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.
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.
The infamous Victorian monthly magazine The Pearl was published in London from July 1879 to December 1880 and was subsequently shut down by the authorities for publishing obscene literature. Each issue was devoted to explicit erotic stories, sex in high society, incest and flagellation, interspersed with ribald parodies, poems and naughty limericks. This selection of the best of The Pearl—over 330 pages!— is drawn from all of its original 18 issues and provides a fascinating look at the secret obsessions behind the Puritan’s mask. Step inside and enjoy a raunchy romp through the Victorian underground.
from the New Urge “Classics of Passion” series
HIDDEN GEMS: THE BEST OF THE PEARL, A JOURNAL OF FACETIAE AND VOLUPTUOUS READING
Selected and with an introduction by William Hamilton
334 pp., trade paperback, $14.95
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.