After (mis)reading Don Quixote, a boy transforms himself into “Janey Smith,” a character he glimpsed in Kathy Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School. The unnamed Catholic narrator wanders the streets of Pittsburgh, slipping in and out of gender roles, seducing men and women — erasing his sense of his own flesh. Sex and gender are joined in Janey—a dream—who becomes an atheist of desire, on a quest to become an imperceptible shadow.
Doug Rice (author of Here Lies Memory) channels Kathy Acker in this elegiac prose poem which will haunt the reader like a strange, erotic dream.
Oulipo’s interactive concept of “tree literature” was first implemented by Raymond Queneau in his short story “Un conte à votre façon” (A Story as You Like It). In this wickedly clever (and very funny) variation, Kim Vodicka follows in Queneau’s hallowed footsteps with a do-it-yourself text that’s guaranteed to satisfy all-comers.
InA Dirty Story as You Like It, the reader chooses from multiple plots, navigates the course to a satisfying climax, or changes direction whenever the urge strikes. Do all roads lead to ecstasy? Who knows, who cares, because getting there is half the fun.
Number 5 in our collectible Pocket Erotica series is an amusing and offbeat Cinderella story: FOOT NOTES by Restif de la Bretonne, translated from the French by Richard Robinson. This forthcoming edition features choice excerpts from Bretonne’s libertine novel Le Pied de Fanchette (“Fanchette’s pretty little foot”), which recounts the adventures—with many twists and turns—of a girl whose pretty feet attract nearly everyone she meets. Indeed, poor Fanchette is hounded by seducers wherever she goes.
This distinctive emblem marked the launch of the Pocket Erotica series from New Urge / Black Scat Books.
These collectible, compact little gems (4×6 inches) actually fit in your pocket or purse so you can safely pack the naughty wherever you go… that is, when the lockdown is over.
But while the pandemic surges, it’s a good time for some sexy bedtime reading. The first three volumes are all original new translations of obscure & classic French libertine novels. Priced at only $10, you might as well start collecting them now.
MEDALLION OF ETERNAL EROS. IncludesLibertine Bedroom Eye-Beams;Sacred New Urge Tiny-Tome; Clutching Hands of the Bibliomaniac; Glittering Goddess Stars; Storm Clouds of Passion-Porn; and Winged Pocket Erotica Emblem.
Here’s an amusing excerpt from A COMING OF AGE: the French publisher’s “Important Notice, which the reader is advised not to skip over.”