Hippie Hollow: Boys, girls, and bears

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starts with a silent movie of the Hole In The Wall Gang’s last train robbery, followed by the words, “Most of what follows is true.”

That’s probably not the case for the movie. Butch and Sundance are so shrouded in myth, it’s impossible to reliably separate truth from fiction.

Hippie Hollow (aka “McGregor Park”) is also shrouded in myth. It’s been “civilized” now. It has nice bathrooms, wide paved trails for the mobility impaired, and trash collection. It also has law enforcement. Lots of law enforcement, ruthlessly attempting to stamp out sexual activity. Thanks to undercover entrapment operations, that’s largely succeeded.

Back when I was spending lots of time at Hippie Hollow, it was wild and wooly, with dangerous trails, no amenities, and no cops. The hills above the rocky shoreline were an outdoor gay sexual playground.

On any reasonably nice day, you could go to Hippie Hollow and find a lot of horny men up in the bushes. On weekday afternoons, most of them were married guys skipping work to grab a little man-man sex before going home to their wives. Their desperation added to the sexual intensity.

There were more gay men on the weekends and the atmosphere was a little more relaxed. But the hot sun, wild setting, and nudity still made a heady mix. All the men were there for sex, and they usually got it.

The anonymity was a big part of the excitement. It was always a little awkward to run into someone you knew. But it did happen. Two memorable encounters of mine were a guy I’d met at Gay Community Services, who was naked and hiding behind a giant Bible, and the manager of the clothing-optional apartment where I lived. He was naked in the middle of the gay cruising area, wearing a cock-ring and smoking pot from a little brass pipe. He seemed very uncomfortable to see me, so I just smiled and waved, then left him alone.

A few lesbian couples hung out on the shore, but they never seemed to go up into the bushes. Women did occasionally show up. The most memorable for me was a man fucking his girlfriend while a half-dozen guys watched and jacked off. A friend of mine saw a woman riding a man’s cock while masturbating several more men.

Hippie Hollow: Lust On A Nude Beach is a romanticized and greatly exaggerated version of real events, but I think it fairly represents the spirit of the place at the time.

Very Personal

Cowboys Don’t Kiss and Other Gay and Bisexual Love Stories is my most personal book. It contains some of my favorite stories. Love In The Rockies is the true story of my first time with a woman. The story Cowboys Don’t Kiss is the fantasy of an adult reunion with Jeff, the boy who introduced me to gay sex in our early teens.

I wrote the first version of Cowboys Don’t Kiss for an Internet “First Time” collaboration. It’s a straightforward—explicit—recounting of my first time with Jeff when I was 13 and he was a few months younger.

We never kissed. I hadn’t even thought about kissing Jeff and he’d probably never considered kissing me. In our minds, we’d been young cowboys, making do until we found randy young cowgirls to share our beds. Cowboys simply . . . did not . . . kiss other cowboys! I learned better, but that came later. A lot later.

Later, I added the imaginary encounter between Jeff and me as adults. The full version is available on the “Early Stories” page of my website. This version omits the teenage scenes, so Amazon will actually publish it.

I wrote Love In The Rockies for the same collaboration, making me the only contributor with two “first times.”

The remaining stories are a mixture of my old and new stories. My style has changed since I started posting erotic stories in 2003. I’ve edited the older stories to match my new style and to fix some things that bothered me about the original versions.

I hope you like the result. Happy reading.

New Look

If you’ve been here before, you’ll notice that the Home page looks different.

I’ve been working on this for quite a while. One reason is technical. The new website design is easier to maintain, so I can spend more time writing, instead of working on the website.

The new improved homepage is divided into clearly-defined sections, making it easy to find what you’re looking for.

Most of my books are part of a series. That information used to be buried on the now-discontinued “Books” page. Now, it’s front and center on the homepage.

