Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

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In Search of Nightshade

Gee: Witchcraft. Medieval England. Lots of gay sex.

Sounds like the perfect novel.

I thought that the title was Nightshade, but if so, repeated web-searches have yet to turn up any sign of it.

Setting: medieval England. Our hero: hot, sexy, dark. (Is he really a wrongfully-dispossessed nobleman's son—à la Robin Hood—or am I just making that up?) Gay as a goose, of course. Travels all over Ye Merry Olde, having lots of adventures—hem, hem—with lots of cute, willing guys.

Oh, but the true love of his life—the one he keeps coming back to—is the eponymous Nightshade, the beautiful boy back home, apprentice to the village witch.

Plot? I'm sure there was one. No doubt the old witch dies and our hero (I don't even remember his name: probably something terse and monosyllabic like Dirk) eventually manages to save young Nightshade from the evil witch-hunters.

And of course they live happily ever after. Probably on Dirk's now rightfully-regained estate.

Oh, and did I mention: there's lots of gay sex.

As you'll gather, 'tweren't nuthin' deep to it. Call it a romp. I picked up a copy while I was in London in the late 80s, and enjoyed it so much that I gave it to a friend, who gave it to a friend, who gave it to a friend....

Who knows. Maybe another one will turn up again some day. In a life like mine, stranger things have been known to happen.

Or maybe I'll just write one myself.

When it comes to witchcraft and gay sex, there's always a market.






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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Thesseli
    Thesseli Thursday, 01 February 2018

    I want to read that book!

  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Tuesday, 06 February 2018

    Go ahead and write it yourself. Follow wherever your muse leads you. If the result morphs into a gay leather stocking story set in Paganistan that's fine. May you be blessed to hear your work misquoted and taken out of context at pagan gatherings wherever you go.

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