BOOK REVIEW: Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers

By Annamarya Scaccia (, 2005)

Title: Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers
Author: Edited by Mitzi Szereto
Publisher: Cleis Press
Publish Date: 2005
Pages: 232

There is always more to history than details and facts, but the captivating plots, greedy motivations and deviant behaviors that are an essential part of history are often hidden in silence. Was Dr. Sigmund Freud a victim of his own psychology? Did Marlene Dietrich do more for the troops than nurse them back to health? Was the Marquis De Sade just a regular author tainted by eroticism?

These questions are explored in the new book Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, edited by Mitzi Szereto. Filled with fictional tales of uncompromising mystery and lust, this is a wickedly sensual and perfectly mouth watering anthology of erotic short stories. Wicked explores the possibilities of sexual deviance performed by some of the most notable characters in history. From the sweetness of “Elvis, Axl and I,” by Janice Eidus, to the passionate “The Great Masturbator,” a story penned by K.L. Gillespie about legendary painter Salvador Dali’s obsession with masturbation and art, Wicked is bountiful, rich and a laugh riot.

The anthology starts off with the innocent “Elvis, Axl and I”. A first-person modern-day erotic tale, the story follows a modestly star-struck lady through the streets of the Bronx. Sprinkled sweetly with scenes of intercourse and compassion, Eidus captures a fan’s obsession with two sexual icons, one of physical gratification and the other moist with mental stimulation. After spotting Elvis incognito in a Jewish deli on the corner of Pelham Parkway, the woman calls his bluff and from there a loving, yet dependent, relationship develops. However, obsessed with the erratic Axl Rose of Guns ‘n’ Roses, and believing that their fate is to be together, she never accepts Elvis as her partner. Mildly enticing, “Elvis, Axl and I” is more a story of a girl’s celebrity fantasies than seduction.

However, Wicked is not as innocent as this beginning would indicate. Take, for example, “The Ballad of Scott and Zelda,” written by Maxim Jakubowski. A romantically depressing story about the dying marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the story is written with lingering pain and is an engaging yet tragic tale with evocative escapades that leave the reader with a sense of sympathy coupled with a familiar feeling of delicious desire.

Another story worth of mention is the short “Eva Braun’s Last Tragic Abortion,” written by Lynda Schor. A story that automatically raises eyebrows, this is a disturbing look at the love between Adolf Hitler and his soon-to-wife Eva Braun hours before their marriage and deaths. Not so much erotic as it is intriguing, interesting and captivating, Interesting and captivating, ‘Eva Braun’s Last Tragic Abortion’ is hidden with disgust yet, in some way, objectively invades the mind and motivations of such critical characters in history.

Each writer, unique in their own right, conjures up a romantic and sexy history for each cult-of-personality they chose with an enticing sense of curiosity. All of the stories are drenched in historic detail, from the exact garb worn to the intricate details of back alley apartments. The authors are lovers of both sex and history and make these fantastical tales almost believable.

A must-read for any history buff, Wicked is worth a peek.


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