By James Lear (The Back Passage, The Low Road, Palace of Varieties) on the Independent online this morning. (Could also have been in the paper, but I don’t know)
I think it’s pretty true to any erotica writer in Britain for sure. Since the loss of Gay Men’s Press a lot (all?) of gay erotica writers have been forced to seek publication in the USA- I know I have. As much as I would love to be published by a London publisher, there’s a certain … elitism? snobbery? high-brow-ness? in the London market which one can’t help but notice. They all seem to be searching for the next Booker winner rather than a good yarn that will earn everyone some bloody money. I spent a lot of time and money submitting over and over to English publishers only to get 1. form rejections or 2. no response at all (do they think we don’t keep spreadsheets ?) The exception to this seems to be Virgin where a lot of my fellow Lust Biters belong.
I’m very pleased for James/Rupert and I hope that the article and the exposure does him (and the genre) a lot of good.
What I have to say (and I did say on the Gay Book Blog where I found the link in the first place) is that why on earth can’t erotica be high brow? It bloody well can be – if you’ve ever read anything by
Why is it that erotic films can be considered ART, but erotic books are just wank books? I can’t disagree with Mr Lear that his books make one hot around the groinal area BUT – the difference between The Back Passage and many other erotic books/porn is that – if you took the sex scenes out of the The Back Passage – you would still be left with an hilarious, witty, and very well written (albiet a bit shorter!) murder mystery that stands on its own. /rant.
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