Gordon Hoban was an actor in the Mark Taper Forum's Los Angeles production of A Meeting by the River, written by Christopher Isherwood and Don Bacardy when he first thought of becoming a writer himself. He credits Isherwood's example as his impetus. Hoban moved into scriptwriting first, authoring a couple episodes of the television hit "The Paper Chase" and working later on Twentieth Century Fox development projects for the movies. On the sly he was writing pornography as Tom Hardy. As he saw his script work being more and more dictated by committee, he realized that the porn was the source of his greatest satisfaction and that much of that satisfaction
came from his ability to control the writing.
He escaped to an isolated valley in Hawaii where he lived for the first several years under a tarp and walked for miles to a pay phone with a pocket full of change whenever he wanted to contact the rest of the world. The sacrifice enabled him to start Omnium Publishing, with which he's published his stage plays, as well as his erotic novels.
His story collections and novels were privately republished. "Runaway" is the best collection, "The Marine Olaf" probably the best novel. At his best, his work was definitely literature, not just stroke fiction.
Flesh and the Word: An Anthology of Erotic Writing by John D. Preston
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Plume (January 1, 1995)
Amazon: Flesh and the Word: An Anthology of Erotic Writing
In an era of changing attitudes, this ground-breaking anthology offers an exciting selection of gay erotic writing from the early days of pulp paper and underground distribution to today's imaginatively provocative writing. While providing a fascinating look at the course of gay consciousness over the past fifty years, it also, most enthrallingly, offers the best sexually arousing fiction centering on gay men.
The Green Hotel by Tom Hardy
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Omniun Publishing (1987)
Amazon: The Green Hotel
Runaway: More Stories by Tom Hardy
Paperback: 217 pages
Publisher: Omnium Publishing, Kukuihaele, Hawaii (1989)
Amazon: Runaway: More Stories
The Marine Olaf by Gordon Hoban
Paperback: 155 pages
Publisher: Omniun Pub (November 1990)
Amazon: The Marine Olaf
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