Release Date: June 6, 2010
Publisher: Library of Erotic Horror
Some of you G.O.R.E. Score readers who also follow my personal blog at http://tonyschaab.com/opine-mine know that, a few months back, I was contracted by New Line Press to write a horror/erotica eBook, titled “Cemetery Ménage” (the title existed when I took the assignment, and I had to write my story to reflect the designation). I finished creating the story recently, and I have to tell you: it was a harrowing experience, probably the hardest writing assignment of my life.
The reason is almost deceptive in its simplicity: it’s scary to put something that graphic with your name on it out there for all to read and dissect. And I make no bones about it – to write an effective erotica story, you have to use your words to put some awfully risqué stuff on paper. What will the readers think? That I’m a pervert? Or worse – that I don’t know what the Hell I’m talking about?
The moral of the story is, you’ve got to have guts to not only put an erotic story up for publication, but to use your real name as well (the publisher offered to let me use a pseudonym, but I declined – if I’m going to take on a project, I’m going to be proud enough of the end result to take all the credit or backlash that comes with it). It takes a “keyboard of steel,” if you will, and the genre is not always looked on favorably by people who don’t understand that it’s just another literature category, one that many readers happen to enjoy. I salute the many authors that write erotica routinely; your job is far more challenging that mine will ever be.