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Sinful Submissions 2 – Succumbing, Further Musings On The Price Of Passion

Succumbing hard copy

After a prSuccumbing Coverobably excessive amount of time, the proper book version of the Succumbing is now available. I’ve updated the text of the Kindle version a bit slightly to reflect recent changes to the text, but anyone who already has it should get the updates automatically from Amazon. You can buy copies of Succumbing for UK delivery directly from me here. It’s also available pretty much anywhere in the world from Amazon in its various international incarnations.

I’m always interested to hear what people have to say (including the negative), so do please leave reviews on Amazon or just tell me what you think. Someone’s comment about the first book was “The story of the dead lady put me off completely”, which I took as mildly harsh but probably understandable (I ended up putting that on the back cover of Succumbing). Someone else told me that they thought it was very brave to start the book with a story about necrophilia. I can’t pretend that I did that on purpose, but it probably works as an acid-test for the rest of it.

Further musings on the price of passion


Succumbing, the follow-up to my anthology Sinful Submissions is available now for Kindle. You can get it here in the UK and here in the US. For the time being it’ll be exclusive to Kindle, but as Amazon will happily tell you, that means it’s available in digital form for a plethora of devices including most phones, PCs and tablets.

Continuing some of the stories from Sinful Submissions, in this volume we find out more about the life of the tragic artist Antoine, and what it was that drove him to abandon his paints and brushes in favour of crafting the dead into the works that made him famous. We also meet many new people with tales to share, like how Alastair got his scar, how distance helped to bring Laura and Richard together and what love did to Lewis. The tales are illustrated with more than twenty new nude drawings and the book also includes two of my translations of some of Catullus’ most infamous poems.

Hannah’s Story for Kindle

Hannah's Story Kindle Cover
The story of Hannah and her experiences with love has already been available in a few places, but now it reaches Kindle. It includes a revised version of the full story as well as a series of seven new illustrations. You can get it here in the UK and here in the US. It’s available in lots of other countries too through the magic of Amazon.

Catullus’ rude bits

One of my idle preoccupations recently has been the work of Catullus, a Roman love poet whose work mostly bored or irritated me when I was obligated to study them years ago as part of my Latin A-Level*. Back then it was abundantly clear that the works were sexual and there was a hint of obscenity about them, but I wasn’t perverse enough to want to spend time digging deeper or inflict any of the poems that weren’t on the actual syllabus on myself. Even so, it was obvious that we weren’t being given the full story.

Going back to it now, I can see why. I can’t imagine my Latin teacher wanting us to conjugate the verb irrumo to conclude that irrumabo is the first-person singular future active indicative. There isn’t an exact English equivalent, but the polite option is “defile”. Facefuck is closer. It’s something like “I will put my cock in your mouth so that it will be sucked by you”. In English our verbs relate to the one doing the sucking.

The particular poem that has this word in the first line is a notorious one. Gaius Valerius Catullis is a poet who was regarded as one of the greats in the romantic form, by his contemporaries and more recently. That such direct details can be present in the canon of classical literature leads to awkward omissions from collections and translations, and people not getting the chance to see details that to me add substantially to what he was trying to do.

Clearly, he wanted to be obscene, to use specific and graphic sexual terms in at least some of his poems, but through the misfortune of writing in a period when that most ubiquitous of modern terms “fuck” is absent, he had to find other ways to talk about the deeds he was doing.

Two thousand years after he was writing, I still have access to the Latin texts of some of his work, along with some fairly shoddy English translations, but I also have access to the full diversity of rude words in English, as well as their chieftain, the mighty fuck. I’m hoping to be able to make the most of these assets and translate, or more likely reinterpret these ancient and beautiful texts into contemporary English. I’ll be the first to admit that my command of Classical Latin isn’t the finest but with my trusty Collins Gem Latin dictionary, vintage 1989, and my willingness to use offensive language to get the job done, I’m hopeful that I can produce something worthwhile.

The full text of my translation of Catullus Carmen 16 can be found here. Complete with my liberal interpretation of sexual terms in Latin, and my scurrilous omission of the names of the individuals that he was declaring his intention to do the things to, because Furius and Aurelius looked weird in the context and changing the names to Frank and Harry made me feel sad.

*I should probably mentioned that I failed.

Future projects

It’s no secret that it’s taken a while between my releases. It’s a year since Sinful Submissions came out, and almost seven since Beheld. Despite that, my time between hasn’t been completely inactive. Here’s a few of the other things that I’ve had on the go that are likely to reach daylight sooner or later.

Hannah’s Story – the Kindle version of this, what, novelette? Whatever you’re supposed to call something that’s about 9,000 words will be available in the next few days, with revised text and new art.

Succumbing – the follow-up to Sinful Submissions. I’ve got the body of the text pretty much sorted, so soon it’ll be on to sorting the formatting and the art. I’ve also got a very rough version of the next book after this waiting to be looked at and finished.

Ripples – a novel. I started writing this a few years ago and then got distracted by Sinful Submissions and never really went back to it. There’s a finished draft of the text that could do with some editting. It’s contemporary fiction, the story of a man who discovers that he has a child by an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t seen for many years, and that the child is being hailed as the new messiah by a cult.

Social Necrosis – a novel. Set in London in the near future, years after an initial zombie outbreak has killed most of the population. The story centres on Marcus Strang, an erratic but powerful psychic being used to collect information by the Met Police. Book one is done and I’ve partly written books two and three of the story.

Sinful Submissions: Hannah’s Story

In November I wrote the first draft of Succour, volume three of Sinful Submissions, but most of the time recently I’ve been working on something from volume two, Succumbing. This is the story of the eponymous Hannah over the course of several decades of her life. Part one has her a shy young student living away from home for the first time. In due course the full story will be available from Amazon, but in the meantime you can find part one here, or on Short Fiction. Hannah part 1

The story of the dead lady put me off completely.

I’ve had feedback from a few people that have read Sinful Submissions now. Some of it has been interesting. I can only wonder what reaction Succumbing will provoke. Comments so far have included:


It’s almost enough to make me dribble in my pants a little.

The story of the dead lady put me off completely.

My favourite thing to do is read your book whilst in the bath with my waterproof bullet.

I will never be able to look at a milking parlour or confessional in the same way ever again.

Who have you been speaking to because I think you got the female mind down pat.

Succumbing sneak preview

A fair few people have read Sinful Submissions now and I’ve had positive feedback on it. I wrote the rough version of the followup late last year and I’ve been editing it since. It’s called Succumbing and will be stylistically very similar to Sinful Submissions, a collection of short stories about a diverse group of people with myriad desires and yearnings including a lot of graphic sexual content and nude drawings. So far I’ve finished a selection of the stories. I’m planning on making some of them available in advance to people that are interested in them. These are the titles of the finished stories:

How distance helped Laura and Richard become closer

How a virgin had many children

How a peasant became grandfather to a lord

How Alastair got his scar

How love changed Lewis

Why Hannah decided she liked cocks

How Lucille became a woman and lost a friend

Which of these titles intrigues you most? Tell me which one you like and you might get to read it.
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