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Femdom seduction during the American Revolution!

Eighteenth century ladies have always been icons of erotica to me.

Self-portrait of 18th century artist Marie-Gabrielle Capet

My parents took me to see the blockbuster historical comedy Tom Jones when I was twelve in ’63 or ’64. That might’ve started this fetish for me, I guess! But it’s not a major fetish, I want to emphasize; just pleasant daydreams of decorous ladies or feisty wenches in frilly finery…

I had an adolescent yen for the movie’s “bad girl” Diane Cilento and “nice girl” Susannah York

 

Or maybe when I was eight years old I saw some foxy doxy on an episode of The Swamp Fox, the 1959 Disney tv series starring the pre-comedic Leslie Nielsen as the Revolutionary War Hero Francis Marion. I remember I had a 45 rpm yellow vinyl record of the theme song which is here on YouTube, a ditty which I just heard for the first time in maybe 58 years while writing this post! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Way back before The Naked Gun series, Leslie Nielsen was a standard leading man type

 

Currently I’m in a state of “withdrawal” from a fantastic novel I picked up around Christmas that took three months to read. It was Eagle in the Sky by F. Van Wyck Mason, a story of the last year of the American Revolution from the viewpoint of three young doctors. Reading this skillfully written historical fiction was like taking a trip into 1780-1781. It was 500 pages long of small type, and I read slowly both to savor the story and to study the writer’s techniques and take notes. When I was done the other night, I really felt a pang of withdrawal, like: “You mean, there’s no more?”

The aged dust jacket is a bit tattered, but I kind of liked that…had a certain charm like that of beautiful ruins…

 

Among the many entertaining, informative, and enlightening aspects of the book, besides its depiction of 18th century medical methods, sea and land battles, morals and etiquette, clothing, and living quarters, were the romantic entanglements of its characters. And to my delight, one of the doctors gets entangled with a femme fatale wealthy young widow named Emma who is clearly out to entrance him and nab him for her own:

She totally manipulates Lucius into doing exactly what she wants, against his usual survival instincts which are the result of hisย  rough, low-born upbringing.

Now, finding femdom images and writing on the Internet or especially Twitter these days is of course commonplace, but finding the same kind of “hypnodomme” concepts in the context of a novel published in 1948 about the War of Independence is especially pleasurable! Did you note in the excerpt above how she entrances him with her eyes? And the vivid description of her hair, lips, and clothing is quite sensual.

Mason is unjustly forgotten today, but he had an amazing life and the three novels of his I’ve read were all exciting combinations of history, romance, and action. His characters tended to be stereotypes in the central casting mold (for example, when I read Eagle in the Sky I imagined young versions of Randolph Scott, Henry Fonda, and Zachary Scott as the three male protagonists) but nonetheless Mason’s people come vividly and intimately to life through their passions and adventures. Here are his two other books I read:

Both were set in the ancient world, and the sexy Tom Dunn covers well portray what’s actually inside the stories

 

When I was reading Eagle in the Sky I kept picturing who might play the female characters in a film of the 1940s. And Linda Darnell, a superb cinema temptress in that era, would have been perfect as Emma. Here she is in the 17th century drama Forever Amber.

One of the greatest femmes fatale of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

In my own writing, I’ve only done a handful of historical stories, one being my ebook The Sins of Dr. Jekyll (available here on Amazon), but it’s something I’d like to do again, so that’s why I read these books carefully to pick up tips from a master about how to evoke bygone eras. And when I read F. Van Wyck Mason I feel like I’m in a different century. He puts you in the scene but doesn’t explain all the historical references about the physical world or the culture–which makes a reader feel either like a contemporary of the characters, one who is assumed to understand all the details of life in those days; or like a time traveler gazing in mute wonder at how things were so different in the past…not necessarily understanding all the references and customs, but happy to observe and go along for the ride.

So do check out F. Van Wyck Mason’s books if you enjoy historical fiction!

I will have to admit my version of Victorian London owes more to Hammer Films than any in-depth historical research! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All hail Chelo Alonso on her 84th birthday!

April 10, 2017 is the 84th birthday of Chelo Alonso, the great star of sword-and-sandal movies, films also nicknamed “peplum” for the material used in the costumes of these Euro historical epics. Happy Birthday, Chelo!!

