In the Flesh is a monthly reading series held the third Thursday of every month at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the city's best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by erotic writer/editor Rachel Kramer Bussel (Best Sex Writing series, Do Not Disturb, Spanked, Dirty Girls, etc.). From erotic poetry to down and dirty smut, these authors get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Themed nights have included True Sex Confessions, Revenge of the Sex Columnists, GLBT Night, and Comedy Sex. Readers have included Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Susie Bright, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Stephen Elliott, Martha Garvey, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Tsaurah Litzky, Suzanne Portnoy, Sofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Veronica Vera, Zane and others. In The Flesh debuted in October 2005. Contact rachelkramerbussel at for bookings, press, or questions. Click here In The Flesh: Los Angeles. “…writer and host Rachel Kramer Bussel welcomes eroticism of all stripes, spots and textures to the Happy Ending lounge on the Lower East Side.,” New York Times UrbanEye newsletter, August 15, 2007 email rachelkramerbussel at for booking or other information or interview requests

Friday, December 28, 2007

Videos from December's In The Flesh

Video from Abiola Abrams is coming soon (we didn't tape Judy McGuire, at her request) - here I've got me reading my story "Flirting With Santa" (in a Santa hat!), Marcelle Manhattan on erotic shaving, Topaz on a kinky date, and M. David Hornbuckle on fictional sex in bars. Scroll down to previous posts for their bios and URLs. And for any out of towners or those who can't attend January 17th's Blogger Sex Night, don't worry, we're taping it!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

In The Flesh thank yous

Thank you to everyone who read at In The Flesh this year, all 72 of you (73 if you count me), listed below. Many thanks also to Oliver and the entire staff of Happy Ending, my lovely photographers, Brian Van and Stacie Joy, Desiree for the food and all my friends who've helped out when I've rushed in frantically.

Please join us on January 17th for Blogger Sex Night and then February, where the amazing Zane is joining us, not to mention Stephen Elliott, Nick Flynn, and Chocolate Flava II contributor Michelle Robinson. 2008 is also going to be an amazing year for In The Flesh!

And last but not least, THANK YOU to all the audience members who've been there, laughed, got turned on, submitted true confessions, ate cupcakes, and made In The Flesh such a wonderful and welcoming space for my readers.



Abiola Abrams
M. David Hornbuckle
Marcelle Manhattan
Molly X

November – True Sex Confessions Night

Rachael Parenta
Lux Nightmare
Anna David
Selina Fire
Isobella Jade
Kimberlee Auerbach

October – Virgin Night

Sean Manseau
Colette Gale
Robert Cabell
Jane Lockwood
Steven Padnick
Jasmine Clemente

September - Best Of In The Flesh Night

Jessica Cutler
Andrew Boyd
Polly Frost
Marie Lyn Bernard
Samara O’Shea
Todd Levin

Best Of


John Blesso
Perry Brass
Catherine Lundoff
Elisha Miranda
Michelle Herrera Mulligan


Louisa Burton
Myriam Gurba
Aimee Herman
Lillian Ann Slugocki
Maddy Stuart

June – GLBT Night

Jay Lygon
Peggy Munson
Michael Luongo
Jolie du Pre
JD Glass


Dana Vachon
Min Jin Lee
Sarah Iverson
Jackie Kessler
Samara O’Shea
Jerry Rodriguez

April – True Sex Confessions Night

Peter Hyman
Lianne Stokes
Courtney McLean
Valerie Frankel
Logan Levkoff
Dan Goldman
Veronica Vera


Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz
Carol Novack
Cheri Crystal
Claire Thompson
Joel A. Nichols
Suzanne Portnoy


Reen Guierre
Andrew Boyd
D.L. King
Dahlia Scwheitzer

January – Erotic Memoir Night

Helen Boyd
Ron Geraci
Rachel Sarah
Lauren Wissot
Gael Greene
Grant Stoddard
Susan Shapiro
Virginia Vitzthum
Marty Beckerman

Friday, December 21, 2007

Last night's In The Flesh

Here are some photos by Brian Van from In the Flesh last night. More photos and video coming soon! THANK YOU to everyone who came out, ate all the delicious food, and made the last In The Flesh of the year such a success. Extra special thanks to the staff of Happy Ending, for always being so on top of things, Desiree for the food, Gloria for the help carrying things, Brian and Stacie Joy for the photo taking, and Frank for taping. See you next year!

