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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (Nov. 19 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573449652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573449656
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
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"A gothic, erotic thriller." --The Huffington Post "Szereto's use of language is faithful to the original, even in the frequent sex scenes. She's a novelist who knows how to construct a coherent plot, and she treats Oscar Wilde's book with respect." --The Gay and Lesbian Review "Dorian flits from what at first just seem sexual relationships but at times become challenges or even romantic. Dorian's conquests range from the virginal to those who may be darker than he. Does Dorian get topped? You bet his sweet ass he does!" --Cara Sutra "Szeroto's use of time travel is brilliant." --The Oscholars "If you like seeing your favorite characters in flagrante dishabille, then you'll enjoy this passionate and daring novel as a sequel to Oscar Wilde's classic." --City Book Review "I am sure that if [Oscar Wilde] were alive today he would shake the hands of Mitzi Szereto for doing what he couldn't do in his lifetime." --Night Owl Reviews "Dorian is a bastard, but it's a fantastically well-told story [...] It confirms once and for all that Szereto is a well-rounded and talented novelist." --Erin O'Riordan, author of Pagan Spirits "This is the book that Wilde wishes he could have written a century ago--complete with the explicit, naughty details. I'm sure he would be grinning from ear to ear as he read this creative new book, inspired by his own imagination." --Geeky Nymph "Let this book be a sin that you let yourself experience." - So So Gay "Far from a typical reworking of the original, Mitzi Szereto uses her love of Wilde's book to reimagine a life for Dorian Gray that explores so much more than Wilde's intentions." --The Jeep Diva "The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray takes Oscar Wilde's Creation to new levels of sin." --The Novel Approach "The fascinating tale of Dorian Gray continues in this creatively styled tale of sin and redemption. Ms. Szereto's unique writing style brings a sense of the everyday man to the supernatural figure of Dorian Gray. With its erotic twists and turns, this story of decadence is not for the faint of heart." --Coffee Time Romance "This is strong writing, as is to be expected from a celebrated author of Szereto's calibre. The WIlde Passions of Dorian Gray excites where it needs to, relays a compelling narrative, and continues the story of one of literature's most enduring characters. Definitely worth the read." --Erotica Revealed "If you enjoy exceptional writing and can enjoy a book for what it is, please consider picking The Wilde Passions Of Dorian Gray --Mr Wills House of Thrills "If you like erotica, historical English Novels, murder and more? This book is for you!" --Networking Witches "The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray is Gothic decadence at its best and will titillate and shock you until the very last page!" --Popular Literary Reflections "It takes a brave writer to attempt to finish Wilde's story. Mitzi Szereto does so beautifully and with lyrical prose. She has modernized the story and she gives us a main character that is impossible to forget. What I really like is that she has taken a classic story and made it hers without harming a word of the original and making the sequel a reading guilty pleasure." --Reviews by Amos Lassen "The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray is first rate escapist reading with lots of interesting plot twists and turns. It is not for the homophobic." --The Reading Life "A debauched adventure through time and decadence! Szereto brings an authentically 'classic' voice to this modern tale of Dorian Gray, who descends from masterminding orgies to slavishly sodomitical obsequiousness to ultimately staging cruel seductions using his ageless beauty--deeds that can only serve to make his well-hidden portrait grow more monstrous. A sequel that would make Oscar Wilde blush!" --John Everson, author of Siren and NightWhere "Mitzi Szereto writes this compelling story with poetic fluency. Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray is a hedonistic rush that doesn't shy away from the darker side of passion. I loved it!" --Sam Stone (author of The Vampire Gene Series "Adventurous sex, Paris, New Orleans and countless exotic locations plus a dash of the supernatural: how could I not have loved Mitzi Szereto's new novel about the very much alive afterlife of Oscar Wilde's wonderfully dissolute character? It touches all my buttons and begs to be read after dark..." - Maxim Jakubowski "Mitzi Szereto never ceases to amaze with her originality and daring. Her imagination seems limitless. In this intensely sensual novel, a hedonistic Dorian Gray is conjured up as never before. With extraordinarily lyrical prose, she paints a portrait of Dorian that will stay with you forever. " -- Janice Eidus, author of The War of the Rosens and The Last Jewish Virgin Szereto's elegantly written novel picks up where Oscar Wilde left off with the continued adventures of the corrupt and seductive Dorian Gray, a man blessed (or cursed?) with eternal youth and a portrait that ages in his stead. Gray's hedonistic adventures take him from Paris to Marrakesh and beyond as he explores increasingly extreme and inventive debaucheries. Sizzling erotica that would make Oscar Wilde blush!" -- Lucy Taylor, author of The Safety of Unknown Citiesand winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel

About the Author

Mitzi Szereto is an author and anthology editor of erotic and multi-genre fiction and nonfiction. She has her own blog, 'Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto's Weblog' (mitziszereto.com/blog), and a Web TV channel, Mitzi TV (mitziszereto.com/tv), which covers the 'quirky' side of London.

Her books include the controversial Jane Austen sex parody Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts; Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance; In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales; Getting Even: Revenge Stories; The New Black Lace Book of Women's Sexual Fantasies; Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers; Dying For It: Tales of Sex and Death; and the Erotic Travel Tales anthologies. A popular social media personality and frequent interviewee, she has pioneered erotic writing workshops in the UK and Europe and lectured in creative writing at several British universities. She divides her time between England and Atlanta, GA.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0c2f5e8) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bcf1ec) out of 5 stars Contrived Plot Twist April 24 2014
By Robert Heylmun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
After reading over 180 pages of unrelenting sexual encounters, murders, and tales of continuous descriptions of erections and ejaculations, we are asked to believe that the self-serving Dorian Gray that Ms Szereto has manufactured suddenly redeems himself by trying to save a girl fortuitously named Angel. Nope, doesn’t work.

