Tyler, Alison (editor). “Luscious: Stories of Anal Eroticism”, Cleis Press, 2012.
WOW! Toppling a Taboo
I have to give it to Alison Tyler—she always pleases and we never know what will be the next thing to come from her. “Luscious” is daring and explosive in that she deals with anal erotica, something we seldom have the chance to read about. This is down and dirty erotica yet it is well written. Here are 27 stories that “celebrate anal sex” and they begin breaking down the taboo associated with it. The stories are dirty and wild and they hold your attention completely: Just imagine a random scene where a tail butt plug was shoved into someone’s ass. That’s crazy!
Features are such authors as Eric Williams, Dominic Santi, D.L. King, Carl Kennedy, Thomas Roche and Bryn Haniver. We are made aware of the erotica of that anus and read about both fantasies and realities. I have a feeling that this is the start of stopping the neglect of the anus in erotica and the stories, each and every one, are well written. Of course, this is just a beginning and there is a great start and I am sure that that is just what this is—a start. I have read a couple of reviews that claim that the book is just not wild enough but we all have to start somewhere.
The book contains both gay and lesbian stories as well as stories from straight society and most are quite short but there are 27 stories so I suppose this is the reason. I am sure that in the future we will get longer stories. We have seen the breakdown of taboos in society and this book is sure to help knock the taboo over anal sex to the ground.