Friday, May 25, 2018

Bewitching Blitz The Red Queen by S. Nano

How ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inspired my erotic novel: Part 2

It wasn’t just the characters in Lewis Caroll’s classics ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ that I drew inspiration from when writing my own BDSM/fetish reinvention of them.

One of the reasons why the Alice stories provide such brilliant scope for a reimagining as a fetish wonderland is the way in which you can suspend and manipulate time and place.  They provide a vast canvas to work from in which the author is not constrained by time or a formal structure.  Does anybody bother to ask how long Alice was in Wonderland for?  No, of course not, because it’s irrelevant; the nature of the world is such that you suspend belief and, with that, any sense of an arc of time you have to conform to.  Similarly, my main character, Kim, can pass through this bizarre fetish world without the author or reader needing to be concerned about how long each of her encounters lasted or bothering about whether she gets any sleep!  The Alice books provide a framework where none of that matters.

The Alice books also create a fantasy logic-defying world where anything can happen.  This works perfectly for the world I wanted to create.  The character of the Red Queen can appear in different guises and costumes without having to conform to a sense of place, moving through her world making appearances in places where it should be physically impossible.  
Another literary device used in the Alice books is that of the story within a story. For example, there is the mouse’s tale or ‘tail’, there is the mock turtle’s story and then, of course, Tweedledum and Tweedledee relate the story of the Walrus and the Carpenter. 

There are many other places where a verse or piece of story is injected into the main narrative.  I like this as a literary device and love story cycles like the ‘Tales of the Arabian Nights’ where stories weave seamlessly in and out of one another. So, it seemed natural for me to introduce the idea into my book. 

This also helped me with a problem with the structure of the story, in particular resolving how I could work Kim’s back-story into the book.  This sub-theme of the book was important for explaining why Kim had been chosen to serve the Red Queen and, therefore, building a story around her past, which would make the book more than a simple description of a series of fetish/BDSM encounters. Kim’s past is related in a series of ‘stories within a story’ revealed by the black cat, one of the characters in the book, and finally by the Red Queen herself.  Within the context of the Red Queen’s fetish, fantasy, logic-defying world these stories, which actually had their origin in a completely different story cycle, worked perfectly to provide an explanation as to why Kim had been chosen by the Red Queen and brought into her world to serve her.  This was made possible because the structure of the original Alice books allows the absurd to be believable if you’re prepared to enter into the magic and strangeness of the story

Part 1 of ‘How Alice In Wonderland inspired my erotic novel’ is on the Beauty In Ruins blog page:

The Red Queen
Adventures in Fetishland
Book One
S. Nano

Genre: BDSM/Fetish/Fantasy

Publisher: eXcessica

Date of Publication: 18th May 2018

Word Count: 78,000

Cover Artist: Kevin Blisse

Tagline: A girl’s journey into submission in a BDSM/fetish fantasy world.

Book Description:

In this BDSM reinvention of Alice in Wonderland, Kim’s life takes an unexpected twist when she is taken from the massage parlour where she works into a fetish fantasy world ruled over by the Red Queen, a powerful dominatrix.

There, an intense psychological drama is played out between the two women as Kim enters a journey into submission.

The Red Queen assumes different characters who torment Kim in a series of trials ranging from the funny and strange to the sadistic and erotic. Kim is lured deeper into this world by hints the Red Queen knows something about her past.

Why has she been chosen to serve this powerful female? Why is the Red Queen so interested in her? When Kim finally finds out the truth, it is shocking and bizarre.


