will prevent it from using any of its magic against you.”

“It is wrong to bind an amphibiod,” her mother had warned. “Ignore your father’s instruction, child! It is the way of men to use force, when you could use seduction. Seduce it instead, with tender kisses, so it might grow enamored and follow you willingly.”

“You endanger our daughter without cause!” Padre howled and cussed at Madre as Naedra slipped out the back door. Opening her leather pouch as she tip-toed past the fence, she quietly piled the chain into her bag. Better safe, she felt, than sorry.

She continued on her quest, until she found the ambipiod leaning against the coral reef at low-tide at the crack of dawn. It lounged against the rocks, long mane of ruby-red fins decorating its pretty head like the fans of a Betta fish. Its skin was translucent pearlescent silver, and below one could see clearly the function of its heart, liver, lungs and intestines. Even its reproductive organs were transparent like a fish of some sort. Opaque testes and ovaries coexisted in the scrotal pouch below its tailfin, as the creature like all its ilk was intersex. Its wide-set frog-like eyes protruded slightly, each red with a rectangular black pupil.

“You’ve come to steal my magic,” it said without emotion, but a rapid blinking of its eyes and nervous licking of lips betrayed its fear.

“Why steal what you will give me willingly?” Naedra asked teasingly, running her finger over her bottom lip, licking it, and then biting. The creature squinted in what she wasn’t sure whether to interpret as lust or cringing in response. It rubbed its thighs together nervously.

“Many a young maiden yearns for the seed of Pinadoia,” the ambipiod bragged. “It pretty things desire. It longs to believe that the pretty things are in awe and lust over its beauty. How well do it know better. The human only wants its semen for her witchery crafting, to cast spells and make potions with.”

The Interview:

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Q. How did you find out about the Kinky Writer’s Group or Munch at Wicked Grounds? Was it online, in person, through a referral, and how well did it meet expectations when you arrived?

A. I’m the founder of the group, so I actually started it. I met Lydia LaRue at a speed dating event at Citadel and we talked about wanting to do such a thing. I had casually discussed it with my friend Serena Toxicat at an earlier time, and I think Kathleen Mahnke before she moved back to Chico, and Ev Joy Lokadottr. But it never got very far until I met someone committed to the project, Lydia. She became my co-moderator, and I showed up every Wednesday with her or Serena for a while, then asked Mir to put it on the calendar. They said Wednesday wasn’t the best day, so we picked Monday, because Lydia and I both go to Death Guild. The rest was history! It’s grown by bounds since that fateful day in January 2019 when we met.

Q. When did you first start writing? Do you feel it was your purpose to put writing in the world – or do you view writing as a hobby, and how did you begin to love writing if you do love it at all.

A. I started writing really young. I told my dad I wanted to be a writer when I was five – I’d been reading since three, so I was some of a language arts prodigy.  By the third grade I was writing poems for people’s wedding invitations. My mom helped me start a little business, in fact. I was on my high school newspaper, and had poetry published in high school and as a young adult. I didn’t write my first novel until I was 42, however, and my short story career didn’t take off until my forties either. In my 20s I was a journalist and a poet.

Q. Before Scry of Lust, had you ever put your writing out into the world in any form and if so, how and where (links, if available)

A. I have been a published journalist and poet since I was a teen in the eighties, and I have been a novelist since 2011. My works can be found on my website Things That Go Bump In My Head , and I write for Search Magazine

Q. Some of the pieces in the anthology are sci-fi leaning; others are fantasy, real life scenarios, poetry, or transgressive fiction. How would you describe your own brand of erotic fiction?

A. Most of my works in this book are in the sci-fi or fantasy erotica genre, which isn’t that surprising considering that I had already been writing the paranormal romance series Somnalia and tried my hand at sci-fi erotica for Scierogenous II and supernatural shapeshifter erotica for Babes and Beasts: Tales of Lusty Shifters.

Q. Many of the people in the anthology are marginalized in one way or another. Women are underrepresented in horror while men are underrepresented in the romance literary genre, queer people are under-represented in literature and disabled people and ethnic minorities are more often written about by others than able to self-represent. Do you view yourself as a member of any marginalized communities and if so, how do you feel about the representation of those communities in both this anthology and in erotica in general?

