If steam power gets you all steamy, and when someone says “boudoir”, you think of brass and chrome before satin and lace, I have a double treat for you. This past week saw two amazing steampunk erotica/erotic romance releases.
First, just out from Circlet Press, there’s Elizabeth Schecter’s House of Sable locks, the story of a most unusual brothel where men are “stripped of clothing and jewelry, hooded, gagged, and collared. Thus rendered silent and anonymous, and wearing only their locked collars, the bearers of the Sable Lock make their way to their chosen rooms, and to the pleasures and torments that await them there.” On the top floor resides the Succubus, a clockwork goddess who knows your desires better than you do.
There’s also Jess Fink’s Chester 5000, a beautifully drawn graphic novel about a neglected wife and her mechanical manservant. She literally has the key to his heart… and other components that aren’t standard equipment for a robot butler. By turns silly, sexy, and surprisingly sensitive, this is a personal favorite of mine. Top Shelf has just released Chester 5000 in e-book format (it’s been online and in print for years). If you’re not sure, you can read the whole thing online, including pages of the forthcoming 2nd volume.
You probably already know about the Hawkeye Initiative, which is mostly about how female characters are posed (in comics). Repair Her Armor takes on the related issue of couture, presenting the ridiculous barely-there costumes of videogame heroines, and then turning them into full, functional sets of clothing and armor. In addition to being more practically dressed, the women also consistently look better this way. Also, Rob Liefield should not be allowed to draw. Period.