Here’s a short guide to the stories on the site to help you find what you might like and make sure that you don’t miss stuff that could appeal.
First a word about what I write and why. It tends to focus on the fetish, bondage and BDSM aspects of male-female relationships. That said, there are those that have said there’s not enough sex in my stories; those that have said there’s not enough S&M, or not enough violence (generally there’s less violence here than in mainstream TV programmes, I would say) and those that have said that there’s not enough of their particular interest. I plead guilty on all counts. I write for my own amusement. (if you’re really interested in why you can try reading about my writing Origins). I hope it brings amusement to others but what you get is what you get. While I am always happy to hear other folk’s views and ideas; sometimes I’ll take thoughts on board and other times I won’t.
My writing really started with a series of contributions to the message boards at Abductor.com (now sadly defunct) back in 2003 and for the most part they focus on kidnap and bondage although some wander off into more general forms of BDSM. The Abductor stories spawned the fictional slave dealing organisation “Freddie Clegg Enterprises” and a series of stories that featured it.
I started by writing tales of non-consensual activities and much of what I have written has that focus but, as ever, there are exceptions. My tales originally featured (almost) exclusively females in either submissive or damsel-in-distress roles, although a few also featured men that are put upon where needed for the purpose of furthering the plot.
More recently, I have found it difficult to revisit these areas in fiction. I’m writing less these days but what I have done concentrates on stories that explore the male submissive / female dominant world. You can find them here: Freddie’s Femdom Fables.
The Freddie Clegg Enterprises Stories.
The very first story that I posted, “Education, Education, Education“ takes a first person view from Freddie on the activities of the business although it’s not really named as such in the story. This was followed by “Marketing Mix” in which Freddie’s business looks more like the organisation that is Freddie Clegg Enterprises in the later stories and “Nautical But Nice” which follows some of the exploits of Ellie, Freddie’s right hand woman, in the Caribbean.
The full extent of Freddie’s business was explored in “Market Forces” (2006-7) which – at 190,000 words – is probably more of a novel than a story. This introduced a series of characters including Freddie’s marketing man, Larry, and his operations manager, Harry. It also introduced the Kushtians – Freddie’s customers from an area up in the Pakistan / Afghanistan borders – and some of their rather individual views on the role of women in society. It was posted over a long period and owes a lot to the suggestions of a host of readers that chipped in with thoughts as it went along. Folk such as Paul Gygi, NJ and Phil Lane (see below) all made a contribution.
There’s a guide to the relationship between these tales here (click for larger version):-
Characters from Market Forces turned up in some other tales. The way that Kushtian society treats its women was the background for “Anthropology” (2007), “Banking for Beginners“ (2009) and “Diplomatic Baggage” (2010) as well as the “Guide for Participants in the Kushtian Cultural Experience Programme” (2007).
Sarah (an abductee who ends up as a PA in Freddie’s operation in Market Forces) & “Basher” Snell from Market Forces featured in “Military Engagement“ (2007) and Daphne, a slave owner in “Market Forces”, was the trigger for another story, “The Greenwich Tales“.
This was the first of series of collaborations (still continuing to some extent) with Phil Lane. Phil had contacted me with some plot ideas during the posting of Market Forces and we found we shared a sense of humour and an appreciation of helpless girls and The Ipcress File. Then in October 2006 he suggested a plot line featuring Daphne which we jointly developed into “The Greenwich Tales” a tale of privation and redemption (I guess the stories Phil and I work on tend to have a bit more of a moral to them). We both enjoyed the process – and the result – and that led to a further collaboration,”Thesis” (2007-8).
“Thesis” was the first story in what is a continuing series about Jenny McKewan that blends consensual and non-consensual BDSM it was followed by two further stories; “Such Sweet Sorrow” (2010) and “Tales from a Far Country” (2011). Although published in series the two tales actually run more or less in parallel and were written that way. Originally “Such Sweet..” and “Tales from..” were one massive tale with the point of view switching back and forth between Jenny and Joe, her husband. In the end neither Phil nor I could keep track of what was happening and we realised that if we couldn’t then the readers had no chance! We split it in two, finished off “Such Sweet…” and then went back to complete “Tales from..” discovering, as we did, so that a fourth story was needed. Phil Lane took a progressively larger role in the writing of this series. “Tales from Far Country” is most properly described as authored by Phil Lane with Freddie Clegg. The fourth tale in this series, “Touchdown” was completed in 2014 and what looks like being the last story in the cycle – Sonnet 57 – was finished in 2017. You can find all these stories in the “With Phil Lane” folder.
Other tales of Freddie’s organisation in today’s world include “The Legacy of Priam” (2008), “Stiffkey Blues” (2008/9) and “National Trussed” (2012) which all feature a range of abduction and slave trading scenes and explore Freddie’s relationship with the business he finds himself in and with some of his customers.
Freddie has also turned up in various historical alter egos. In “Blue Plate Special” (2004) Freddie finds himself in London in 1897 in a more humorous tale, while “The Golden Age” (2004/5) explores what Freddie got up to during the 1930’s. Freddie’s dubious war record was explored in “You Must Remember This” (2007/8), a story that imagines a meeting between Freddie and some of the cast of Casablanca in Paris in 1940 and follows the consequences.
Back in the ’60’s, I was a big fan of Mandrake the Magician and Doctor Strange. These two stories (“Abracadbra“ and “Hocus Pocus”) are the closest I’ve got to the world of the comic book and there is a fair bit of humour in here especially in “Hocus Pocus” with its girl crime fighter and her problems with her secret identity. Gregg Gilstrom, the hero of these tales, isn’t really a Harry Potter figure. If you like your wizards that way, he’ll disappoint as I fear he is not in the least heroic and is soon debased by the powers he gains access to.
