Malin James is an essayist, blogger, and short story writer. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Bust Magazine, MUTHA, Queen Mob’s Tea House and Medium, as well as anthologies for Cleis, Sweetmeats Press and Stupid Fish Productions. She is currently at work on Roadhouse Blues, a collection for Go Deeper Press.
A Bit More:
I learned about sex from books. It was awhile before experience caught up. Anne Rice, Ian McEwan, Jeanette Winterson, Sarah Waters, Anais Nin and, most pivotally, Angela Carter. These authors introduced me to something new – deeply personal narratives that knowingly walked the line between the mundane and profane. They were my first introduction to the relationship between sexuality and the psyche – between sex and the self – and it’s that relationship that I keep coming back to again and again.
Sex can be joyful, painful, wholesome, filthy, simple or profound. If people are the subject, then sex is the lens. The crack of a belt can be the sound of home. Missionary can be an emotional land mine. It all depends on who’s bringing what to the table (or the bed). Sex is possibly the most primal form of communication human beings have. That is what fascinates me – how people relate to each other, and themselves, through sex.
This post, The Goblin Market, expands on what I tend to be attracted to as both a reader and as a writer. There are stories and essays all over this site, but if you want to get a sense of what I do and how I think, that’s a good place to start. You can also check out the following:
“Dark and Deep“, “Resurrection” , “The Holly and the Ivy”, “Should You Stay or Should You Go” (which first appeared in Bust) and “Lonely Things”, all of which are quite serious; as well as “Packing Light,”, which is not.
For complete listings of all the fiction and nonfiction on this site, check out the Menu.
And for my off-the-cuff opinions on books, writing, current events and pretty much everything else, check out cleverboots.net.