Author: Mark Thompson
Publisher: Daedalus Publishing
Release Date: 2004
Since its publication a decade ago, this Lmabda Literary Award-nominated book has become a classic, must-read book on human sexuality and identity. Widely cited a sbeing among the most useful books of its kind, this co-gender anthology is both historical witness to and provocative treatise on this junique and often misunderstood subculture. The diverse contributors look at the history of the gay and lesbian underground, how radical sex practise relates to their spirituality and what S&M means to them personally.
Author: Jean Marie Stine
Release Date: 2010-05
Jean Marie Stine is the erotic novelist SF Review hails as "lip-smackingly good." Here are ten sizzling treats that blow the bounds of conventional gender and sexuality wide open, from the subversive pen of Jean Marie Stine. In Trans-Sexual, you will encounter, up close and in your face, a cast of transgressive heroes, heroines, and villains: butches, femmes, tops, bottoms, leather folk, dyke-boys, sissy-men, drag kings, drag queens, androgynes, genderqueers and more. Read these ten "carnally satisfactory (and) ingenuous" stories (Asimov's) and your view of sexuality - especially your own, be it straight, queer or otherwise - will never be the same! In "Jinni's So Long At the Fair," you will encounter male lesbians from the future. In "Amaeru" a man desperate to experience the infancy he was denied as a child, finds himself on the dark side of the law. In "What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?," the dyke captain of sailing ship in the 1920s meets a not-so-repressed missionary's daughter. In "Les Freres Diabolique," a man is forced, by one of history's most famous queers, into a nightmare ordeal of sexual subjugation as woman. In "Legacy," a woman discovers the key to her own sexuality through a series of erotic encounters as she travels the globe in search of the mother she has sworn to kill. In "In the Kingdom of the Sons," you will meet a beautiful, imperious woman with a master plan; the equally beautiful, pliant young ward she is willing to sacrifice, and the aged British roue who stands between them and a multimillion dollar fortune! Plus four more mind-bending stories. Here is what the critics have said about the author's work: "History - spectacle - the Cecile B. DeMille of erotica." -Fetish Times. "Effective ... rich ... rewarding ... engrossing and unusual ... littered with genuine insights." -Ted White, editor, Heavy Metal. "Powerful tales of ... sexual identity ... full-blooded ... taut ... bears comparison with the best mainstream fiction." -Foundation (U. K.). Jean Marie Stine has written for the pioneers of erotic publishing, including American Art Enterprises and Eros Gold Stripe Editions. Her first novel, Season of the Witch, which has been reprinted five times and filmed as Synapse, was published by the legendary Essex House and its visionary editor Brian Kirby. Her shorter work has appeared in Suspect Thoughts, Eros, Fetish Times, Future Crime, Transgender, MindCaviar, BloodMoonz, Nest O' Vipers, Transformation, The Sun, and other publications. She is currently Associate Publisher of Sizzler Editions, a leading publisher of contemporary and classic erotica in eBook form.
Slithering stoorworms, mischievous brownies, fierce kelpies and magical selkies are exquisitely brought to life for children in Theresa Breslin's enchanting tales and Kate Leiper's otherwordly illustrations.
Author: E. K. Chambers
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
Release Date: 2013-04-16
The folk play holds a unique place in English history and has a fascinating history all of its own. This is a wonderful guide for anybody with an interest in this ancient form of performance, with step by step instructions for anybody wishing to recreate these beautiful plays.
In 1970 Katharine Briggs published in four volumes the vast and authoritative Dictionary of British Folktales and Legends to wide acclaim. This sampler comprises the very best of those tales and legends. Gathered within, readers will find an extravagance of beautiful princesses and stout stable boys, sour-faced witches and kings with hearts of gold. Each tale is a masterpiece of storytelling, from the hilarious 'Three Sillies' to the delightfully macabre 'Sammle's Ghost'.
