Unlike their namesakes in the wild, the bears in this collection are decidedly sexier. Assembled by noted editor Richard Labonte, these tales will take listeners on a tantalizing tour of a gay subculture that's sweet and raunchy - and sometimes both at once. Written by the most popular authors in the field of queer male erotica, these stories showcase bears and bear-lovers exulting in the pleasures of scruffy beards, hairy chests, burly bodies, and belly-to-belly sex unfettered by social constrictions.
One of the most powerful icons for gay men is the hunky, rough-hewn, authoritative daddy figure, who can offer hot kisses, warm embraces, and a firm hand with equal intensity. This collection of erotic stories reveals the unique sexual and emotional bonds between these older daddies and younger gay men.
"great nairator and some hot stories"
Winter is a favorite season for Bears, rough, gruff, hairy, and wonderful men who have the heft and fur to keep them warm despite the drop in temperature. In The Bears of Winter, acclaimed editor Jerry Wheeler has collected stories of ice harvesters, a kidnapped Santa Claus, and sleeping bag sagas. Adventure, passion, and romance while it's cold outside. So pull up a chair, light the fire, grab a mug of your favorite cold-weather drink and settle in for some marvelous tales.
During the Civil War, two young soldiers on opposite sides find themselves drawn together. One is a war-weary scholarly Southerner who has seen too much bloodshed, especially the tortures inflicted upon the enemy by his vicious commanding officer. The other is a Herculean Yankee captured by the rag-tag Confederate band. When these two find themselves admiring more than each other's spirit and demeanor, when passions erupt between captor and captive, will this new romance survive the arduous trek to Purgatory Mountain?
"intresting tale, wierd at times, thick accents"
Whether intricately secured by ropes, locked in handcuffs, or bound simply by a lover's command, these dangerously explicit stories of restraint will grab you, tie you down, and never let you go. From professionals letting loose their inhibitions on an office retreat to a garden full of earthy "bound" delights, this cornucopia of kink shows men put in their place and then held there firmly.
The much-anticipated sequel to Purgatory follows the flight of Confederate Private Ian Campbell and Union soldier Drew Conrad from the battlefields of the Civil War. Weary and wounded, the pair dare not drop their guard not only because enemies on both sides can be found along the way to a family homestead in West Virginia - Ian and Drew are lovers and society's view of sodomy hounds them both.
Outside an isolated cabin, winter fog caresses spruce trees. Inside, two men, lovers, have enacted a plan of revenge, kidnapping the handsome son of the man who wronged one of them. Al, the accomplice, has stalked Rob for weeks, and his infatuation for the young man has grown deeper than he ever anticipated.
Not every gay teen yearns for fashion and popular culture. Some boys are pure country folk and like the feel of flannel and the smell of the farm. And they're neither lithe nor muscle-bound but stocky boys, the ones who develop hairy chests, arms, and faces years earlier than their peers. One such seventeen-year-old is Travis Ferrell, shy among most of the other kids at school, but proud of his West Virginia roots. He has not yet admitted his passion for handsome guys - and his idea of what handsome is and what handsome does is not much different from him.
In intense, lyrical language, Jeff Mann's short stories give us an array of tormented characters: adulterous lovers, a kidnapper and his handsome victim, the sadistic ghost of a Confederate soldier, a yearning forestry student, an eager masochist, and a hairy biker. These tales explore the sex and psychology of BDSM and of bear culture, and most are set in Mann's native Appalachia, an area often mythologized as a place where the wilderness within converges with the wilderness without. A Lambda Literary Award winner for Best Gay Erotica!
"a few good stories but very bad nairation"
Men of a certain age. Guys with baritone voices who speak with the confidence that only maturity imparts. The characters in Daddies take you deep into the world of father figures and the beautiful young men who desire them - from Doug Harrison's leather-loving "Jungle Daddy" to Barry Alexander's boy-into-man "Night Visit" and Jeff Mann's nurturing daddy bear and his cub in "Lost River".
What is it about firemen that rings the bell for gay men? Could it be the strong arms and chiseled jaw, the bulging muscles under sweaty tees and tight red suspenders, or the cool calm as they use their hoses to put out the flames? Or is it the hot red fire engine, the yellow slickers, the black boots, and even the firehouse dog? Maybe it's all of these? or maybe there's something more organic that starts the fire.
A much-lauded essayist and poet, Jeff Mann writes of the passion and pain of being a Southern gentleman who happens to be invested in many worlds: the hungers of gay bear culture, the propensities of leather and bondage, the frustrations of academia, and the perspectives of an Appalachian who has traveled the world. In Binding the God, his second collection of essays, Mann offers listeners another tour of his consciousness and experiences.
"The definition of artistic authenticity"
The autobiographical essays in Edge offer insight into the passions of acclaimed author Jeff Mann. These memories, insightful as they are endearing, range from his boyhood obsession with the gothic allure of Dark Shadows to the doubt and pain of being a Southerner, and so at the edge of the gay community, and the appeal of leather bars and bear culture. Mann also visits gay meccas in these essays - the resorts of Key West, Provincetown, and Rehoboth Beach.