11th Century Crusade Against Homosexuality

The following excerpt is from Pietro Damiani’s Book of Gomorrah (1048) which is mostly a writing denouncing the vices of the clergy, homosexuality being among the foremost. Damiani was a zealot for monastic and clerical reform and introduced a more severe discipline, including the practice of self-flagellation, into the house, which, under his rule, quickly … More 11th Century Crusade Against Homosexuality

A Woman Describes Sex with the Devil- 1662 Witchcraft Trial.

Isobel Gowdie was a Scottish woman who confessed to witchcraft during the Great Scottish Witch Hunt of 1661- 1662. The confessions include details of charms and rhymes, claims she was a member of a coven in the service of the Devil, and that she met with the fairy queen and king. Apart from her confessions … More A Woman Describes Sex with the Devil- 1662 Witchcraft Trial.

The Wizard of Gore: A Classic Name for a Bad Film

Truly a horrible piece of cinematic film. The purpose of it is in the title. Splatter gore about the place as a cheap thrill. This was part of the cheap-o drive-in circuit, the old time equivalent of direct-to-video market. Make something cheap, toss it out, there’ll be some return on the investment. The plot is … More The Wizard of Gore: A Classic Name for a Bad Film

Pope Alexander IV’s Smutty Story -True Tale

Franciscan monk Salimbene de Adam’s Cronica covered the years 1167–1287 and the people he met in his travels about the courts of Europe. In it he describes everyday life vividly and gives unrivalled detail into internal disputes in the Franciscan order at the time, which include many lusty, prank filled, violent episodes of life in … More Pope Alexander IV’s Smutty Story -True Tale

Walt Whiman’s Lover Tells How They Met

Walt Whitman, one of the greatest poets of Americana and author of Leaves of Grass, is now openly acknowledged as homosexual, though the man absolutely denied it (understandably so) during his lifetime. Peter Doyle was conductor on a railroad and met Whitman in Washington, D.C.. While shying away from any specifics, he admits his close … More Walt Whiman’s Lover Tells How They Met

The Golden Trough

The following excised excerpt is from my upcoming novel Sunday Morning at the Peak of Hell. It has been cut because it doesn’t fit the narrative of the story any more, but I still think it has potential as a disconnected piece of flash fiction. Enjoy.  The Golden Trough is open for business! The already … More The Golden Trough