|Gustve Moreau: Oedipus and the Sphinx (1864)|
When the call goes out for an erotica anthology, there's almost always a standard set of restrictions: NO incest, NO bestiality, NO non-consensual, NO underage, NO scat or watersports.
So last week I wrote a story for a submission call, and naturally I chose the theme of Oedipus and the Sphinx ... because that's two Forbidden Topics (yes, he shags the Sphinx) right there already. Writing at the borderlines ... it's like picking a scab - how far can you push it before you regret it?
I don't know yet if the story will be accepted by the editor. I don't know if it'll get past the publisher. But I was asked for a story that "told everyone it was written by Janine Ashbless," and it doesn't get much more Ashbless than that!
But it's probably a good job I ran out of space on the wordcount, because if I'd had another 1000 words it would have been even dirtier :-D
(BTW, my Sphinx is MUCH bigger than the one in the pic at top.)