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

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

March 20th special guests and the dearly deported

I've never gotten an email quite like the one I did from Sebastian Horsley's publicist on Tuesday:

Sebastian arrived at Newark Airport today and wore his top-hat through customs and they pulled him aside. Immigration then googled him about the book and all of the stuff about his drug addiction, pro-prostitution, etc. came up. The bottom line is they've detained him for the last 5 hours and are now sending him back to London. It's ridiculous and stupid but true.

Thankfully, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who did a memorable turn at an early In The Flesh and blurbed Sebastian's book Dandy in the Underworld, and who is an amazing writer himself (go read his memoir I Am Not Myself These Days and prepare for the 80s-tastic queer deliciousness of his first novel, Candy Everybody Wants), has agreed to fill in and read from Dandy.

Here's a photo of Josh with The Washingtonienne author Jessica Cutler at an infamous In The Flesh. Who knows what could happen on Thursday?

I also had to replace another author, Kevin Keck, and we now have the fabulous Chelsea Summers of the blog Pretty Dumb Things reading from her very hot secretary spanking story "Stuck at Work and Late for a Date" from my new book Yes, Sir: Erotic Stories of Female Submission.

Yes, Sir: Erotic Stories of Male Dominance

see the website with TOC and info here

I'm not sure if the lesson for me is to only book local readers (that can't be right because we have Sarah Thyre - !!! - coming in April and Andrea Askowitz in May) or just be prepared and know awesome writers who are willing to step in that the last minute.

The rest of the lineup (Megan Abbott, Charles Ardai, Cheri Magid and me) remains the same. We'll be taping most readers for YouTube too. Plus plenty of free snacks, candy, mini cupcakes, and book and magazine giveaways, as always.