L to R: Judy McGuire, Molly X, M. David Hornbuckle, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Abiola Abrams, Marcelle Manhattan, Topaz.

December 20th In The Flesh readers

I wore a borrowed Santa hat to read my story "Flirting With Santa" from Alison Tyler's anthology Naughty or Nice? Christmas Erotica.

Me in a Santa hat at In The Flesh

Marcelle Manhattan read about a shaving encounter:

Marcelle Manhattan gets shaved, reading at In The Flesh

Topaz tells all about a very hot, very kinky, very public date:

Topaz has a hot, kinky date, reading at In The Flesh

Molly X dazzled us with erotic haiku:

Molly X reads erotic haiku at In The Flesh

Here are some samples:

Dressing for the kill
Cinching the uniform tight
Look at my cleavage

Let's go to my place
Let me underwhelm you there
Let me let you down

I love it when you
Put your naked head into
My heaving bosom

Fuck me, ravage me,
Spank my naughty derriere
But do not enter.

Flogs & clamps & whips
What will feel best on my skin?
Really, it’s your hand

Judy McGuire told us How Not to Date:

Judy McGuire reads at In The Flesh

M. David Hornbuckle read two sex scenes from larger pieces, including his novella, The Salvation of Billy Wayne Carter:

M. David Hornbuckle at In The Flesh

And BET's The Best Shorts host Abiola Abrams wowed us with some hot words from her debut novel Dare:

Abiola Abrams reads from Dare at In The Flesh

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sex and Candy party 12/14, next In The Flesh 12/20

On Friday, December 14th, is a special, non-In The Flesh event that features erotica and free cupcakes - my book party for Sex and Candy: 22 Succulent Stories. We'll have six kinds of FREE cupcakes on hand from Kumqat Cupcakery, plus plenty of candy, sexy storytelling, erotic Mad Libs, and more! Co-hosted with Sex and Candy contributor Jen Dziura, at Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn, 7-9, December 14th, FREE, 21+.

Check it out below, and please come to the last In The Flesh of the year on December 20th!

New time, 7 pm, December 14, for Sex and Candy party

(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey or F/V to 2nd Avenue,
Admission: Free
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676

Celebrate the sexy holiday spirit with erotic writing from Judy McGuire (How Not to Date), Abiola Abrams (Dare), M. David Hornbuckle (The Salvation of Billy Wayne Carter), Marcelle Manhattan (Sexegesis), Topaz (Prometheus magazine), and Molly X reading erotic haiku. Hosted by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Best Sex Writing 2008, He’s on Top, She’s on Top). Door prizes include copies of Alison Tyler’s Naughty or Nice: Christmas Erotica Stories. Free candy canes and cupcakes will be served.

In the Flesh is a monthly reading series hosted at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the city's best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by acclaimed erotic writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel. From erotic poetry to down and dirty smut, these authors get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Since its debut in October 2005, In the Flesh has featured such authors as Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Stephen Elliott, Valerie Frankel, Polly Frost, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Emily Scarlet Kramer of CAKE, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Edith Layton, Logan Levkoff, Suzanne PortnoySofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Lauren Sanders, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Dana Vachon, Veronica Vera, Susan Wright, and many others. The series has gotten press attention from the New York Times’s UrbanEye, Escape (Hong Kong), Flavorpill, The L Magazine, New York Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, Time Out New York, Gothamist, and Wonkette, and has been praised by Dr. Ruth. This is not Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending Reading Series.

