Sex Scene: An Anthology
(cover art by John Vestevich)
I had a wacky idea this past June to put together an anthology of sex stories. Not a full-blown collection of erotica in the traditional sense, but rather have some of the most fantastic writers I’ve had the privilege of meeting write (fairly) decontextualized sex scenes. The idea was to see how different people of different cultures and backgrounds (especially writers) view sex, as well as write it. For instance: What sorts of POVs would we see? What sorts of characters would they feature? How detailed would each author be in the actual sex act? I asked of only one thing from each participant: Write a sex scene. That’s was it, and nothing more.
The final product, if can say so, is quite mesmerizing. Many of the artists involved (a few of whom are Year Zero members), told me early on that they’ve either never written a sex scene, or that they were rubbish at putting one together. And, having read the anthology cover to cover quite a few times, I can say without a shred of doubt that not a single piece disappoints. Some are romantic and soft, others hardcore and detailed–most importantly, every single one is unique to who put it together.
I’m proud to say the anthology is now available as a FREE PDF over at Lulu (right here), or, if you prefer, you can purchase a 6×9 paperback for a measly $6.50.
The official synopsis and author listing:
Sex Scene: An Anthology aims to decontextualize sex, asking the reader to look at the act itself as not only a form of art, but also as the very basest of human urges. The result is a cacophony of unique perspectives, cultures, styles and scenes–from soft and romantic to deranged and hardcore–that invites you to leave any hang-ups behind and actively engage in conversations about the all-too-often taboo topic, showing that, perhaps, we are not so different after all. Featuring stories by: Sabina England, Penny Goring, Dan Holloway, Sara Lippmann, Kirsty Logan, Sarah E. Melville, Gary Percesepe, Leah Petersen, Jeff Pfaller, Remittance Girl, Scott C. Rogers, Robert James Russell, and Cherise Wolas.
I hope everyone gets a chance to check it out. It’s free, after all. And even if you think you may not like something like this, trust me, there is something for everyone in here.