Cecilia Tan Black Feathers

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Black Feathers

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In this groundbreaking collection Cecilia Tan blurs the very definition of sexuality and redefines the future of erotic fiction.She delves deep into the world of dark fantasy in a powerful collection of stories that interweave the supernatural and science fiction with the fantasy of daydream; she brilliantly combines noir erotica at its most potent with startling sensuality to shatter the physical and emotional boundaries of sex. These stories, some never before published, range in style and texture from the warmth of magical realism to disturbing modern gothic -- showcasing a rich and varied exploration of sex in worlds that might be earthtly -- to tales of the human fantasies and magical dreams to which we all succumb. From the critically acclaimed, otherwordly "Pearl Driver" to "The Game," all of Tan's stories celebrate the body and sex, revealing the positive emotions behind even the darkest desires.

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About the Author:

Cecilia Tan's stories have appeared in Susie's Bright Best American Eroticaÿ 1998 and 1996, On a Bed of Rice: An Asian American Erotic Feast,ÿ and in magazines as diverse as Penthouseÿ and Ms. She is the founder and publisher of Circlet Press and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her web site address is www.circlet.com/pub/u/ctan/home.html.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A debut collection featuring 23 tales devoted to erotic fantasy. All but two of Tan's hot, twisty stories have appeared elsewhere, in kinky magazines you may never have heard of (Paramour, Taste of Latex, etc.) and erotica collections, none reviewed here (Dark Angels: Lesbian Vampire Stories; Switch Hitters: Lesbians Write Gay Male Erotica, Gay Men Write Lesbian Erotica, etc.), although Kirkus did review The Years Best Fantasy and Horror, 1996, edited by Teri Windling and Ellen Datlow, in which Tan's ``The Nightingale'' first appeared. Tan is the founder and publisher of Circlet Press, specializing in erotic science fiction. The dreams herein focus on wish fulfillment (``Daydreaming''), rituals (``Heart's Desire''), faraway worlds (``Pearl Diver''), utopias (``Telepaths Don't Need Safewords''), the seamy side (``Porn Flicks''), the near future (``Rough Trade'') and how the other half lives (``Whipmaster''). Each section gets its own intro by Tan (``Right now I like writing endings that seem like beginnings''). ``Penetration'' catalogues substitute dildos that the narrator (top) uses on her seductee (bottom): They include kielbasa, a burning candle, and an Idaho potato swathed in a condom. ``Daydreaming'' tells of a virgin student who can't keep his mind in focus and keeps being invaded by gay fantasies; ``A True Story'' reveals the narrator's masturbation modes; in ``Heart's Desire,'' the narrator must whip an S/M boy at a lesbian party before she can free and own him; and in ``Pearl Diver,'' a virgin dives by moonlight and collects large pearls in her vagina to provoke visions. To avoid narcosis, full hormonal participation is required. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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