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Fryderyka Lorelei Szymczyk (Lorel Simon)
Jean Beauxreves Kotchio is a pen name. My parents, a German-Polish couple from Września, a Polish town halfway between Berlin and Warsaw, immigrated to the United States. As my real name is unpronounceable by most Americans, I used Lorel Simon in my high school yearbook (Szymczyk means Simon in Polish). Known to my college chums as ‘Frisbee’—I love sports: skiing, swimming, dancing, motorcycling—I majored in languages and psychology, with a minor in film, and I completed my MA and a PhD in philology.
About the "Eroticon": I’ve always loved fairy tales. Pursuing my philological interests, I spent several years collecting and editing the one hundred tales of lust and love. I offer them as a salute to the one hundred novellas of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, first published in 1353.
Several years ago, my interest in psychology and women’s studies drew me to a research project in a harem in the Middle East. To sustain my research, I necessarily danced and performed other personal services for the king and his associates. I enjoyed doing that, so I make no apologies (though I am known to my Polish girlfriends, affectionately I believe, as ‘Dziwka’.) In any case, I was among so many other concubines and dancing girls that I had ample leisure time to devote to preparing the Eroticon. Like Scheherazade of Richard Burton’s The Nights, which relates the stories told by the slave girl to Persian King Shahryar for one thousand and one nights, I enjoyed telling stories from the Eroticon to the current king.
Though I’ve continued as a writer, I thought it would be useful to have a second doctorate based on what I had learned in my harem research and on a subsequent tour of establishments of female sexual slavery in Europe. I’m still working on that, but in the meantime I offer "Six Weeks" to record my experiences as a sex slave. I am now happily married and live in Paris, France. ■