Feeling restless, Rudy pulls off the highway looking for relief, but he only finds the memory of a handsome young man. But then, he meets a mysterious stranger, who refuses to show his face, and when he does, Rudy finds himself discovering a whole new world. Read "Closer," but, as one reviewer states, "Be prepared--these stories stir the body and mind in wonderful and surprising ways."
From inside: "This rest area was new to him. Since sighting the sign for it several miles back, he had hoped it would be a good one. As he pulled in, he discovered it might be ideal as he encountered a fork in the road. The left led to parking spots that were situated before a row of payphones. He was not interested in such a visible and trafficked area. So, he took the one to the right, which looked like a service road. His instincts told him it led somewhere more promising. Few people would know what was beyond--what long-distance truckers and men like Rudy know toexpect from roads that appear to disappear in the woods."
And, from further in: "There was a warm and slightly nervous laugh: "Let's just say I'm off to a church, and whatever happens, I cannot be late."
"No problem, we can do a quickie."
"The thing is, I wasn't expecting this, but I find you very attractive, so I'm gonna want to do a lot."
Rudy was struck by the resolute response. "Then, let's get started." He had hardly finished speaking before he was kissed. In his experience, kissing was rare in the lots, so he was delighted as they kissed deeply.
Readers and critics agree, "Inky Flesh" offers story, style, and steam:
"Sex is everywhere in Inky Flesh: stairwells, rest stops, snow storms, college campuses. But, after entering the world of lust, we are often ambushed by the unexpected: emotions, memories, longings, and ideas. Inky Flesh is not just smart sex writing, it is wonderful writing. The author asks: 'The question is simple: does the sexual word get the body off or does it turn the mind on?' The answer in Inky Flesh is simple--one cannot exist without the other. Be prepared--these stories stir the body and mind in wonderful and surprising ways."--from noted author Michael Bronski
"Beautifully articulated and searingly honest, these stories make an authoritative argument for realism in gay fiction, which has become increasingly rarified. Isola packs his compelling narratives full of insights, eroticism, and the downright strangeness of ordinary life."--from noted author Felice Picano