With this as being a standard, she will be taking off on a road visit to escape her failing queer relationship and her very own feelings.

With this as being a standard, she will be taking off on a road visit to escape her failing queer relationship and her very own feelings.

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 “this Way,” meaning Leather and SM.

The story turns the corner from carefully explored consensual play to murder and revenge with an unreliable narrator. It’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