I’m delighted to welcome a new face to my site today- Matthew Stillman, talking about his brand new book, Genesis Deflowered- I bet you’ve never looked at The Bible like this before…
Over to you Matthew…
Picasso had his “Blue Period” from 1901 to 1904 where he painted, essentially monochromatic, paintings exploring the depths of his understanding of the capacity of the color and his connection to the color. In so doing he was able to use blue in a way that his contemporaries couldn’t.
But Picasso was a master of using color through his career. Bold, dynamic, nuanced, wide ranging.
Similarly erotica readers (and writers) have remarkable access to a wide range of “colors” to find out what moves them. Interested in BDSM on your palette? Or spanking? Mermaids? Pony play? All valid colors on a palette. Some of my favorite books on understanding the nature of sex and relationships are “Sex at Dawn” by Christopher Ryan and Cathilda Jetha, “Mating in Captivity” by Esther Perel, and “Arousal: the secret logic to sexual fantasy” by Michael Bader. They have broadened and deepened my palette and understanding.
Besides being simply a turn on erotica has to, in my mind, serve a larger purpose. For me, that purpose is to have people less afraid of sex, more playful with it, and more accepting of its myriad manifestations. So while it is important to either find “colors” that aren’t being used in the erotic space (range) it is also important to penetrate subject matters so that we can express something heretofore unknown about the subject and our sexual connection to it (depth).
But not everyone knows how close they are to broadening their palettes, understanding and comfort levels around sex. Forget about “Sex at Dawn” or “50 Shades”. Some libraries are much smaller.
In my new erotic novel “Genesis Deflowered” I hope I am covering both range and depth by bringing erotic energy where it is rarely found. In the book that a huge majority of people in the English speaking world probably have, and certainly have at least passing knowledge of – The Bible.
While The Bible doesn’t leap to mind as prime source material to write erotica consider this
- Genesis has nearly 500 suggested erotic acts within its pages. None are described
- The sexual theology of the Western world springs from Genesis
Seems like pretty rich source material to me.
In “Genesis Deflowered” I took the King James Bible’s version of Genesis and added text to it in that same terse, poetic and chaste Biblical style to turn that religious classic into an erotic novel. In doing so, characters become more human because they actually show human desires and actions.
Writing erotica in Elizabethan English is unusual but I am, hopefully, going deep with a “color” on the erotic palette that isn’t often used to explore how to connect the sensual and spiritual urges that many find set against each other in their culture and in themselves.
Abram Sojourns to Egypt
And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon in thy skins, with the ochre within thine eyes. The joints of thy hips move with love for the LORD, and for his creation. Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live, because of thee. For I crave for my soul to live so that I might be with thee joint to joint.
And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. And Sarai kept Abram safe by her hand. The Pharaoh craved to know the secrets under the skins of Sarai, and to see her beg for the pleasures of her thighs. And the ochre in her eyes enflamed Pharaoh. And Pharaoh did use his crook upon her. And Sarai ventured to show her fervour when she clasped the Pharaoh. And with flail and crook did they know each other unto the day. And the welts upon their backs and thighs were cooled by kisses; and kisses did cool the welts. Sarai bit upon his crook with ardour; and he brought seed from within Sarai, and watered it. And Abram did keep watch, and abide by them in the night. His staff stood in secret for Sarai.
And so Pharaoh entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels. And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife. And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had. And Pharaoh took a maiden whom he begat by his concubines called Hagar, and he gave her to Sarai for a handmaid.
Where many see the Bible as the pathway to Heaven, others say it should be covered in a brown paper bag because it is so, so filthy.
There are hundreds of sex acts implied in the first book of the bible (and sadly none initiated by a woman). How has nobody ever described how each of them would have played out in biblical language?
If the writers and translators of the Bible had been a little less prudish we might have an entirely different relationship between sex and religion than we have now. In Genesis there is sex before marriage, threesomes, incest, group sex, kinky fetish cuckolding, gay sex and more.
Isn’t it time that you read the Bible for the dirty parts?
Using the seminal King James Bible in its Elizabethan English as spring board, “Genesis Deflowered” makes the beginning of the Bible come out as a sexy, readable and fun erotic novel.
“Genesis Deflowered “: equal parts holy scripture and blaspheming scandal
Free ebook (mobi or epub) to the person who confesses to the greatest blasphemy in the comments (judged by Kay)
About the Author
Matthew Stillman is a born and bred New Yorker. With the exception of college he has always lived in Manhattan. After scoring a BA in Comparative Literature from SUNY Geneseo, he got into programming at Food Network and developed shows like Iron Chef, Good Eats and many, many others. He also started improvising with the Upright Citizens Brigade shortly after they first arrived in New York, and he still does.
“The End of Poverty?” was his first film. He conceived of it, wrote the first treatment, co-produced it and spoke at the UN four times about it after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went to 40 festivals around the world.
After a lifetime of a making out with literature, inner spiritual work from different traditions, creativity and play. He has written “Genesis Deflowered”. It is his first full length book. And, of course, he started with a genre that he may well have just made up – Biblical Erotica written in Elizabethan English.
He is married to an exceptional woman from Sheffield in the North of England. He blogs at stillmansays.com where he writes about his ongoing creativity experiment in Union Square. And you can find him on twitter at @stillmansays
Many thanks to Matthew for visiting today- don’t forget to leave me a comment if you fancy snagging a free copy of Genesis Deflowered!!
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