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Title: The Lusty Adventures of Theseus
Author: Arthur Griffin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Cover image copyright Joe Phillips; Cover design by Paul Richmond
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly
The myth of Theseus and the Minotaur has never been quite this steamy!
Handsome Theseus journeys to Athens to claim his birthright as heir to the throne, and along the way he meets the roguish Pirithous, who teaches him all about matters of the heart—and body. When they reach the city, Theseus is shocked to discover that his father, the king, has a tradition of sacrificing young people to the Minotaur, the monster that inhabits the island nation of Crete.
Theseus and Pirithous, along with Iphitrion, a slave boy they befriend, set out to slay the Minotaur. After learning Crete is ruled by a mad tyrant with a fetish for orgies, Theseus puts his new skills to the test, fighting, flirting, and fornicating his way through the ranks, working his way past soldiers, satyrs, and gods alike as he attempts to accomplish his goal and save his city.
One of the most beautiful aspects of mythology is the fact that no two people ever tell a myth exactly the same way. Sure, some or many or all of the story beats may remain, but when you’re dealing with myth, you’re dealing with archetype. And archetypes are built specifically for the storyteller to project onto them their own personality and worldview and style.
For example, I’m SUPER into guys having sex with each other. I mean, right? Sign me up!
And so therefore when it came time for me to write my own version of Theseus and the Minotaur, The Lusty Adventures of Theseus, that’s the lens I saw it through. It was a story about a bunch of hunky, sexy, sensitive guys who embark on a mission to slay a monster. And they’re led by Theseus, a bastard prince, and the hunkiest, sexiest and most sensitive of them all.
All the things I love have made it into this story in some way. My enjoyment of Lord of the Rings (and particularly Legolas) was the origin of a male nymph character who is blond and great with a bow and arrow. My fondness for Joss Whedon made sure the dialogue stayed light, breezy, and comedic. My appreciation of Doctor Who made me try to come up with a climax that’s more nuanced and complicated than what we’ve come to expect from action tales.
Oh, and I mentioned I like dudes having sex with each other, right? Yeah, that make it in. A LOT.
Because myth is so adaptable, all of us can take any of the great legends of history and make it our own. What myth or fairy tale or folk legend speaks to you, and how would you change it to reflect yourself?
About the Author
Arthur Griffin fell in love with mythology as a six-year-old when his mother, not able to find a sitter, took him with her to her art history class. They were studying Renaissance paintings of Greek and Roman legends, and he learned two very important things that day.
One, that there was a whole new world of thrilling stories and myths for him to explore and be enchanted by.
And two, dude! A lot of people were naked back then!
Since then, he’s always enjoyed the steamier side of stories of the ancient world, and is thrilled to be exploring them in his writing. Sometimes his stories are set in a fictional version of the past, or sometimes the gods of old come knockin’ (boots) in the present, but almost always there’s some element of mythology visible in his work.
Arthur lives in Los Angeles with his boyfriend, and works as a ghostwriter and screenwriter. When he’s not writing fantastical tales of two (or more) dudes doing the bone dance, he enjoys hiking, karaoke, superhero comics, getting drinks in West Hollywood, going to the beach, going to the gym, going to the movies, and writing non-smutty screenplays. (But for the record, smut is WAY more fun.)
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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