The Real Thing by William Carney (1968). Set into the homosexual male SM subculture associated with the 1960s, this epistolary novel, told through letters from an uncle to a nephew, lays out a luxurious taxonomy of вЂњthis Way,вЂќ meaning Leather and SM.
The story turns the corner from carefully explored consensual play to murder and revenge with an unreliable narrator. ItвЂ™s remarkable both for its insight into early gay male Leather culture and for its distinct literary quality while it ends on a dark note. Read more