A. I am an enby biracial black woman of African and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (also a bit of Irish), disabled and pansexual, so yes. I feel the anthology has a lot of queer representation including trans- and genderqueer stories (and agender!) but there is a definite lack of stories with female or femme tops in ratio to male top stories. This is definitely a reflection of both the market and the kink community’s representation overall. Cis-male tops are encouraged in both the queer and straight kinky world as a norm.  Female or femme tops and trans/enby tops are rarer. Anyone who goes to Folsom Street Fair or your local dungeon will quickly see that. But putting ourselves out in the fantasy world will encourage our outing ourselves in the flesh.

Q. Erotica seems to have a bad name in certain circles as a trash genre – do you think that is true? Anne Rice said that erotica and romance are maligned because they are genres written mostly by women for women, do you think that is valid? Finally, do you think people view male-written erotica like John Norman’s Chronicles of Gor as any more or less trashy?

A. The literary world is loaded with pretentiousness, just as all forms of entertainment are. People want to believe that jazz music didn’t start as a lowbrow genre, and that classical music and literature were always things found in the gilded halls of learning. Most of the things we eventually come to think of as classy were once thought of as trash. Erotica is no different. Yesterday’s porn is now hanging on the walls of museums, lauded as cultural enlightenment at the most or historically relevant at the very least. Humanity needs to get beyond acting like the act of procreation is inherently dirty and therefore, less worthy of remembrance in prose, poem and ballad that the courtly love story, tepid, dry, and bereft of titillating lust and simmering sexuality.

Q. Which of the other writer’s stories did you like the most and want to recommend that the readers check out? I know you loved the whole book, but this isn’t the question. If you wanted to entice the prospective reader to buy the book, name 1 to 3 works that you didn’t personally write that you would point them at to read first. And why?

A. “The Penetration of Albion” by Charlee Verrette is a personal favorite, delightful and filled with titillating visual imagery, humor and rollicking analogies about Merry Olde England that capture the reader’s mind and reel it in. Lif’s “Fireside Legends” is a super hot read for me as a dominant, as the demon narrator is unapologetic about its unabated hunger for sexual control. “Aduality {0≠2;1=108}” is under one of Merlin Monroe’s myriad pen names or just names as fey have so many. It is the purest sci-fi erotica in the book and brings to mind pornographic takes on Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  Finally, Serena Toxicat’s “The Leftist Appendage” is touching, funny, and erotic while being altogether sensitive and romantic.  I also loved the number of nineties Generation X centric pop culture references therein.

Q. Finally – since this is horror blog – what is your favorite scarerogenous hot sexy scene in a horror movie, and do you think it is appropriate or inappropriate to be turned on by this?

A. Not really a horror movie but certainly a horror scene, the bug removal scene in The Matrix. So these three well-dressed hot people snatch Neo up in a car, pull out guns and order him to take his shirt off. After this, Trinity shoves some tube-gun apparatus over his belly button, which pierces flesh before extracting a wiggling bug thing up through a glass tube of some sort. Is it inappropriate? I don’t think it is any less appropriate than similar scenes in the movie Videodrome that were intended to be erotic.

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Interview with Scry of Lust author Lydia LaRue

•May 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Lydia LaRue

Scry of Lust Q&A Lydia LaRue

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Lydia is well known for her intricate erotic stories filled with crime, blood, humiliation and a bit of cat play. She can be found drinking coffee with gluten-free banana nut bread at Wicked Grounds where she’s a proud Patreon supporter. She currently co-hosts the Kinky Writers Group with Sumiko/Mauskaveli.

Scry of Lust

Stories in Scry of Lust: Domination, Remote Control, A New Sensation, The Trip To The Abandoned Factory.

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Teaser (Sample of Work)

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She lie on the floor, afraid to look at him as he loomed over her naked body.

He leered down at her, “You gonna be good for me, huh?”

She nodded but he nudged her with his black boot.

“I can’t hear you…” He prodded her thigh, digging the bottom of his boot into her flesh.

“Yes, sir.” She raised herself up slightly but only looked at his boot.

He kept his foot on her thigh then roughly slid it off. He went around to her and prodded her ass, digging the toe into her. “Come on, get up, move.” His tone was bored, as if he was chiding an old dog. Though he’d treat an old dog much better than he’d treat her.

She complied and rose to her hands and knees, kneeling.

