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.
Things are really heating up and the August issue of LE SCAT NOIR has arrived just in the nick of time. #226 has an all-star international cast of cool characters, hot fiction, art, poetry, and news you won’t find anywhere else. Featuring Alphonse Allais, Mark Axelrod, Suzanne Burns, Michael Cina, John Diamond-Nigh, Ian Dooley, Rose Knapp, Terri Lloyd, Amit Nayak, Frank Pulaski, Doug Rice, Paul Rosheim, Jason E. Rolfe, Gail Schneider, Doug Skinner, Dominic Viti, Tom Whalen, and Carla M. Wilson.
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THE NEW URGE READER:
Erotic Fiction by New Women Writers
edited by Norman Conquest
The long-awaited international anthology of erotic fiction by women writers has arrived—just in time!
Got Spring Fever? If not, here’s your ticket to an advanced case—featuring work by Emily June Brink, Suzanne Burns, Catherine D’Avis, Rachel Kendall, Cody Kmoch, Pamela Naruta, L T O’Rourke, Maria Schurr, Star Spider, and L C Wilkinson. Packed with innovative tales revealing Eros in a variety of styles – poetic, playful, startling and graphic. Seduction guaranteed.
Available everywhere on Amazon.
from SWEET AND VICIOUS / Copyright © 2014 by Suzanne Burns
“Sweet and Vicious is an inspired exploration of Waldeinsamkeit and (post)romantic angst that turns the mundane into something beautiful and wild. Burns is a gifted writer.”
—D. Harlan Wilson
Black Scat Books is proud to present this innovative work of fiction by Suzanne Burns.
Sweet and Vicious is a provocative and relentlessly compelling new novel.
Suzanne Burns writes poetry and fiction in Bend, Oregon (and sometimes in Paris, France). She is the author of Siblings, Misfits and Other Heroes, and Love Songs for Las Vegas, among other books. Sweet and Vicious is her first novel.
Black Scat’s Absurdist Texts & Documents series is divided into sets of six titles each. This year we’ll be closing out the fifth set with AN INCONVENIENT CORPSE by Jason E. Rolfe (#30) and HOROSCRAPES by Doug Skinner (#31). Both gems are imbued with the mischievous spirit of Alphonse Allais.
Indeed, we launched the series in the summer of 2012 with Allais’s story MASKS, and the great French absurdist remains the guiding light behind Black Scat Books–suitably sublime and obscure. You’ll find plenty of evidence in the just released trade paperback SELECTED PLAYS OF ALPHONSE ALLAIS.
Next month we’re publishing a novel by a talented young writer, Suzanne Burns.
“Sweet and Vicious is an inspired exploration of Waldeinsamkeit and (post)romantic angst that turns the mundane into something beautiful and wild. Burns is a gifted writer.” –D. Harlan Wilson. Coming October 15th, just in time for Halloween.
Need we say more?
Artist Terri Lloyd (THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF COMMIE PORN) returns with a new monstrosity that’s in preparation as we speak. For now, the nature of the book must remain under wraps to avoid causing panic. We can only report that it’s another collaboration with Norman Conquest. (Clearly these two don’t know when to stop.)
The grand “utter nonsense” issue of BLACK SCAT REVIEW (#9) is going to be our biggest issue yet. Publication date TBA.
Looking ahead to 2015, you’ll discover books by Mark Axelrod, Eckhard Gerdes, Alain Arias-Misson, Farewell Debut, Carla M. Wilson, Doug Rice, Richard Kostelanetz, and other luminaries.
BLACK SCAT REVIEW #8. Featuring seductive works by Suzanne Burns, Doug Rice, Steven Teref, Kurt Cline, Charles Holdefer, Doug Skinner, Paulo Brito, Jhaki M.S. Landgrebe, Tara Stillions Whitehead, Maria Morisot, Fox Harvard, Charlie Griggs, Monika Mori, and Tom Whalen. Titillating art, photography, poetry and fiction.
70 pages, full color, perfect-bound.
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