Wow, this book starts off hot and it doesn’t let up for a moment – Raunchy Reader

This is a powerful read, and one that demands you submit yourself to the power of the tale– Bending the Bookshelf

This book grabbed my attention from the first page and had me staying up late in the night to read more…Uber hot book. Whew!! – Erzabet Enchantments

O.M.G!! This book is kinky and hot.  – Books, Books and More Books


The metal tips of her stiletto shoes clicked against the black-and-white chequer-board floor tiles; each step instinctively, without thought or effort, alternating between black and white. As she made her stately progress across the tiled floor, she mused on the aptness of the symbolism that reflected the extremities of the world she inhabited and held sway over: darkness and light, cruelty and kindness, pain and pleasure, humiliation and reward. She commanded over her domain like a chess master playing a twisted and beautifully imagined chess game in which she, the Red Queen with a black heart, orchestrated proceedings and her slaves were pawns. She stood before her gothic mirror and admired her image reflected within its black cast-iron frame. The Queen of Hearts was ready.
“How do I look Duchess?” she asked, turning to her transvestite companion and lady-in-waiting.
“I’m speechless, madam, really I am. You look absolutely stunning, a true fetish red queen,” she answered.
She examined her image in the mirror carefully appraising every detail of her dress and make-up to ensure it met her exacting standards. She held her body upright and smoothed the shiny metallic red PVC panel of the ankle-length skirt, straightened her ruby encrusted tiara and made a final adjustment to the black heart-shaped choker around her neck. Yes, she thought, she looked perfect. 
She turned and stepped off the black-and-white floor tiles taking a few steps to face one of the male slaves who served in her realm. His wrists were secured with leather cuffs, which had a rope attached to them and threaded through a metal ring fixed into the ceiling pulled tight so that his arms were stretched out. His ankles were similarly bound in leather cuffs and secured to rings set in the floor, his legs stretched just wide enough to cause discomfort but for the soles of his feet to lie flat on the black carpeted floor.
Hanging from him his balls was a large cast-iron ball weight forged into the letter ‘N’. ‘N’ for Nemesis, the Queen of Hearts smiled to herself, the name taken from the Greek goddess of fate and retribution and one of the personas she adopted in the fetish fantasy realm she had created and ruled over. She lifted the weight up and traced her finger along the letter and then let it drop heavily. The blindfolded man gasped as the velocity of the falling weight stretched his balls. The Red Queen merely laughed sadistically at his predicament. She gestured to the Duchess who, silently and secretly, stood behind her helpless victim and lifted the blindfold from his eyes to reveal the vision of his mistress transformed into the Queen of Hearts.
The cruel piercing blue eyes, framed in ruby streaked ebony hair, met her victim’s as the blindfold was removed permitting him to feast his eyes on her. He gasped and then moaned in homage at the formidable and ravishing presence before him. She stood there, her heaving cleavage held tight in a shiny electric red PVC bodice festooned with black hearts and framed with a ruff in gold. This is the part I love, she mused. The look in their eyes when she reveals herself; that look of mesmerised devotion mixed with fear, fear of the unknown, fear of the seductive torment they know she is capable of inflicting on them. 
“So, are you ready to submit to the Queen of Hearts?” her voice whispered with more than a hint of playfulness mingled with the malice.
“Yes mistress,” was the breathless reply.
“Mistress?” the inflection of her voice was raised and indignant, “Do you think that’s the correct form of address for the Red Queen?”
“No your majesty. I mean your majesty. Of course, I mean your majesty.”

About the Author:

S. Nano is a writer of erotic stories with dark and exotic content in fantasy or historical settings drawing on the themes of female domination, BDSM and fetish but often with a seam of quirky humour running through them.

Adventures in Fetishland Book One: The Red Queen is the 2nd edition of his first full length novel. ‘Mistress of the Air’, a comic, Steampunk, erotic adventure and ‘La Contessa’ a BDSM novel set in 18th century Venice have also been published by eXcessica. His novellas and short stories have been published by Xcite Books, House of Erotica, Forbidden Fiction, Coming Together and Greenwoman Publishing.

He is a regular participant in reading slams at ‘Smut by the Sea’ and similar events in the UK, contributing a workshop ‘Kinking Up the Past’, on getting inspiration for erotic stories in historical settings, in 2015.

He has been known to dress up as a Fetish Hatter to promote his work.