Good old, wacky Marquis de Sade. Got to love the guy. He was a hoot and a half, no? Even if you are not a kinkster you have no doubt heard the term ‘sadism,’ and even if you don’t know from whence it comes (it comes from this well-heeled society reprobate) you probably have a hint of what BDSM is, maybe have brushed past sexual power exchange, heard the term (or played at being a) ‘top’ or ‘bottom’?
(Oh, I know, don’t worry, I know you’d never dream of trying these kinds of things in your bedroom!)
Well, if you want a peek into fevered dreams of high naughtiness or just a reminder of what you get into on a regular basis twice-a-month with the girls down at the bridge club (those nights you put the cards away and wiggle into the leather) have a look at the new cool hardcover from Goliath Books, Marquis de Sade – 100 Erotic Illustrations. We’ve been on about Goliath before. Releasing photographic and illustrated tomes, this publisher, based in Berlin, are not afraid to take on controversial subjects (and show a lot of skin). And while all the Marquis was into is not everybody’s cup of tea, the stuff you will come to in this hardcover are pretty damned naughty…and involve quite a lot of folks in each scene.
To the Marquis, the more was definitely the merrier.
Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade, born in Paris in 1740, was a relative of the French royal family. He is known mostly for his bad behavior and writings (most of which were done when he was jailed for life in 1777). He was a man known for holding orgies, whipping women, and frequenting prostitutes. And while lots of what the Marquis got up to has been sighted as non-consensual (something no one can rightly condone) one can’t help but notice the historical significance of his writings and the many illustrations that went right along with them.
Lots of which you will find in the hundred in Marquis de Sade – 100 Erotic Illustrations. .
Our friends at PictuRama have released their annual Fetish Map London. This sprawling pocket-sized glossy guide hips one and all to all that one (and all) might desire in the world of fetish, kink and anything alternative, in and around London and other points far afield. It is really the only map of its kind.
The 2018 FML is the 10th edition of the map, released in conjunction with London Fetish Weekend as it always has been. Beginning publication sixteen years ago, the map grew not only in size but in scope and after six years out it took on a global reach. Kinksters from around the world would come to rely on the map for where they were going to stop as tourists or plan trips around events that the map revealed (it stays in circulation a year-and-a-half from its publication, so lots of things are listed well in advance so readers can make appropriate plans). Presently Fetish Map London enjoys a print run of 75,000 copies and now reaches the USA, Italy, Japan, and Holland, to name just a few countries it gets to. One can order it here, or pick it the map up in many of the locations that are listed actually in the map.
It takes time for something to catch on with a niche-minded scene, even longer for something to be considered de rigueur, necessary, something people come to expect. Indeed, if Fetish Map London didn't deliver, time and again, as it always has, it would not have made the grade within a very discerning crowd. But the map is out yet again, serving the purpose it always has and seen-be-scenesters as well as everyday folks looking to find some latex wardrobe accessories, or a provocative gallery opening, will come to the map once again for their fix.
I'm not exactly admitting to anything you understand, but Goliath's new little hardcover tome The History of Sexual Punishment, kinda bubbles my giblets in a way that even the best from this publisher has yet to. Not that I don't love all the Goliath titles I have expounded on in this blog, but this new book, from the Karl F. Sturer Collection and part of the Goliath’s “Digest” series is a just right for my sensibilities.
And that’s all I’m admitting to.
Across the 240 images presented here (some actual monochrome, a real collector’s treat, plus engravings, VictorianDaguerreotypes and film and digital images) we get mainly women giving and women receiving flagellation pornographic images…which is perfectly fine with me. Given that this girl-doming-girl is a mainstay of hetero-male porno, it’s no surprise that from as early as 450 BC in Greece, up through the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th (and beyond) in the stuff represented here, we get lots of woman topping other women. Yes there are a few guys in the mix, both dom and sub, but you get the idea.
Across the book we get 30 chapters, with names like, “Erotic spanking as a consensual practice,” “The Berkley horse,” “The paddle,” and “Lesbian spanking.” Rest assured, into spanking, interested but not yet having indulged in it, or just a passing fan, a goodly amount of positions, practices and instruments are well explored here. Be you a fan of the slipper, a fanny high and exposed over a couch or lap, a teacher making clear her lesson with a cane, you get lots here to salivate over.
As we often find with Goliath, this book is presented in multi-languages. Spanish and Italian are represented in the intros with English and German the dominant languages throughout the book.
You can grab The History of Sexual Punishment, here.
As any freelancer, un-agented worker, build-your-own-brand brander knows there is a fine line between trying to get the word out about your wares and shameless (icky) self-promotion. Chris and I do our fair share here for sure, but we also try and keep a balance so anyone coming to this blog, among all the many many other blogs one could come to, will at least, maybe (hopefully) be entertained. By its very nature a blog on any site 'advertises' for that site, is promoting something in some way, so it really is a case of the tail wagging the dog we know.
This time I admit to being blatantly self-promoting by telling you about my recent publication of a book at SinCyr Publishing.
I already have a story appearing in a SinCyr anthology (see here) so I know how wonderfully the company works in releasing, promoting and in the actual creation of their tomes. My Tease and Arouse (see here and here) is now available.
Writing the wide variety of stuff that I do, fiction and non-fiction both, and certainly skipping across genres from erotica to science fiction to whatever else (a jack-off of all trades, masturbator of none) I am very happy with the short fiction in T&A and would invite you along for the ride if you are of a mind to enjoy some naughty words of this particular stripe.
At the end of the day, Chris and I, and so many authors I know, are as much flattered as thrilled to have publishers like SinCyr out there paving the path for erotic fiction and genre stuff in general. A regular traipse through my local Barnes and not-so Nobles fills me with sadness when I see how little erotica the store puts up on its shelves and how genre fiction in general seems to be dwindling ever more to puzzles, Funko figures and magazines (does anybody feel a sense that Barnes is going the way of Borders in a last ditch effort to stay open?)
Thank you SinCyr.
- R. Greco