18++ The events in Pompeii converged and lead to its ultimate, inevitable destruction. Only Lucia can help the city and save lives. In a ceremony requiring possession by a god, murder, and necromancy, Lucia discovers what is going to happen. But not everyone manages to get away.
Published: April 1st, 2015
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Lucia, the daughter of the richest family in Pompeii, disappears one night. The mystery goes unsolved and life moves on. The lives of Pompeii's citizens intertwine: Ibis, a prostitute running the whorehouse owned by the Aedile, a city official, gets murdered by his wife Lucy. Lucy falls in love with Narcissus, the most treasured gladiator in Pompeii. The Aedile's daughter, Julia, marries Rust, the man suspected to have murdered Lucia. Maro, Lucia's slave, holds the families together and eventually discovers Lucia when she reappears in Pompeii twenty years later, and as a witch.
The events in Pompeii converged and lead to its ultimate, inevitable destruction. Only Lucia can help the city and save lives. In a ceremony requiring possession by a god, murder, and necromancy, Lucia discovers what is going to happen. But not everyone manages to get away.
Dying in Pleasure brings to life the long dead city of Pompeii, showing its citizens as vibrant, eccentric pleasure seekers. History, pain, violence and ritual blend in a pansexual orgy that is both exciting and extreme from beginning to end.
Erotic Art in Pompeii
After the destruction of Pompeii in 79AD, it wasn't until the eighteenth century that major excavations of the town occurred. What archaeologists found was shocking: numerous houses in Pompeii had large erotic frescoes depicting couples having intercourse in various positions. There were paintings of Priapus (the god of sex and fertility), Bacchus with lusty nymphs and a particularly moving statue of Pan copulating with a goat. In 1819, King Francis I of Naples found the art works so immoral, he had them locked away in a private room in the Naples museum. There they stayed, until the late twentieth century when museum officials finally allowed archaeologists and historians access.
These are only a fraction of the treasures found in Pompeii. These are the works that inspired the characters and relationships in Dying in Pleasure. (see the frescos in the excerpt or on author's Pinterest page)
About the author:
Lady Ristretto spent the beginning of her career writing under her real name and as a playwright. She has a BA in English from UCLA and an MFA in playwriting from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her plays were produced in Illinois and Texas, and her most popular work, Wonderland in Alice: The Uncertainty Principle was produced in New York off off off Broadway.
Her first book, Dying in Pleasure, had been a full length play that was rejected as her thesis play: the professors on her committee felt it was too misogynistic and violent for undergraduates to stage. Always stubborn and obsessed, Lady Ristretto spent years rewriting the play into a novel and has recently published it as an ebook on Amazon and Nook. Lady has recently become obsessed with cricket and deeply wishes America would form a formidable team which is worthy to compete in the World Cup.
|A victim from the city of Pompeii of the 79 A.D. Mt. Vesuvius eruption|