The August 2008 issue of True Tales: An Erotic E-zine of Masculinity and Power
links to texts, photography, and a video in tribute to Larry Townsend, late author of The Leatherman's Handbook
. The issue includes links to interviews by Jack Rinella and Bob Wingate, as well as writings by Larry Townsend, Thomas Roche, Jack Fritscher, and others.E-zine's warning page
| Latest issue
- Tags:bdsm, drummer magazine, editorials, gay erotic photography, gay erotica, gay memoirs, gay nonfiction, gay porn, gay videos, issue 10 - august 2008, leather, leather history, person: larry townsend
Next year's theme will be Prisoners and Prison Officers. (Yes, the 2008 theme has changed. There have been some good stories coming out in this category recently.) Please e-mail me
if you have any suggestions for links to gay erotic and non-erotic narrative nonfiction, fiction, narrative poetry, drama, book excerpts, blog entries, art, photography, videos, and audio. The links can be to your own works or anyone else's. Suggestions for links to military and leather works continue to be welcome.Link submission guidelines
Links on the Military Men
page have been added to stories by Ranger, Parhelion, and Marquesate that are set around the conflicts in World War One, World War Two, and the modern British army.
Links on the Leathermen
page have been added to bondage art that is an exercise in minimalism, an article about a bottom-man's efforts to overcome a phobia, and a video about power play that starts in a leather bar.
- Tags:bdsm, gay art, gay erotic nonfiction, gay erotica, gay history, gay love stories, gay porn, gay soldiers, gay videos, historical erotic fiction, humor, issue 9 - december 2007, leather, leather bars, leather history, location: belgium, location: britain, location: california, world war i, world war ii
A couple of awards-related pieces of news. First of all, the Titanium Whip Awards
for BDSM fiction has announced that the 2006 winner in the original fiction category is Verdict
, by Parhelion
, which was originally published in the October 2005 issue of True Tales
Secondly, I've received word that True Tales
has been nominated for this year's Cybersocket Web Awards
, which "recognizes outstanding achievements in the world of queer online media and entertainment." True Tales
was nominated in the Best Erotic E-zine category, alongside some other nominees that . . .
Um, distract me from finishing this post. For the links on that page alone, you might want to stop by the page where you can cast your votes
in a variety of categories. Voting will close on December 31.
I still hope to get another issue out before the end of the year.
Links on the Military Men
page have been added to fiction about unusual twists to life in the British army in 1951 and to a Tom of Finland drawing that departs from his usual style.
Links on the Leathermen
page have been added to a 1965 interview with a member of a Danish leather club, an accompanying photograph, poetry about a slave who discovers his limits, and a video that's definitely not just for the leather crowd.
- Tags:bdsm, gay airmen, gay art, gay erotica, gay history, gay love stories, gay nonfiction, gay poetry, gay porn, gay videos, historical erotic fiction, humor, issue 8 - july 2007, leather, leather bars, leather history, leather music, location: britain, master/slave, vintage nonfiction
The moderator of a fan fiction community that was suspended has posted a letter
from the LiveJournal staff in which the staff member states:
"We recognize that many people list these types of interests for shock value, as a method of expressing opposition for these illegal activities, or to indicate fictional activity. Unfortunately, the Abuse team does not have any discretion in these cases; if a journal profile contains interests that support illegal activity, we must suspend the journal."
A summary of the events in the latest purge is available in this post
. Here is a list
of the affected communities and personal blogs, as far as they've been determined.This post
lists some of the keywords that triggered the LiveJournal staff's suspension of one community. As you can see, they include such keywords as "kidnapping," "rape," and "beating people up."
I would suggest that folks here with LJ blogs do the following:
1) Remove any Interests keywords that relate to illegal activities.
2) If your blog addresses illegal activities in any way, place a disclaimer on your profile page that you do not advocate illegal activities.
At this point, it does not
appear that LiveJournal is suspending blogs solely because they contain fiction on illegal activities, so hopefully LiveJournal can get its act together and permit owners of blogs that don't advocate illegal activities to make references to those activities in their Interests. However, at the moment, caution seems best.Updates on the situation are at the end of this post
You'll quickly notice a change of format this month – or perhaps you won't, until you click on a link.
