Monday, May 1, 2017

New Fey book available today on Amazon

The next installment of Kyler Fey's erotic science fantasy serial, The Twilight Boys at the Earth's Core!, is up on Amazon today, to be followed by availability on iBooks later in the week.

The synopsis from the Amazon listing...

In Episode #2, Zane’s astounding ability to move himself instantly through space brings him into a bizarre world never before seen by humans, a twilight land inhabited by weird and beautiful young men who seem to be as much plant as human. While asleep for what is only one night in his normal world, Zane seems to spend erotic weeks in this lusty domain. But has he accidentally discovered a new danger that will threaten his waking world?

You’re from the Up-and-Out! said the boy. From the Earth outside!
Zane wondered then where this boy was from. He sat on the ground and looked up at the boy and he wondered where he was. It was warm and humid like Maya Plaxa, but its sky had a greenish cast and a pale pink star hung straight overhead like a lamp hanging from the highest point of a hazy domed ceiling, not the sun of home, not the sun of anyone’s home. He felt a sick thrill of panic: could I have translated somewhere too far away, somewhere no one has been before? If the dim star overhead was not the sun, then he was not in the Solar System at all. That’s all it could mean! Every single human in their trillions through all history had never known the heat of another sun…

A thousand years from now and in another history, the Solar System teems with life. Ships sail the aether, linking humanity’s thousands of disparate nations and clades on all the planets and their many moons. Wars flare and fade, conspiracies thrive and then die, loves and lusts burn hotter than the sun. It is the age of the apex of the children of Earth, but in the deep background of the affairs of sprawling humanity, sinister forces, preternatural phenomena, ornate evil, and bizarre schemes reach everywhere. Standing against these, on the side of light, is the super-powerful Commander Jace and his elite (and libidinal) cadre of astonishing queer young men…the so-called “Unsuitable Boys.”

This episode contains the usual frank depictions of gay male sexual activity as well as human/alien sex and “mpreg.”

This installment is the second of the series chronologically (though the third published), and is a novella of about 30,000 words. The tale focuses on an adventure had by Zane with some asides into his backstory and that of his spouse Ethan. Commander Jace himself resides in the background of this one, though there is an extended flashback in several pieces from his POV detailing his first encounter with Ethan when Zane moved his young spouse into the Home for Unsuitable Boys and into the center of Jace's strange goings-on. As with the previous volumes--The Strange Case of the Tattooed Twink and The Intersex Boys of Venus--it is as full of fantastical premises and suppositions as it is with explicit sex, but it's perhaps even more bizarre than episode #1, and it extends the sense of unease over some kind of brewing threat to the main characters that they can't quite yet see.

I was intrigued to see this one finally done because I doubted that it would work. Fey's original sketchy outline for the entire series proposed an episode titled Faeries at the Center of the Earth, and little else about it other than that title and a couple brief sentences about a jungle village and dinosaurs and a lot of characters tromping about. It seemed like it might be a "Lost World"-type of adventure with the full cast ensemble. I think what we ended up with--a more intimate and rather trippy story focused on fewer characters--works better than what was in my head when I first heard of the idea.

Monday, April 24, 2017

"Mpreg" content in the Fey stories

We are very close to publication of Kyler Fey's The Twilight Boys at the Earth's Core!, and I noticed on Fey's Tumblr yesterday that his dream-state is evidently fairly infected with the fantasy elements of that story, particularly a variant on male pregnancy of which there a couple in his fictional universe.

I also posted on my journal today about the frequency of "mpreg" in his stories. 

Fey's mpreg/Bieber dream-story is below (warning: a bit explicit sexually; also probably kind of crude to some sensibilities).

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cover preview of new Kyler Fey title, ebook publication imminent

Publication is imminently forthcoming for Kyler Fey's Twilight Boys at the Earth's Core!, the second episode chronologically of his Commander Jace and the Unsuitable Boys serial (though it will be the third to be published since we released episode #5 The Intersex Boys of Venus first concurrently with his sex memoir One Hundred Times as standalone ebooks and also as a print double).

