by Jason Makansi
something erotic or sexy. 1000 word limit.
At first, after reading this collection, I thought I knew how a
prostitute must feel like at the end of the week, or the professor in
the pornography department grading papers for this assignment.
It's hard to conclude that this collection is anything but a
vanity press like vehicle for publishing credits since nothing else
really ties the stories together, no information is provided on the
authors, and for the life of me I could not make any connection between
the collection's title and the stories.
At least in a
collection from one author, you are enriched with fragments of insight
into the author's mind. What are fifty (surely, 69 would have
been a more interesting total) erotica pieces randomly thrown together?
I'm not much of a proofreader, so when I catch a few nits,
like I did here, I figure there are probably more than there should
Despite the lack of an
editorial raison d'etre, there are standouts here. The
succubus of Seventh
Vincent Louis Carrella, offers great advice on what to do with a belt
if you find yourself dominant in a bondage situation and the chick who
wrote the personal ad lied through her sagging breasts. If it could get
out of this collection and in front of more eyeballs, Lobster Dinner,
by Debbie Ann Ice, could at long last move the culture past the
hilarious lobster scene in Woody Allen's Annie Hall.
those of you who long for the heyday of Penthouse
and similar pubs, Venus
by Douglas Campbell, will take you back to the days of painting the
ceiling in your adolescent bedroom. Sarah,
by Davina Owombre, is a true piece of dangerous flirtatiousness, over
reading to the kids, no less, and no, the parents are not doing the
reading! And if you don't care for the seven taboo words in
your stories, much less in their titles, too bad; Fuck She Was,
by J.A. Tyler, reads with the mechanical efficiency of machine gun
fire. I could have cared less what the story was about. It just picks
you up and carries you along.
It's too much to
expect readers to slog through collections like this. Soon, perhaps for
some of you even now, we'll have these delivered to us daily
on our Kindles, Blackberries, PCs, Palm devices, and iPhones (If I left
one out, please don't sic the PR department on me). Digesting
them with time and space between each one would be preferable, perhaps
even to a sex partner, for the best of the bunch.
Makansi has published six short
stories, some poetry, three non-fiction and professional books, and
numerous magazine articles. His latest book is Lights Out: The
Electricity Crisis, the Global Economy, and What It Means To You,
(John Wiley & Sons, June 2007). He will be attending the
Sewanee Writers Conference in July.
Coy is a San Diego writer, and editor for Better Non Sequitur (print)
and Pequin (web).
Authors: Brendan Connell, Aryan Kaganof,
Jónas Knútsson, Lyttleton, Aaron Burch, David Gianatasio,
Jimmy Chen, John Roberts, David E. Oprava, Lannice L. Montague, Paul
Kavanagh, Vanessa Gebbie, Casey Anderson, Chelsea Martin, Davina
Owombre, Elizabeth Ellen, Michael Fowler, D.M. Schwartz, E.P. Chiew,
Mary McCluskey, Tom Sheehan, Randall Brown, Marie Shield, Sara Crowley,
Melissa Lee, Mary Lynn Reed, Bonnie ZoBell, Tria Andrews, Donna D.
Vitucci, Terri Brown-Davidson, Debbie Ann Eis, Garrett Socol, Zachary
Vora, Douglas Campbell, Grant Perry, Leslie Jamison, Harold Jaffe,
Kevin O'Cuinn, Blake Butler, Erich Mulhall, J. A. Tyler, Errid Farland,
Justin Taylor, Kevin Sampsell, Vincent Louis Carrella, Savannah Schroll
Guz, Douglas Lee, Lee Klein, Steven Coy.
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