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  1. Otto Penzler’s 5 Crime and Mystery Picks for Summer via LitHub
  2. Joseph Campbell word for word on The Hero’s Journey via Go Into the Story
  3. 10 Famous Book Hoarders via LitHub
  4. REVIEW: The Halloween Children by Freeman and Prentiss via PulpBuzz
  5. How to Start Writing Your Book Again After a Long Break via The Write Practice
  6. 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Over via Half Price Books
  7. All back issues of Omni magazine now available online via BoingBoing
  8. 10 Psychological Thrillers That Will Absolutely Terrify You via HuffPost
  9. The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time MWA via LibraryThing
  10. Dames, detectives and dope: why we still love hardboiled crime via The Guardian

Cyber Monday — Here’s what caught my eye…



The Girl with the Long Green Heart by Lawrence Block
Bank Shot by Donald E. Westlake
Save the Last Dance for Me by Ed Gorman
The Listening Eye by Patricia Wentworth
The Baby in the Icebox by James M. Cain
The Hot Spot by Charles Williams
The Spy and the Thief by Edward D. Hoch
The Swimming Pool by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Dog Who Bit a Policeman by Stuart M. Kaminsky
Shellshock by Richard S. Prather
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye by Horace McCoy
Slipping Into Darkness by Peter Blauner
Long Live the Dead by Hugh B. Cave



Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing by May Sarton
Shockproof Sydney Skate by Marijane Meaker
The Magician’s Girl by Doris Grumbach
Eye Contact by Michael Craft
Hold Tight by Christopher Bram
The Men from the Boys by William J. Mann
Where the Boys Are by William J. Mann
The Lord Won’t Mind by Gordon Merrick
One for the Gods by Gordon Merrick
Forth Into the Light by Gordon Merrick
Perfect Freedom by Gordon Merrick
The Sound of Heaven by Joseph Olshan
Wolverine Cirque by Joseph Olshan 


Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon
Mystery Walk by Robert R. McCammon
Usher’s Passing by Robert R. McCammon
The Compendium of Srem by F. Paul Wilson
Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
Lot Lizards by Ray Garton
The New Neighbor by Ray Garton
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin 
Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly
Chthon by Piers Anthony
Nightwings by Robert Silverberg
Blood Music by Greg Bear
Adulthood Rites by Octavia E. Butler

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[GUEST POST] On Writing Erotica & THE HARDEST THING by JAMES LEAR

Writing erotic literature makes me think a lot about the kind of men I find attractive. If you read my books, you’ll notice, I hope, that I don’t try to make every single man sound like an unattainable porn fantasy, for the simple reason that I don’t find those guys sexy. The zero-fat, over-defined, tanned-shaved-and-plucked look doesn’t work for me – and although I like a large penis as much as the next man, I’m equally turned on by small and medium. A lot of ink is spilt in erotic literature about thick, tousled hair, perfect teeth, dazzling ‘grins’ (men in erotica never smile, they always grin), six packs etc. I can’t be bothered. I give a few indications of the kind of bloke I’m thinking about, and try to let the reader supply the rest.

What I actually find sexy is masculinity in all its forms – and that, to me, is synonymous with naturalness. The more groomed and tweaked you become, the less masculine you are. Dan Stagg, the hero of my new novel The Hardest Thing, is an ex-marine fighting machine, so obviously he is physically fit – but I made him bald on top and hairy everywhere else, just to buck the trend. His dick does the job, but I don’t go on and on about how massive it is. The other main character in the book, Stirling, is exactly the sort of primped-up supermodel that I don’t really fancy – he’s got fabulous hair, no body fat and gym-perfect muscles. He uses moisturiser, and he shapes his eyebrows. Dan finds him kind of repellent at first, but the inevitable happens (this is porn, after all). From that point on, Dan and Stirling have to find some kind of common ground – and that means, at the very least, that Stirling has to grow out the hair dye and stop depilating.

As the plot progresses you’ll meet older men, younger men, fit men, fat men, cocks of all sizes and shapes. This reflects something I think is true about sex – if you stop obsessing about rigid criteria and types, you can have a lot of good loving with a lot of different people. In erotic fiction, you need certain things to trigger a response in the reader, so dicks have to be hard, arses and mouths have to be open/wet/tight and so on – but that aside I try to make the men and the sex pretty real. Obviously there’s more of it than there is in real life, just as there’s more bloodsucking in a vampire novel than there is in real life. But apart from the frequency, I hope this is more than just another fantasy.

—JAMES LEAR is the nom de plume of a prolific and acclaimed novelist. As James Lear, he is the author of The Back Passage, The Secret Tunnel, Hot Valley, The Low Road, and The Palace of Varieties. He lives in London. Follow him on Facebook and WordPress.