Author: David Phelps
Publisher: The History Press
Release Date: 2011-09-16
For the first time, these enchanting folk tales, the origins of which lie in the oral tradition, have been gathered together in book form. The charming selection of 30 fairy tales and legends are full of Herefordian wit and wisdom, and are perfect for reading aloud or alone. Although on the surface they may appear quaint, these stories tell of strange happenings in the peaceful Herefordshire countryside, formed from early attempts to explain the natural and spiritual world. From the Saxon king of East Anglia who became the patron saint of Hereford Cathedral, and the story of the black hound of Baskerville Hall which inspired Arthur Conan Doyle, to a medieval love story, these gripping tales have stood the test of time, and remain classic texts which will be enjoyed time and again by modern readers.
This is the extraordinary true tale of a middle-class, gay American's path to encounters with the Great Mystery that is God/dess/Self. The way to the Great Unknown was intricately intertwined with his humanity with all its foibles, and with human relationships. Therefore this story has to include those relationships, revealing ultimately how a one's personal identity and relationships become vehicles for enlightenment. This inspiring account of struggle, travel to exotic lands, suffering, and transcendence holds out hope for anyone who has ever felt outcaste, broken, or unworthy, demonstrating for our modern times that enlightenment lies within reach of us all.
Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date: 2008
Concert audiences have an enduring affection for the music of Ralph Vaughan Williamsa composer of dance, symphony, opera, song, hymnody, and film musicand serious scholarship on his music is currently enjoying a revival. 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Vaughan Williams passing (and 2007his 135th birthday); his worksparticularly his orchestral musicwill likely find themselves programmed widely for this season, and groups like the RVW Society which regularly hold symposiums may have events planned in honor of the composer. OUP-UK will be publishing a volume of Vaughan WilliamsLetters, edited by Hugh Cobbe, likely to pub in 2008. We should consider promoting the two volumes together. This collection brings together a host of lively writingssome for the first time, and many for the first time since their initial publicationby one of the most articulate, beloved andengaging English composers. Making available essays, articles, broadcasts, and speech transcripts from 1901-1958, Vaughan Williams on Music exemplifies the multi-faceted nature of his contributions: active supporter of amateur music and English music, a leader in the folksong revival, educator,performer, and polemicist. Vaughan Williams was one of the cultural giants of his day, a figure of iconic stature whose influence stretched far beyond musical circles; his friendships with Bertrand Russell and G. M. Trevelyan, and his tireless work on behalf of a variety of organizations and causes,from Jewish refugees to the Third Programme, gave him a unique place in British national life. He also had a powerful influence in the United States, at a time when the special relationship was approaching its zenith. Through all these perspectives, the words are unmistakably those of a practicingcomposera young composer at the turn of the last century, trying to find his own musical voice amid widely diverse stylistic influences of the dominant and successful figures of Brahms, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky, and a mature composer in the mid-century, having found that glorious voice whichcontinues to resound across the globe. The volume will be an important contribution to the literature not only on British music, but also on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British cultural and intellectual life as a whole, placing Vaughan Williamss political and aesthetic thought in a broadercultural perspective. It will be a welcome read as well for the general audience which loves the music of Vaughan Williams, that will be listening to and remembering the composer as this anniversary of his death approaches.
Author: Joseph Brockton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2004-07-19
Flashback to 1989 with your favorite characters from Queer as Folk in this new line of books based on the record-breaking Showtime series hailed as "wonderful" (Newsweek) and "groundbreaking" (People)! Before they were grown men working and playing in Pittsburgh, Brian Kinney and Michael Novotny were high-school friends dealing with bullies, secret crushes, and their emerging sexuality. Step back in time with two of Queer as Folk's hottest characters in the first book in this provocative new series. Every Nine Seconds On the eve of Brian Kinney's eighteenth birthday, he and his best friend, Michael Novotny, celebrate a bond that could link them forever if their future paths don't separate them for good. In a few short weeks Brian, the seductive soccer star, will leave for college, where he'll be free to explore the adult pursuits in which he's only dabbled in high school. Michael is destined for a more sedate life in community college while living at home with his eccentric mom. But before their lives diverge, a hot new club will open, they'll go to the prom "stag" together, and family strife will turn their world upside down. Brian and Michael still have some unforgettable times to share before graduation ushers in the next stages of their lives.