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Praise for Jeff Mann’s A History of Barbed Wire

Winner of the 2006 Lambda Literary Award

for Excellence in Gay Erotica


A History of Barbed Wire is a collection of ten short stories that crackle with subcutaneous sexual energy and a novella that delves straight into dark obsession on its opening pages… [A] satisfying combination of both brain and brawn whose Southern drawl is so seductive that readers will find it hard to resist and even harder to put down.”

—Christian Wright, Velvet Mafia


“Jeff Mann’s stories are snapshots of dark desire caught at the blurry intersection of fantasy and reality. A heady combination of literary introspection and sweat-drenched lust, they celebrate the achingly beautiful power of domination and submission.”

—Michael Thomas Ford, author, Full Circle


“Many of these stories…are brutal, absolutely dripping with masculine power, raw with scent and ferociously wild, almost beyond the point of comfort, and yet they’re too compelling to turn away from.”

—Kathleen Bradean, Erotica Revealed


“Mann’s novella ‘The Quality of Mercy’ is the most affecting, and closes out the collection with 22 chapters of raw, unadulterated, masculine sexuality. Not for the soft-hearted.”

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