As a writer, the forces of nature are often a powerful tool. Fires, floods, storms, volcanoes—all these things can be used to great effect in order to up the stakes and build tension.
Today, Sydney woke up to what looked like the end of the world! From about 5:30am an eerie red glow consumed the city as a monster dust storm blew in from the west. Apparently it's going to stay this way all day - it's very surreal. I think I'll be writing a dust storm into one of my books!
Things are about to get steamy between the sheets as I join Violet Blue, Stephen Elliott, Carol Queen and Rachel Kramer Bussel at the Supperclub in San Francisco for "Readings in Bed", a night of erotic readings presented by Cleis Press as part of Litquake X. Don't miss out—you're in for some sizzling, sexy fun!
Dare I say it, but director Kenneth Branagh made one of the coolest casting decisions in Hollywood history when he got Chris Hemsworth to sign on the dotted line to play Norse God and Superhero THOR, due for release in 2011.
Chris can swing that mighty hammer wherever he wants as far as I'm concerned!
To say I'm a fan of pop culture and popcorn cinema is probably an understatement. I grew up going to the movies in a small town—well, several small towns actually—in Australia. Movies were my friend, and being a kid in the 70s and early 80s was awesome. There was so much freedom and fun to be had for a kid with a bike in a flat, dusty, country town small enough to ride from one end to the other and stop off at a matinee on the way.
I learned a lot about storytelling in those years: what worked, what didn't, and what made my heart beat faster. And rollercoaster action scenes with hunky heroes and a badass over-the-top villain always made me feel like I was alive. After all, I was a kid growing up gay, watching these hot, heroic hunks with huge biceps save the day—why wouldn't it put a smile on my face! For me those heroes of the 70s and early 80s—their look, their traits, their flaws and their ability to always get out of a tight scrape—became the inspiration for the gay heroes in my novels. Gay heroes who, I thought, were long overdue!
And who was hotter than Sam Jones in the 1980 fantasy sci-fi FLASH GORDON? Blond and bulging in all the right places, both camp and courageous, Jones' incarnation of the football-star-turned-galactic-crusader pretty much turned me gay on the spot! Hell, he even had his own action figure!
As an author I listen to a lot of music not only when I write, but also when I'm thinking about writing, blocking scenes in my brain, concocting themes and characters and plot twists. While I'm head down at the computer I normally listen to film scores (I have a HUGE collection) to movies like ANGELS & DEMONS or QUANTUM OF SOLACE or anything by John Williams or Hans Zimmer. But when I'm driving the car or taking a shower and thinking about what to write next, I tend to listen to songs that hold the key to something in my head that I'm yet to unlock, some dark door in the back of my brain that needs to be opened to release whatever's behind it.
Given the Bond-esque nature of my books, it's no surprise that I watch a lot of 007 movies. But when Chris Cornell's theme song to CASINO ROYALE was released, well, I knew we were in for something special. Masculine, no-nonsense, full of power and sexy as all hell, "You Know My Name" became something of an anthem for THE CROSS OF SINS. If you've read the book, the clues are all there!
Well finally I've kickstarted my blog, a hub of news, reviews, ramblings and raunchy stuff and more importantly a home for all things Fathom's Five! I've often been told I'm a visual writer—I am indeed a very visual person—and like most people I like to picture my characters in my head when I write and read a story. I'd like to say I have a definitive person in my mind for each of the characters I create, but the fact is my heroes more often than not turn out to be a sizzling mixing pot of lots of different hunks I see in movies, on the net, or in magazines. These men are something of a muse to me. And so it seemed entirely appropriate that I start up a Muse of the Day section on my blog. Consider a thankyou to all the beautiful men out there, the type of guy who has adventure written all over his gorgeous body!
It also seemed entirely appropriate that I start with model Lance LaMar, the hunk who has graced the cover of my second Fathom's Five adventure—THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS. This photo was taken by Travis Wickline for MegaMuscle.com—nice work!
Blackmailed by Jake's nemesis - the vengeful Pierre Perron - Professor Fathom's team of gay adventure-hunters is sent on a seemingly impossible mission to uncover the legendary Riddle of the Sands in order to save one of their own from a rare and deadly poison.
But what is the Riddle of the Sands? Where are the long-lost clues and hidden maps that lead to its whereabouts? Is it a myth, a mirage, or the greatest engineering feat in the history of ancient Egypt?
From the icy plains of Siberia to the shadowy bathhouses of Cairo, from the scorching valley of the Nile to the heart of the Amazon jungle, join New York adventurer Jake Stone, Brazilian biologist Eden Santiago, Texas cowboy Shane Houston, Italian art expert Luca da Roma, and Californian college quarterback Will Hunter in the heroic adventures, hunky sex and hot, high-octane action of The Riddle of the Sands.
