Sunday Snog – The Spirit of Stage 13

With Hallowe’en creeping ever closer, here’s the final spooky snog of the month as part of the weekly Sunday Snog at Blissekiss. This time, it’s an extract from The Spirit of Stage 13, part of the Totally Bound Haunted By You collection. Struggling screenwriter Evin has had a strange experience on a soundstage which is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Jack, a young actor who died in tragic circumstances. Later, Evin finds himself dreaming about Jack…

thespiritofstage13_800He didn’t speak, just crooked his finger and beckoned Evin close. With one stride, Evin was in Jack’s arms. Their lips met in a crushing kiss. Evin felt the other man’s tongue snake into his mouth, battling with his own. The kiss left him panting, short of breath, his dick standing up hard, seeking to find its way out of his underwear. For the first time, he glanced down and realised he was dressed in his usual night attire, a grey marl T-shirt and white briefs. Not the kind of thing he’d usually wear to impress such a gorgeous stud—or to stand on the sidewalk in front of his apartment building—but in dreams nothing ever made sense. And anyway, Jack seemed to like what he saw well enough.

His hand made a grab for Evin’s bulge, stroking it through the thin cotton underwear. Already feeling constricted in the tight-fitting briefs, Evin sighed as his cock stiffened further, reacting to the light, teasing touch.

In response, he roamed down the length of Jack’s bare, warm back with his hands to cup the cheeks of his ass. Their mouths were mashed together. Evin was lost in the passion of their kiss. He clung to Jack like he never wanted to let him go, while those clever fingers worked their way into the Y of his briefs, closing around his shaft.

Evin broke the kiss, needing to release the moan that was trapped in his throat. In any normal dream, the perspective would have changed again by now, events not driven by any internal logic. He’d have found himself lying on his bed with Jack, both of them naked, having bypassed the time-consuming process of climbing the stairs and stripping each other down to nothing. Or maybe they’d have been in the shower, water pouring down on them as they kissed and explored each other’s body. But something in his subconscious seemed to relish the scene he’d created, Jack spinning him round to push him up against the side of Gilson’s newly washed Chevy before tugging Evin’s underwear down and off.

Dampness soaked through his T-shirt as his back met the wet glass of the passenger window. He wanted to be free of it, but Jack seemed to like him the way he was, half dressed and horny. With lips curled in a smile that bore a delicious hint of something dark and dangerous, he renewed his steady tugging at Evin’s rod.

You can find out what happens when Evin’s lust for Jack becomes more than just a dream in The Spirit of Stage 13, and as always there are a whole range of Sunday Snogs waiting for you over at Blissekiss.


I’m at Guys Like Romance Too…

…talking about how a love of scary movies can help you find that perfect partner and sharing an extract from my spooky Totally Bound novella, The Spirit of Stage 13.

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A Haunting Book For Halloween

It’s the spookiest day of the year – time to settle down with that bowl of goodies you’re supposed to be handing out to any visiting trick-or-treaters and lose yourself in a scary story.  I love a good fright as much as anyone, but I love a love story too, and I tried to combine the two when I wrote The Spirit of Stage 13, the tale of a struggling Hollywood screenwriter and the ghostly actor he encounters on a disused sound stage.

The inspiration for the story came while watching Mark Gatiss’ excellent series, A History of Horror, curled up on the sofa in a rented Amsterdam apartment with a nice mug of hot Chocomel (who says I don’t know how to live?). Gatiss might be best known for his work with The League of Gentlemen and, more recently, as a Dr Who scriptwriter, but he’s a serious horror buff, and his love for the genre infuses his written work and acting performances. In the series, he discusses Lon Chaney’s seminal role as the Phantom of the Opera, but what struck me about that film was its amazing set, constructed on Stage 28 at Universal Studios, and how a portion of that set still remains in place nearly 90 years later. Indeed, it’s rumoured that Chaney’s ghost still haunts the set, and that’s what triggered my idea.

In The Spirit of Stage 13, the film being produced with the incredible set is a version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, itself a notoriously unlucky play as far as actors are concerned. During its production, a young actor named Jack Buckler is killed, and his ghost is said to linger, though screenwriter Evin Pierce doesn’t know that when he first steps on to the stage.

The first thing to greet him was a pale, battered face staring sightlessly ahead. He almost jumped out of his skin, till he realised he was looking at some leftover prop from a horror film, a head no doubt designed to fly across the room having been severed with one swing of an axe, wrenching shrieks and laughter from a movie theatre audience in equal measure. Now he knew how people got the creeps simply walking around this place.

Getting over his shock, he took a better look at his surroundings. What struck him more than anything was the sheer size of the building. Even with all the crates and pieces of old scenery stacked up against the walls, it still had the dimensions—and solemn, silent atmosphere—of a great Gothic cathedral. No one challenged him as he walked further into the vaulted space, and he couldn’t help wondering who might have left the door open.

Gazing at the far wall, he whistled in admiration. Before him stood a perfect recreation of the interior of a mediaeval castle, complete with a deep-stepped stone staircase. He’d watched a lot of films over the years—first through the sheer love of cinema he’d developed as a kid, then later in an attempt to define what made the perfect script as he honed his writing skills—and he didn’t remember ever seeing anything set in a building like that. Why would anyone spend so much time constructing it, only to let it rot forgotten on an unused sound stage?

As he continued to stare at the castle wall, thinking he really ought to leave the deserted stage before somebody saw him and questioned what he was doing here, he seemed to feel a hand brush his cheek. The touch was featherlight, strangely intimate. Startled, Evin glanced round, wondering who’d crept up on him, but no one was there.

Of course, it’s Jack who lurks in the shadows, and who sees meeting Evin as the opportunity to live out all the erotic pleasures he never got to experience. But what will happen when Jack’s dreams of mind-blowing sex are finally fulfilled?

You can find out more about Stage 28, and see pictures of the stage as it was and is in this article by Michael F. Blake, while The Spirit of Stage 13 is available from Total-e-bound. Don’t have nightmares…

Ooh, Lovely Covers!

Seeing the cover of a forthcoming release is always an exciting moment, particularly when they’ve been put together by the very talented Total-e-bound cover artist Posh Gosh. It’s a busy time on the TEB release front for me – first comes the Switch BDSM anthology, published on September 3rd but available to pre-order from August 27th. As you might know, a switch is someone who can take both the dominant and submissive role in a relationship, and the authors in this collection will have had fun with that concept. I know I did! Here’s the cover, to give you an idea of the talented line-up involved.

My story in the collection, Wagers of Sin, is also coming out as a single release. Telling the story of dpminatrix Serena, who finds that when she makes a losing bet with her best friend,  she has to experience life from a submissive’s perspective, it features this delicious act of shirt removal:

And to round the selection off, here’s a very spooky cover for The Spirit Of Stage 13, a Hollywood-based ghost story for Hallowe’en, available to pre-order from October 8th. Look out for those things that go hump in the night!

Oh, I really am spoiled! And maybe I’ll spoil you with an extract from these stories nearer the release date…