The story depicts an uncanny occurrence in which Zane, a young man with the peculiar ability to "translate" himself physically from one location to another while in an erotic dream state, repeatedly visits an alien land inhabited by beautiful but strange people who seem to be partially plant-based. Living under a dome-like sky with a pale pink sun suspended in it, these people welcome Zane into their society and he seems to spend long periods of time there while in his own world just a few minutes passes. It seems harmless enough but, as always for Commander Jace and his crew, a mysterious threat lurks just out of sight. Will Zane discover the real nature of the "Twilight Boys" and why he finds himself transported into their world?

As with the previously published installments, Twilight Boys at the Earth's Core! is an erotic science fantasy tale with a fair number of explicit depictions of male/male queer sex.

The author showed a different cover for his new book on his blog a couple weeks ago, but we have decided to go with this one. It's derived from an old photo titled "Boy with Palm Leaf" by Wilhelm von Gloeden, a turn-of-the-twentieth century photographer who worked mostly in Italy and is best know today for his male nudes, many prints of which were confiscated and destroyed as pornography during the Fascist period in Italy. I think I have managed to get away with having a fully naked dude on the cover by using the title text to obscure his genitals.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Free epub copies of INTERSEX BOYS OF VENUS

Ahead of the publication of the next couple installments of Kyler Fey's Commander Jace and the Unsuitable Boys saga--an erotic science fantasy serial of novella-length stories--we are making available complimentary copies of the epub version The Intersex Boys of Venus at this Box link. Box doesn't support previews of epub files, but it downloads just fine.

Kyler Fey's blog also has this information plus a brief excerpt from the story. Kyler's blog is somewhat "NSFW," by the way.

We are close to release of the next installment, which I think is titled Twilight Boys at the Earth's Core! (with the exclamation point, yes) but there has been some discussion over the wording of that title. But I think we're going with it. Kyler discusses the word-choice consideration in another post on his blog, and explains what he likes about his usage of "twilight" in this context.

This other image is a possible, though likely not final, version of the cover for Earth's Core!, and it's based on the design of the cover for The Strange Case of the Tattooed Twink. We may use this basic design, but with a licensed stock photo image of a model (this one is just some random dude from a Tumblr feed).

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Next (first, technically) "episode" of Kyler Fey's queer erotic science fantasy serial is live

Ebook cover for Episode #1
In the foreword to Kyler's Fey's semi-fictitious sex-confessional One Hundred Times, it's explained at some length that we concocted the plan for this gay science fantasy serial with the idea that it would be a quick run of fairly short ebooks, possibly all rolling out at once. But then somehow we ended up releasing the 35000-word novella The Intersex of Boys (intended as Episode #5 of the serial) in a lovely print edition, as part of a double back-to-back with One Hundred Times (the two volumes are out separately as ebooks as well). Because, if we're going to do it all, why not over-do it?

To make publishing out of the series' intended order work, some references to things in Intersex Boys from earlier unpublished episodes of the series that were not relevant to the story at hand were either removed or bumped into footnotes during the final edit so that the fifth installment can stand on its own without needing to know anything about episodes #1 through #4.

But now we have the very start of the thing, episode #1, The Strange Case of the Tattooed Twink. As of this posting, it's already live in the iBooks store, and it will probably pop up on Amazon by tomorrow. We'll update with links when it's live everywhere. UPDATED 3/13: It's live Amazon now, too.

From the product description and series overview...

The strange and lusty first episode of Kyler Fey’s queer science fantasy serial Commander Jace and the Unsuitable Boys!

In Episode #1—while some of the boys are away on a mission to Moon—Commander Jace and the rest of his team encounter an enigma on a beach, an ornately illustrated and beautiful young man who seems drawn to them, as if he were waiting to be found. But why was he there? Did someone send him? Is his mission a threat? They bring him back to the Home, but their unusual guest cannot speak, so Jace gives the telepathic Braden an order to peer into their visitor’s mind in that particular way that only Braden can. Will a day of intense passion in Braden’s bed unlock the secret of the tattooed twink, or will Jace and the Unsuitable Boys be left with an even bigger mystery?

A thousand years from now and in another history, the Solar System teems with life. Ships sail the aether, linking humanity’s thousands of disparate nations and clades on all the planets and their many moons. Wars flare and fade, conspiracies thrive and then die, loves and lusts burn hotter than the sun. It is the age of the apex of the children of Earth, but in the deep background of the affairs of sprawling humanity, sinister forces, preternatural phenomena, ornate evil, and bizarre schemes reach everywhere. Standing against these, on the side of light, is the super-powerful Commander Jace and his elite (and lusty) cadre of astonishing queer young men…the so-called “Unsuitable Boys.”