“Crawl”, he drawled out lazily before he grabbed the riding crop. He whacked it against his leg a few times, in a warning. He looked down at her and shook his head. “You’re not moving fast enough.” He moved to her before she could turn her head and shoved her ass with his boot again, enough to throw her off balance. “You’re too slow.”

He nudged her arm and pushed her but as she tried to regain balance he brought his foot to her chest, toe boot touching below her collar bone as he moved to push her.

She grabbed his boot but at the last second he pulled his foot from her and she fell forward.

She sighed in frustration but he threatened her.

“Uh uh! Not a peep from you.” He brought the riding crop to her mouth, “Hold this, that’ll keep your mouth still.” He grabbed a handful of her hair as he bent down to her. He enjoyed the sight of her helpless and frustrated. He grinned at her.

She narrowed her eyes and a deep frown line appeared between her brows. Her lips wrapped awkwardly around the crop and her teeth bit down.

He could tell she was desperately trying not to drool. He let go of her hair and snapped his fingers as he turned. “Don’t tell me you can’t manage to crawl and hold the riding crop in your mouth at the same time.” He mocked her.

Interview:

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Q. How did you find out about the Kinky Writer’s Group or Munch at Wicked Grounds? Was it online, in person, through a referral, and how well did it meet expectations when you arrived?

A. I met Sumiko at a kinky speed-dating event, hosted by Psychokitty, at the Citadel in San Francisco. I mentioned I liked writing and she wanted to start a writing group, so I said, “Sure!”

Q. When did you first start writing? Do you feel it was your purpose to put writing in the world – or do you view writing as a hobby, and how did you begin to love writing if you do love it at all.

A. I’ve been writing since I was 8. I started writing erotica around age 12, after I read The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause and Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. Writing is my expression and my life isn’t complete unless I’m writing.

Q. Before Scry of Lust, had you ever put your writing out into the world in any form and if so, how and where (links, if available)

A. Yes, I just found my Twitter account from 2015. Here it is: @MissZeeDomme. The name is for play as I don’t consider myself a domme. Also, as you can see I haven’t been active on it. There are several 140 character erotica stories on there and they feature different genders and sexual orientations.

Q. Some of the pieces in the anthology are sci-fi leaning; others are fantasy, real life scenarios, poetry, or transgressive fiction. How would you describe your own brand of erotic fiction?

A. My erotic fiction tends to feature real life scenarios because that’s what I know the best. However, I love dark characters such as: monsters, goblins and psychotic androids. I always go for the villain.

Q. Many of the people in the anthology are marginalized in one way or another. Women are underrepresented in horror while men are underrepresented in the romance literary genre, queer people are under-represented in literature and disabled people and ethnic minorities are more often written about by others than able to self-represent. Do you view yourself as a member of any marginalized communities and if so, how do you feel about the representation of those communities in both this anthology and in erotica in general? (note:– you may consider

A. My first glimpse into erotica came from a website called: DykesWorld.de, based in Germany from 1995, by Indina Beuche (TheGuardian.com). Sadly, it no longer exists but it was there I read my first lesbian/bi/queer erotica at age 15. I also read Yaoi (“boys love” Japanese) during that time. During my early teens, there wasn’t enough positive representation of marginalized people/genders and I was questioning, so I didn’t know if I was lesbian, bi or trans or what. Now it’s much better and we have positive representation but it’s good to have more. This anthology depicts many people from different experiences and that’s what makes this book unique.

Q. Erotica seems to have a bad name in certain circles as a trash genre – do you think that is true? Anne Rice said that erotica and romance are maligned because they are genres written mostly by women for women, do you think that is valid? Finally, do you think people view male-written erotica like John Norman’s Chronicles of Gor as any more or less trashy?

A. I don’t like how erotica is portrayed without regard to people’s consent, positive body image or representation. This may be a problem with mainstream attention (50 Shades of Grey). You really have to search for the erotica you want, that best satisfies you. My first erotica happened to be about vampires and as a teen it’s hard to find sexually explicit erotica. It wasn’t until I got the internet that I could find lesbian/bi/queer erotica–but I think that was by chance. I haven’t read much male erotica, which either feature gay men or hetero extreme roles where the male is always dominant and the female/feminine is always submissive. I actually haven’t read Chronicles of Gor but I’m not a fan of women as slaves.

