"It's not for the faint-hearted," announced Frank Fenton, vice president of the Georgia Literary Association in Atlanta. "We truly expect mad dog Bob Barr, U.S. congressman from Georgia, to denounce us in the U.S. capital-that is, when he's not calling for the castration of Bill Clinton or attacking same-sex marriages as a threat to Western Civilization."
"We are proud to publish Darwin Porter's Blood Moon, a psycho-sexual thriller unlike any we've ever read, much less published." The author of this big, new, controversial novel is Darwin Porter, who also wrote the bestselling Butterflies in Heat and Razzle-Dazzle. With the acquisition of Porter's latest title, the Georgia Literary Association is venturing into new territory for itself: The well-crafted, fast-paced novel that deals with, in the words of one reviewer, "a morality that's more than a bit untidy."
"We don't want to confine our line of books just to Spanish moss poems or even to coming out in the cottonfields," Fenton said. "What struck us about Blood Moon is how against the grain it is of most gay fiction. Gay people aren't confined to some ghetto or some twilight bar culture, but are depicted as movers and shakers of the world. The way they are in real life. In this novel, one of the characters ends up in the Oval Office itself (and not just as an intern). This is a bold, daring, ballsy work, and we don't expect to be endorsed and applauded in all circles for publishing it," Fenton said. "But it shows the diversity of Southern voices today. In the gay genre, it does for the novel what Danielle Steele or John Grisham have been publishing in the straight world for years."
Blood Moon is a novel about passion, betrayal, and murder among the very rich and powerful, some of whom just happen to be gay. It is about the false gods of power, wealth, and physical beauty.
Set in the more permissive 70s, it follows the class of '71 five years later when its highly sexual members are mature and playing deadly adult games. It is an epic tale of gay lives set in the glittery and glamorous but often tawdry world of South Florida. A major accomplishment, this blockbuster is a vastly appealing page-turner, with an ending so surprising that it left one reviewer breathless.
In the words of one reviewer, "Darwin Porter fills a literary and commercial niche that's set midway between pure "one-handed" eroticism and the literary canons of D.H. Lawrence and E.M. Forster.
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Blood Moon Productions, Ltd.
May 30, 2002
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