|Note: These three stories appeared in the infamous 'Black Cover'
zine, published in 1990. The reaction was likely what the author
expected - and the reason for the use of a pseudonym and anonymous contact information. |
editor is satisfied that M. Louis wanted these stories made public and
disagrees with the general vilification of them - including by some
readers who admit to not finishing them! Would the reaction have been
the same had the author written under their own name, or been someone
of note, like Stephen King or Ann Rice (both of whom have written
similarly disturbing stories)? We'll never know.
These stories did have errors, as some critics have charged, likely because no editor in this fandom could have been entrusted
with them. However, they have been retyped and the errors -
which were minor - corrected. What IS
important is that these are incredibly unusual, sometimes disturbing,
sexually explicit - but ultimately triumphant - stories. They
were well-written by an author at the top of their form.
was M. Louis? They knew this fandom, obviously anticipated the likely reaction -
yet went ahead anyway. These stories were something they needed to
write and publish. It
took incredible courage to venture into this dark region. Perhaps now, 28 years later, these stories will be
accepted more readily. Perhaps we are more forgiving, more tolerant. We
can hope so.
These are the only three stories written by M. Louis. They deserve an audience which truly accepts that there IS no limit to love - for they WERE written with love. They could have been written no other way.