Q. Which of the other writer’s stories did you like the most and want to recommend that the readers check out? I know you loved the whole book, but this isn’t the question. If you wanted to entice the prospective reader to buy the book, name 1 to 3 works that you didn’t personally write that you would point them at to read first. And why?

A. “Translucent Skin” by Sumiko Saulson is one of my favorites because not only does it feature a fantastic creature with amazing genitalia but the main character, Naedra, is a wise and sexy sorceress who–rather than just taking control of the magical creature, seduces it into willing (and pleasurable) submission.

“The Picnic Table” by Ouroboros Sings is another favorite because it’s like a meditation but erotic. It’s a very positive experience with consensual kink and intense activity. You can’t help but feel in the middle of this kinky scene and there’s no fear, only release at the end.

 “The Turning of Desmond” by Akasha Vampyrssa is my final favorite, featuring two men lost in the middle of a dark, erotic encounter. There is primal need and energy and… feeding. The final transformation seems to be the end yet it is only the beginning.

Q. Finally – since this is horror blog – what is your favorite scarerogenous hot sexy scene in a horror movie, and do you think it is appropriate or inappropriate to be turned on by this?

A. Pin (1988) has a creepy scene where this nurse gets it on with a mannequin doll, as a young man watches. The film carries voyeuristic, incestuous undertones with misplaced lust and unhealthy,  unexpressed sexuality. It’s a very strange and dark film that I happened upon when my friend owned an indie video store called, Paradise Lost. It was a hot scene except, the nurse did not ask for Pin’s consent.

Interview with Scry of Lust author Serena Toxicat

•May 18, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Serena Toxicat, author of The Leftist Appendage

Photo Credit: Serena Toxicat and Isis, by Karen Stanley

Photo Credit: Serena Toxicat and Isis, by Karen Stanley

San Francisco-born and bred Serena Toxicat scratches out dark fiction, lyrics, plays and poetry in English and in French. She sings in a Black Catwave band called Protea, and her parallel recording projects include Starchasm. An actor, model-turned-designer, former-pro Domme, NLP life coach, and literary translator, Toxicat leads a scattered, sketchy life and delights in showing her paintings, taking part in LGBTQ+ and kink-focused activities, traveling and collecting tattoos. Serena is a psychic reader, healer, priestess and feline Tarot deck creator. She lived almost 8 years in Paris and traveled to Egypt, where she recorded vocals in the King’s Chamber.

Scry of Lust

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The Leftist Appendage

Teaser (Sample)
 “This new survey shows that women dress for each other, not for men. What’s sad is that we women don’t include ourselves in the women we dress for.”
As it dawned on Lyra that she was in for another spat with the emotional baby she called a boyfriend, she started to second-guess her breakup with her girlfriend.
“Are you saying it’s better to dress for women than for men? I mean…what are you getting at? Do you think women are more worthy of being catered to?”
“No, Moran, I’m not.”
“Stop pronouncing my name moron!”
“I said Moran. Not my fault the two are so close together. I just brought up the survey because it made the news. Most people still assume that women take time shopping and primping to impress men. We don’t.”
“Everybody’s different. I just wanted to make sure we’re on the same page with the whole gender thing. I was alienated from the restaurant where I worked because some 90s riot grrls didn’t want anybody with a penis around.”
“Any gender can have a penis.”
“Ha-ha. I know, I’m just saying…”
“What do you mean? The owners fired you because you were a guy? Isn’t that illegal?”
“No, I was friends with a lot of the customers. They were mostly people from the music scene. But this girl clique got all into Courtney Love and Bikini Kill and turned into a gang of feminazis who ordered me to serve them their veggie burgers and soy shakes and shut the fuck up.”
“Feminazis?’ Wow. I don’t mean to be PC, but couldn’t you find a better word? I’m sorry that happened, though.”
“They told me to stand there and look pretty.”
“Well, that is less labor-intensive, at least.”
“Har-dee-har. It’s not so funny when you live it.”
Lyra heard the irony in that male angst and chose to keep her pesky woman-thoughts to herself.
“Well, I won’t make you feel less-than because of some silly appendage hanging between your legs,” gushed Lyra playfully as she side-hugged her manchild.

