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- Publisher: Mugwump Press | Mofo Pubs (March 31, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X9SWKYV
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As the title suggests, this collection is centered around themes of travel, or that restless, deeply human urge to be ever someplace else, very much akin to the insatiable hunger for sex that drives so many from moment to moment if not from place to place. These are mostly stories about brief encounters as in Zac Blue’s 'The Cruelty of Eden', set in Paris; T.C. Mill’s melancholy 'Soft, Rough' wherein a lonely house sitter ponders her past as she entertains her lover; or Alexis Quinton’s 'Red Earth', in which a restless woman from Australia’s Gold Coast finds peace of a sort as a barmaid in an isolated outback settlement. In Terri Pray’s 'Colors', a vampiric drifter meets his soulmate in a roadside diner—or is she merely a meal? Arden Ellis’ f/f 'Nighthawk' finds a biker breaking down along a lonely stretch of the Al-Can highway, picked up by an adventurous runaway—this acutely-observed story features engaging characterizations and admirably realistic dialogue. In Jack Swift’s m/m 'American Leather', a punk rocker “initiates” one of his groupies in the changing room of a BDSM leather shop.
Other stories tell of longer-term relationships: in Arden Ellis’ poignant 'Scheherazade' two women travel to a distant planet on a journey of a thousand years, periodically coming out of suspended animation to maintain their ship and tell each other stories of life that was. In Zac Blue’s haunting, atmospheric 'Slipping Through the Splinters' a restless visitor from another world discovers the complications of love in human form. Val Prozorova’s clever 'Urgent Train Message: Immediate Delivery' is a heartbreaking and exultant story of forbidden m/m love in late-Victorian Britain; while in Riever Scott’s deliciously written 'Tawaif', a British woman recounts her affair with a young native co-worker in Mumbai, looking back in regret on how things ended.
The stories coming closest to poetry here are Parker Marlo’s 'Zephyr', nothing less than a rondeau in prose recalling a steamy encounter on a west-bound passenger train, and J.S. Emuakpor’s ravishingly beautiful 'Aljanar Ruwa' in which the water nymph of the title is reunited with her lover, the great river god. Emuakpor’s language flows with the limpid grace of the very waters it describes—it’s simply gorgeous writing, and not to be missed!
With its superb writing, diverse, fascinating themes, and consistently scintillating eroticism, 'Wanderlust' is enthusiastically recommended!
Especially poignant is Tawaif, by Reiver Scott. It's the age-old tale about the seduction of an innocent, but with a role reversal that belies the cliché.
Ms. Scott writes under several pen names, and the reader is advised to ferret each one out.