Vanessa de Sade is a self-confessed sensualist who likes to explore the darker sides of sexual desire. An obsessive lover of old movies, operatic theatre and authors like Angela Carter, Vanessa likes to fill her stories with lush imagery, bizarre characters, and misfits in search of love.
She is a contributor to many anthologies, including Naked Delirium, and her solo story collections include Nude Shots and Tales from a Tangled Bush.
Ms. de Sade is one of the most sophisticated writers of contemporary erotica, seamlessly blending vanilla and taboo eroticism with complex characters while avoiding cheap prurience.
But Edward Edwards, who could put his ear to a broken watch and learn its whole mechanism like a heartbeat, knew nothing of the ways of women, and his cold wife, once she had his offspring, placed locks upon their bedroom door and wantonly spent his money while giving him no warmth or comfort when he returned late and craving from his days at the works.
Furthermore, the cold woman loathed him for his stoic acceptance of her carnal refusals, and felt only contempt for this gentle man who had not broken her like a colt, resolving to hurt him whenever she could; and, when she saw that their twin boys brought him happiness, she divorced him and took them from him, claiming neglect and violence, showing, in court, the bruises that she paid a man from the internet to inflict on her once a week as she struggled ineffectually against her self-imposed bonds.
And, of course, no-one questioned her story and a paper-thin old judge, elated to experience his first erection in fifteen years, slipped her photographs into a brown manila folder to examine in his chambers, and handed her everything - children, factory, house, car - admonishing Edwards as a villain and leaving him penniless.
Which is where our story begins….
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