Peter Breughel Stories
When I write, sometimes I’m driven by an idea or a situation or a character than by a particular narrative line. “Art for Art’s Sake“ and “The Shock of the View“ (a play on the title of the late Robert Hughes’ splendid tour of the origins and development of modern art) were two stories that experimented with the idea of historical characters from the world of art coexisting in a story. Pieter Breughel is a Flemish artist from the 16th Century. (I thought the Low Countries deserved another after Poirrot). In these stories he and his side-kick Janine solve art crimes. These are probably my most surreal stories as the events are realistic but they feature artists from Leonardo Da Vinci to Tracey Emin.
Tales of the Veils
There is so much stuff out there on the world wide web that almost every interest and enthusiasm is catered for by a group, forum, blog, tumblr site or similar. I can’t remember how I found the Tales of the Veils site (or if they found me) but it was possibly on the back of my Kushtia stories where women are often veiled. Anyway I got interested in the idea of writing some stories using some of the scenarios and imaginary lands celebrated at the Tales of the Veils site and came up with the idea of Trisban a state with its own particular laws on the place of women and the way they should look. For these stories I created a short guide to the country and then wrote a series of stories about the arrival of a couple (Josh & Sharon) that are discovering Trisban as tax-exile ex-pats (“The Newcomers“, “Sharon’s Carnivali“), and two about the questionable practices of some of those in Trisban (“Trading Standards“ & “The Services of Mrs Henderson“).
The Steam Punk Tales
Wikipedia defines steam punk as a “sub-genre of sci-fi in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.” In my take on this I imagine that we are in a not-too-distant future with Victoria the Second on the British throne but without the benefits of mains electricity, radio or television and with one man, our un-named hero and narrator, who esteems the values of the first Victorian era and plies his trade as a consulting “adjustor” of women’s behaviour for those that have the need and the money. “The Adjustment of Nicola James” was the first of these. “The Wards of Harwell Tusker“ and “The Preparation of Helena Voutrakis” followed. All of them feature our hero’s training and behavioural adjustment methods but these stories are equally about the context of a world in which the mechanics of everyday life are rather different to the world we inhabit.
While quite a lot of my stories have jokes in (if you haven’t spotted them you aren’t trying hard enough or, alternatively, they aren’t very good) there are a few that are more fun that others. “The Goon Show“, “The Strange Ways of Sebastian Vetch“, “January 6th“, “Cartoon Capers“, and “A Christmas Fairytale” fall into this category.
Although most of my stories have some humour, some of them look at things from a darker viewpoint. Of course in reality none of this is funny and there are some very sick people out there (a fact that has led to me stopping writing more or less). “Paper Back Writer” looks at what happens when a creative writing student starts to investigate a series of assaults in the neighbourhood and “The Night Stalker” has a rather Gothic slant. The most unpleasant villains probably figure in “Numerology” (See Sci-Fi below).
Parody & Homage
I should say that I have no pretence to originality in my writing. Most of what I do is a pastiche of things I have read and enjoyed. Sometimes though I consciously pick on a particular text or idea and use that as the springboard for my stories. In the case of “Music / The Original Soundtrack” I used a whole series of lines from the lyrics of popular music as the driver of tale that spring from the talents of Jagger and Richards, though to Busted. “Blue Plate Special” is an unashamed homage to Caryl Brahms’ “Don’t Mr Disraeli”; “You Must Remember This“ harks back to “Casablanca”, and “January 6th” calls on Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. Assiduous readers may spot other parallels. They may be conscious or they may not.
This was what I read most of in my adolescence and I guess that I like to think that some of the style, if not the subject matter (or the skill) has rubbed off from folk like Asimov, Heinlein, Dick, Le Guinn and the rest. “Deep Space” is my tribute to this world with a 30,000 word tale that veers from War of the Worlds to Star Trek and Star Wars in its influences as it follows three Earth girls in their difficulties with the lobster like Gnarriot.
Also in a sci-fi genre, “Numerology” was originally developed for the Fembot Forum. I like its strangeness. The original version inspired some suggestions by one of my reader’s, Lady Vet. She added some material and edited the rest (I’m a poor reader of my own copy). The result was “Numerology 1.1” which has some darker aspects.
More recently I added a tale developed around characters inspired by the Davey’s Damsel Drawings blogspot. In Ceres Sexual Assault (2013) the heroine and her crew mates are confronted by a series of disagreeable situations.
By which I mean writing that involves bondage and the rest but without (or without much) criminal activity. There are only two stories that fall into this category. I should probably write more. “The Westhampton County Women’s Circle” follows half a dozen dissolute housewives with only a small bit of damsel distressing (which some readers have felt is out of place – if you agree, let me know, maybe I’ll go back and revisit it) and “Happily Married” looks at a modern marriage with a servant problem.
General All Round Damsel Distressing
My primary interest in all of these stories is the capture and enslavement of the damsels. It’s the continuing theme and constant presence. “The Moll” was in some ways a female ripost to “The Goon Show” and is a different slant on the problem, as is “Staying Out of The Papers“. Sometimes the damsel doesn’t actually feature, In “The Breakfast Meeting” there’s a lot of discussion about her fate but we never get to meet her. In “The Guest” I look at a story from two viewpoints the kidnapper and the damsel. This leans on the tone that John Fowles used in “The Collector” (which is where I get my nom-de-handcuffs from, by the way). “The Moll” looks at the life of a slaver from the viewpoint of his girlfriend when she finds out what he does for a living. Also in this category is another story developed for Davey’s Damsel Drawings, “Port of Call : Photo Call“