Saturday, February 25, 2017

New queer science fantasy titles released; more forthcoming

The first new titles in several years from M-Brane Press—The Intersex Boys of Venus and One Hundred Times, both by Kyler Fey—are now available as ebooks at Amazon, iBooks (find with in-app search), and Kobo, and also in a lovely print edition in “double” format, available February 28 at the major online bookstores. 

Cover flat of the print edition.

The first volume, The Intersex Boys of Venus, combines elements of pulp SF and planetary romance and with explicit gay erotica. Though it stands on its own, it is actually the fifth “episode” of a proposed twenty-one-part serial detailing the adventures of an enigmatic character named Commander Jace Dekka and his cadre of lubricious young men, the so-called “Unsuitable Boys.” The premise of its universe is described like this…

A thousand years from now and in another history, the Solar System teems with life. Ships sail the aether, linking humanity’s thousands of disparate nations and clades on all the planets and their many moons. Wars flare and fade, conspiracies thrive and then die, loves and lusts burn hotter than the sun. It is the age of the apex of the children of Earth, but in the deep background of the affairs of sprawling humanity, sinister forces, preternatural phenomena, ornate evil, and bizarre schemes reach everywhere. Standing against these, on the side of light, is the super-powerful Commander Jace and his elite (and lusty) cadre of astonishing queer young men…the so-called “Unsuitable Boys.”

Ideally, the rest of the episodes will appear in something like their intended sequential order, but Fey designed this serial so as to make it comprehensible wherever one starts with it, kind of like the Doc Savage serial novels or original-series Star Trek. You can pick it up wherever and get oriented. 

From the product description of the print edition as it appears on Amazon…

Side A: In Episode #5 of the “Commander Jace and the Unsuitable Boys” saga, THE INTERSEX BOYS OF VENUS, Jace sends telepathic Braden and brilliant Patrick to the lush and humid world Venus, hiding even from them the fact that their real mission is to pursue clues to a mystery, clues gleaned hazily from a bizarre clairvoyant fugue experienced by two of their teammates. Meanwhile, Jace investigates a lead among the randy students of an exclusive academy. Little does Jace know that the lithe and ardent Braden and the young rakehell Patrick will uncover a startling piece of information about the real machinations of their enemies while on Venus…while in bed with scores of that world’s extraordinary and amorous inhabitants. 

Side B: ONE HUNDRED TIMES…In this frank and rather humid erotic memoir, Unsuitable Boys author Kyler Fey tells of a summer fling with a young man who came to be a sort of muse, the living template for one of Fey’s lusty fictional characters. Fey shares in a series of graphically detailed anecdotes the events of that summer, and he opens a window into the creative process behind his erotic science-fantasy tales.

That second book, One Hundred Times, is not part of the Commander Jace series, but it offers some insight into it in the way that it details the author’s short sexual partnership with a guy who was the real-life template for one of the major characters in the series. It was written originally in a series of journal entries more or less concurrently with the drafting of Intersex Boys, and the two books occasionally echo each other. Like its companion book, One Hundred Times is quite sexually explicit throughout (there's even a brief sex scene in the author's foreword). Because it is not set in the other volume’s fictional universe (though there are some intrusions by that universe into its “reality”), it might find its own audience among readers who are into writers' memoirs (with lots of queer sex in them) but maybe not so much into the Intersex Boys’ genre.

These books are not, by the way, short stories like a lot of the erotica titles that one finds for the Kindle. Intersex Boys runs to about 140 pages in print form, and One Hundred Times to nearly 200 pages. The fact that Intersex Boys ended up being as hefty as it is, makes me wonder a little bit about the rate at which I am going to see finished manuscripts of the other twenty episodes. When the concept of this serial first came up, the plan was to roll out very quickly—possibly all at once—all of the installments and then possibly make an omnibus of them in print form. But that was when I thought that each installment was going to be a typical five-thousand-word short story like most of those erotic “books” in the Kindle store. When Intersex Boys came in at thirty-five-thousand words, I was kind of dumbstruck. If they are all going to be that long—the author says they won’t all be—then this is whole different publication project than I’d originally imagined. 

