SACRED SINS is a collection of seductive short stories and fables in a new genre of intellectual erotica. They are fantasy of the highest order, allusive, mythic and archetypal. They are feminist and heroic, literate, mysterious, experimental, and spiritual. John Diamond-Nigh re-imagines erotica itself as agile, sophisticated literature calling on a wide range of moods, voices, and evocative techniques. Encapsulated in a tiny fictional space, each tale presents a miniaturized tableau that seduces and challenges the reader with mischief, humor, and allegory.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR SACRED SINS
“34 brief fictions of flagrant impiety, uncommon cultivation, and a tendency toward abstraction, all of which seem decisively French and vaguely archaic. Literary heretics such as Baudelaire, Bataille, even Lautréamont come to mind. The single American writer I can invoke with similar compulsions and narrative pace is John Hawkes. Notable precedents, these, for John Diamond-Nigh’s auspicious debut prose collection, Sacred Sins.” —Harold Jaffe
“…a surreal, oneiric, mythic and mystic journey through the erotic cults of contemporaneous antiquity. John Diamond-Nigh stages esoteric tableaux whose incunabula take us into the cloistered cells and secret chambers of the imagination. There his narratives weave art, music and literature into profane cuni-linguistic realms, love-cantos laced with epidermal explorations, atavistic colors and the holiness of sex. He casts all this and more onto the scene of language where delirious epiphanies whip desire into orgasmic play.” —Ben Stoltzfus, author of Cat O’Nine Tails
“John Diamond-Nigh juxtaposes and assimilates the religious and the profane, the classical and the modern. All our senses awake in this surreal world of lust and eroticism, where bodily desire and satisfaction transcend the physical experience, a union of opposites as the sexual and spiritual are bound together. Beautifully written, these sensual short stories are delectable sins grazed by the sacred and fused together by the poetic expertise of its author.” —Petra Anne Hawk
“John Diamond-Nigh’s Sacred Sins is a masterful collection of beautifully erotic prose blended with a poet’s hand.” —Mark Axelrod
“Part history lesson, part dream, reading this sensual delight feels like languidly flipping through the best kept secret diary. Reminiscent of Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, Sacred Sins sticks with the reader for its clever plot and beautiful writing. Much recommended.”
Short Sensual Stories
by John Diamond-Nigh
New Urge Editions / NU-111
150 pages; $12.95
About the Author
John Diamond Nigh’s temperament and training in interdisciplinary arts and literature has led to his profuse, eclectic and aesthetic work and lifestyle. As a poet, he has published in many renowned journals such as The Paris Review, The Sewanee Review and Agni, and brought out a book titled Labyrinths. The Smithsonian included an important wood bowl he had created in a retrospective of seminal works of wood turners at the end of the 20th century. Other sculptures have been exhibited throughout the U.S., and his interior design work has won several awards.
Before moving to the South, every year John and his wife traveled to Paris or Florence or Barcelona to teach, and often at night, when not engaged in those responsibilities, John followed the ghosts of Montparnasse into their balls and revels. Presently he lives with her and four cats in Asheville, NC. where he’s putting the finishing touches on a house that he designed and built (including the inside décor and furniture) and that now hosts several lively salons.
LENGTH: 500 – 10,000 words
RIGHTS: First Rights
REPORTING TIME: Two weeks
DEADLINE: AUGUST 31st, 2017
Manuscripts should be submitted as attachments in Word or PDF format. Send to newurge (at) iCloud (dot) com. Please include the word “NU anthology” in the subject line and make sure your name and email address are included in the manuscript.
Black Scat’s New Urge imprint is seeking erotic fiction for a third volume in the popular NEW URGE READER series.
We’re looking for women writers with a fresh vision. We want to be surprised, seduced, hypnotized, transported, or transformed by your words. Think surrealism, noir, feminist erotica, speculative texts, dream diaries—explorations that transcend genre.
LENGTH: 500 – 10,000 words
RIGHTS: First Rights
REPORTING TIME: Two weeks
PAYMENT: A copy of the paperback
DEADLINE: October 15th, 2017
Manuscripts should be submitted as attachments in Word or PDF format. Send to newurge (at) iCloud (dot) com. Please include the word “anthology” in the subject line and make sure your name and email address are included in the manuscript.
From our New Urge imprint comes the latest release in the Classics of Passion series:
THE NEW PLEASURE & other stories by Pierre Louÿs
This collection of seven titillating tales by the author of Aphrodite and The Songs of Bilitis, presents a sensual style with sublime erotic undertones. It includes the novella “Woman and Puppet” – a startling tale of obsessive love – which became the basis for Luis Buñuel’s film “That Obscure Object of Desire.”
“One night at the flat I sat in silent contemplation of two blue china cats that crouched upon a white table. I was wondering whether it would be better to pass the time smoking cigarettes or writing sonnets. Another idea was that it might be better to smoke the cigarettes and stare at the painting on the ceiling. Cigarette, sonnet, or stare? The most important thing at such an hour is to have a cigarette ready to hand and lip. It enshrouds all the most material things with scarves of cloud, fine and celestial. It adds something both to the lights and to the dark of the chamber, taking away the hard mathematics of the angles, and by means of a scented magical spell brings to the agitated human spirit a panacea and peace. It brings, too, the land of dreams.”
Pierre Louÿs (1870 – 1925) was a French poet and writer renowned for lesbian and classical themes, as well as for explicit erotic works published posthumously. He was a gifted stylist whose pagan texts have a distinctly hypnotic power. In 1896, his first novel Aphrodite became
the most popular and best selling book of its day.
New Urge editions are designed for contemporary readers and collectors.
THE NEW PLEASURE & OTHER STORIES
by Pierre Louÿs
Translated from the French and Adapted by G. F. Monkshood**
Classics of Passion series
5.06″ x 7.81″ (12.852 x 19.837 cm)
224 pages, trade paper original
**pseudonym of William James Clarke
“The written word, like any visual art, can do more than convey desire – it can be a conduit to ecstasy, a chance to immerse oneself in a fantasy and be titillated. I view the movements of a paintbrush as an intimate communion with the blank canvas. Similarly, the stories in this anthology will titillate and inflame your own imagination.” —from the introduction by Elizabeth Yoo
THE NEW URGE READER 2
Erotic Fiction by New Women Writers
Edited by Norman Conquest
Introduction by Elizabeth Yoo
Here’s the saucy sequel to our popular anthology—featuring 12 provocative works by Jessica Alexander, Tina V. Cabrera, Catherine D’Avis, Elna Holst, Eurydice Kamvyselli, Lily Knol, Marina Kris, Pamela Naruta, Erin Pim, Val Prozorova, Amy Summers, and Tara Stillions Whitehead.
This year, give a little spice to those on your list who’ve been naughty and nice.
Trade paper, 178 pages; $12.95 / New Urge Editions
Available now in the US and Europe.