A big welcome to Matthew Stillman to my site today.  I was intrigued by the premise of his book for a couple of reasons.  First, for what is such an imaginative and brave idea and secondly, for taking on the enormous challenge of writing in the style of the King James Bible!  So, I’m really looking forward to hearing what he has to say about his new book ‘Genesis Deflowered.’

“I never read any good stories about…”

This is the refrain of erotica writers everywhere.

Whether the stories are about erotic encounters initiated by anthropomorphic Halloween pumpkins, Amazon goddesses, handsome next door neighbors, or wheelchair bound  sirens.

We see a dark spot where the powerful life giving and life affirming sexual energy hasn’t had the chance to illuminate yet. Or hasn’t been allowed to illuminate yet.

Love and religion are dear friends. They have a lot to say about each other.

But sex and religion have been at each other’s throats for a long time – certainly in the Western world.

In my new novel “Genesis Deflowered” I answered the call to the “I never read any good stories about religion and sex in concert.”

It saddened me that among the nearly five hundred sexual acts suggested in Genesis (where the sexual theology springs from for the Western world and where it left its religious colonial stamp) none of the acts were initiated by women and furthermore none we even described.

I imagined a parallel world where the Bible spoke about sex as a normal activity and drive that was found on all levels of creation. Where women had sexual agency and where kinks weren’t kinks at all, just activities that some engaged in. No shame. No original sexual sin.

“Genesis Deflowered” takes the classic poetic rendering of the King James Bible’s version of Genesis, full of “thees” and “thous” and without taking away a single word adds text to fill out the erotic life of every character from Adam and Eve in the beginning to Jacob and Rachel in the middle and Joseph in the end. But their erotic life is written in that same terse, poetic and chaste Elizabethans/Jacobean style as the original.

Some may call this blasphemous. And besides, is there really a call for biblical erotica written in Elizabethan English?

I feel that wherever erotic energy has been denied there will be a desire to see and feel it enter there. I feel people crave for women to have sexual agency. I feel that there is a need for all of us to be turned on by our spiritual sides or our sense of wonder.

“Genesis Deflowered” is my offering to that end.

 

The Birth of Ishmael

Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Sarai spake unto Hagar, and said, Ye shall cleve unto Abram, and taste of him; but you may not eat from every tree of the garden of Abram. But the oil of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it by thy hand, lest ye forget my wroth.

And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And Sarai sent Hagar to Abram with gladness, and spied upon their tent as Abram knew Hagar.

And Abram went in unto Hagar, and ate of her fruit. Abram rejoiced with glad tidings in the breasts of Hagar; for he had longed for her newness. And Hagar in her newness hungered for Abram like a calf for milk. The secret ways of the Egyptians were known by Hagar; and her thighs did tell of those secrets. And as she spied upon the secrets that Hagar knew in the dark tent, the waters of Sarai gently ran; and her breast was of fire. But the secrets vexed her; and she craved to know, and to see them clearly. And Abram anointed his pillar, so that it might support the temple of Hagar. And his pillar did bow at the jewel at the temple gate; and his oil did spill. And Hagar tasted of his oil, but kept the sacrifice for her self; and Hagar was full of hope. And, lo, she conceived. And when Hagar saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes; for Hagar wanted Abram for herself alone. And Sarai knew this, and said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee; for I only desire to be treasured by thee, and the LORD alone. But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And Sarai said to Abram that Hagar the Egyptian had sworn an oath to her, and had forgotten it for she hadst seen Hagar taste what was not to be tasted.

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Where many see the Bible as the pathway to Heaven, others say it should be covered in a brown paper bag because it is so, so filthy.

There are hundreds of sex acts implied in the first book of the bible (and sadly none initiated by a woman). How has nobody ever described how each of them would have played out in biblical language?

If the writers and translators of the Bible had been a little less prudish we might have an entirely different relationship between sex and religion than we have now. In Genesis there is sex before marriage, threesomes, incest, group sex, kinky fetish cuckolding, gay sex and more.

Isn’t it time that you read the Bible for the dirty parts?

Using the seminal King James Bible in its Elizabethan English as spring board,”Genesis Deflowered” makes the beginning of the Bible come out as a sexy, readable and fun erotic novel.

“Genesis Deflowered “: equal parts holy scripture and blaspheming scandal

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About the Author

Matthew Stillman is a born and bred New Yorker. With the exception of college he has always lived in Manhattan. After scoring a BA in Comparative Literature from SUNY Geneseo, he got into programming at Food Network and developed shows like Iron Chef, Good Eats and many, many others. He also started improvising with the Upright Citizens Brigade shortly after they first arrived in New York, and he still does.

“The End of Poverty?” was his first film. He conceived of it, wrote the first treatment, co-produced it and spoke at the UN four times about it after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went to 40 festivals around the world.

After a lifetime of a making out with literature, inner spiritual work from different traditions, creativity and play. He has written “Genesis Deflowered”. It is his first full length book. And, of course, he started with a genre that he may well have just made up – Biblical Erotica written in Elizabethan English.

He is married to an exceptional woman from Sheffield in the North of England. He blogs at stillmansays.com where he writes about his ongoing creativity experiment in Union Square. And you can find him on twitter at @stillmansays

 

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