Weekend Dirty Dozen – Week 1 – PG-13 Rated Language

This week’s selection for the Weekend Dirty Dozen’s inaugural week is chosen from “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp” A novellette M/M erotic romance story that published in “Once Upon A Twisted Tale” Rebel Ink Press, released October 17, 2011

Setup: Ike Sandhill’s horse bolted in terror. Nathaniel Hawkins in trying to save him, knocked Ike from his horse and fears he’s nearly killed him with his rescue effort.
12 line excerpt:

“Hell’s bells, what a goat fuck. Augustus stood patiently while Nathaniel hoisted Ike’s lanky frame up into the saddle and mounted behind to support his unconscious burden. The flight brought them to the borders of Nathaniel’s estate.

“Time to go home, Augustus.”

Nathaniel’s pulse pounded at the proximity of Ike in the saddle, his head resting on Nathaniel’s shoulder. How badly he wanted to brush the wayward lock of golden hair back from the man’s brow. No more hiding. Before the night was over, Nathaniel would be sure Ike Sandhill knew his full intentions. He couldn’t go on in this limbo half-life watching from afar. By dawn, they’d both be changed men. He prayed he could convince Ike to take what he had to offer, to take a chance, to take something, anything from him.
Ike roused with awareness that he was the center of some commotion.”

“The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp”


“The Galloping Ghoul rides each full moon, exacting revenge by frightening those who tormented his past. By day, he is one of the town people, Nathaniel Hawkins, an affluent entrepreneur. He identifies with Ike Sandhill, a government surveyor, and wants to protect him from the same thugs who drove Nathaniel to revenge. Ike goes to the extreme to prove to everyone how straight laced he is. He pursues Misty VonMix with the intention of marriage. Nathaniel doesn’t know how to confess his desire without driving Ike away. He comes up with a plan of seduction. Before the night is over Ike discovers things about himself he always knew, yet denied.”

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10 responses to “Weekend Dirty Dozen – Week 1 – PG-13 Rated Language

  1. OMG Eden- this phrase (Hell’s bells, what a goat fuck) made me choke up… my coffee- too funny

    great excerpt

    • Hi Dawne, Thanks for dropping by. That line is SOOOO Nathaniel. He’s the kind of guy that wades into situations cursing under his breath while he takes decisive action. Sometimes the results of his actions are unexpected. LOL ;-}

  2. Sounds like a great read! And I love that cheeky cover 🙂

    • Hi Lucy. I love the cover. Carl our cover guru is amazing. I decided to be a french maid zombie for Halloween in honor of our cover. LOL

  3. Awesome 12 Eden!

    I havent read the antho yet but I plan to this weekend. 😀

    • That sounds wonderful Sharita. The stories are fun and different. I think curling up with a lover and reading excerpts aloud sounds like a plan. humm, yes…nice plan…lol

  4. I, too, about choked on my Red Bull! Great Line! LOL This story seems like it is jammed with loads of fabulous conflict!

    • Interesting that you mention conflict. There are several kinds of conflict in “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp”. Because it is a short story, there is only so much we can show. The initial scene with the bullies is back story. That of course, and the life long conflict over his peers acceptance of Nathaniel being “different”. That difference was on many levels, his more affluent background, his lack of interest in women, his more than curious interest in the male form. Bullies are bullies. That experience growing up is a huge motivator for why Nathaniel is the man that he is. His retribution to those who persecuted his youth is the premise for the Galloping Ghoul. Additionally, his attention is drawn to Ike as a kindred spirit, even though Ike doesn’t recognize this about himself at the beginning of the story.

      Bullies grow up and they still bully people. Nathaniel’s rage that the town “gang”, grown men, would harass Ike set the entire story into motion. Unfortunately, the consequence of that rage isn’t a positive one as he frightens Ike into bolting toward the swamp and imminent danger. His solution to that danger causes even more problems. So, that line for Nathaniel is reflective of more than the immediate moment of feeling like he has injured the one person he might love and forge a happy life.

      Nathaniel has all the “things” that one might want, power, prestige, resources, . . . yet he has nothing. That moment with the man he might love in his arms, injured at his hand, he realizes his life is a “goat fuck”.

      Naturally Nathaniel has to deal with this “baggage” about himself before he can move on. He can’t continue to be a vigilante’ against those who have wronged him in the past. There is a major fight with Bronson in the climax of the story.

      However, the majority of the conflict in this story is the inner conflict. Nathaniel’s conflict over changing his own path plays a hidden part in his motivation. His inner conflict about changing the path that Ike starts the story on. He knows the prejudiced he has experienced and has to ask the question if Ike isn’t better off left living a lie.

      Ike is riddled with conflict over his inner desires that he has buried all his life. That forbidden lust for a man that he has fought so hard to deny. This is a historical puritanical era and the weight of sin is something he grapples with along with his complete sexual ignorance.

      It is a romance so I’m not giving anything away to say, In the end he finds that love knows no boundaries regardless of what others label as moral and right. Love is love.

      LOL. Thanks Eden

  5. An intriguing 12. Would love to know how Nathaniel goes about his seduction of Ike. Another for my TBR list.