Review of Ashley Lister’s “Raven and Skull”

"Tell us about a time you nearly died, Tony." I met Ashley Lister at Eroticon 2014 in Bristol, UK. He was giving a lecture on using the basics of Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey" in romance and erotic writing. I was one of the faceless attendees that day and, as Mrs. Stranded and I often joke, the only one in the room with no accent. That Lister was hitting on the Campbell note, the same note that inspired one named Lucas to write "Star Wars", was one of the highlights of the conference for me. "Raven and Skull" is the first chance I have finally had to read one of Lister's work. Having been part of the conference at Eroticon, finding Lister writing in the horror realms was surprising. Honestly, I expected romance or [Read more...]

Toronto Pub Affair – An Erotic Writer’s Review of the Foggy Dew

Toronto Pub, The Foggy Dew

My darling, we have enjoyed three years together in secret. Three years of drinks, meals, and glorious sexual innuendo. But, alas, our time is at an end. I must end this. Though I was vague to protect our tryst but many of my readers would recognize you, my gorgeous mistress...I have often described your sensual nooks and crevices, your aged woodwork, your playful barmaids, and your glorious beer selection in my stories. I did not, however, criticize you for shortening up on your menu and no longer allowing me the luxurious and luscious taste of steak and Caesar. I kept my mouth shut for fear of pushing you away. Not sure why I bring it up now, as that is not why I am ending this affair. And it was an affair. With your kilts, [Read more...]