These are a few screencaps I made from a trailer for one of her starring vehicles, La Reine des Barbares, known as The Huns in English. Regrettably, I’ve never actually been able to see this film, but the preview makes it look pretty damn good!

You can see the full trailer on You Tube here. And if you look to the right of the trailer, you’ll find lots of clips of Chelo, especially doing the seductive dances in films like Sign of the Gladiator and Goliath and the Barbarians, for which she was famous. People would actually applaud her in movie theaters at the conclusion of her dances! There are even full Chelo movies you can watch on You Tube; I recommend Son of Samson, Atlas in the Land of Cyclops, and Terror of the Red Mask.

 

About ten years ago I wrote an article for the adult magazine SWANK about Chelo and French actress Mylene Demongeot and their peplum films. At that time there was very little stuff to be found on the Web about Chelo, but happily in the intervening years much more has popped up, including lots of video footage. If you want to read my article, entitled When Women Were the Special Effects, it’s here in my portfolio; just scroll down and you’ll find it.

 

Gosh…can you imagine being on the receiving end of a smouldering stare like this from the great Chelo Alonso??? ๐Ÿ˜‰

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Erotica

 

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Bella Cortez as a lusciously evil ancient queen!

In my considered opinion, what we need in modern cinema are more evil temptresses as in the epics of long ago…ladies like Bella Cortez as โ€œQueen Akibaโ€ in 1963’s Taur the Mighty

The Cuban-born actress plays a very bad girl in this movie!

 

…sexy tyrants who can tempt heroes like Taur (Joe Robinson), which Bella did in this mix of sci-fi and sword-and-sandals…

The queen takes time out from villainy to snare, she hopes, the beefcake she craves!

 

…and inadvertently give sidekicks like Taur’s pal Ubaratutu (Harry Baird) some peeks at their sexy legs and feet!

Little do Taur and the queen know that sidekick Ubaratutu is hiding under the bed! Any room down there for me? ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

I love these ancient history flicks from the 1960s. I guess my fondness for them is analogous to the fondness the generations of the 70s and 80s have toward the original Star Wars movies, films which I enjoyed as an adult but never felt particularly entranced by as I did by these gladiator movies in my adolescence, flicks brimming with gorgeous femmes fatale (and “nice girls” too, one of which Bella Cortez played in a similar sci-fi sword-and-sandals film called The Giant of Metropolis).

Back in the 90s when I was writing a lot of feature length porn films, I always wanted to write an X-rated movie taking place in ancient Rome or Greece, but alas, it never came to pass! Needless to say, I find these 60s films very erotic today.

Queen Akiba with one of her henchwomen.

 

I made these screencaps from the Sinister Cinema DVD of Taur the Mighty, available here!

“You will watch more sword-and-sandal movies…slave!

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Femmes Fatale

 

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Dominatrices and the New York City tabloids…

Every once in awhile, it seems to me, the New York City tabloids either run a review of a memoir by a ex-dominatrix about her career, or an interview with a currently working mistress about her recent activities, philosophy, and slaves.

For example, on Sunday, April 2, 2017, the New York Daily News ran this spread:

It’s Sherryl Connelly’s preview of Jenny Nordbak’s new memoir, entitled The Scarlett Letters.

You can find the full text of the article with larger pictures here. It tells of Jenny, aka “Mistress Scarlett,” and her apprenticeship, evolution, and success in the BDSM world, with the goal of excelling as a professional switch, both domme and sub, in a Los Angeles dungeon; and how she sometimes had scenes with the likes of Hollywood stars.

However, at this stage of the game in our culture, the fact that women choose to whip and abuse men for money is not news. It has been reported on so many times as to have become mundane, although obviously still interesting. It is one profitable aspect of the “women getting even with men” or “women turning the tables on men” industry.

So if women dominating dudes for dough is an old story, perhaps someday the tabloids will take the time and interest to look at the other side of the coin, getting the perspectives of the men who crave such punishment, and what they think of themselves and of the women who dish it outโ€”before those ladies put aside their riding crops for keyboards to write yet another addition to the ever-growing shelf of “dommemoirs,” if I may coin a term with two words that visually mesh so well.