The Interview

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Q. How did you find out about the Kinky Writer’s Group or Munch at Wicked Grounds? Was it online, in person, through a referral, and how well did it meet expectations when you arrived?

A. Sumiko invited me! The first event was on my birthday, and she had just taken me out for some Japanese food. The group was fun (they say your first is always meaningful—for better or worse) and draining, for a variety of reasons. It was the two of us, a girl named Leeloo, and my slam poet friend, Russell Gonzaga.

Q. When did you first start writing? Do you feel it was your purpose to put writing in the world – or do you view writing as a hobby, and how did you begin to love writing if you do love it at all.

A. I’ve often viewed writing as my first real discipline, even though I was already painting. It is a calling, I suppose–unless what I answered was just somebody in the next room blowing their nose. It started out with a play I wrote in iambic pentameter, a 5-heartbeat/10-syllable-per-line rhythm, and staged at Bannam Place Theater in North Beach with the NOMA troupe we put together. I also won a poetry contest at my school. This is was when I was 17, and that was when saying “groovy,” “keen,” and “grass” was only barely ironic. I’m not sure why I love writing so much. Authors bring friends, rivals and all manner of events into being through the living power of thought. That’s certainly a part of it. Writing has an emotionally and energetically regulating quality, too. It tunes my mood, turns my switch, and makes me feel like a badass witch!

Q. Before Scry of Lust, had you ever put your writing out into the world in any form and if so, how and where (links, if available)

A. This should have everything. Here’s my Amazon Link.  I ended up with a slew of books with my name on them–you know, stacked cat furniture. My full-length novel about a middle-aged woman with anorexia nervosa is called Ghosts in Bones, and my Evangeline and the Drama Wheel novella is already long enough to convert to a novel.

Q. Some of the pieces in the anthology are sci-fi leaning; others are fantasy, real life scenarios, poetry, or transgressive fiction. How would you describe your own brand of erotic fiction?

A. This one is probably close to a real-life scenario thrown back to the 90s when riot grrls were still subversive. I was going to say “when riot grrls were still a thing,” but calling a thing “a thing” wasn’t yet “a thing.”

Q. Many of the people in the anthology are marginalized in one way or another. Women are underrepresented in horror while men are underrepresented in the romance literary genre, queer people are under-represented in literature and disabled people and ethnic minorities are more often written about by others than able to self-represent. Do you view yourself as a member of any marginalized communities and if so, how do you feel about the representation of those communities in both this anthology and in erotica in general?

A. I’m female, an ethnic minority on one side (Jewish heritage), neurodivergent AKA mad/crazy/mentally ill, pan, kinky, a feline-alien hybrid…a few things like that. I seem to fit pretty well within this anthology, and quite possibly in erotica, but I don’t know enough stats on writers in the greater genre, which may already be a privilege. A fact that seems obvious in mainstream circles is that there is, as you said, an abundance of women who write. Whether many of them self-identify as queer, kinky, trans, disabled, and so forth, I don’t know. They don’t seem to do so publicly. We have creative legends like Annie Sprinkle and Carol Queen–these are the types of authors and personalities we hear at the Center for Sex & Culture and overall in our strong community of Bay Area authors– but we’re spoiled.

Q. Erotica seems to have a bad name in certain circles as a trash genre – do you think that is true? Anne Rice said that erotica and romance are maligned because they are genres written mostly by women for women, do you think that is valid? Finally, do you think people view male-written erotica like John Norman’s Chronicles of Gor as any more or less trashy?

A. I don’t think of erotica per se as femme, but that’s just me. Romance, yes. Most of us aren’t Anais Nin types, although she had her own brand of brilliance. (“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are,” anyone?) I don’t associate it with trashiness, but that’s me being a product of both my Bay Area and Parisian cultures. When I put myself in the shoes, or underwear/lingerie/terrycloth bathrobe, of readers in other parts of the US, for example, I can feel that imputation. Hell, the word “trashy” goes with “novel” like the word “strident” goes with “atheist.” Godless friends will know what I mean. Women+sex=devaluation. I remember those Harlequin romance novel covers from the 70s, but I think they went for trashy/campy/kitsch on purpose.

Q. Which of the other writer’s stories did you like the most and want to recommend that the readers check out? I know you loved the whole book, but this isn’t the question. If you wanted to entice the prospective reader to buy the book, name 1 to 3 works that you didn’t personally write that you would point them at to read first. And why?

