I know I've already posted Matt Alber's song "End of the World" before, but because he's going to be my future husband despite the fact that he's yet to accept my friend request on Facebook, (that's okay, I know he's busy) I thought I'd share this awesome trio of clips with you. The first—Willem and Jacob's same-sex ballroom dance on "So You Think You Can Dance"—is awe-inspiring enough. But then to follow it up with Matt posting a personal message to the boys on YouTube telling them they're his heroes, well that just melts my fucking heart! And then, to remind you all of how beautiful Matt's song and video are, I've capped it off with "End of the World". Enjoy!
Because I love old movie posters (doesn't everyone!) I thought I'd start a new segment. And who better to kick it off than the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. These are my Top 5 Hitchcock classics!
These days if you wanted to write a song about technology formats murdering each other, it'd be a massacre. DVD, Blu Ray, cable, downloads, youTube, 3-D, blogging... (well, bogging's ok)... there's so much competition when it comes to entertainment that the killing spree is happening on a daily, if not hourly basis. But back in the early 80s, it was a simple case of video vs radio. Queen covered the potential demise of radio in "Radio Ga-Ga" as did the Buggles is this ceaselessly catchy classic. The irony of course is that radio will probably long outlive video—have you seen TERMINATOR SALVATION? How else are the survivors of the apocalypse going to communicate? But enough about the end of the world. I just love the space lady in this clip. I think she knocks her boob as she's being sucked up the space tube. Does that make it a boob tube?
Make a date with the Darcy Boys because today I found out that those hunky, heroic, not-so-bright sexy sleuths are back for more action—in more ways than one!
After successfully solving the Case of the Secret Skulls, the boys will return in THE DARCY BOYS AND THE CASE OF THE HE-BOT HUNKS by A.J. Ryan (mmmm... I wonder who that might be).
In their newest, most thrilling case yet (well, it is only their second case), Tommy and Dash Darcy find themselves cock-deep in college-boy, apple-pie-handsome Abercumbie & Felch models who don't seem quite normal. How can these all-American lads be so darn beautiful...or have the boys found themselves in the midst of yet another sexy, saucy, silly, sizzling mystery?
If you haven't yet had the chance to meet the Darcy Boys in their first mini-mystery, THE DARCY BOYS AND THE CASE OF THE SECRET SKULLS—filled with murder, conspiracy and polyester-filled mystery—then check out the link in the right-hand sidebar. (Oh yeah, it's the one somewhere under the link to HARM'S WAY by Sam Cross. Mmmm... I wonder who that might be as well!)
Anyway, I'm thrilled that the Darcy Boys are returning because I love them to bits! So enjoy!
This is one of—if not THE—scene in a movie that made me want to be a storyteller! And I think that's what I am more than being a writer. A lot of people tell me that when they read my books they feel like they're watching a movie. And I want to thank them, because that's exactly what I always set out to do, merge movie-making and novel-writing into something that simply becomes storytelling. I doubt I'll ever win any literary awards with that as my goal, but that's okay, my reward is anyone and everyone out there who enjoys my stories.
But back to "Oh my God..." This is what Marion Ravenwood utters in the plane/explosion scene in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (which for the record is my favorite movie of all time) after she's locked inside the gun turret then not only shoots the cap off a nearby fuel tank but also blows up a truck which would have been a good idea...if not for the fact that it's about to ignite the trail of gasoline that's headed straight for the plane in which she's locked.
And this is the crux of it... layer upon layer of things going wrong for our heroes. Indy's fighting a mountain of a man on the airstrip, Marion's locked in the gun turret, the gas is spilling toward the plane, the fire has been ignited, and the two believe the treasured Ark is onboard the plane. And then there's Marion's "Oh my God..." when she realizes what she's done. Not screamed, not panicked—it's a sinking realization that there may be no escape. But the real beauty of Spielberg's direction is that he follows this immediately with Indy realizing the same thing at the same time, who in turn utters "Marion", knowing she's trapped. It doesn't get any worse for our hero and heroine, and it doesn't get any better in terms of storytelling!
God bless Cole Porter! While I'm on a Cole-roll, I thought I'd post this oh-so-cute little love song that is the epitome of Porter's style: a classic, catchy melody with lyrics that can be read two ways, innocent yet hinting at Cole's not-so-innocent desires. Take it either way, because that's the beauty of Cole Porter's songs—they are what you want them to be. For me, well lyrics like "Baby if I'm the bottom you're the top," say it all. But although he was clever, Cole was never sly or patronising, and his tunes (and the performances that went with them, like this one) go down as the best showtunes in history. Over to you, Mr Grant and Ms Simms!
The search is on to find out who is everyone's favorite Fathom's Five hunk! Is it New York adventurer Jake Stone, Brazilian biologist Eden Santiago, Texas cowboy Shane Houston, Italian art expert Luca da Roma or Californian college quarterback Will Hunter?
