March 17th, 2011

andrew potter

How many Lammies do you have?

Spurned by something I read on Greg Herren's livejournal (congratulations for his 10th nomination), I did go back and see who indeed had more nominations (and pay attention not awards, but nominations, I think that is a great achivement anyway given the competion).

Greg Herren's guess was on Ellen Hart and Michael Thomas Ford, and he was quite right.

Ellen Hart is top of the tops with 16 nominations:
The Cruel Ever After (2010)
The Mirror and the Mask (2009)
Sweet Poison (2008)
Mortal Groove (2007)
Night Vision (2006)
The Iron Girl (2005)
An Intimate Ghost (2004)
Immaculate Midnight (2002)
Merchant of Venus (2001)
Hunting the Witch (1999)
Wicked Games (1998)
Robber’s Wine (1996)
Faint Praise (1995)
Small Sacrifice (1994)
Stage Fright (1992)
Hallowed Murder (1989)

15 nominations for Alison Bechdel:
Fun Home (2006) - double nomination
Invasion of Dykes to Watch Out For (2005)
Dykes and Sundry Other Carbon-Based Life-Forms to Watch Out For (2003)
Post-Dykes to Watch Out For (2000)
The Indelible Alison Bechdel: Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out For (1998) - triple nomination
Split-Level Dykes to Watch Out For (1998)
Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out For (1997)
Unnatural Dykes to Watch Out For (1995)
Spawn of Dykes to Watch Out For (1993)
Dykes to Watch Out For: The Sequel (1992)
New, Improved Dykes To Watch Out For (1990)
More Dykes to Watch Out For (1988)

14 nominations for Lawrence Schimel:
I Like It Like That: True Tales of Gay Desire (2009)
First Person Queer (2007)
The Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica (2007)
Two Boys in Love (2006)
Vacation in Ibiza (2003)
Found Tribe (2002) - double nomination
His Tongue (2001)
Kosher Meat (2000)
Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica (1998)
Things Invisible to See (1998)
PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality (1997) - double nomination
The Drag Queen of Elfland (1997)

13 nominations for Karin Kallmaker and Michael Thomas Ford:
Karin Kallmaker:
Above Temptation (2010)
Stepping Stone (2009)
In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip (2008)
The Kiss That Counted (2008)
Finders Keepers (2006)
18th & Castro (2006)
Just Like That (2005)
All the Wrong Places (2004) - double nomination
Once Upon a Dyke (2004)
Maybe Next Time (2003)
Seeds of Fire (2002)
Substitute for Love (2001)
Michael Thomas Ford:
The Road Home (2010)
What We Remember (2009)
Changing Tides (2007)
The Path of the Green Man (2005)
Masters of Midnight (2003)
My Big Fat Queer Life (2003)
Last Summer (2003)
My Little Book of Neuroses (2001)
It’s Not Mean if It’s True (2000)
That’s Mr. Faggot To You (1999)
Outspoken (1998)
Alec Baldwin Doesn’t Love Me and Other Trials of My Queer Life (1998)
The World Out There (1996)

11 nominations for Katherine V. Forrest and Joan Nestle:
Katherine V. Forrest:
Lesbian Pulp Fiction (2005)
Women of Mystery (2005)
Daughters of an Emerald Dusk (2005)
Hancock Park (2004)
Daughters of an Amber Noon (2002)
Sleeping Bones (1999)
Apparition Alley (1997)
Liberty Square (1996)
Erotic Naiad (1992)
Murder by Tradition (1991)
The Beverly Malibu (1989)
Joan Nestle:
GenderQueer (2002) - double nomination
Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction (1999)
A Fragile Union (1998) - double nomination
Women on Women 3 (1996)
Sister and Brother (1994)
Women On Women 2 (1993)
The Persistent Desire (1992) - double nomination
Women On Women (1990)

