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It took me a while to realise that my sexual education had left me woefully ill-prepared for the real thing.

To be fair, guy-on-guy sex wasn’t something that my school felt was necessary to talk about. Condoms were a birth control option.

Learning what to do in bed with a guy was something I kind of figured out through trial and error, some embarrassing fumbling, and the few gay porn magazines that I managed to occasionally get my hands on. Obviously, this was before smart phones, or the internet.

The game-changer was when I furtively snuck into an adult book-store in Melbourne. As well as the normal range of porn magazines and VHS video tapes, there was also an extensive range of novels. This was my first introduction to the world of erotic gay fiction.

I was hooked.

Obviously, I got a lot of pleasure from the erotic novels that I bought from time-to-time. By myself, having a bit of me-time, reading about the adventures of lusty cabin boys on pirate ships, or crusading knights held captive by a swarthy Arabian prince with insatiable appetites.

But more than just fuelling my fantasies, the erotic gay fiction that I was reading also taught me about the mechanics of sex between guys, about what was possible, what would feel good, and even just how to talk about sex with another guy.

The good news is that I no longer have to furtively sneak into adult bookstores to get my fix of erotic gay fiction, not that I’m embarrassed by that kind of thing anymore. There’s now a huge range of erotic gay fiction stories available on Amazon that are inexpensive and can be easily downloaded to a Kindle.

There’s obviously a time and a place to read erotic gay fiction, but it’s ridiculously convenient to have a Kindle loaded up with testosterone-charged stories that can heat things up whenever you need some inspiration.

Here’s some snippets from my series of short stories — Bad boys’ book club.

NSA was close — a few quick messages and the deal was done, Xander had just had time for a quick shower and to pull on a pair of shorts before NSA was ringing his doorbell.

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Xander slowly began to lower the bar to his chest to complete this third rep of the first set, he looked up and Carlos’s shorts swayed into his field of vision — Xander quickly realised that he was looking directly up the leg of Carlos’s shorts and all he could see was a huge brown cock swinging freely before his eyes.

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It was quite a while since he’d been on a proper date, a couple of months really. There’d been plenty of quick hook-ups, but nothing that really qualified as a proper date. He walked home with a spring in his step, wrapping his coat tightly around him against the winter cold.

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In David’s mind it was definitely a friends-with-benefits situation. He really liked spending time with Joachim, and the sex was good, but it definitely wasn’t dating, David was not ready to settle down with a boyfriend.

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Xander only just managed to leap clear of the approaching cyclist, almost making it to the pavement, however with the combination of the wet weather and his less than sensible shoes, he lost his footing and before he knew it he could feel himself off-balance, falling backwards, no longer in control of what his body was doing.

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Sitting down the back of the bus there wasn’t many people around. He had thought that he had been holding his phone at a discrete angle. He thought that he had been enjoying his porn unobserved.

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David always wore his swim-briefs quite tight, but this black pair were particularly snug. David enjoyed the feel of the lycra against his skin as he pulled them up over his thick, muscular thighs and up over his firm butt.

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Tommo assumed that Claudio was straight. He never gave any indication otherwise. He wasn’t particularly Tommo’s type but he enjoyed their easy familiarity.

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Here’s the geo-specific links on how to get your hands on a copy of Bad boys’ book club:

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Outdoors Cruising: the art behind the bushes

On a quest for anonymous and casual sex? ‘Cruising’ is not dead!

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© Still from "Cruising in the Park", Antonio da Silva (Edited)

Outdoors cruising is not dead!

We have all heard stories of the ‘old days’, before mobile apps and even gay bars, when homosexuality was a taboo – and in many countries illegal – outdoors cruising was the only way for gay men to be able to find a sexual encounter.

Nowadays, homosexuality is no longer criminal in most of the western world and technology is here to stay. Socialising with our friends or acquaintances behind a screen and finding a sexual partner has never been easier. But some still prefer the rush and the forbidden pleasure of a casual outdoors hook up with a random stranger.

If you think that the rise of new technologies and that the closure of gay adult entertainment venues is killing cruising – think again.

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© Still from “Cruising in the Park“, Antonio da Silva

From underground culture to art

Outdoors cruising has been source of inspiration for many artists, Touko Laaksonen (a.k.a. Tom of Finland) being one of the most recognisable names exploring the artistic potential of cruising.

Many young artists have proved that this element of the sexuality of gay men is alive, well and more popular than ever and their artwork exhibited in screens and galleries all over the world.

A brilliant example of that new generation of artists is Antonio da Silva – a young award-winning Portuguese experimental filmmaker that explores the hidden side of homoerotic culture in a voyeuristic and indie way.

On his official site he explains:

“I have always been fascinated by male sex and sexuality. I became increasingly frustrated with how moving image explored this and have begun to make it the subject of my films over the last three years. I do not consider myself a pornographer but a filmmaker who use my background to choreograph short films with explicit sex themes.”

Since 2011, when he launched his first short film “Mates” – an intimate view into the world of online hook ups – Antonio has been exploring many current themes of the gay culture such as fetish, voyeurism and, of course, outdoors cruising.

Each film is a mystic combination of sound, image and movement that captivates the viewer from the first second and has granted him a space in some of the most wanted film festivals all over the world.

From the ‘hidden camera’ documentary style of Bankers, the dance-based choreographic scenes of Dancers, to the futuristic – and almost stroboscopic – view into the world of online gay sex of Spunk, Antonio keeps experimenting and delighting his viewers with the most captivating homoerotic short films.

“Cruising in the Park” – a sensorial immersion into the cruising scene

On his most recent work – “Cruising in the Park” – Antonio teamed up with Fabio Lopes to take us on a journey into the world of outdoors cruising. Moving away from the mainstream staged pornographic cinematography, it combines low angle and close up shots with a real audio experience and narrative giving us a sensation of first-person experience.

And, if just like me, you are a massive fan of movie/series adaptation of dark themed comic books like Jessica Jones and Watchmen, you will fall in love with Rodrigo Penalosa’s deep voiced narrator’s commentary throughout the film.

Don’t believe me, then watch the trailer (NSFW) below:

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