It's like Idol without the songs, Survivor without the disgusting food challenges, or Big Brother without the morons! Whose physique will reign supreme? Only you can decide. Right now it's neck-and-neck between Will and Shane, with Jake a close third, Eden an even closer fourth and Luca bringing up the rear—as he does so well ;-)
Don't miss your chance to vote now! Check out the poll in the right-hand sidebar and choose your ideal hunk today!
I LOVE this picture for obvious reasons...but then the writer/detective in me takes over and I start to dissect and analyze everything in sight and piece together the story of a stranger. For example: the washing basket on the floor to the left suggests that this hunky young man may still live at home, an argument that is strengthened by the family photo on the television and the Sesame Street balloons behind him (that's not something you sneak into a dorm room!) His muscle worship is more than evident—there's a jar of protein powder at the end of the bed, an Arnold Schwarzenegger poster on the wall and a book by Arnie on the shelf under the TV, and the 300 poster on the wall could be there for inspiration... or perhaps arousement even... because the pink shaft-like device on the end of the bed has me intrigued, as does the slip of something small and pink in the washing basket. But the most pressing question is: in a room this messy, how does this hunk find the space to fuck anyone!?!
There are SO many reasons why I'm dying to see this movie, but the two biggest drawcards would have to be the quality cast and the fact that despite how messy and smelly they might be, there is something innately SEXY about werewolves. There's a brutal masculinity about them, a raw animal attraction that simply cannot be denied! I'd never want to run into one in a dark alley, but a dark cinema...? Bring it on!
It's been a while since I posted a Regina Spektor song. This is "Us" which is from one of her older albums but was recently included on the soundtrack of the movie (500) DAYS OF SUMMER. It deserves the new attention—it's a beautiful song, upbeat yet poignant, a tough combo to crack!
I find the world a fascinating place—sometimes disturbing, a lot of times fun, but always fascinating! And I'd be lying if I said I didn't find the "guys with iPhones" phenomenon all of the above: disturbing, fun and fascinating!
The need to be seen these days never fails to astound me, which I guess is no surprise given our obsession with social networking. We've turned into a planet of profile-updaters, and as a result our voyeuristic and exhibitionistic natures have exploded onto computer screens all over the world.
Give a guy a phone and a bathroom mirror and I'll give you thousands of blogs dedicated to young men taking snaps of themselves—in various states of undress—and posting them on social sites for all the world to see. Is it pride or vanity? Is it because we're comfortable with our bodies and don't care, or are we trying to compete for physical perfection and shameless attention? Are we desperately seeking our 15 minutes of fame, or are we telling the world not to take life so seriously and have a little fun? Do we all want to be pornstars deep down inside or are we declaring to the world "this is me and I'm happy with who I am"?
Who knows? All I ask is, if you're going to take a pic of yourself with a toilet in the background, please make sure the lid's down!
Hi everyone! Sorry I've been a bit absent this past week, it's been a big one! I flew down to Melbourne to appear at their GLBT Festival "Midsumma" and do a reading for their lit event Novel Conversations at my favourite gay bookshop Hares & Hyenas; I also received word from editor Richard LaBonte that he'd like to include a short story on mine in his steamy new erotic anthology MUSCLE MEN, coming soon from Cleis Press; and to top it all off I finished putting the final touches on the brand new Fathom's Five novel, THE CURSE OF THE DRAGON!
I'm sure all writers are different, but when I finally finish a novel, my brain kind of melts down for a day or two. I walk around like a zombie and my conversations become painfully dull and dim-witted. I vow to take time off writing and do normal things like pay my bills and clean my bathroom and fold the clothes that keep getting dumped in a pile on a chair in my bedroom. But then I turn on my computer and desperately start plotting something altogether new (despite to dozens of projects I've already planned to write). It's a sick and twisted cycle, an addiction, an all-consuming obsession. I think that's when you know you're a writer. It's not about publishing contracts or books on shelves or chunky word docs sitting in various folders on your computer entitled "Ideas" or "To be completed" or "Untitled"... no, it's about the addiction. The inability to go a single day without thinking "that'd make a good story" or "how am I going to get them out of that fast-flooding room?" or "what are the legs on a helicopter called?" When you're sitting at a table in a restaurant with friends or at a church wedding or stuck in traffic on your way to work thinking about helicopters, that's when you know you're a real writer. That's when it's time to give into the curse and just...write! We're like werewolves, without the big teeth.
By the way, the legs on a helicopter are called landing skids. Not legs. Thankyou Google!
Oh something marvelously different for today's song! I'm a HUGE fan of Cole Porter, I think he is a musical genius yet to be surpassed! Add to his gorgeous melody and lyrics the dancing of Fred and Ginger and this is pure bliss! Yeah, I guess I really am gay! :) Enjoy!
One thing that has come as a big surprise to many is the fact that as an Australian, I don't have an Aussie hunk in the Fathom's Five series. Well rest assured I'll be making amends on that one soon, and when he does appear I kind of see him as someone similar to oh-so-hot Aussie nude model Brian Hansen. Less chat, more writing I say!
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!