I am so excited to share that CHUMA SPIRIT eBooks is about to release Taylor Siluwé's short story collection entitled Dancing With The Devil on February 26th. Taylor is an exceptional writer, who deflty uses erotica to craft a meaningful message around homophobia, religion, loneliness, and love. This is certainly a book to be lauded. Let's all support Taylor . . . especially after he stayed up all night into this morning creating his YouTube promotional video for his book.
Below is the synopsis:
The phrase ‘Dancing with the Devil’ evokes images of fiery rituals where witches and demons cavort under the cold moonlight. But that’s science fiction. That’s the sort of craziness that led to innocent people being burned at the stake. In real life however, the expression does mean cavorting with dark forces -- just ones inside our own heads.
Centered around a single protagonist, from Breeding Season where we spy a high school crush gone wild, through Beneath Paradise where sex and salvation’s all-out war leaves a young friendship on the battlefield, to the cautionary tales Pretty Young Gangsters, Dancing With The Devil and When Romeo Wakes, each of which peep into the darkest part of obsession’s needy heart.
This collection of stories deals with those sometimes sexy, sometimes darkly disturbing moments when our inner Devils come out and dance.
In blessed moments, one reads a book that is far more than a mere literary work. It is a spiritual experience of powerful prose. It is a musical journey within a word song. I have just been blessed to read such a magical book entitled: "The Affectation: Overcoming Shame and Removing The Mask."
Chuma Whahid Rasul (née Christopher Hicks) has penned a literary masterpiece that features an artistic gumbo of poems, prose, screenplays, and memoirs which breathe the passions and pains of his life as a homosexual. Typically, gay bashing churches and their demonic religions taught Chuma to hate himself. Admirably, Chuma taught himself to defy that holy ignorance with self love.
There is no greater salvation than the love of oneself. God is love. God lives within us all. Finding that inner God is the ultimate redemption and salvation for all rebel souls.
Chuma has the unique ability to take us inside his pain. This book is intense and inspirational. His life story is hypnotic and haunting. As he poetically spins his tale, we all reel with the familiar vertigos of condemnations, rejections, confusions, heartaches, rapes, degradations, soul murders, fears, and dejections, that every gay person knows as intimately as we know the warmth of our very own breaths.
Chuma’s life is filled with joy and pain, defeat and triumph, pride and shame, and rapture and resilience. His searing prose is amazing. And, he makes us feel the fire of every emotion that his torch songs evoke.
When Chuma writes about his loves, we are also intoxicated. When he documents rabid religious hatred, we all shout his pain. When he laments sorrow, we all share his tears. When he describes his loneliness, we all experience the void. When he celebrates his triumphant survival and defiant self-love, we rejoice in his salvation.
I revere consummate writers. They use truths as time machines. They evoke movies in our minds. This book reads like a timeless screenplay. Chuma’s life has been a vivid and divine journey that he has creatively tailored to spark our imaginations and touch our hearts.
I adore this book. Anyone who has a heart will love it too. Read this book today. See it at: www.ChumaSpirit.com
Alicia Banks is a Scholar, Educator, Public Intellectual, Radio Producer, Talk Show Host, DJ, Columnist, Singer. You can read her blog here.
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them." -- George Bernard Shaw
Dancing With The Devil
by Taylor Siluwé
SHORT STORY FICTION / EROTICA TO PREVIEW, CLICK ON THE IMAGE AND/OR PURCHASE FOR $11.99
More Than Mortar and Stone: The Meandering Mental Path of a Brokenhearted Woman
by Fisiwe MEMOIRS AND POEMSTO PREVIEW, CLICK ON THE IMAGE AND/OR PURCHASE FOR $6.99
My Ancestors Traveled Them Home
by Chuma MEMOIRS AND POEMSTO PREVIEW, CLICK ON THE IMAGE AND/OR PURCHASE FOR $5.99
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