Penning stories of BDSM is amazing and daunting. Why? Because getting the details correct is vital for a believable story and few authors really dig deep to understand the psyche buried deep within all of us who crave and enjoy the lifestyle When you combine a thriller with aspects of BDSM, the details become much more refined and often difficult to do with skill. My special guest is able to do just that. William is a very talented author, an award winning screenwriter and I’m very proud to say a fellow team member of the Edge Imprint at Booktrope. Take a small taste of…
BLOOD LETTING – William D. Prystauk
When I wrote BLOODLETTING, my hard-boiled crime thriller, I hoped to satisfy those in the fetish community who were sick and tired of seeing how poorly BDSM was portrayed in fiction and mainstream media.
In BLOODLETTING, punk rocker and sadomasochist Denny Bowie, a “legwork guy” for a private investigation firm, is out to find the killer of five masochistic men and his childhood friend, fetish photographer Tommy Heat. He gets back with Penny Dallion, the Goth-girl of his dreams, and is enthralled by the hot and androgynous Erin Marr, his new boyfriend. While investigating Tommy’s murder, Denny discovers pictures missing from Tommy’s meticulous collection. These photos not only hold the key to the killer’s identity, but may also prove Penny’s involvement in the murders.
Embroiled in New York’s vibrant S&M subculture, Denny revisits old haunts: fetish clubs in Greenwich Village to find the killer who’s a step ahead of him – and maybe right behind him.
I had completed the story as an award-winning screenplay in the nineties, and the novel had been finished by 2011. From the reviews I received, I was happy to know that people in the LBGTQ and fetish communities appreciated the work, as well as vanilla readers who stated they finally grasped an understanding of sadomasochism.
Besides relying on my own experiences in the fetish world, from New York City to Philadelphia, I did what every writer should do: research. I wanted BLOODLETTING to hold up, so I revisited my beloved Greenwich Village, interviewed a police officer, a New York homicide detective, and even a court reporter. I also met with a nun, a water department official, and people who could help me with my one character’s southern aesthetic. In addition, I used Google maps and, well, so much more. My one colleague at the university where I teach said that I did more work for this novel than she had conducted for her dissertation.
Writers are responsible for bringing a real world to their fiction. After all, creating a genuine foundation will only enhance the narrative and draw readers deeper into the world we create. Moreover, our words can help fight stigma and misrepresentation. This is why I made certain there was a clear distinction between “safe, sane, and consensual” BDSM and sadistic crime. I hope the book helps nullify some of the fears people have about fetish, kink, sadomasochism, and bondage and discipline because all of these elements have been exploited in fiction and film for far too long.
I’m an award-winning screenwriter, film producer, and teacher in higher education, as well as a published poet and essayist. My novel, Bloodletting, has been adapted from my script of the same name, which won Second Place at the Screenwriters Showcase Screenplay Contest in 2006, and led in the mystery category. To create Bloodletting, I relied on my experiences with BDSM and fetish groups in New York and Philadelphia. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of English at Kutztown University where I teach business writing, including public relations. (If you love horror, you can find my weekly podcast, “The Last Knock,” on iTunes.)
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BLOODLETTING Book Trailer One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVNji_G-tSI
BLOODLETTING Book Trailer Two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glK9DiVIHT8
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Thank you so much for being my guest!
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