A. I have only read Charlee Verette’s The Penetration of Albion, because I did the line editing. I thought it was pretty cool and very inventive, especially for a first professional publication. I want to read Sumiko’s Andona’s Feast, since she’s a remarkable writer, but I’m kind of scared after hearing a brief description of it! Looking forward to Sara the Black’s story because it will be a first book for her, as well, and because she’s a manul/Pallas’s cat sister Also Mimi, since she’s helped out Sumiko, and, by extension, all of us, so much.

Q. Finally – since this is horror blog – what is your favorite scarerogenous hot sexy scene in a horror movie, and do you think it is appropriate or inappropriate to be turned on by this?

A. The Hunger. For one, because the movie itself features David Bowie, and two, the scene between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon was very hot and rather groundbreaking for a mainstream film in 1983. The effects were pretty naive by today’s standards, but it was a symbolism-and-platelet-rich scene, so that’s OK. I’m thinking of the blood artwork, if you haven’t guessed. Seems pretty tame to take much offense with myself.

Meet the Authors of Scry of Lust

•May 6, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Scry of Lust event poster tabloid

 

Dark and seductive, alluring and imaginative, perverse, shocking, and at times hilarious—Scry of Lust is an arousing collection of erotica, paranormal romance, sexy poetry, and kinky tales that will spark your desire and quicken your breath. Indulge in the lustful imaginings of this diverse group of writers, all by your naughty self, or share it out loud to entice your lovers. Scry of Lust will charm the pants off of you—literally!

Profits from this collection are being donated to the San Francisco AIDSWalk, through SFGoth Team #5015, in memory of Gregory Hug.

The Kinky Writers Group meets weekly at Wicked Grounds Cafe, home of the San Francisco Bay Area’s kink and BSDM scene, at the center of the City’s Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District. We welcome writers of all experience levels, races, genders, orientations, and sensual proclivities.

Group: fetlife.com/groups/183690

SFGoth AIDSWalk Team: 5105 SFGOTH

This anthology was published by Iconoclast Productions, a San Francisco Bay Area media arts nonprofit organization that works with artists with disabilities, in African American community, produces multicultural programs honoring the African Diaspora, in the homeless community, and in the LGBTQIA+ and Kinky communities.

Scry of Lust Postcard

~ Sumiko Saulson ~

Sumiko Saulson (Mauskaveli on FetLife) is a cartoonist, science-fiction, fantasy and horror writer, editor of Black Magic Women and 100 Black Women in Horror Fiction, author of Solitude, Warmth, The Moon Cried Blood, Happiness and Other Diseases, Somnalia, Insatiable, Ashes and Coffee, and Things That Go Bump In My Head.  She wrote and illustrated comics Mauskaveli, Dooky and graphic novels Dreamworlds and Agrippa. She writes for the SEARCH Magazine.  The child of African American and Russian-Jewish parents, a native Californian and an Oakland resident who’s spent most of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is pansexual, polyamorous and genderqueer.

 

~ Lydia LaRue ~

Lydia is well known for her intricate erotic stories filled with crime, blood, humiliation and a bit of cat play. She can be found drinking coffee with gluten-free banana nut bread at Wicked Grounds where she’s a proud Patreon supporter. She currently co-hosts the Kinky Writers Group with Sumiko/Mauskaveli.

~ Mimi Heft (Ouroboros Sings) ~

Mimi Heft (Ouroboros Sings) isn’t a writer: she’s a musician, graphic designer, businessperson, community organizer, event producer, and foodie; and a romantically monogamous, sexually poly, sapio-semidemisexual hedonist. But not a writer. Nonetheless, she writes deliciously naughty stories featuring her lovers, offered as gifts of affection. Occasionally, she even writes poetry—some of it not so bad. Mimi is not a writer, but words delight her, as does sex, and she shares both with a certain, awkward ebullience.

~ Charlee Verrette ~

Charlee Verrette is a 59-yr old Burlesque Performance artist, Writer. Musician, Actor, Cat Slave who performs as Charlee Debris. They have been performing and creating since 1979 and knew some of the Beats.

