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Shakespearotica: Queering the Bard


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Frolicking in gender play and sexual diversity, the ten authors collected in this volume offer a dazzling array of queer erotica and romance. Stories range from comic to tragic and historical to fantastic, taking up textual hints overt and subtle as they engage with the power of lust and love. By Any Other Name introduces the beautiful young Renaissance thespian Anthony, who faces a challenge for the women's roles he covets. Then, The Buttboy of Nicomedes: A Masque in Eight Scenes offers a gay farce built upon an original chorus of gossiping guards who crassly comment on the gay exploits they witness unseen. For Love or Duty explores a complex affection between Iago and the Moor in, while The Ills We Do reveals their wives' secret attractions.

All Pucked Up: A Midsummer Night's Romp shows new ways the four lovers of A Midsummer Night's Dream can be paired and grouped... with the right magical intervention. Next, A Well-Placed Pinch shows three young contemporary women rehearsing and improvising well beyond the script of Twelfth Night. Improvisation is also at the heart of a passionate encounter between two members of an all-gay cast in Much Ado About a Kiss. A meager Romeo proves the perfect fit for an irresistible beast with three backs when he practices swordplay with his Mercutio and Tybalt in A Tight to Remember. Smoke Signals shows the erotic pleasure of a young woman's crossdressing experience when heightened by the coaching of her more experienced male co-star. Finally, As We Like It: A Romance brings a science fictional future in which we learn how the trans desires of Ross (née Rosalind) can best be filled.

Whether you're a devotee or just Bard-curious, Shakespearotica has something for every lusty reader.

"You're mad, Anthony."

Anthony Thorpe shook his head and took another long swallow of ale. "No, I'm not, Simon. I tell you there's something odd about Valentine."

Anthony and Simon Brokehill were sitting in The Mermaid Tavern, relaxing and drinking after another long day of rehearsals.

"Valentine? Who's Valentine?"

Anthony looked over at Lucy Howard, who was standing next to their table.

Simon smiled up at her. "Ah, my beauteous Lucy." He slid his arm about her waist. "When are you going to finally allow me the pleasure of your sweet company?"

"When the moon falls and bulls give milk. Now, who is this Valentine?"

"Valentine Sparrow," Simon said, his grin widening. "A new boy actor with the company. And a rare beauty he is, too."

-- from "By Any Other Name" by Anna Black

4 - Lirtle Grafton at Prism Book Alliance
"As a whole, there are familiar Shakespearian themes throughout: betrayal, lust, family, twists, humor, sex and playing with gender roles. There is quite a diverse group of different pairings, trios and more spread across all of the stories. I had no idea what I was walking into when I started reading this but I’m really glad I did. "


Shakespearotica: Queering the Bard


51,200 words
136 pages

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Gay, Lesbian, Trans*



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M/M, F/F, Trans, historical


Anna Black
Caitlin Ricci
Jean Roberta
Laila Blake
Louisa Bacio
Penelope Addams
Rob Rosen
Salome Wilde
Tilly Hunter
Wes Hartley