From the Author
The stories in this anthology traverse the forbidden territory between the sacred and the profane. Each piece explores the tension between the spirit and the flesh and what it means to believe--or not.
Sacrilege is the third anthology published by Mofo Pubs and, like its predecessors, is a collection of literary erotica. In the tradition of literary rebels such as Anaïs Nin, Henry Miller, D. H. Lawrence, and Pauline Réage--authors who weren't afraid to explore human sexuality while still maintaining a standard of literary excellence--the authors in this anthology have crafted stories that reflect our imprint's mission to be both sexually titillating and intellectually stimulating.
For this anthology, our authors have gone a step further and tackled a theme that many writers dare not portray as erotic. Sex and religion. Both are interwoven into our cultural fabric, yet seldom do the two meet outside the context of the latter placing prohibitions on the former--hence the title of the anthology. Sacrilege--through its very existence--violates imagery and concepts most temporal religious authorities would prefer were kept pristine and unsullied by any touch of carnality.
The writers whose works appear between these pages approached the theme in a variety of ways. Several stories explore the tension between queer identities and organized religion. Others mine the wealth of kink inherent in Catholicism. The tenor of the pieces ranges from thoughtful meditations to outright satire. Each story, however, explores the boundary between the sexual and the spiritual.
There's a risk in venturing past certain boundaries. Some of the stories included in Sacrilegetake larger risks than others, and that risk extends to the publisher. I believe, however, that it's a risk worth taking, that our most profound revelations lie in the spaces on the edge of the familiar, safe, and known.
St. Paul, Minnesota