Livia Llewellynis creating disturbing, lush, erotic horror stories, movie reviews, & essays
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You live in a vast suburban labyrinth, comprised of eerily quiet houses and empty roads. At night, you hear radio whispers of seventies music drifting through the backyards, as dogs howl in the distance. Is that a face at your bedroom window? Yes, it's me! - here to give you a single, sublimely dark and explicit short story every month.
A citizen of the continent-spanning megalopolis, you spend your nights in magic-filled districts filled with machines as large as cities, operated by powerful thaumaturges and their capable admin. assistants - like me! I'm here to give you coffee*, that monthly short story, plus a movie/TV series review every month.
*Coffee not included.
Beneath the star-studded whorls of the Milky Way, a trillion legs move in a shimmering wave across the darkened landscape. Nameless, naked, you are a ghost lost in the eternal peregrinations of the ancient megacolony. At least you have something to read! Everything in the previous tiers, plus writing essays and excerpts of non-Patreon WIPs.
Who am I?
I’m Livia Llewellyn, and I’m a writer of horror, dark fantasy and erotica. My short stories, novelettes and novellas have been published in such anthologies and online-markets as Nightmare Magazine, Subterranean Online, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica. My short story collections Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors (2011, Lethe Press) and Furnace (2016, Word Horde Press) both received Shirley Jackson Award nominations for Best Collection. I’ve also received SJA nominations for my stories "Omphalos" and "Furnace".
Why am I starting a Patreon?
Being on Patreon allows me a private space to offer the kind of explicit, disturbing fiction that doesn’t really have much of a market beyond a very few anthologies and non-paying publications. Like a lot of creative people, I have a day job - but like many people in this economy, it doesn't cover all my bills, even with the fiction sales I get every year. So this is a way for me to make some extra (and much needed) money doing what I love while giving readers what they want, which is apparently a lot of really messed-up, dark stories. We all win!
What do I write?
My fiction is known for being extremely dark and sexual in nature, and the stories (and maybe, eventually, serialized novels) posted here will be the same. Make no mistake: you will be paying for erotica and horror/weird fiction with a high level of literary sexual content.
My sources of inspiration are varied: Clive Barker, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Laird Barron, abandoned shopping malls, the French Decadents, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, prehistoric religious sites, H.R. Giger, the Eleusinian Mysteries, Alexander McQueen, the Pre-Raphaelites, H.P. Lovecraft, insect colonies, vast haunted landscapes, cosmic horrors, Jack Kerouac, demons, the Hudson River School, alchemy and the occult, wild and witchy girls, American suburbia, both goths and the Gothic, a deluge of Delta of Venus, a dash of The Story of O... If any of these things – plus healthy doses of darkness, beauty, unsettling explicit sex with strange beings, and not-always-happy endings – pique your interest, then you're in the right place.
How does it work?
You can pick one of my modestly priced tiers, or you can pay an amount that you chose, and every month I’ll post a 4000-6000 word story. I'll also be blogging here at least once a week, with book & movie reviews and essays on publishing, writing, and the state of horror in general. You can switch tiers, change the amount of your donation, or cancel your support at any time. It’s that simple!
A note of honesty: between the day job and writing, my time is extremely limited. I’ve planned out how much time each month I’ll be able to devote to my Patreon story and posts, but I can’t stretch 24 hours into 36 or 48, so I probably won’t be able to offer additional extras and incentives beyond what’s already listed in the tiers. If I ever miraculously make enough money from writing to quit the day job, then I’ll shower all of you with lovely books and video chats and whatever else I can think of. Until then, however, I’m keeping it as streamlined and simple as possible for sanity's sake.