It’s been an interesting 24 hours. Between the time that I published the first book of Daydreams & Distractions and now, the book was delisted by all the sellers—censored, banned. Those sellers being:
Barnes & Noble
So, to date, no outlet will sell my book. I might have expected this but am also somewhat surprised. There are no photos or illustrations in the book, so the reason for the book’s being banned rests entirely with its content. So what is the content of these stories? They don’t endorse violence. No child is portrayed in a sexual situation. There’s no encouragement to commit crimes. The only objection, to use Apple’s phrase, must be their “excessively objectionable or crude content”. There’s enough discretion in that proviso to write a novel. But what might all these sellers have objected to? Here’s the table of contents for the first book:
Let Us be Foul
Out of the Blue
All Day Long
Leda & the Swan
The Blues Man’s Woman
Droit de Cuissage
Ode to a Urinal
A Good Girl
The Ecstasy of the Masculine & Feminine
Waiting for the Ferry
Lavinia’s List of Sexy Things
The scarecrow, of all the stories, might have been enough to scare off the distributors. The story is a sort of dark fable, touching on horror, about a woman tied like a scarecrow to a post, meant to act as a decoy for the were-crows. The brief story is metaphorical, meant to touch on deeper truths in the way women are treated and come to knowledge, but I suppose it could be read as rape/bestaility. The writer dare not use Aesopian symbolism in erotic stories.
The Supplicant is a little story as old as Boccaccio and a send up of that whole era in erotica—but could its portrayal of a Christian Priest and innocent femme fatale have been too much?
Vicky’s Secret may have touched too close to home. The story, however, is a wink and nod at Victoria’s Secret, when the catalog used to be the next best thing to a Hustler or Playboy Magazine. How many masturbated to those pages?
I consider The Blues Man’s Woman to be the best erotic story I’ve ever written, and possibly the least explicit.
Droit de Cuissage is a Victorian send up.
And really, the rest of the stories are nothing more than erotic fantasies. They’re not violent or degrading. In fact, most of them have elements of humor and are sex positive, if explicit.
And there you have it. Banned.
Unless and until Paypal blocks the sale of my book, you can still purchase it through the blog. Decide for yourselves whether the book deserves to be banned.
William Crimson | October 19 2017