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[Paperbacks and eBooks] MIDNIGHT READER series by JEFF FUNK

Jeff Funk, author of the gay erotic Midnight Reader series, says that, “Sometimes a quick thrill is all a regular guy needs.” ¶ He admits his writing is raw. Pulp-style. ¶ “In almost every novel I’ve ever read, I perked up when I got to a sex scene—hello—only, I wanted more details!” [Laughs] “I give it to readers as if I were confiding in a buddy. Move along the plot. Linger on the hot.” ¶ “Dirty-minded people have more intelligence than the normals. They treasure their erotic reading material.” ¶ “People have sex everyday,” Funk explains,”and if you’re not banging, then reading about a hot screw can assist a selfie real nice.” ¶ He continues, “Reading smut is cheaper than dating—even the clap clinic charges ten dollars—also, masturbation is healthy, as the former Surgeon General correctly asserted, especially for males, whose well-being requires the frequent release of semen. If it’s been a while since you got laid, you may need fresh footage for the ole spank bank. Happy Pride 2013!” —Jeff Funk, author of Curious, Rascal, Bad Boy, Stranger and Midnight Reader


MIDNIGHT READER (Twelve Erotic Tales) collection includes the first four books of the Midnight Reader series: Bad Boy, Curious, Rascal & Stranger. Twelve o’clock. Twelve erotic tales intended for mature readers.

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BAD BOY (Midnight Reader) by Jeff Funk


Bad boy—he’s hot and knows it. In the first story, “Sex in the Streets,” a twenty-something skateboarder punk encounters a forty-year-old shy guy who has a few tricks of his own to teach. Richard and Jim are workout buddies home on summer break, and tonight they’re going to meet up with Jim’s other buddy. Greg just got a new dorm roommate who’s so handsome that Greg can’t stop fantasizing about kissing this whiskery stud. Lose yourself in three erotic tales intended for your personal reader in the nightstand.

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CURIOUS (Midnight Reader) by Jeff Funk


Men have animal urges and sometimes they’re looking for action, even if it’s with another man. First a college boy with a fetish for sniffing jockstraps learns that he’s not the only frat brother who’s into dudes. A straight construction worker with a high sex drive gets seduced by Jake in “Leaving My Mark.” A convention in Washington, D.C. brings together a pair of young businessmen who find pleasures at night in the city. Step into three erotic fantasies for your personal nighttime reading.

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RASCAL (Midnight Reader) by Jeff Funk


Some men are rascals and they’re getting it on at every turn. At the leather bar, while the guys’ shenanigans on stage are raising hell, an out-of-town stud winds up in some trouble of his own in “Den of Heathen Desires.” It’s blackout night at the bathhouse and passion awaits in room sixty-nine at the end of the hallway. Then the country boys are at it again at the Rusty Screw jeans and leather bar enjoying each other’s hospitality. Explore three stories of rowdy and erotic adventures.

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STRANGER (Midnight Reader) by Jeff Funk


For men who desire men, nothing matches the heat of a quick encounter with a stranger. Eric finds lust in the airport terminal in Miami before meeting an exotic hunk in Nicaragua. On a camping trip, a male couple discovers that they’re not alone—someone is watching from the woods. Ahoy! Set sail on a cruise where desires between men take hold on ship and shore. Come along for a naughty romp in this collection of three stories.

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BREAKING EROTIC ALERT via the @EROTICATI

“At this time, I’d like to deny rumors of my involvement with an ancient erotic cult known as the Eroticati or the ‘Erotic Ones’ — a cabal of adepts said to possess mastery of seduction, sexual techniques & alchemy. 

“Nevertheless an exposé of my writing has been the subject of a pre-viral video on YouTube, asserting that my stories contain intense scenes which may provoke sexual urges and cause little old ladies to faint. Reader discretion is strongly advised.” JF  

Midnight Reader (Twelve Erotic Tales) includes the first four books of the Midnight Reader series. http://amzn.com/B008LDQAIY
#1 Bad Boy. Bad boy—he’s hot and knows it. In the first story, “Sex in the Streets,” a twenty-something skateboarder punk encounters a forty-year-old shy guy who has a few tricks of his own to teach. Richard and Jim are workout buddies home on summer break, and tonight they’re going to meet up with Jim’s other buddy. Greg just got a new dorm roommate who’s so handsome that Greg can’t stop fantasizing about kissing this whiskery stud. http://amzn.com/B0089NP988
#2 Curious. Men have animal urges and sometimes they’re looking for action, even if it’s with another man. First a college boy with a fetish for sniffing jockstraps learns that he’s not the only frat brother who’s into dudes. A straight construction worker with a high sex drive gets seduced by Jake in “Leaving My Mark.” A convention in Washington, D.C. brings together a pair of young businessmen who find pleasures at night in the city.  http://amzn.com/B0089NPAHS
#3 Rascal. Some men are rascals and they’re getting it on at every turn. At the leather bar, while the guys’ shenanigans on stage are raising hell, an out-of-town stud winds up in some trouble of his own in “Den of Heathen Desires.” It’s blackout night at the bathhouse and passion awaits in room sixty-nine at the end of the hallway. Then the country boys are at it again at the Rusty Screw jeans and leather bar enjoying each other’s hospitality.  http://amzn.com/B0089NLHZM
#4 Stranger. For men who desire men, nothing matches the heat of a quick encounter with a stranger. Eric finds lust in the airport terminal in Miami before meeting an exotic hunk in Nicaragua. On a camping trip, a male couple discovers that they’re not alone—someone is watching from the woods. Ahoy! Set sail on a cruise where desires between men take hold on ship and shore. http://amzn.com/B0089G0BME
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