Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Book Review: "The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space" by Christopher Zeischegg
The Wolves That Live in Skin and Space is troubling, haunting, a little bewildering, and immensely mesmerizing. I'm not quite sure what to make of it, but I can't stop thinking about it.
Danny Wylde is a fairly well-known adult film actor who also does some work on cam for those willing to pay him. As he puts it, "Porno lights the stove top. Camming provides the stuff to throw in the pot."
While he tries to discourage his most profitable cam client from falling in love with him, Danny is conflicted about his feelings for his friend and fellow porn performer, Sara. When another client encourages to meet him in real time, and promises to make it worth his while financially, the decision seems easy for Danny. But he has no idea that taking this step will lead him into the man's bizarre, disturbing fantasy world, and put Danny and others around him in grave danger.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. As Danny struggles with the need to make money and his on-again, off-again desire to make more porn movies, he starts falling in love for the first time, with a young man who has more than his own share of troubles, including a mother bent on destroying Danny. He's not sure what he wants out of his life, his career, or anything, and he doesn't even realize how little control he has over his own destiny.
Christopher Zeischegg, also known as adult film performer Danny Wylde, is a tremendously talented writer. He has created a story that gets under your skin, disturbs you as it draws you in, and leaves you wondering what happened, much as his characters feel throughout the book. This is dark, almost phantasmagorical at times, and incredibly graphic. It's definitely not a book for everyone, but for those who enjoy this type of book, it will definitely affect you.