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The Tides of Lust
Samuel R Delany
193mm x 125mm
First UK publication
ISBN 0 86130 016 5
|Hugo Award winning author Samuel Delany charts the search for erogenous
gratification of a diverse collection of people including an insatiable
black sea captain, a dangerously young slave mistress, an aimless
drifter and a supreme artist of the perverse. Long out of print
(Lancer Books, 1973) and eagerly awaited by Delany fans when we republished
it. 'The Black Book', as it became known in the UK book trade,
was to have been first in Savoy's ill-fated 'Black Jacket' line
of over-the-edge fantasy erotica. In the planning stages were
works by Michael Fleisher (Chasing Hairy), Philip José Farmer, and Charles Platt (Sweet Evil). It was not to be. Members of 'God's Cop' James Anderton's vice squad spectacularly seized three thousand copies of The Tides of Lust from our offices in October 1980. Shortly afterwards four thousand
copies were recalled by retailers John Menzies from shops across the country after the title was removed by
police from a Bristol store. Savoy Books Ltd went into liquidation in 1981. The persistent police harassment of Savoy and our bookshopswhich had been carrying on since we started operations in 1976escalated on publication of The Tides of Lust and The Gas. David Britton was jailed for these titles in May 1982.
One of Marc Almond's favourite books! Other Almond 'links' to Savoy: he has recorded with, and produced, PJ Proby (Yesterday Has Gone, a track off his and Jim's Legend albumEMI Premier, 1996, and featuring the My Life Story Orchestrawas a Melody Maker 'Single of the Week' courtesy of the Kenickie girls); he is an acquaintance of Savoy comics artist Kris Guidio and, of course, Savoy got PJ to demolish Tainted Love in 1995.
Eighteen years after publication, the Savoy editions of The Tides Of Lust and The Gas, were listed in the UK's Bizarre magazine as two out of five of the most obscene books to have been published in Britain. Notoriety travels.
A few copies of this title are still available.
||"'Not,' as the saying goes, 'for the squeamish'. OK bedtime reading
for the rest of us though."
IAN YOUNG, Body Politic
"A Faustian diorama of physical pleasures and mental obsessions. Few sex novels are willing to show the mindlessness of sex with all the manners and decorum totally varnished, and this one must surely be noted for the fact that it does just that."
RICHARD E GEISS, The Alien Critic
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