Due to lack of time, I'm sadly unable to continue to add original works to True Tales
. However, in the past, a goodly portion of this e-zine's contents were reposts from other Websites. So, rather than stop editing the e-zine altogether, I'm turning it into a recommendations site, linking to offsite fiction, nonfiction, photography, art, music, and videos on masculinity and power.
You shouldn't notice any difference at all, in terms of content. I'll be linking to the same sort of content that, in the past, I would have sought permission to either repost or feature at the e-zine. Since I no longer have to go through the lengthy process of seeking permission and editing works, I hope to be able to update the e-zine much more regularly. I'll also be able to link to works that it would have been difficult for me to obtain permission to repost.
All of the e-zine's past contents remain online. I'd like to draw your attention to a new companion site, Buried Links: Online Male Homoerotic Fiction Recommendations
. I actually started this site before I started True Tales
, and you'll see that there's some overlap between the two sites. Although Buried Treasure
doesn't focus specifically on masculinity (you'll find a queen or two hanging around there), it does reflect my interest in power dynamics to a good extent, as you can see from the topic index
Links on the Military Men
page have been added to fiction about submarine men's confrontation with hard truths, erotic navy art, an interview with a gay soldier about his relationship with his straight roommate, and a video that can only be summarized as "Hard fighters, erotic scenery."
Links on the Leathermen
page have been added to fiction about a fister's search for healing at Southern Decadence, master/slave bear art, a true tale about a gay man's introduction to leather life, and a related song that was popular in gay clubs in 1979 . . . but was too edgy for the straight clubs.
In addition, the Submissions page has been altered into a Submit a Link
page. Whether you create works on masculinity and power, or just enjoy them, feel free to submit a link.
A note from the editor: I now have a MySpace page
. It covers all of my writings, but among other things, I will be posting notices of updates to True Tales
there. Feel free to request to be added as a Friend.
- Tags:bdsm, bears, fisting, gay art, gay erotica, gay festivals, gay love stories, gay memoirs, gay nonfiction, gay porn, gay sailors, gay soldiers, gay submarine men, gay videos, historical erotic fiction, humor, issue 7 - may 2007, leather bars, leather daddy/leatherboy, leather history, leather music, location: britain, location: new orleans, location: orlando, master/slave, world war ii
For those of you who are interested, the annual Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll
has opened. The poll is sponsored by the Critters Writers' Workshop, and it "honors print & electronic publications published during 2006." Stop by and nominate your favorite novels, short stories, poems, artwork, editors, publishers, magazines/e-zines, forums, workshops, and resources. The poll closes January 14.
In addition, the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards
are open for nominations. Those awards "honor outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy and horror which include significant positive explorations of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered characters, themes, or issues."
As visitors to the truetales blog will already have noticed, it's now possible to browse the e-zine by subject tag
. If you're searching for a particular contributor, the easiest way to find contributors is still the Contributors
The Publication Markets
page has been updated with new links in the gay/erotica section and the leather section.
Narrative nonfiction – as more than one True Tales
reader has pointed out – is most often found these days in blog entries. Two blog entries have already been accepted as submissions to this e-zine. If you've recorded an event in your life or in the lives of others that focusses on masculinity and power – whether erotic or non-erotic – then consider submitting it
to True Tales
. Don't worry if the blog entry isn't as polished as it would be if you were publishing an article. All submissions are copyedited (with the author's cooperation), and a certain roughness of tone is – well, fitting for this e-zine.
As some of you will have already seen, True Tales
is planning to link to videos. Got an erotic or non-erotic video about masculinity and power at YouTube, XTube, PornoTube, or any other place on the Web? Does it have a narrative element? – that is, is there a storyline? Then consider submitting it to this e-zine.
Death, danger, and desire are a potent combination, as generations of soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen have shown. This year
, True Tales
looks at the long-running tradition of homoeroticism in the military.
As usual, other topics related to masculinity and power also appear in this year's issues.
Regional works about the past seven decades of gay life are offered in this issue, from Jack Fritscher's account of a dark healing ritual in a San Francisco bathhouse to John Preston's tale of a lonely leatherman in Provincetown.
The issue also examines the world of desire in New Orleans in the past and present, provides a link to erotic photos on imprisonment, and showcases the first annual True Tales Leather Journalism Awards.