10 nominations for Claire McNab, Greg Herren, Mark Doty, Nicola Griffith and Sarah Schulman:
Claire McNab:
The Wombat Strategy (2004)
Accidental Murder (2002)
Death Understood (2000)
Murder Undercover (1999)
Past Due (1998)
Inner Circle (1996)
Body Guard (1994)
Cop Out (1991)
Death Down Under (1990)
Lessons In Murder (1988)
Greg Herren (also as Todd Gregory):
Vieux Carre Voodoo (2010)
Rough Trade: Dangerous Gay Erotica (2009)
Murder in the Garden District (2009)
Murder in the Rue Chartres (2007)
Love, Bourbon Street (2006)
Mardi Gras Mambo (2006)
Jackson Square Jazz (2004)
Shadows of the Night: Queer Tales of the Uncanny and Unusual (2004)
Bourbon Street Blues (2003)
Murder in the Rue Dauphine (2002)
Mark Doty:
Fire to Fire (2008)
Dog Years (2007)
School of the Arts (2005)
Source (2001)
Firebird: A Memoir (1999)
Sweet Machine (1998)
Heaven’s Coast (1996)
Atlantis (1995)
My Alexandria (1993)
Bethlehem in Broad Daylight (1991)
Nicola Griffith:
And Now We Are Going to Have a Party (2007)
With Her Body (2004)
Stay (2002)
Reading the Landscape: Horror (2001) - double nomination
The Blue Place (1998)
Bending the Landscape II (1998)
Bending the Landscape (1997)
Slow River (1995)
Ammonite (1992)
Sarah Schulman:
Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences (2009)
The Child (2007)
Stagestruck (1998) - double nomination
Shimmer (1998)
Rat Bohemia (1995)
My American History (1994)
Empathy (1992)
People In Trouble (1990)
After Delores (1988)
andrew potter

Finding Sanctuary by D.C. Juris

When I started reading this book I thought, “how strange, it’s a lot less erotica/naughty I was expecting”. Fanny Press is not releasing a lot of titles, but the titles it released are indeed more erotica than romance.

At the beginning Vincent and Eric’s story appeared to be a friends with benefits theme with a little touch of gay for you: best friends since high school, despite being Eric gay and Vincent straight, they managed to remain friends. Probably since Eric was there for Vincent when he was growing up with an abusive father, probably since Eric, even if in love with his friend, understood that he needed more a friend than a lover. As soon as Vincent was independent, and started to gain emotional stability, again it was not time for Eric to stake his claim, and then Vincent went and found a fiancé, Jenny, and he slowly but steadily led towards a 2.5 kids and suburb home life. It was simple, it was clean, it was what Eric thought Vincent needed after his youth. It was not what Eric needed, with his preferences for the BDSM world and co.

Really Eric was not demanding towards Vincent, there was no hints or regrets for what it could have been, but Vincent turns the table. Given the time to settle down and analyze his feelings, far from his abusive father, Vincent understands that he is in love with Eric. It’s a true and pure love, there is nothing of physical at the beginning, what I liked of this story is that Vincent was not having real problem with Jenny, not on a sexual than no-secual level, it was only that Vincent was not in love with Jenny, he was in love with Scott.

What I probably found a little too much convenient is that Vincent, out of the blue, discovered he had an not so veiled interest in BDSM; I found two explanation to that: or Eric, without realizing it, was transmitting by osmosis his interests to Vincent, or he, Eric, growing up with Vincent was the only one who really knew the guy and he taught himself beforehand how to be the man Vincent needed.

In any case my first impression that this was more a romance was confirmed, but the erotica side of the novel did indeed its appearance: the author lulled us with 3 days of blissful cohabitation during which Vincent and Eric knew each other as a lovers other than friends; after that the author plunged them, and the reader with them, into a full-time BDSM experience in an isolated country manor where everything you imagine, and something more, can happen. I’m true, without the lulling and the romance of the first part of the story, some of the experiences Vincent asks to make would have been a little too much for me; I’m not so into the BDSM world, and the author didn’t spare anything to the reader (watersports, blood-play, …), but I think that a true BDSM fan will find the novel well done and described. Me, I prefer the first part, that was a really nice romance, almost a high-school sweetheart story, only developed a little later after the end of their teenager years.

Amazon: Finding Sanctuary
Amazon Kindle: Finding Sanctuary
Paperback: 148 pages
Publisher: Fanny Press (October 13, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603814876
ISBN-13: 978-1603814874

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Cover Art by Sabrina Sun