A Gay Male "Story Of O" By Torsten Barring! This contemporary classic of gay male erotica details the life of handsome Peter Thornwell, a gay man with a yen for bondage and punishment. As chronicled by Torsten Barring, an acknowledged master of the genre, Peter Thornwell goes from misspent youth to scandalous film stardom. Throughout he is driven by an insatiable libido he can not control and a need to suffer. It is a journey in which he will meet, and submit, to men from all walks of life, millionaires, paupers, criminals and police. Barring's Peter Thornwell has been described by some as a "torrid take on Horatio Alger" and by others as a "gay male Story of O." It is both those, and much, much more.