I also want to call your attention to the blog. I discontinued my monthly newsletter because it didn’t have enough subscribers to justify the work involved in putting it out. I think a lot of people don’t want more emails in their inbox. Instead, you can just check the blog for  news about my books and stories, plus whatever ramblings I feel are worth posting.

Coming soon: Cowboys Don’t Kiss And Other Gay and Bisexual Love Stories. This is a collection of my stories about first times: gay, bisexual, lesbian, and even heterosexual. They’re not necessarily about first time sex, but rather people finding new paths. The book includes a brand new story titled Kissing Cowboys. It’s a blazing hot gay time on the ranch as old hands show a greenhorn the ropes.

Happy reading.

Revenge is sexy

There’s an old Klingon proverb: “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” In this case, I’m serving it lukewarm. After taking a bit of a break with Escape From The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 8), the buzzards have come home to roost for the queer Klansmen.

In Revenge Of The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 9), the smoldering lust between sexy black stud Washington Jeffries and hot outlaw leader Tiny Bowen explodes into a night of blazing passion (click here for a smokin’ sample).

Then, it’s payback time for the queer Klansmen. Protagonist Tom Prescott drags the bad guys into their own dungeon for a big dose of their own medicine.

I’ve worked hard on making the white supremacists unsympathetic. Still, this is a sex fantasy, so I’ve made them a lot less evil than their real life counterparts would be.

In the same way, I’ve made the bad guys’ punishment less severe and more playfully sexual than it would be in the real world.

I save the truly hard-boiled sex and violence for gay private investigator Jack Hammer. Jack Hammer – King’s Ransom is available now and I expect to be releasing Jack Hammer – Dick Diamond in 2021.

It took a long time to write Revenge Of The Mountain Men. Some of that was simple length. Revenge is almost twice as long as the other Mountain Men books. My writing process is to put characters into a situation and describe what they do. In this case, they kept going like a vengeful Energizer Bunny.

I also spent a long time working on the ending. I’m happy with what eventually came out, but it was painful. The characters had to move on from punishing the queer Klansmen, but they just didn’t want to cooperate.

Finally, I took a break from Revenge and worked on another project. I always have several projects going, so I can take a break when I get stuck. Eventually, my subconscious came back with an ending for Revenge and a future direction for the characters.

Reunited With The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 10) will be the last book in the series. I’ll be publishing it in January 2021. Writing Revenge was enough of a strain that I need a rest from the Mountain Men.

Next month, I’ll be publishing Cowboys Don’t Kiss And Other Gay and Bisexual Love Stories. This is a collection of my stories about first times: gay, bisexual, lesbian, and even heterosexual. They’re not necessarily about first time sex, but rather people finding new paths. The book includes a brand new story titled Kissing Cowboys. It’s a blazing hot gay time on the ranch as old hands show a greenhorn the ropes.

Hippie Hollow is coming in November. Naked gay and bi lust on Austin’s nude beach.

And in December, San Francisco Swingers. The adventures of . . . Well, the title says it all.

Happy reading.

Escape from serious

The Mountain Men saga gets a little lighter in Escape From The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 8). My protagonists Tom Prescott and Washington Jeffries escape from the homophobic queer white supremacists and hook up with a charismatic leader and his band of gay outlaws.

After Captives Of The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 7), I wanted to make Escape From The Mountain Men lighter while keeping a feeling of reality. The white supremacists are still a threat, but the emphasis is on sexual exploration.

Tom and Washington aren’t very sexually experienced, but they get a lot more experience, doing new things with new men.

And next month, it’s payback time for the queer Klansmen.

Happy reading.

Tiptoeing through a minefield.

Even though I’m keenly interested in history, politics, and social justice, I try to keep that out of my erotic writing. My readers get enough of that from other sources and I want to give you a break.

On the other hand, I want my stories to feel like they’re happening in the real world. White supremacists and racial tensions are real things.

In the first five books in the Mountain Men series, protagonist Tom Prescott is on a voyage of self-discovery. By the end of Farewell To The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 5) Tom has pretty well found himself.