Abiola Abrams is the host of BET’S The Best Shorts. A writer and filmmaker who gives motivational talks, her artistic films, ranging from edgy 'chick flicks' to socially conscious docs, investigate the themes of gender, race and empowerment. The goal of all of Abiola's work is to use pop culture entertainment to inspire: politically, emotionally and sexually. Abiola's writing is featured in the anthology A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer by Eve Ensler. Her first novel, Dare, was recently published by Simon & Schuster. Abiola has BFA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Rachel Kramer Bussel is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, conducts interviews for and, and wrote the popular Lusty Lady column for The Village Voice. Her erotic stories have been published in over 100 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006, and she’s edited numerous anthologies, most recently Best Sex Writing 2008, Hide and Seek, Crossdressing, He’s on Top and She’s on Top. Rachel has also written for AVN, Bust, Cosmo UK, Gothamist, Mediabistro, Metro, New York Post, Punk Planet, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York and Velvetpark.

M. David Hornbuckle is a full-time writer and musician, originally from Birmingham, Alabama. His fiction has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Isms, Peek, Air in the Paragraph Line and Astarte. His novella The Salvation of Billy Wayne Carter will be published as an e-book by Cantarabooks in October 2007. Hornbuckle now lives in NYC where he is finishing up a novel and is the leader of the M. David Hornbuckle Dixieland Space Orchestra.

Marcelle Manhattan is the author of the popular new blog Sexegesis, which combines fetish erotica and sexual politics. Since starting her blogging career in September, Marcelle has received both critical acclaim and media attention. She will publish her first short story, "Second Date," in an upcoming anthology edited by Susie Bright. Marcelle holds a Master's degree in literature and almost received her Ph.D., but was saved by a desire to write smut in New York City and run around wearing a lot of vinyl.

Judy McGuire writes a sex and love advice column called Dategirl for the Seattle Weekly. She recently had an essay entitled “Cohabitatiion Hesitation” published in the anthology, Single State of the Union, and is ecstatic to announce that her new book, How Not to Date, is being published this January. Remarkably, though she interviewed scads of people, nobody has yet to come close to beating her tale of the worst date ever.

Topaz is multi-talented, being primarily a cabaret singer/performance artist, who recently ventured into performing as a serious (yet comedic) actress. She is also a writer, proof-reader/editor, and sex educator. In her "spare time" Topaz works at Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to be Girls, as the first Dean of Night Life. She recently had a short story published in Prometheus, the magazine of The Eulenspiegel Society, which won Third Prize in their submissive literary contest. The title is “Stranger Than Fiction,” and she will read it at In The Flesh.

Molly X is a writer and editor who lives in the swinging borough of Queens. For the past year, Molly X has been writing reviews of the latest tech products. In haiku form. Since then, she has found the 5-7-5 rhythm slowly taking hold of her daily life. A recent In the Flesh reading awakened the erotic haikuista struggling to free herself from the straitlaced journalist, and inspired a number of very sexy, minimalist poems, which we'll hear tonight.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Book trailer for Dare by Abiola Abrams

Abiola Abrams is reading next week, December 20th, at In The Flesh from her new novel Dare. Take a peek at the book trailer:

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

February 21st: Zane and Stephen Elliott!

I've got a real superstar lineup for you at In The Flesh on February 21st, and you will want to get there EARLY! Who's joining us? Why, the one, the only Zane! I am so, so excited and thrilled by this, not to mention that my story "Devil's Worship" is being published in her hardcover anthology Succulent: Chocolate Flava II, which you will have a chance to purchase and get signed on 2/21, courtesy of Mobile Libris. Also reading from Succulent, in addition to me and Zane (who you can also add on MySpace and read her blog there), will be author Michelle Robinson. Here's the superhot cover:

Succulent: Chocolate Flava II cover edited by Zane

But that's not all! I've also got San Francisco author Stephen Elliott with his explosive new book Sex for America: Politically Inspired Erotica which has the most amazing lineup of authors, all of whom can be seen on the cover below (I'm making it big so you can see the authors' names). Joining him will be Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, and both will read from Sex for America. Author photo of Stephen Elliott by Lizzy Brooks. Read more about him here.

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