~ Serena Toxicat ~

San Francisco-born and bred Serena Toxicat scratches out dark fiction, lyrics, plays and poetry in English and in French. She sings in a Black Catwave band called Protea, and her parallel recording projects include Starchasm. An actor, model-turned-designer, former-pro Domme, NLP life coach, and literary translator, Toxicat leads a scattered, sketchy life and delights in showing her paintings, taking part in LGBTQ+ and kink-focused activities, traveling and collecting tattoos. Serena is a psychic reader, healer, priestess and feline Tarot deck creator. She lived almost 8 years in Paris and traveled to Egypt, where she recorded vocals in the King’s Chamber.

~ Francesca Gentille ~

Francesca Gentille (Priestess on Fetlife) is relationship counselor, clinical sexologist, Therapeutic Domme and sacred BDSM educator who is both a Priestess Domme & Tantric Slave. She is the radio host of Sex: Tantra & Kama Sutra, the award winning co-author of The Marriage of Sex & Spirit, and the co-director of “The Somatic Sensual Healing Institute.” She teaches a Kink Conscious Therapy Certification for Clinicians as well as on Sacred Kink, Ritual BDSM, Therapeutic Kink and Tantric Kink around the world.

 

 

~ Lif ~

Lif, born a hyperbolic, living bundle of literary tropes, was meant to be a storyteller since day one. His erotica ranges from taboo fantasies meant to thrill, to more serious pieces meant to raise awareness for emotional and mental health. Outside of erotica, he writes horror-fantasy and science fiction, sings, and produces audio dramas. He is a lifestyle dominant and erotic hypnotist who happily lives as a partial recluse with his cat, experimenting with new mediums of artistic expression.

~ Ev Joy Lokadottr ~

Ev Joy Lokadottr has been a part of the BDSM community for 22 years, and has enjoyed writing for even longer. She is best known for her “how-to” kink lifestyle guides, but has also been known to write an erotic story or three.

~ Merlin Monroe ~

Merlin Monroe, Kaleidoscope Eyes, Seruus Ualerium Tristissima Liber, Pope Uncommon the Dainty, Skunkheart, etc., has 15 names. Fey’s a muppet wannabe nun and aspiring trophy wife, longing for both a family and a temple to tend. Identifying as a toy, fear primary sexual identity isn’t gay, straight, bi, or pan, but submissive. Fey mostly writes RPG material, poetry, and graphic fiction, and is currently writing a book about DD/ss (Divine Dominance/sacred submission) with Priestess.

 

 

~ Kathleen Mahnke ~

Kathleen Mahnke is a kinkstress and writer of stories, author of the Planar Helix series. Maria’s proclivities are often derived from Kathleen’s kinky escapades. She was a regular part of the Bay Area/San Francisco kink scene before she moved up into the mountains to escape Bay Area rent, only to be caught in the Paradise Camp Fire. She survived the fire but it’s been a challenge keeping the creative part of her alive.

 

~ Sara the Black ~

Sara the Black is an introverted California native hermiting deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Proudly multicultural, this primarily Sephardic Jew/Kaldresh Romani was raised in Southern California. A Gender Queer, Asexual, Intersex disabled adult living with multiple chronic illnesses, Sara opted for retirement off-grid with a fiercely independent private contractor/writer companion and neurotic female feline minions. -She- is an unapologetically voracious reader with a healthy appetite for street tacos, good beer, and Hello Kitty

 

~ Akasha Vampryssa (Buffie Peterson) ~

Akasha Vampyrssa (Buffie Peterson) is a freelance editor who enjoys off-roading, spending time with her sons, grand babies, and her husband. She is from Nevada and when she’s not editing or writing, she is out driving across the desert.

 

~ Max Silver ~

Max Silver (aka Montease Python in Burlesque) is a raunchy rascal rakehell and a ludicrous shaper of words. He hails from San Francisco, and now lives in Oakland. He is part of a Burlesque troupe known as Organized Chaos Oakland, hosting such events as the Lingerie Lounge Open Mic and Organized Chaos Burlesque.