With Return To The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 6), I wanted to shift to action-adventure. So, I had Tom captured by homophobic queer white supremacists. I wasn’t trying to be topical when I wrote the book in February, but . . .

Now, I’ve published Captives Of The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 7). In this book, the queer Klansmen drag Tom into their dungeon for a gay BDSM livestream to other white supremacists. I wrote this in March. If I was writing it today, I might have done it differently. Or maybe not, since this version is more compelling than my earlier ideas.

The white supremacists in Captives Of The Mountain Men are definitely bad guys and I’ve worked hard on making them unsympathetic. Still, this is a sex fantasy, so I’ve made them a lot less evil than their real life counterparts would be. I save the truly hard-boiled sex and violence for gay private investigator Jack Hammer. Jack Hammer – King’s Ransom is available now and I expect to be releasing Jack Hammer – Dick Diamond in 2021.  

Tom’s response to the sexual abuse in Captives Of The Mountain Men may seem weird, but unfortunately, it’s fairly common for rape victims to become aroused and even have orgasms. This is another big cause of guilt for rape survivors.

With that said, Captives Of The Mountain Men is a fun—and very sexual—action-adventure. And payback is coming for the queer Klansmen.

Happy reading.

I try not to be topical, but . . .

Sometimes, life catches up with you.

The Mountain Men series takes a sudden turn in Return To The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 6). Protagonist Tom Prescott is captured by white supremacists and kept as a sex slave, along with sexy black prisoner Washington Jeffries.

In order to publish a book a month, I write my books several months before they’re published. I wrote Return To The Mountain Men in February. Obviously, white supremacists and simmering racial tensions were a thing back then, but I didn’t expect the explosion of the past few days.

I try not to be topical or political in my writing, except for conveying the general message that self-awareness, individual liberty, and sexual liberation are good. Other than that, I’m trying to take readers away from our high-stress world.

I’m hoping the current troubles will push the United States closer to justice, but I’m not optimistic. At least in my fictional world, the white supremacists get it in the end, although that takes a few books.

Peace.

New look. New focus.

I hope you’ll take a moment to admire the new banner. It’s more beautiful work by Richer Designs and reflects the new direction I’m taking. I’m going to be concentrating on writing stories about gay men.

There are complicated reasons for that. One is that exclusively gay stories are more popular than bisexual stories. Making more money is nice, but my main motivation is entertaining people. The more books I sell, the more people I’m entertaining. I think entertaining people is important in super-stressful times like these.

I’m also just feeling like exploring exclusive gay male sexuality. I’ve written a lot about bisexuals, a group that’s misunderstood and frequently scorned by gays and straights alike, and I think it’s time to give it a rest.

All the technical problems with the website have set me behind in my writing and I’m still playing catch-up. I’m finishing the “Mountain Men” series (10 books total) and planning the next series.

With the website issues resolved, I’ll be able to spend more time on this blog. I have some entertaining thoughts for its future, and I hope you’ll be patient with me.

Adios, newsletter. Hello blog.

I’d like to thank everyone who’s subscribed to my newsletter. I really appreciate your interest and support.

Unfortunately, there aren’t enough engaged newsletter subscribers (those who actually open the email) to justify the work involved in putting the newsletter out.

Instead, I’m starting this blog. Everyone is bombarded with endless emails. I think a lot of people would rather read a blog entry at their convenience, rather than deal with another email message.

This blog will also let me branch out from news about my books and stories into whatever ramblings I feel are worth posting.

You’ll be seeing that in the future. Right now, I’m just concentrating on getting this blog up and running. As I mentioned in my final newsletter, I’ve had some serious technical issues with the website. Those are now resolved, although I’m still walking on eggs while working on the website, but all the problems set my writing schedule back.

So now, I’m really eager to get back to writing. I’ve got a lot more sexy stories, just waiting to be told.

Please leave a comment or email me at ken@kenjamesfiction.com.