Somewhere in the world is a statue so sinful that a secret sect of the Church wants it destroyed at any cost. Somewhere in the Turkish desert, in the streets of London, and in the depths of Venice, are the clues to find it. And, somewhere in the hearts of five sexy, daring, thrill-seeking gay men, is the courage and die-hard determination to unravel one of the greatest mysteries of all time.
Meet Luca da Roma, an Italian model and expert in art, both ancient and modern; Dr Eden Santiago, Brazilian biologist, physician and genetic engineer; Shane Houston, a Texas cowboy and an expert in cartography; Will Hunter, a San Diego college student and football star, majoring in ancient history; and Jake Stone, an adventurer-for-hire from New York and the newest member of Professor Fathom's team of hot gay adventure seekers.
Together, they are Fathom's Five, traveling the world, solving ancient mysteries, uncovering priceless treasures, and getting into hot, sticky and sexy situations, while thwarting danger at every turn! From Venice to Vienna, from Tuscany to Turkey, from the South Pacific to the seas off Sicily, join in the heroic adventures, hunky sex and hot, high-octane action of Fathom's Five.
DRIVE SHAFT 2: BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE - OUT NOW
Buckle up as Jensen and Hutch race for their lives!
THE CURSE OF THE DRAGON - OUT NOW!
Treasures, Traps, Muscles and Maps! The boys are back—but this time it's personal!
THE SEVENTH WAVE - OUT NOW!
The second installment in THE PEARL Trilogy
DRIVE SHAFT - OUT NOW!
The Fast and the Furious meets hot and horny gay action!
THE PEARL - OUT NOW!
A tender coming-of-age gay romance set in Australia's dangerous and beautiful Top End
Praise for FATHOM'S FIVE
"Muscles, maps, tombs and traps... filled with fun characters, cinematic adventure, wicked villains, clever twists, deadly turns and cliffhangers galore... I can't remember the last time I had this much fun!"
"It's Gay Raiders of the Lost DaVinci Code... I loved it...!"
"Rollercoaster adventure full of steamy sex, heart-stopping action sequences, and the best part is the story! It reads like a bestseller, only the leading men are gay and out for action..."
"Filled with gorgeous men and lightning-paced action..."
"Remarkable... In the first three pages of RIDDLE I actually I knew this is something else, it reads like Davinci Code, believable, with integrity, something I can imagine on the big screen..."
"Prepare yourself, because you are about to be taken on a non-stop, no-holds-barred adventure that will keep you balanced on the very edge of your seat..."
"Gay novels just went to a whole new level..."
"Imagine The DaVinci Code meets James Bond meets Indiana Jones meets Charlie's Angels...sweeping the reader on a whirlwind journey across three continents and countless clever edge-of-your-seat escapes..."
"The Fathom's Five novels open with a bang and don't stop..."
"This is great adventure...fast-paced, erotic, exicting..."
"After finishing THE CROSS OF SINS I didn't see how it would be possible for Geoffrey Knight to rachet up not only the tension and action, but to add another steamy and crazy-fun layer... Not only did he do it again with THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS, he totally blew the series out of the water...!"
"A thrill-ride from start to finish..."
"Erotic gay action with real plot...!"
"The story sizzles with fun, sex and adventure. I could not put it down..."
"I have said several times that good erotica is very difficult to write and it is rare to read it. Geoffrey Knight writes good erotica and he titillates..."
"The plot is totally believable, the characters are well-developed and the sex is very hot..."
"This is gay action at it's best...!"
"Eat your heart out, 007, we've finally got not just one, but five hot gay heroes of our own! And these boys get their men in more ways than one...!"
"Bring on the next Fathom's Five adventure right now please!"
THE CROSS OF SINS - OUT NOW!
Hot hunks and non-stop action! Join Fathom's Five on their first adventure in search of the Cross of Sins!
From palace-hopping across the Rajasthan Desert to sleeping in train stations in Bulgaria, from spinning prayer-wheels in Kathmandu to exploring the skull-gated graveyards of the indigenous Balinese tribes, Geoffrey Knight has been a traveler ever since he could scrape together enough money to buy a plane ticket. Born in Melbourne but raised and educated in countless cities and towns across Australia, Geoffrey was a nomadic boy who grew into a nomadic gay writer. Fathom's Five is the result of watching too many matinee movies in small town cinemas as a child, reading too many Hardy Boys novels and wandering penniless across too many borders in his early adult life. He currently works in advertising and lives in Paddington, Sydney, and can't wait to buy his next plane ticket.
Professor Fathom is a man with a dream: a dream that all gay men and women will one day share the same rights and respect as everyone else. It's a dream realized through his quest to obtain ancient treasures, right age-old wrongs, and uncover the truth behind some of the most dangerous mysteries of all time.
