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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Suspect Thoughts Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971084610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971084612
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,829,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Greg Wharton is the publisher of Suspect Thoughts Press, and an editor of two web magazines. He is also the editor of the anthologies Law of Desire: Tales of Gay Male Lust and Obsession (with Ian Philips), The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Essays on Queer Sexuality and Desire, Love Under Foot: An Erotic Celebration of Feet (with M. Christian), and Of the Flesh: Dangerous New Fiction.

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Foreword: What the Heck is This Book?

This is one crazy, whacked-out book! Who’s bloody sick idea was this anyway? Oh, yeah… mine! And get this--I don’t even eat the stuff!

But, you see, really, it’s not that crazy. Food and sex have always gone together. Think of our ancestors: the loner caveman, a brute, with his freshly-killed dinner, still steaming and hot, his big club, and his sexy cavemate, looking a little like Raquel Welch. There’re no books, no computer, no TV, so after--or perhaps while--satisfying his hunger, what do you think he’s gonna do?

Or ponder ancient Roman times: tables piled high with exquisite delicacies, the slaves, the wild orgies. Decadent and depraved food feasts and irresistible frenzied sexual abandonment. Sounds fun, eh? At least for the invited guests: I suppose it doesn’t sound too hot to the slaves... Does it make you hungry or horny? Both, of course!

But, Greg, why meat?

The answer is: I don’t know. I haven’t eaten any animal flesh since 1988 while during a vacation in New York City and several bad meals (Sorry, New York… nothing personal.) I decided to call it quits. So I don’t eat the stuff, any meat, any flesh. I’m not afraid of a bean having a soul and gobble them freely, and I can’t do without dairy so I’m far from Vegan--cheese is the food of the gods!--I just won’t eat any flesh from any kind of beast. I am, however, drawn to imagery (such as the fabulous Mark Ryden’s beautifully twisted painted visions) and media with wild or weird carnivorous activity.

Food and sex have been combined admirably and often on film: from Tom Jones and the infamous dinner table scene between Tom and his lusty fellow-diner (I’ll leave the identity a secret if you haven’t seen it since it’s an intricate part of the plot!), to the magical Like Water for Chocolate, to Spain’s Jamon Jamon, or Japan’s Tampopo. And The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, Peter Greenaway’s orgy of food, sex, violence, art, and politics is stunning! And… you get the idea.

Sex. Food. Meat. It makes sense to me.

Or maybe it’s just one more kinky part of what makes Greg Greg. But, you’ll see, I’m not alone.

I sent the call for submissions out into the world not knowing what to expect, certainly not expecting what I did get: hundreds upon hundreds of stories! This was good, yes? Well, yes and no.

Yes, because it meant that the theme had struck a nerve with authors, always a good thing and hopefully--perhaps--representative of a possible response from readers. This was also good because there would be more depth and variety to choose from.

But this outpouring was bad because, honestly, that’s just too much damned reading! I’m also at fault here since, unlike many other editors I know who give a story a page, or even a paragraph’s chance, before tossing it into the "nay" pile, I read most through to conclusion--even when poorly written--hoping to find a surprise tale from an undiscovered author to make it all worth it. This project may have cured me of that habit. (Now, dear reader, dear author, please take no offence if you are one who submitted but was not accepted, for there were many a wonderful yarn that didn’t end up in the book.)

And to make the bad worse, there were literally handfuls, no piles, a mountain, of submitted stories about cannibals! Dang, there are a lot of folks that can’t resist a good cannibal tale (and I should add, writing a bad cannibal tale)! This is not that book. Though… you will find a small sampling of Long Pig (human) on the menu. I couldn’t resist a few of the more wicked human-flavored stories.

On the flip side, I was quite surprised only a molehill of meat-alternative (vegetarian) stories were submitted--and only one accepted--considering how many noted smut authors wrote me with comments such as "I can’t even think of a story. I’ve been a vegetarian since…" or "Growing up Vegan, the idea just grosses me out…." Funny, since so many authors are willing to write porno tales about activities they’d never do in a million years--or couldn’t, owing to the sexual equipment they were born with--that this subject stifled so many. People take food, and what they are willing or not willing to eat, very, very seriously! Another argument for why this book does make sense, right?

[A side-note: The title still makes me giggle. It’s funny and absurd: a wink, wink, nudge, nudge to all the "Best of" erotica series that seem to keep growing, and growing...]

What’s on the plate here? Erotic stories that have--in some way--carnivorous content. Some direct and in your face so fiercely you’ll have to scrub for days to get the oily scent off your skin and out of your memory, while others are more indirect and subtle. The collected stories also span a great divide in form and style from the speculative and fantastic to noir, from wild and raunchy to sweet and simple, from humorous to outlandish to frightening. The meat included in this here smorgasbord spans from the more usual fair of cow, pig, fish, chicken, and beyond, to more unusual taste treats such as rabbit, horse, human, and… well, let’s just leave a few surprises.

You’ll also find some of the most imaginative and thought-provoking erotic writing of the year--perhaps the decade. Pansexual in scope with heterosexual, lesbian, and gay content, and just enough kink thrown in to gag a hardened San Francisco pervert--not that I know any!

The Best of the Best Meat Erotica serves up a mouth-watering feast of desire, lust and ravenous hunger, carnivorous appetites, and deliciously sexy adventures. 20 courses: wicked, shamelessly naughty, outrageous--and at times--not to be believed.

Put the kids to bed, set the table, grab an extra-large bib, and get ready... DINNER’S SERVED!

Greg Wharton
October, 2002
while eating tofu

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anne Foley on December 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
This collection really deserves to have "best" in its title. Not only does it have great stories that run the gamut from harrowing ("The Bird Feeders") to hilarious ("Bacon, Lola & Tomato")--it also has the best cover (front and back) for an erotica anthology I've ever seen.
Don't let the title scare you off. I'm a vegetarian who rubbernecked like crazy when I saw this book on the shelf. I read the foreword by Greg Wharton and found out he's an even crazier vegetarian than me. And there are two nearly vegetarian tales here: Lisa Montanarelli's "Vegan Lesbian Boarding School Hookers in Bondage" and Ian Philips' "Love in the Time of Cold Cuts." Both very funny.
But it was some of the most over-the-top odes to meat that I can't get out of my mind no matter how much tofu I eat. Like "Fugu" with its Japanese gangsters and deadly blowfish and bittersweet romance. Or a sexy lesbian love story set in Pennslyvania of all places: "Last Pan of the Season." Or the creepy gay horror story called "The Glue Factory." And the all-time winner for the most decadent use of meat in a utterly (and wonderfully) demented story: "The Housemaid's Tale".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sean Meriwether on December 22, 2002
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What has to be the most original concept for an erotic anthology, 'The Best of the Best Meat Erotica' will have your begging for seconds. Each story brings you meat-laced erotica you've never even fantasized about, but will add some new ideas to your bedroom role-playing. All of the up-and-coming writers contained here dare to cross the line, and deliver, with notable contributions from Lammie winner Ian Philips, Marshall Moore, and Steve Berman. Something for everyone's palate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 2002
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A deliciously fun anthology, with great pig stories and a hilarious tale of sandwiching bacon, lola, and tomato! Certainly more "best" than many of the "best" out there.
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