 

 

 

 

A Travesty in Timbuktu

•April 18, 2019 • Leave a Comment
Sawfish headress. Ijo. Nigeria - Musée du quai Branly - Wikicommons

Sawfish headress. Ijo. Nigeria – Musée du quai Branly – Wikicommons

Ya’ll act like I’m Killmonger when I try to tell you
About how they looted my ancestral home in Benin
And burned down the libraries at Timbuktu

You think I am trying to be edgy
By claiming my history
Defending your European roots
As the true source of all mystery

All art, love and light and all that is true
The source of shiny, happy feelings
With vaulted Gothic ceilings
The art of the European masters
Not their Bertha Mason enslaved mulatto bastards…

Half my bloodline arrived in American in chains
From West Africa, where it pains me to say
The colonizers burned and looted as well as enslaved
Erasing our history so they can pretend
That we don’t have any today

How you brag and bray
About your superior role
In the cultural landscape of history
Dismissing me and my kind
For being behind a movement
To fund black churches that burned to the ground
Because you find them of less import
And historical relevance
And European elegance
If you know what I mean

The Quai Branly museum in Paris
Just a thirteen minute drive away
From Notre Dame still houses, today
Some of the thousands of treasures
The French stole from my ancestors
In 1892 from the Kingdom of Dahomey

So if I decide to send some funds
To a black church in the south
Instead of Notre Dame
Try not to pout and act out
Like I defamed you

For my ancestor’s histories were stolen
Burned and erased
With no reparations made to this very day
No, the artwork has not been replaced
To the land from which we were also stolen away
By the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade.

Scry of Lust Book Launch Party

•April 17, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Scry of Lust Cover

Dark and seductive, alluring and imaginative, perverse, shocking, and at times hilarious—Scry of Lust is an arousing collection of erotica, paranormal romance, sexy poetry, and kinky tales that will spark your desire and quicken your breath. Indulge in the lustful imaginings of this diverse group of writers, all by your naughty self, or share it out loud to entice your lovers. Scry of Lust will charm the pants off of you—literally!

Profits from this collection are being donated to the San Francisco AIDSWalk, through SFGoth Team #5015, in memory of Gregory Hug.

Book Launch Party

Buy yourself supper at The Octopus Salon, pick up copy of Scry of Lust! We are debuting the anthology/chapbook Scry of Lust at the event. It contains erotic poetry and prose to raise money for the SF Goth Team #5105 or San Francisco AIDSWalk!  Join us for HOT HOT HOT SEXY READINGS, and PG-rated public beatings as the cheap kinky toy SpankyBats are demonstrated.

It is a weekday supper time (5 pm to 7:30 pm) at Octopus Salon on Tuesday, May 28 featuring readings of erotic poetry and prose by participants in the Kinky Writer’s Munch!

Additionally, Select items are for the AIDSWalk cause. Buy a $5 Kinky Bat! Sign up to sponsor a walker! Sign up to walk yourself! Buy selected jewelry, buttons and charms vended for the cause at the SFGoth AIDSWalk vending area.

https://www.facebook.com/events/855121411506480/

https://fetlife.com/events/773400

Confirmed authors include:

Sumiko Saulson, Ouroboros Sings (Mimi Heft), Serena Toxicat, Charlie Verrette,  Ev Joy Lokadottr, Francesca Gentille, Merlin Monroe (Skunkheart), Kathleen Mahnke, Lydia, Lif and Sara the Black.

(Individual writers may also have books and other items of their own available for personal sale in a separate area. If so those won’t be going towards the funds raised.)

Kinky Writer’s Munch

Kinky Writers BenefitThe Kinky Writers Group meets weekly at Wicked Grounds Cafe, home of the San Francisco Bay Area’s kink and BSDM scene, at the center of the City’s Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District. We welcome writers of all experience levels, races, genders, orientations, and sensual proclivities.

Kinky Writer’s Munch (hosted by @Mauskaveli aka Sumiko Saulson) meets every Monday from 7pm to 8:30 pm at Wicked Grounds)

For more information, visit our FetLife group: fetlife.com/groups/183690
The Kinky Writer’s Munch’s group of kinky people who write kinky (and sometimes not so kinky) things is coming out to read poetry and short fiction at The Octopus Salon! To raise money for the #SFGoth #AIDSWalk team #5015 for the 2019 AIDSWalk!

https://fetlife.com/users/4115162/pictures/80195775

Group: https://fetlife.com/groups/183690

SFGoth Team AIDSWalk:

SFGoth AIDSWalk Team: https://sf.aidswalk.net/SFGOTH