This mammoth omnibus edition collects the very best erotica by the writer the Bay Area Reporter calls "perhaps the best dick-stiffening author in the land" (though Travis also counts many female readers among his legions of fans).
This collection of almost 90,000 words includes the supernatural classic "Blue Light"; "Crown of Thorns", an espionage story with a vicious twist; "The Hit", Travis' super-hot take on gangsters and film noir; "Getting Timchenko", perhaps his most poignant story; "Kudzu", perhaps his most disturbing; and the complete novel Slaves of the Empire, in which the gladiator Magnus defies the will of Rome's most dangerous senator to satisfy his lust with a pair of enslaved barbarian twins.
Lars Eighner called "Getting Timchenko", "the finest thing I have read in years, possibly ever." cbtboyuk at gaybdsmfiction.blogspot.com said: "'Kudzu' is horrifying. In real life, it would be unthinkable…. I've had to buy a number of copies though." Michael Bronski wrote: "Slaves of the Empire has gained near-mythological status.… A high point of gay male writing in the second half of the 20th century." And "The Hit" was voted the number-one erotic story of the decade by readers of Susie Bright’s Best American Erotica series.
If you've never discovered the work of Aaron Travis before, this volume will be a feast for your erotic imagination. As Travis writes in his introduction, "The function of fantasy is to take us from one side of the looking glass to the other, allowing us to experience degrees of terror and excitement we otherwise might never know. Now, draw the curtains and turn off the phone. Open your mind. Let down your guard. Let me tell you a story...."
What members say
Aaron Travis is The Master of Gay Erotica
Aaron Travis is my favorite erotica writer of all time.
When I read "The Hit" in Best American Erotica 2003, I never looked at sex stories the same way again. I compare all the erotica I read to Travis.
Travis set out to write a sex story in every genre possible. Film noir? Ben Hur? Hitchhiker to hell? Check. Check. Check!
Travis delivers show-stopping climaxes where the reader is aroused— and often simulataneously in tears.
Fans will be delighted to have all these classics together. For novices, you'll be a "Slave of Aaron" in no time.
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- Christopher Darling
Aaron Travis: the best in gay erotica
What did you love best about No Shades of Gray?
The stories are incredible. Sexy, but better than the sex is Aaron Travis' storytelling ability.
Which character – as performed by Kevin Conner – was your favorite?
Bill Gray made me laugh. Kevin Conner definitely captured his arrogance perfectly.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes! But too much intensity for one sitting.
Any additional comments?
The stories all have a strong S&M aspect. It's not usually my thing, but I'd still recommend it to anyone gay or straight.