Thursday, January 11, 2018

Call for Stories for Women Who Love Monsters Anthology

Call for Stories for
Women Who Love Monsters Anthology

It’s a tale as old as time…Beauty and the Beast.

It actually goes back even further, if you consider Greek myths about Zeus and his human lovers, or those Renaissance stories of death and the Maiden.  But contemporary pop culture has been smitten with stories of women who love monsters since King Kong and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, as well as Shrek, Barnabas Collins, Lestat, Hellboy, Swampthing and that sparkly vampire dude, capped off by the recent love affair with The Shape of Water.

In the recent erotic romance novel boom, we’ve seen some wild stuff, like the T. Rex and Yeti loving that have become ebook best-sellers.

Let’s never forget fiction based off real-life stories of women who love incarcerated serial killers, hitmen and “bad boys” of unspeakable dimensions.

So, it should come as no surprise to you that ViceTV decided to do an episode on “Women Who Love Monsters” and they came to Riverdale Avenue Books to interview some of those authors.  We put together a reading of work by award-winning romance author Cecilia Tan, Laura Antoniou (author of erotic classic, The Marketplace), USA Today best-seller Jamie Schmidt, Forensic psychologist and Ripper expert Dr. Katherine Ramsland and Amazon best-selling erotic romance author Trinity Blacio which will air late February/early March 2018.

We had a glorious wild time, which we want to share with the world, so we decided to collect the five pieces that were filmed, as well as new pieces (previously published or new) and publish them as one of our anthologies to tie in with the airing of the show.

We’ll have a NYC pub party too.

So, if you’ve written some glorious monster smut, or luscious metaphorical horror, please send it our way ASAP (or if you’ve read something you think we should know about for this volume). Tell your friends, tell your frenimies.

We’re looking for pieces between 2,000 and 5,000 words.  Can be previously published and can be excerpts from novels (as long as you write an intro that makes it clear what we are reading).

We pay a pro-rata share of the royalties to each author, as well as a copy f the ebook and a copy if the print book for one-time world rights.  Royalties re paid out quarterly.

We have an in house publicist and a social media director, so we will be promoting this aggressively.

Send submissions to by Feb. 10, 2018.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Erotic Reading of Women Who Love Monsters for Vice TV; Star Line-Up of Trinity Blacio, Cecilia Tan, Laura Antoniou, Jamie Schmidt and Katherine Ramsland

Best-selling erotic romance author Trinity Blacio is coming into NYC to read her Yeti-loving menage from her Running in Fear series; joined by Dr. Katherine Ramsland reading from her Jack the Ripper thriller; Laura Antoniou reading form her Bear-shifter work in progress, Jamie Schmidt shares her Dragon-shifter smut, and Cecilia Tan just surprises us all.

This is a once in a life-time line-up (being televised for Vice TV, so you have to sign a permission slip). And we will have our signature dirty word raffle, so you'll have a chance to win a signed copy of some of the above-mentioned smut, as well as prizes donated by Doc Johnson, Pleasure Chest and Babeland.

The Daisy, 1641 2nd Ave, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

RAB to Co-Host Victorian Christmas Party at Morris-Jumel Mansion in Manhattan on Dec. 17th

Riverdale Avenue Books will co-host The Morris Jumel-Mansion's annual Victorian holiday party on Sunday, December 17th, at 65 Jumel Terrace from 3:00-7:00pm. The Fireside Mystery Theatre, a top-rated live show and podcast, will perform their original story, “Eliza's House” featured in the book The Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction (Riverdale Avenue Books) at 5:00pm.

The Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction features 14 tales set in at the mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house, which quartered General George Washington during the Battle of Harlem Heights and was subsequently the home of the infamous Aaron Burr and his wife, Eliza Jumel, who reputedly still haunts the grounds. The anthology's tales are ghost stories, science fiction, mystery, romance, erotica, time travel, visions of the afterlife, and paranormal fantasy.

Light refreshments including hot spiced wine, apple cider and cookies will be served. Guests will be able to participate with carolers to sing-along to traditional Christmas carols. Victorian-style dress is welcomed! Tickets are $10 for members and $8 student, and are available in advance on Eventbrite.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

RAB Launches New LGBT Pulp Fiction Line, 120 Days, with Publication of Man Eater

The innovative hybrid publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books is launching 120 Days, a new imprint. The first book of the new imprint will be Man Eater, a 70’s gay pulp classic that follows a Vietnam vet turned detective who makes it his personal mission to find the deadly serial killer of gay men.

