SACRED SINS — Now Available!

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.”
Suzanne Burns


SACRED SINS:
Short Sensual Stories
by John Diamond-Nigh
New Urge Editions / NU-111
5.06″ x 7.81″ (12.852 x 19.837 cm)
150 pages; $12.95
ISBN-13: 978-0999262214

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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.

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Bedside Reading

catherine_d_smlFans of the work of Anaïs Nin and Marguerite Duras will relish this new collection of twelve erotic short stories by Catherine D’Avis, author of the controversial novel Angel of Everything.

This edition also features an exclusive interview with the author by Terry Welford.

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We can’t think of a better addition to your bedroom’s bookshelf.

$9.95
Trade paperback, 162 pp.
A New Urge Edition

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FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF THE CONTROVERSIAL FRENCH NOVEL

Bored with her life in a quiet, French coastal town and desperate for excitement, Emma sends out a prayer to the Angel of Happenings. When she meets Gabriel, an enigmatic Parisian photographer, her wish appears to have come true, until she finds herself drawn into an intimate world of erotic temptations, obsession and danger.


ANGEL---FIRST-EDITION (1)Angel of Everything
by Catherine D’Avis, translated from the French by Kenneth D. Fletcher. This short novel originally appeared in Paris (L’ange de toutes choses: 2012 Published under the pseudonymous initials “C.A.,” the controversial work received favorable reviews, as well as condemnation. Ms. D’Avis’s writing has been compared to the novelist Marguerite Duras.

 
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LISTEN TO CATHERINE D’AVIS READ AN EXCERPT FROM HER NOVEL


catherine_d_smlCatherine D’Avis was born in Paris to French parents but grew up in the South-West of England. She studied dance at the Boston Conservatory and worked in an art gallery in New York for several years. She now lives in a quiet suburb of Paris with her artist husband and their three cats. She spends her days teaching dance classes, working with ceramics and writing fiction. A collection of her short stories, Erotic Tales, will soon be available from New Urge Editions.

 Kenneth D. Fletcher lives in Boston, where he works as a freelance writer, translator and critic. His translations include novels and poetry by Julien Gracq. He is currently translating Catherine D’Avis’s stories, Contes érotiques.

 


 

NU Imprint Launches Today!

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We’re thrilled to announce the publication of WHITE FIRE & OTHER TALES by Cody Kmoch. This is the first book in our New Urge Editions imprint—devoted to quality erotic fiction by writers from Europe and North America.

This collection features eleven erotic tales by Ms. Kmoch  a young  writer based in the UK. Her sensual—often startling—sapphic stories reveal an innovative imagination – a quirky, dark sensibility that transports the reader to worlds of white fire, where fantasies, love, and sex unite. She stirs suspense and desire with a voice that is fresh and compelling.

$12.95
Trade paperback, 182 pp.

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In 2013, Cody began posting  stories on her blog and quickly developed a dedicated following.

A small sampling of comments from readers:

“… flawless…I can’t seem to find any reasonable words with which to describe it. The way you use language is just… gah. Keep doing what you do, please.” – anonymous (on The Luculla Hive)

“Pleasantly surprised, the talent of the author blew me away. She had the ability to capture me and hold me. Very refreshing, I’m totally addicted.” – Reese Michelle

“…this is excellent, this is brilliant. It is very erotic, it is very funny. it is a brilliant use of  written form–it may very well be perfect.  I’ve ran across a couple of  stories vaguely in this vain (both a long time ago) but not at all so clearly conceived or proficiently and cleanly executed.   Has anyone ever done this before ?  It seems like it would have had to have been, but I really have never heard of  this really like this.  I feel like a ‘Classic.’ story is one which after you first read it you can’t quite imagine the world without this story having been written–That’s how I feel about this one.  The idea of the seduction of the imagination has never been so perfectly expressed and the humor and eroticism are so organic to the story.  Is there anything as seductive as the written word when written so well.” – Leslie Petra

“I think of your stories as blossoming flowers…” – anonymous (unfortunately!)

“You, you are amazing, this story is exalting, an wonderful! All of your writing fills me with happiness, I don’t even remember how I found it, but I am so glad that I did.” – Olla Prayer

“Blown away. Really good. Innovative, yet fun and highly charged” – anonymous

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cody Kmoch is a curious product of Czech and Canadian blood, British grammar school bullying, chronic sexual frustration, and the internet. She has been drawing and writing about female beauty and ecstasy since she was a teenager, but almost all of it has been wasted: years of work quietly shredded, binned, or deleted. But in April 2013 something changed, and since then her fantasies have been spilling out on her blog to a small but dedicated following. When she’s not writing, she’s working in an office, playing her guitar, running, or napping.

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We invite all those interested to follow the NU blog at NewUrgeEditions.wordpress.com
for news on forthcoming titles, excerpts, author interviews and more.

 

Behind the Scenes

ANGEL---FIRST-EDITION

The erotic novel L’ange de toutes choses originally appeared in a small press edition in Paris in 2012. Published under the pseudonymous initials “C.A.,” the work received favorable reviews as well as the usual condemnation reserved for works in this arena. (Despite its enlightened reputation, France today is surprisingly puritanical.) The author, Catherine D’Avis, has been compared to Marguerite Duras and Emmanuelle Arsan (Marayat Rollet-Andriane).

Black Scat Books is proud to publish the first American edition of Angel of Everything by Catherine D’Avis—translated from the French by Kenneth D. Fletcher—as the first title under our New Urge Editions imprint. (For additional information Visit the NU blog at newurgeeditions.wordpress.com

Publication : January,  2015.

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cover photograph © L’Agence Gaubert

Announcing a New Imprint for 2015

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In January we’re launching a new imprint devoted to innovative erotic fiction by European, Canadian and American writers  We intend to take back the label “erotic” from the pornographers and hacks, and present works that will stand as literature.

For additional information on NEW URGE EDITIONS, please visit the URL below. Enter your email address and receive updates on the exciting list of titles in preparation:  newurgeeditions.wordpress.com

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