I Once Had a Master

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Cleis Press, Jan 4, 2005 - Fiction - 142 pages
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John Preston brings it back to the basics: a hand on a neck, a boot that needs a spit shine, a trick who leaves with bruises and sweet memories. In books such as the S/M classic Mr. Benson, Preston explored power exchange in all its battered beauty. The sex stories in I Once Had a Master combine a hard-core sensibility with rare psychological insight.

In "Authenticity," a top turns down two fawning bottoms in full leather regalia in favor of the sweet-faced novice who offers genuine surrender. In "Pedro," a college boy has a summer affair with a truck driver and finds himself flirting with other men just to provoke his loverís rage. The lonely bottom in "Interludes" develops his body to perfection, then seeks out the Daddy who will cherish this gift.

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User Review  - Kassa - Goodreads

When I reviewed the uber popular Mr. Benson, I was struck by the author's writing and voice more than anything. So my next foray is into I Once Had a Master, a collection of short stories set in the ... Read full review

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Beautifully written short stories from that period in the 1970/80's when western gay subculture was really starting to take off, and just before it was abruptly decimated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Preston is one of the gay community's most articulate and beloved advocates, published more than forty books before his death in 1994.

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