120 Days is an imprint of Magnus Books/Riverdale Avenue Books dedicated to reprinting classic erotica, especially the LGBT titles of the 20th century. These vintage gay erotic novels, many written by novelists unable to find other outlets for fiction about gay men and women, peaked between 1968 and 1982. As censorship laws were struck down across the US, the best of these writers continued to turn out well-plotted genre novels--spy thrillers, science-fiction tales, mysteries, swashbuckling adventures, gothic romances and even pre-“Brokeback Mountain” westerns--within whose conventions they were able to explore the full range of their characters' lives. Surprisingly modern with just a dash of retro appeal these largely-forgotten novels are both great, fun reads and a bracing reminder that times change but people don't.

120 Days founder Maitland McDonagh explained how the line came about. “I was drawn to gay adult novels of the 1970s by their teasing covers, but stayed for the books between them. They contained a world of entertaining and often slyly subversive thrillers, horror stories, coming-of-age tales and more, filled with characters who bucked demeaning stereotypes and followed their own dreams and desires wherever they led. I'm excited that Riverdale Avenue Books is bringing this queer pulp fiction to a wider audience: They're dispatches from the front lines of how we got here from there, and too much fun to remain hidden.”

Said Riverdale Avenue Books Publisher Lori Perkins, “We are thrilled to be able to bring these ‘lost’ stories to publication in the 21st century to an audience that might not be aware of their existance and place in LGBT and publishing history. Maitland has rediscovered some really unique and creative works.”

The next book in the 120 Days imprint will be Vampire’s Kiss.

Downloads of this book are available at and also at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Spanksgiving!

Riverdale Avenue Books just released an anthology of spanking stories for the Thanksgiving holidays entitled Spanksgiving. This is a tradition of similar titles in their innovative line of seasonal erotic romance short story collections such as Superbowl Smut and Happy MILF Day.

The book features Thanksgiving smut from Jack Stratton, Renee Rose, Ryan Field, Louisa Bacio, Oleander Plume, Lissa Trevor, Trinity Blacio, Jennifer Williams, and by DL King.

“I was thinking about how there isn’t much erotica about this time of year and then thought of how much fun it would be do just that for this holiday,” said publisher and anthology editor Lori Perkins. “Thanksgiving certainly has the right elements for naughty fun - four days off from work, too much of a good thing, and the possibility of chasing down an old flame.”

Downloads of this book are available at and also at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

You Must Remember This, a Gay Retelling of Casablanca, Pubs on 75th Anniversary of Classic Film

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the movie classic Casablanca’s release, Riverdale Avenue Books is releasing You Must Remember This by John Michael Curlovich, a gay retelling of Casablanca.  

In this retelling of the WW II love story, the author supposes that the nightclub owner, Frank, and his close friend the jazz singer, Dan, were lovers in the military, which brought  them to Morroco.  But Frank fell in love with a woman when they were in Paris, and she failed to follow him to Morocco, until the novel opens. You Must Remember This asks the reader to wonder if Frank will end up with Dan or Lilli or even the handsome French Prefect of Police. 

 From the very first time I saw Casablanca I knew it was something special, a pitch-perfect blend of script, direction, acting, design and cinematography.  But there was something else, something that spoke to me on an intimate level,” said author John Michael Curlovich. “I had learned very early to decode the signals that directors and screenwriters used to suggest gayness without ever being explicit about it.”

“I had read an earlier version of this novel years ago, and I just loved it,” said Publisher Lori Perkins added. “I wanted to bring it back to publication for this important anniversary.”
Downloads of this book are available at and also at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold.

Monday, November 6, 2017

#MeToo Essay Book is OUT!

Riverdale Avenue Books, an award-winning woman-owned leading hybrid publisher, is releasing a collection of 26 essays in reaction to the hastag MeToo on twitter after the multiple revelations of sexual predation in Hollywood, and elsewhere. The authors see #MeToo as the tipping point of the need for change and the book calls for ways to figure out how to drive that change forward making the movement more than a hashtag.

More than 16 million people had posted their #MeToo story and support against sexual harassment by mid-October as a reaction to Rose McGowan’s brave admission that she had allegedly been raped by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.  A groundswell of reaction to and exposure of this sexual predation was unleashed that has spread throughout Europe and beyond. New revelations of unacceptable behavior in every industry break every day as people come forward in response to the viral #MeToo posts. Protests are scheduled such as the “Take back the Workplace” Hollywood march in November of 2017, and legislation is being drafted in New York and California to finally change the way things have been for far too long.

This is the turning point. Things are going to change.
 Said Publisher and Editor Lori Perkins. “While I was encouraging everyone to speak up and do something about #MeToo, I realized I have a press, I can publish a book. This is an historic moment and it needs to be memorialized, passed around and passed on. Although social media is a fantastic means of igniting a fire, it needs to keep burning, like a torch.”

The essays were donated by the authors and the ebook will be avaiable free wherever ebooks can be downlaoded.  The print editon is being released at cost for $6.99.