Sunday, October 23, 2011
Queer Artist Centerfold: Xavier Axelson
Zodiac sign: Libra
Your medium/genre: Erotica
Describe what you do:
Write Gay Erotica that falls somewhere between romance and horror.
Confidence, accents of any kind, passion, compassion, conversation, personal style, courtesy
Bad breath, apathy, cruelty, arrogance, anyone who doesn’t like to eat
Describe your perfect date:
Dinner, the beach and lots of making out
False logic, people who are always “on” and don’t when NOT to be Fantastic.
Fave sex idol: Sharon Stone
1ST crush: Jennifer Beales
Fave music: Folk
Top movies that inspire you:
Tidus, The Fall, Requiem for a Dream, The Secret Garden, Dogville, The Nightwatch
Pressure Makes Diamonds
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Let’s Kill Uncle by Rohan O'Grady, The Silent Land by Graham Joyce, The Blue Aspic by Edward Gorey
One of your obsessions: Rice Pudding
Tennessee Williams, Stephen King, Elizabeth I, Peter Beagle, Carolyn See
Fave queer from history: Tennessee Williams
Most Pivotal Performance/event/etc:
My first reading at Homo-Centric
Fave performance experience:
Any chance I get to share my work and experience the work of others is my favorite.
What do you (does your art) stand for:
The belief in the male erotic sensibility
Fave prop or costume: My words
Thoughts on the LA queer art scene:
I didn’t know there was one until last year, so I think the fact it exists is truly amazing.
What is your Vision for the Queer Future:
A time when being who you are is not a novelty or a reason to be shunned, disregarded, or disrespected.
What do you see as the future for queer art:
A continued and widening sense of the queer creative sensibility. A continuing of breaking down walls, pushing boundaries and an insistence the queer voice is heard.
What are your upcoming plans/shows/events/include dates and info:
I have a new release titled The Birches out now and will be followed by a print collection of my last three novellas from Seventh Window Publications. My first two works will be released as audio books one for Christmas and the other for Valentines Day. I will also have another novella published in January titled Lily with Silver Publications.
He pulled into the parking lot of The Birches and sat on his bike a minute. He felt nervous, like he was about to meet a celebrity and the self-doubt that plagued him made him queasy.
“You gonna sit outside or come in?”
Leo jumped at the sound of the man’s voice. He pulled his helmet off and looked around, but didn’t see anyone.
Leo looked just past his left shoulder and saw a man emerging from the nearby woods that surrounded the little restaurant.
“Oh, hey,” Leo called out, his voice cracking.
“You looking for something to eat?” the man asked, coming closer.
Leo was shocked to find himself riveted to the spot, staring at the man who came towards him.
The man offered Leo a rough, calloused hand. “I’m Dock,”
“Hey,” Leo managed weakly.
“I was out back, picking blackberries, they grow wild around here. I thought they’d make a great dessert. Don’t know what kind of dessert, but how can you go wrong when you have stuff like this?” He said as he offered up a large, wooden bucket half-full of dark, purple black berries.
There were purple smears across Dock’s white tank top that seemed barely able to contain Dock’s impressive chest. There were several brown freckles on Dock’s shoulders, next to where the strap of tank top clung to his body.
“Lucky berries,” Leo said under his breath.
Sweat ran down Leo’s back, he felt so nervous. For a brief moment, he thought of hopping on his bike and taking off. Instead he said, “Um, nothing, sorry, I just wanted to come by and--”
“You want to come inside and have an iced tea or something?” Dock asked, “It’s hot as hell out here and I know I need to cool off.” He swiped a hand across his face and left a smudge of blackberry juice across his cheek.