Now in his sixties—and rendered blind by an accident almost 40 years ago—the fate of Professor Fathom's quest lies in the hands of five daring gay thrill-seekers: Luca da Roma, an Italian model and art expert; Eden Santiago, a Brazilian biologist; Shane Houston, a Texas cowboy; Will Hunter, college quarterback and ancient history major; and hunky New Yorker Jake Stone, adventurer-for-hire.
Steered by Professor Fathom's wisdom and driven by his passion to uncover the deadliest of secrets, Fathom's Five—as they have become known—will stop at nothing to solve these ancient mysteries, unearth vital treasures, follow the clues and bring justice to the world!
Who is Jake Stone?
Although born and bred in New York, the world is now Jake Stone's playground of mystery and trouble!
At 28 years of age, Jake has scoured the planet uncovering ancient relics and rare artefacts, hired by merciless millionaires to build their own personal collection, expanding the wealth of their priceless belongings. But now, under the guidance and wisdom of Professor Fathom, Jake is about to understand the true value of belonging.
With a furrowed brow of bravery, a glint of glory in his piercing blue eyes and one determined hand clawing at his spikey black hair, Jake Stone is about to plunge headlong into action and adventure—and if Professor Fathom has anything to do with it, he'll be the latest addition to Fathom's Five!
Who is Dr Eden Santiago?
Born and raised in the slums of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 27-year-old Eden Santiago rejected a life of crime and corruption on the streets to put himself through college, becoming a doctor in not only biology, but also genetics. His studies also make him an expert in botany and toxicology.
Sensible and sexy, grounded and gorgeous, Eden has proven himself time and time again as Professor Fathom's right-hand man. Professor Fathom entrusts Eden to keep the team together; he has often considered Eden a younger version of himself—calm, collected, clever and calculated in his approach to their missions. Yet Eden possesses a compassion that may one day be his downfall.
With his shimmering brown skin, his heart-melting Latino tongue, his trim shaved head and his perfect body, Dr Eden Santiago is the cornerstone of Professor Fathom's team.
Who is Shane Houston?
His short-cropped blonde hair peeks out from under his cowboy hat, his mouth is always twirled in a cheeky grin, and his manners are impeccable: Shane Houston is the essential Texas gentlemen and animal lover... with a bad boy's love of action!
At 25 years of age, Shane is a renowned cartographer with a sense of space and distance considered uncanny by many... but handy to the Fathom's Five team. After leaving his family ranch (and his beloved mother, Gertrude) at the age of 18, Shane moved from one ranch-hand's job to another until Professor Fathom caught wind of his unparallelled cartography skills.
With a heart as big as Texas—and a sense of fun and adventure to match—Shane Houston is Fathom's Five's untamed cowboy with compassion! It's time to hold on tight for a wild, wild ride!
Who is Luca da Roma?
Twenty-six years ago, a baby boy was left in a basket on the doorstep of the convent of Santa Maria del Mare in Tuscany. There was a note pinned to the baby’s blanket explaining that he had no name and was a bastard child, born in the ghettoes of Rome. Around his neck was a small crucifix on a silver chain. No markings. No engraving. No clue as to who this child could be.
When the kindly Sister Eva discovered the baby on the doorstep, the morning sun was shining on the child's face. She took him in, and the three nuns living at the convent named him Luca da Roma—the Light of Rome.
Over the years, Luca proved himself a good boy and a good student. As he grew older, he became interested in history and art, until the day finally came when he left the convent and headed for Rome.
In the years that followed, he questioned his sexuality as many times as he questioned his faith. He was a handsome young man and made enough money to live, modeling for the struggling artists of Rome. There were times he did more than model and made more money. Then one day—seeing his knowledge of history, his love of art and his passion for men and for what was right—Professor Fathom took Luca under his wing.
Now, with his tussled brown hair, his catwalk looks and his timelessly beautiful Italian Renaissance body, Luca da Roma is himself a work of art... and one of the greatest assets in Professor Fathom's team.
Who is Will Hunter?
College is a bore... unless it helps 19-year-old Will Hunter solve some of the deadliest secrets in Archeological History. When he's not on the field earning his stripes as a College Quarterback, Will is being tutored by his hunky Ancient History Professor, Nathan James. And what he learns behind the closed doors of Professor James's office - with his pants down and his legs spread - Will puts into practice, solving deadly mysteries and finding the clues to ancient relics lost or hidden for thousands of years.
Always ready for action, the blonde tussle-haired student is the son of a wealthy diplomat—Charles Hunter—who has left Will to grow up under the guidance of his loyal butler: the prim and proper and much-loved Felix Fraser.
Born with a need for speed (on his hot Ducati motorcycle) and undeniably the bad boy of this sexy bunch, Will Hunter is without a doubt the wild child of Fathom's Five!