Even though Intersex Boys ends with a short preview of Episode #6 The Royal Rentboy of Kasei, I think the next title out will be Episode #1 The Case of the Tattooed Twink. I’ll put updates here as they happen.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SKINJUMPERS published!

It's been a long time coming, but M-Brane Press has a fresh new book out in the world as of today: Skinjumpers by Michael D. Griffths, with a vivid front cover by Hannah Walsh. This is a book that I committed to so long ago that I was still living in The Exile in OKC when I first announced it. I remember sitting at my desk there informing the Twitterati about it. And I returned from Exile three years ago, so it's been a while. Several issues of the first year of M-Brane SF Magazine during 2009 and 2010 featured a serial of short fiction by Mike concerning the adventures of the Enforcer Dak and his body-swapping partner Erin in the deadly city of New Cluster. This new novel continues their tale in a big way, but it is not necessary to have read the original stories to enjoy this new one. It stands alone just fine. I placed a preface in the front of the book, the text of which I will copy below. It's for sale now on Amazon and will show up elsewhere shortly.

PREFACE to Skinjumpers
I first encountered the world of Skinjumpers—a strange and dangerous milieu—in a short story that the author submitted at the end of 2008 to my then-fledgling zine M-Brane SF. The story “A Clone of a Different Color” introduced New Cluster, a decaying city in an unspecified future and location, run by a corrupt and authoritarian police-state structure that resembles a mafia as much as a government and which is shot through with struggles among various factions. But it was not the post-cyberpunk veneer of this tale that appealed to me, but rather its subversive core conceit that people can move their consciousnesses, their very selves, from one body to another and somehow remain whole.

Specifically, the first Skinjumper tale evoked a topic that I’d wondered about a lot before I’d read that story: if I somehow change bodies (a perennial fantasy of mine), am I still me? Is there even actually a “me” outside my physicality? This remains a vexing question that we may—within the lifetimes of people reading this—have answered for us when we find out whether or not it is possible to separate consciousness from the body, move it into another body or possibly into a computer construct and learn whether that consciousness can survive intact or if it will be radically altered by the nature of its new physical form. I’ve wondered whether my “selfness” is really somehow a wholly different thing than my body in the way that humans tend to believe it is or if all I am is simply the compound of the literal physical stuff of my body. Is that which makes me an individual, a consciousness, actually a real thing that can be taken out of my body by some sort of futuristic instrumentality and moved elsewhere? Or is my body’s physical gender, its chromosomes, its genitalia, its sexual orientation, its age and condition and experience inseparable from the “me” of me? We don’t know this answer yet in the real world, but in the world of Skinjumpers, the answer is no: we can separate from our bodies and remain ourselves. We can even become even more our real selves by doing so.

In Michael D. Griffiths’ series of Skinjumper short stories that I published in M-Brane SF, and in this novel, a lot of questions are left unanswered. One is not given a detailed rationale as to why things are the way they are in New Cluster, but the reader doesn’t really need one either. The titular Skinjumpers threaten the social order and draw the fire of the authorities because (among other reasons) they are sex-rebels. They not only change bodies and cheat death by “jumping” into cloned replacements, but they can change physical gender. Some of them choose to do so permanently. In this story, you will meet Erin, a young woman whom you may underestimate at first because of the way she chooses to present herself. She is the long-term girlfriend of our protagonist Dak. But Dak has a particular sexual kink that is fabulously enabled in this world: he is oriented toward men who inhabit female bodies. Erin was once a guy and still somehow is even within her unambiguously feminine physical form. But she seems to not quite fit into our current understanding of LGBTQ-ness either. She and he are a shade different than what is enabled by or even understood in our so-called “real” world. Underneath their more or less conventional gender self-portrayals, they are both fascinatingly queer.

I am brought back to my original wondering about whether all this is possible and plausible. If I could move from my own body into that of a female, would I still be basically the same person, a gay male but somehow with a female physicality like that of Erin? What if I moved into the physicality of a straight guy? Or that of a one hundred-year- old man or a ten-year-old boy? Or even a younger clone of myself? Skinjumpers proposes, with great enthusiasm, that it is all possible: you can have the body you want and still be you—and maybe even a better “you.” It’s wonderfully subversive in the world of New Cluster in almost the same way that simply not being straight can be in our real world.

Now, please relax, turn the page, and recline into a world where your body is not a permanent boundary.