Guest Author Post: Nuns and Tentacles – Embracing the Taboo by Vicy Cross
I was crazy enough to write a book about nuns, lesbians, and tentacles… and Storm Moon Press was just as crazy and passionate about the idea to publish it. My debut novel, Tuesday Apocalypse, was released last month. I couldn’t be more excited to talk about the weird, wonderful world of F/F fiction on your blog today. I’ve been an admirer of yours for some time now. Thank you for having me.
When I first started reading lesbian/bisexual erotica, there were few “hardcore” books on the shelves and even fewer science fiction and horror selections. But with the advent of digital publishing, the F/F market definitely expanded. However, it was still difficult to find the hard-hitting erotica I was looking for. So I stepped away from milquetoast lesbian romances and wrote the kind of F/F erotica I would like to read.
We’ve all heard about “extreme/fetish” erotica, but what is that and why do so many people find it taboo? Some folks think graphic violence and sex have no business mixing. I think it depends. Eroticized horror can quickly leap into icky, torture-porn territory if not handled correctly. Even in so-called, “taboo fiction,” there is a line that divides the obscene from the avant-garde.
Literary pioneers have flirted with this dividing line since rock stars like the Marquis de Sade roused the ire of Napoleon while titillating a nation with the phantasmagoria he scribbled from his prison cell. The Marquis de Sade wrote about pedophiliacs, necrophilia, and a host of other stuff with graphic and erotic themes. Innovators (or perverts, whichever term you prefer) have always found ways to sneak eroticism into the most conservative of places. Would it surprise folks to know the Vatican actually commissioned an erotic statue that glorified the story of virginal nun and her mind-blowing orgasms with an angel? Not kidding.
I’m referring to St. Teresa of Avila and the master sculptor (and nymphomaniac) Gian Lorenzo Bernini. St. Teresa had visions of a handsome male angel who repeatedly entered her room at night to thrust a hot, “golden spear” into her entrails. The pain was supposedly so great, she moaned with ecstasy, levitating off the floor as she wept from her overwhelming love for Christ. St. Teresa’s sexually charged writings of her experiences were all the rage in 16th century Europe. And now, her literature is one of the most treasured examples of Catholic Mysticism there is. Nuns writing erotica—who would’ve imagined? So, was she taboo or innovative? I guess that question is still up for debate.
I made my main character in Tuesday Apocalypse a nun for a reason. My editor, also a former Catholic schoolgirl, pointed me to Bernini’s, Ecstasy of St. Teresa when we started working together. It is a massive sculpture located in the Cornaro Chapel in the Santa Maria della Vittoria. I’ve always loved gothic architecture, and I really tried to weave as much of Bernini’s passion for Saint Teresa and her story into Tuesday Apocalypse as I could.
We like to think society is a draconian monolith where there is zero room for experimentation, however artists have challenged this notion since antiquity. “Taboo” erotica still has a place at the literary table. Not all of it has to be about buff guys and predictable sex—erotic literature can challenge sociopolitical ideas, too.
Ultimately, my novel, Tuesday Apocalypse, is a gothic horror story, but tentacles are fun, and I hope readers will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I plan to write more creepy erotica and F/F fiction in the future. Thank you for having me, I hope you’ll invite me again when I have another release. Blessed be and Namaste!
In the war-weary year of 1940, just one rundown hospital survives London’s collapse. Sister Barbara, a nun and volunteer nurse, inspires hope in her patients, but that faith is shaken when an unidentified aircraft explodes near the hospital. The half-eaten corpse beneath the mangled wreckage appears to corroborate the pilot’s story that some sort of “tentacle-monster” attacked his plane. However, Sister Barbara pushes these dangers aside and plunges beyond the rubble when the man she loves disappears in the wastelands.
She discovers a bloodstained beauty in his place—but the girl’s outward innocence hides a voracious sexual appetite, and an even more disturbing secret. One by one, the terrified patients vanish from their beds. Titillating tentacles lick the hospital walls at night. And the dreams, always the dreams, drawing Sister Barbara deeper into a well of madness. She suspects she and the other women at the hospital are transforming into something… unholy. Sister Barbara knows she must figure out what before the evil in their midst consumes them all.
Tuesday Apocalypse by Vicy Cross – Now Available from Storm Moon Press for $4.99 (ebook) or $9.99 (paperback)!
Vicy Cross‘ favorite indulgences are horror, sci-fi/fantasy, and speculative fiction, however she’ll dabble in any genre where there’s hope for a good story. In addition to writing full-time, she is a veg*n political activist, hoodoo witch, and empath. Her first novel, Tuesday Apocalypse is now available through Storm Moon Press. You can find Vicy on Twitter @VicyCross and on her blog or on Facebook.