Following my post about Random Acts of Publicity Week, I sat down and scratched my head, trying to think of an author and friend whom I haven’t pimped in some way.
I ended up picking Vixen Phillips and her publishing project Lost Violet Press. Vixen is always very polite and friendly on Twitter and therefore deserves some link love!
Lost Violet Press is the indie publishing project of Australian writer Vixen Phillips. Works include a mix of such genres as dark m/m romance, speculative fiction, steampunk & cyberpunk, and lyrical trance. These stories are set in worlds where dreams & nightmares intertwine with reality. The focus is on characters who make intimate connections to one another, spiral along realms of madness and revelation, and, in moments of beautiful self-destruction, strive to break free of whatever cages contain them.
The website is beautiful, dark, and minimal, and Vixen’s currently available titles — Narcissism and Trapdoor — look equally tempting.
If you’re curious to sample her work, Narcissism is available for free online (for mature audiences only). As a teaser, here are the first lines of Narcissism:
“The room is lit with twelve candles—no more, no less. In one corner, some soft and sensual lullaby rises from the stereo. The curtains brush softly over his skin from the open window as he begins to undress, smiling down at the sleeping city below, mocking it, wanting it, flirting with it. First his little black dress, next the purple skivvy, and finally the stockings and suspenders. He never wears underwear.
Here, for the next six hours at least, he can be truly alone. But he can never be free.”