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Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
Epublishing: A Different Way
Choosing an Epublisher
Your Milage May Vary
Understand Your Contract!
Reasonable Expectations


FictionCraft
by Louisa Burton
The Publishing Biz
Critiquing: To Give and ...
Commerical vs. Literary...
Antiformalism for Fun &...
So You Want to Write a Novel
The Story Idea
Planning Your Novel...


The Write Stuff
by Ashley Lister
5 Steps to Success
Inspirational
Opening Passages
Let's Get Critical
Writer's Block
Learning Lessons


Two Girls Kissing
by Amie M. Evans
Be a Finisher ...
Listen to Your Characters
Conferences: Act Now ...
Starting an Erotic Story
Exercises & Writing Prompts
Revising & Rewriting
Copy Editing
The Manuscript Critique
How to Submit Your Work
Reading as Craft


Guest Appearances

Adventures in e-Publishing
by Lisabet Sarai

For the Love of Man
by Laura Baumbach

How to...Influence Editors
by Alison Tyler

Marketing your e-Book
by Brenna Lyons


2008 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
Role Play
Busy Doing Nothing
Picture of a Fish & Chip...
What I Did With My Summer


Cooking Up A Storey
by Donna George Storey
Naughty Cookies...
Tie Me Up, Please …
The Smut-Writer’s Holiday
Never Trust the Narrator ...
Compare and Contrast
Following the Pen
Naked at the Farmers Market
Iím Easy, But Iím No Slut
Good Girl Gone Bad
Pleasures of the Dark Side
Slow, Spare and Sexy


Get All Worked Up
with J.T. Benjamin
Raising Daughters
Jamie Lynn
Utopias
Lust
The Good Old Days
Election '08
Traditional Marriage
Campaign 2008
Free Will


Pondering Porn
with Ann Regentin
Masturbating on SSRIs
Sex and Disability
Besides Ourselves
Adjusting our Contrast


Sex Is All Metaphors
by Jean Roberta
Sex Is All Metaphors
Turn-ons and Squicks
Sexual Truth
Fickle Muse
Porn, Erotica & Romance


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Between the Lines
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Ashley Lister
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Jeremy Edwards
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Erotic Hot Spots
by William S. Dean
Interview with Tilly Greene
Interview with Devyn Quinn


Getting Graphic
with William S. Dean
New Times for Readers...
The Future in Words ...
Interview with Fantagraphics


On Writing Erotica

The Accidental Pornographer
by Lisabet Sarai

The End of Innocence
by Lisabet Sarai

Get Them Off in High Style
Helena Settimana

So, You Want To Write Erotica?
by Hanne Blank


Web Gems
Hot Movies For Her

The House of Blood
by Wayne C. Rogers


Book Review by Lisabet Sarai



House of BloodThe cover of The House of Blood features a misty image of a turretted and gabled mansion, a full moon silhouetting the skeletal trees, and in the foreground, a riding crop dripping blood. What you see is what you get. This novel, billed as "femdom horror", combines a ghost story with a fetish tale about male humiliation and torture at the hands of dominant females. If that sounds appealing to you, you're very likely to enjoy House of Blood.

Chris, a successful horror novelist a la Stephen King, and his beautiful, bitchy wife Katherine, are looking for a brand new house. Nevertheless, when they see the "For Sale" sign on the venerable old place in Palamino Lane, both feel compelled to buy it. They are not swayed by the comely real estate agent, Gerry, who warns them that the house is haunted. In fact, the scary, otherworldly aura of the mansion contributes to Chris' attraction.

As for Katherine, the house seems to transform her into another person. Always bossy and jealous, she becomes a cruel and implacable Domme who quickly renders her husband powerless, both physically (locking him in a male chastity device) and economically (forcing him under threat of castration to sign over all his assets).  She takes her construction contractor Keith as her lover, while Chris is required to "clean up" after Keith has filled her with his come.  She locks Chris in the attic, making him to write so that she'll receive the financial benefits, while she goes off to party.

Even Katherine, though, is less cruel than the house itself, which is haunted by the ghosts of vicious dominatrix Lady Anne and her many hapless victims. The house lures Chris into the midst of waking dreams in which he is brutalized and nearly killed.

Chris endures horrible trials before he finally escapes from the clutches of Katherine and Lady Anne. All the pain and degradation, though, is sexualized because it is being delivered by a powerful, desirable woman. Chris sincerely suffers, and genuinely tries extricate himself from Katherine's web. At the same time, he takes perverse enjoyment in being the object of his wife's torment.

The House of Blood has a brisk, modern style that draws the reader into the story. There's little of the dark, brooding atmosphere that one tends to associate with Gothic horror. Chris' first person narration is infused with wry humor, even when he's describing the tortures inflicted upon him. Of course, the tale is told in retrospect, after Chris has escaped and wreaked his revenge upon the house. The effect, however, is to somewhat blunt the emotional impact of some of the more horrible interludes, for instance, when Katherine buries Chris alive in the garden. I didn't mind; I found the somewhat distanced description awful enough.

Is House of Blood sexy? That depends a great deal on whether you are personally aroused by female domination. If it turns you on to think about your wife screwing another man while you watch, or forcing you to drink her urine, or whipping you until you can't stand, then you will love this book. Personally, although there's a faint nod to consensuality in Mr. Rogers' novel, I prefer my D/s relationships to involve more willing submission, and less extreme physical cruelty.

In the end, Chris finds himself with a new mistress, one who cares about him and who is not in thrall to a blood-thirsty ghost. I liked this conclusion, as it suggested that he had come to recognize his need to be dominated and had found a way to indulge it without risking his life.

Clever and well-executed, The House of Blood delivers chills and thrills to fans of femdom. Perhaps, indeed, your mistress might require you to read it—just for your education.

Lisabet Sarai
February 2008


The House of Blood by Wayne C. Rogers
Available at Pink Flamingo Productions


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© 2008 Lisabet Sarai. All rights reserved. Content may not be copied or used in whole or part without written permission from the author.


About the Author:
Lisabet Sarai has been writing ever since she learned how to hold a pencil. She is the author of three erotic novels, Raw Silk, Incognito, and Ruby's Rules; co-editor, with S.F. Mayfair, of the anthology Sacred Exchange† (Blue Moon); and editor of Cream, the Best of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association. 
Visit her website, Lisabet Sarai's Fantasy Factory for more information and samples of her writing.
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'08 Book Reviews

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Gothic Heat
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The Hidden Grotto Series
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The House of Blood
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In Too Deep
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