As a starting point, writers of these future tabloid (or broadsheet or website) articles about submissive men might take a look at femdom erotica written by men: specifically, the horny yet thoughtful variety of sex stories which not only describe male submission to dominant women, but also examine the feelings and motivations that go along with the experience. If I may be so immodest ๐Ÿ˜‰ ,ย  my own femdom fiction is a good place to start, readily available in Kindle ebooks at Amazon here! ๐Ÿ™‚

My most recent ebook as of this writing!

 

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Margaret Lee, Secret Agent Gal!

As promised, here is more of Margaret Lee, for whom I shall invent a time machine & go back to 1966 to ask for a date.

She plays Agent Cynthia “Comfort” Fulton in SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON, starring super-suave Ray “The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond” Danton as Brian Cooper aka Super Dragon, master spy. Don’t ask me to explain the plot, it’s a typical evil villains want to take over the world thing. Margaret gets caught by the baddies’ chief scientists…

They are considerate enough to get her out of her dress so it doesn’t get stained when they torture her…

 

They quiz her on what she knows, and when she refuses to cooperate…

 

…they slap her. Then…

 

…they explain the electro torture they’re going to subject her to. She sees they mean business, but…

 

…she remains feisty even when they strap her down!

 

Fortunately Super Dragon arrives to save the day and Margie gets to put her clothes back on & pull the electro switch to torture the scientist who slapped her…

 

…a moment of payback she clearly enjoys! I love her stern look!!

 

But it’s Margaret Lee at her perky blonde best (here with their espionage agency boss) that I most like. I can’t understand why Superdragon doesn’t end up with her at the end of the film and chooses an outdoor restaurant hostess instead for some hanky panky!! Maybe he’s not so suave after all?

It’s a fun little film, though, that grows more amusing every time I see it. It’s available on DVD from Sinister Cinema here.

I can’t wait to find another Margaret Lee movie to make my worshipful little screencaps from! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2017 in Erotica

 

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Crushing on sexy Sixties British actress Margaret Lee…

I have the late-middle-age equivalent of a schoolboy crush on pretty and perky British actress Margaret Lee. Sometimes she’s blonde, or sometimes she’s a redhead, as you see in the pic below. She starred in many a 1960s Eurospy and sword & sandal movie. I collect and watch her old films when I can find them, such as SAMSON AND THE SEA BEASTS which I found at Sinister Cinema here. I initially found out about her in a book called Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television 1962-1973, by Tim Lisanti and Louis Paul, available on Amazon here.

Here are a couple of pix from the Samson movie which I snapped of Margaret from my tv screen. She was just tossed to the floor by a villain, but you can see the feisty gleam of defiance in her eyes.

I don’t know if that was her real voice or some other actress’s dubbing, but in some films she sounds a little like Audrey Hepburn. Which is extra-sexy coming out of Margaret’s voluptuous body.

 

The legs dangling over the pit while Samson fights with a crocodile are Margaret’s. She screams at the menacing reptile with some real Fay Wray-style lung power!

Although she finds herself in a “damsel in distress” situation, Margaret is no shrinking violet in this fun flick.

I’m making some more pix of Margaret from one of her spy movies, and I’ll post those soon!


You might ask, what does a post like this have to do with a blog called EROTICA IS MY TRADE? Well, these are the types of features I used to like to concoct for the adult magazines I edited and for which I wrote for more than four decades. But since sex publications have basically disappeared in the last couple of years, and I primarily work for hardcore websites and/or Twitter doing explicit porn writing, I’m just doing stuff like this for my own pleasure, and yours, on this blog. Practicing my trade, you might say, and having fun! I hope it’s fun and entertaining for you too.

 

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Reading fiction for sanity…

In a world gone wacky, one thing that keeps me grounded is great fiction by the likes of writers like John D. MacDonald. He was a virtuoso of prose, plotting, suspense, and writerly professionalism. The WordPress spellchecker says that “writerly” isn’t a word but what the hell. I think you know what I mean.

The two novellas in this book, BORDER TOWN GIRL and LINDA, are well worth reading.

The cover is by the great Robert McGinnis, who is still doing covers for publishers like Hard Case Crime.

You can readily find cheap used paperback editions of this on Amazon.

 

Yes, a good book and a cup of coffee enjoyed al fresco help maintain the sanity…

I haven’t been blogging much lately so I’m going to do a series of short posts like this to get myself back into it. Check back again soon to see what I’m up to next.ย  Even if it’s just putting up a picture with a few lines, it’ll get me going.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Amazon.com, Pulp fiction art

 

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