Jeff Mann’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Laurel Review and The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks, Bliss, Mountain Fireflies, and Flint Shards from Sussex; two full-length books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine and On the Tongue; a collection of personal essays, Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear; a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; and a short fiction volume, A History of Barbed Wire, which won a Lambda Literary Award. His novel, Salvation, won a Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance. He teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisalby Jeff Mann
Outside an isolated cabin, winter fog caresses spruce trees. Inside, two men, lovers, have enacted a plan of revenge, kidnapping the handsome son of the man who wronged one of them. Al, the accomplice, has stalked Rob for weeks, and his infatuation for the young man has grown deeper than he ever anticipated. So much so that he finds himself drawn to protect Rob
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Outside an isolated cabin, winter fog caresses spruce trees. Inside, two men, lovers, have enacted a plan of revenge, kidnapping the handsome son of the man who wronged one of them. Al, the accomplice, has stalked Rob for weeks, and his infatuation for the young man has grown deeper than he ever anticipated. So much so that he finds himself drawn to protect Rob from the rage and vengeance burning away his partner Jay's insides. Caring for their bound and gagged captive, with each passing day Al finds his power over Rob a potent and irresistible aphrodisiac and his heart dangerously moved. But Jay has no intention of ever allowing the young man to escape.
A finalist for the Pauline Reage Novel Award for Best Novel!
"Jeff Mann's Fog is brutally sexy, crossing that liminal space where sensuality and cruelty meet and mingle over and over again. A breathtaking and deeply erotic tale of violence, lust and above all, a loving passion that makes you ache in sympathy. Simply fantastic."
—J.C. Herneson, author of Spring of the Stag God
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3.5 stars. Well this was a different read. While it could be very dark, and even creepy in places (there's a particular chapter that I best describe as "1st person sociopath"), it wasn't what I expected. There's certainly an element of the Stockholm Syndrome/falling in love one's captor theme that's done differently and really well. The last couple chapters are what really intrigued me the most, how everything comes together, the complete fall-out. It makes an odd sort of sense that makes you think that this could really happen, could really be something more. Okay, I'm being unusually incoherent with this one. While there's a definite dark theme running through the novel, there's also a strange sweetness to it. The sweetness comes to fruition at the end in a way that I kind of expected, but didn't really believe would happen. The writing overall is sound, although I'm at the point lately that I'm sort of over first person anything--that's a personal preference, not a reflection of the book. It didn't totally blow me away, but it did seriously creep me out a little bit in the beginning, and gave me a strong sense of satisfaction at the end. A book that moved me a bit but didn't amaze me. It was the day-to-day, the quiet caring and characterization that I enjoyed the most. The power dynamics just didn't really work for me--Rob was too placid, too easily cowed for me to really dig my teeth into it. But perhaps it's a more realistic approach to the whole "falling in love with one's captor" thing. A solid read, just as long as you're aware of the warnings that come with the book and they're your cup of tea. Good book, but the relationship, though very well done, just wasn't quite what I was looking for with power dynamics.
A good suspenseful story. Keeps you on edge.
Nicely written story for those who like rough gay sex.
Deputy here if you need me.
Srry i havent been on.
Gtg luv ya bye
Yes I'll always obey my leader