Let’s go back to Oscar Wilde’s creation for a moment. There we watch the spiral downward of a previously chaste and good man whose portrait allows him to stay young and invulnerable to the physical world. But not to the moral world. He finally succumbs to his own self-hatred, and we end up with something of a moral lesson and a real portrait of Dorian Gray. In short, the character changes over the breadth of the novel as we watch his humanity ebb and flow.

Not so with Szereto’s character. He’s the same from beginning to end despite her attempt at convincing us of his regaining a better nature at the conclusion of the book. The fact that he ‘redeems’ himself by murdering Patrice is one factor that belies the author’s attempt. No, what we have is a novel grown too long and the writer’s scheme to end the story that has run out of steam not to say interest.

One thing has to be said for Ms Szereto. She is masterful at describing in great detail and variety the many sex scenes that feed this otherwise monstrous tale.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bcf438) out of 5 stars Much Darker Than Her Other Books, But a Great Read Jan. 31 2014
By Erin O'Riordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One caveat: I never read 'The Picture of Dorian Gray.' I knew the basic plot, perhaps because I did a unit on Oscar Wilde in middle school and read one of his shorter works - I don't remember exactly. Before I started reading this book, I thought it was going to be a mash-up of the original with some of Szereto's original thoughts added in, like her 'Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts.' At first I was a little disappointed, since I really enjoyed that Austen parody. However, as I read on, I was glad to discover it was a wholly original tale crafted from the "what if" of Dorian becoming an immortal - or at least very long-lived - being.

Because I didn't read the original, I don't know how true Szereto wrote Dorian Gray to the way Wilde wrote the character, but that didn't matter as I read this. Szereto's Gray gets into some very imaginative scenarios, starting with a run-in with some very famous expatriate American writers in Paris. This chapter is fun. The tale becomes quick a bit darker in the next setting, and the darkness continues as Gray spirals downward into total depravity.

Dorian is a b*stard, but it's a fantastically well-told story. Still, even Dorian Gray has some hope for redemption, and the ending of this novel is very fitting.

In the past I've enjoyed Szereto's signature blend of erotica and humor, so this novel is a definite change of pace from what I'm used to from this author. I like it. It confirms once and for all that Szereto is a well-rounded and talented novelist.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bcf678) out of 5 stars THE WILDE PASSIONS OF DORIAN GRAY~ March 15 2014
By Coffee Time Romance & More - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The fascinating tale of Dorian Gray continues in this creatively styled tale of sin and redemption. Ms. Szereto's unique writing style brings a sense of the everyday man to the supernatural figure of Dorian Gray. With its erotic twists and turns, this story of decadence is not for the faint of heart.

Kaitlin
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bcf8f4) out of 5 stars A Read In The Dark Side Oct. 13 2014
By Vanessa Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray is a hard book to recommend, but I think it's one that is easy to at least, if anything, appreciate. The essence of Oscar Wilde and Dorian Gray pops out of the pages. It's dark fiction that dabbles in the paranormal. The story/plot really doesn't go anywhere but down with absolutely no ambition to lift the reader up. But in the fashion of its era, that's the point, and the author and this book does that triumphantly. This book won't be for everyone, but it isn't supposed to either. If you want to take a read through the dark side, this is it, and it's so worth giving it a try.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bcfbe8) out of 5 stars Oscar Wilde Would Applaud Feb. 13 2014
By Bella Chele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Like the author, I read Oscar Wilde's classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray as a precocious child. Also like the author, I picked up on the erotic content so skillfully buried and hinted at in the prose. Later, I read that Mr. Wilde had been forced to edit the story, and I wondered how he would have written had he lived in a different age and had been free to share more of his wildly exuberant intellect and varied proclivities. Reading Mitzi Szereto's Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray, I was pleased to be in the hands of a writer who respected and admired Mr. Wilde and his work as much as I do. I was pleased we live in a time where Dorian Gray's story could come to its logical and more satisfying conclusion. I was delighted every step of the way because, as horrific as some of his actions were to read, they were logical and right. Ms. Szereto pulls no punches, and I applaud her for it. If you're after a sweet romance, look elsewhere. This is the story of a man's slide into his own personal hell, made more awful because it starts out being his idea of heaven on earth and made more beautiful by the lyrical writing that fans of Mr. Wilde's writing will treasure.

The premise is simple. Dorian Gray (he who vowed to live a life of unapologetic decadence and depravity, somehow gaining eternal youth while his portrait aged and decayed) did not die as he had to during Oscar Wilde's time, a time when this final punishment was demanded to offset the rest of the titillating story. Instead, it's explained, his death was faked so he could go on delving ever deeper into his twisted desires. Few things are left out here as Dorian revels in his freedom to be just as bad as he wants to be. Some of it turned me on. Some of it turned my stomach. But, like all truly great erotica, everything contributed to the story, and it all had a purpose. It all fit. Where the original book had the cadence of a carriage ride through the countryside, this one was more like a ride on the Orient Express, a ride where the devil took the wheel a few times.

The settings are lush and varied. Paris. New Orleans. Marrakesh. Peru. Again, this plays into the sense of diving headfirst into something strange and exotic, a foreign place for most of us where anything can happen next, and nothing is off limits. There's a lack of control for the reader that plays into the experiences had by Dorian. And then, Dorian meets creatures even more depraved and soulless than he has become, and the story offers hope as it seems Dorian (who started off in Oscar's tale as such a likable chap, don't forget) might still redeem himself.

I won't give away the ending, but will say that it was perfect. Exactly what needed to happen to this great literary character. Oscar Wilde would raise a glass to Ms. Szereto for penning such a fine continuation to his classic story.


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