Blasphemy Call for Submissions

IMG_8192I am happy to announce that I have been asked by Burning Book Press to edit an anthology of erotic fiction. The topic, ‘blasphemy’, came about through a long conversation, with several authors about eighteen months ago. Since that time I have been considering and contemplating it, and with such a complex subject, I am very much looking forward to reading what it inspires, and putting together an interesting and (undoubtedly) transgressive collection.

You can, of course, find the Call for Submissions on the Burning Book Press website, and also on the ERWA website, but I am posting it here as well (below).

If you have any questions, you can email the submissions email (below), or comment on this post, or I am available on twitter @HarperEliot.

Blasphemy Anthology | Call for Submissions

Editor: Harper Eliot
Publisher: Burning Book Press
Deadline: June 1st, 2014
Intended Publication: October 1st, 2014
Payment & Rights: $25 non-exclusive Continue reading

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Things They Know About Harper

Yesterday was my 24th Birthday; and although I’m not usually one for making a big song and dance about the day of my birth, my twitter timeline was so full of love and laughter that I couldn’t help but pull it all together and share the joy. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed and wished me a Happy Birthday and made my day so wonderful. Here is my first ever Storify! (Though I can see it becoming addictive…) Continue reading
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Eroticon 2014, Meet’n'Greet

eroticon 2014 speakerMy goodness! is it that time already? It feels as though we only just stepped off the plane from Atlanta, but apparently Eroticon 2014 is right around the corner!

Third year, fourth Eroticon; you’d think I might have got the hang of this by now; but this year is a little different for me as I will be presenting for the first time, and not just one session, but two! With Molly Moore I will be doing Using Words: making labels work for you which will be a topical, open-discussion on how labels are used; in addition, I will also be presenting a session with Gryphon on reading erotic fiction out loud, which we have titled Writing Out Loud: turning your story into sound. You can find details of both sessions on the Eroticon 2014 Schedule page.

If you have not yet procured your tickets then visit the Write Sex Right site now, and BUY YOUR TICKETS.


In the meantime, here’s my introduction: Continue reading

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Thank Yous from Eroticon USA

At Einstein'sTwo weeks ago I was in Atlanta. It seems both ridiculously recent and such a very long time ago. In all honesty, the weekend – nay, the whole week! – was something of a blur; between exhaustion and excitement and inspiration and (yes) arousal, the week passed with incredible speed and produced some wonderful things. For example: if you haven’t heard IGRD11: Eroticon USA Hot Tub Adventures yet, it gives a nice snapshot of the time I spent in Atlanta, and the people I cosied up to. It’s a little bite-sized chunk for those who weren’t there, and hopefully a pleasant reminder for those who were.

For several reasons, I am not going to give you a minute-by-minute rundown of the sessions I attended or the conversations I enjoyed. Suffice to say, it was an incredibly rich day and I hope the insight I gained will eventually shine through in the work I produce from here on out.

What I would like to do, is say some thank yous. Continue reading

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Outward Facing Treadmills

WARNING: this story contains horror themes that some readers may find distressing. Please use your best judgement when deciding whether to read on.

Written in December, 2011; revived for Halloween 2013.

Human_brainThe town had been silent for two days now. The air was heady with rotten flesh and decaying bones. Every sunrise and sunset felt like the last; the apocalypse. Ellie had taken up residence in her old school building, finding the generators in the basement strangely comforting. This was where they had hidden to avoid unlikeable classes, and the place they had broken into during the summer to escape their parents. Back then it was a ridiculous place to be, of course, but it was the only corner of a much too small town where no one thought to look; somewhere in their adolescent minds it seemed that nowhere would ever be as cool again. It was a feeling much like the ownership of tree houses a few years previously. Even when they weren’t hiding, it was nice to have somewhere. And of course the dingy aspect, the cold steel and dusty corners had, for a while, held an almost romantic allure to the grit-loving teenagers. It was a phase. Continue reading

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Eroticon USA Meet and Greet

In exactly – exactly! – a month, I will be in Atlanta, at Eroticon USA. To say this excites me is a huge understatement. I cannot wait to be there.

Along those lines, if you haven’t got your tickets yet, you’d better move quick before the weekend is upon us!

In the meantime, how about some Meet and Greet magic?

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Name: Harper Eliot

Twitter id: @HarperEliot (@IGRDPodcast, @BadPornClub)

Where in the world are you? London, baby!

What brings you to Eroticon USA? A mix of jealousy and GoFundMe. I was so saddened by the thought of not getting to join my loved ones and  friends in Atlanta, of missing fantastic sessions whilst I sat in grey grey London (much as I love it), that I begged my readers to help me get there. And lo and behold, they delivered. Thank you all, once again.

What are you looking forward to most about Eroticon USA? The mandatory crinolines. I mean, seeing old friends and making new ones. Lauralyn Brickhouse’s photography session, Jack Stratton’s self-publishing session, Aisling Weaver’s word disciplines session, getting to meet Graydancer. I could go on… (But seriously – the crinolines.)

If you had to make up a pen name again what would it be? Something much closer to my real name. The double-life deal sure does wear thin. But c’est la vie.


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The User Manual

RTFMThe personal user manual is an idea I got from Cunning Minx on her podcast, Polyamory Weekly. It’s a great podcast, and I love Minx’s no-bullshit, straightforward approach to non-monogamy. Her own user manual is a great read, and acted as a good model when it came to writing my own.

I have actually been meaning to write it for a very long time now, particularly since I wrote about Joan Price’s three lists. Although I primarily consider this to be for me – a way of looking at myself, and evaluating what is important to me – I thought I would share it anyway, if only to spread the word and offer a little bit of insight into my psyche. I might also treat it as something of an experiment, and find out if any potential dates actually read it… but we’ll see. For now, I am just sharing it with you – my dear readers. – Enjoy!

Part A

Family background/History
• I’m the eldest of four children and as a result I’ve spent most of my life feeling like the responsible one who has to make decisions and lead the way. Continue reading

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