Myrrha’s Reverie

Every girl has an image of her mind of the perfect man, but not everyone has the courage to recognize the true source of that ideal. MYRRHA’S REVERIE is an intimate exploration of a thoughtful daughter who has confronted her unspeakable desire, as she, and the father who is not her father, make their way over the expanse of time and memory in this shocking, emotional tale.

This 3,000 word story contains lyrical, explicit scenes of lovemaking, and should be read only by those ready to explore their deepest, most illicit passions….


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I wrote this story because I believe in obscenity.

On a logical level, incest is deeply wrong. On another level, of course, we are unconcerned with logic, and we find our emotions needs occasionally slipping into our physical desires, and this is no easy thing. I find it deeply disappointing that the vendors of electronic books have surrendered their duty to the First Amendment when there is enormous value to be gained in the examination of our darker impulses in the safety of fiction. It is doubly disappointed in light of the valiant efforts of publishers in the 20th century, but Mammon is a powerful god and we are in his season.

So here is a brief meditation on the taboo, and the psychology of someone in its thrall. I confess, as is often the case, that I found my creativity inflamed by the difficulty of finding ways to circumvent Amazon’s restrictions while simultaneously obeying them. If it is forbidden to write about incest, is it forbidden to write about a dream of incest? How would their engine react to paradoxes and absurdities? Where would the lines drawn?

I was, ultimately, flagged by Smashwords: they asked me to include text assuring readers that all participants were of consenting age, a request with which I happily complied. Would that I had a proper adversary to wage my war against, a Breen or a Wertham — a mad crusader, rather than these dull engines! My heart quickens at the thought.

As far as language goes, Myrrha’s Reverie is an attempt to combine a lyrical tone with relatively simple vocabulary; a triumph in the former, but only a mixed success with the latter. It was a genuine pleasure to write, however, and I hope to return to this lively young protagonist in the future, as I feel she has much more to say.



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