Wednesday, November 13, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray by Mitzi Szereto

Book release: The Wilde Passions of Dorian Graythe new novel by Mitzi Szereto
Publication date: Nov. 2013 (North America); Dec. 2013 (UK, Mainland Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Asia, etc.)
Trade paperback
288 pages
ISBN # 978-1573449656
Publisher: Cleis Press, USA

(From the back cover):
What if Dorian Gray Faked His Death and Led a Secret Life?

Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mitzi Szereto’s The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray continues where Wilde left off with the Faustian tale of a man of eternal youth and great physical beauty who lives a life of corruption, decadence, and hedonism. The story begins in the bordellos of Jazz-Age Paris, moving to the opium dens of Marrakesh and the alluring anonymity of South America. In his pursuit of sensation and carnal thrills, Dorian’s desires turn increasingly extreme as he leaves behind yet more devastation and death. He ultimately settles in present-day New Orleans, joining forces with a group of like-minded beings known as the Night People. They inadvertently return to Dorian his humanity when he falls in love with a young woman he rescues from becoming their victim. Will she be his redemption? Or will she be his final curse?

Oscar Wilde’s iconic character Dorian Gray has captured the imaginations of readers for well over a century. A Gothic classic in the tradition of Faust, The Picture of Dorian Gray tells the tale of a young man who barters his soul in exchange for eternal youth and beauty, leading him down a pathway filled with vice and sin. Of course in a moral world such an existence couldn’t continue indefinitely, for those who commit terrible deeds are inevitably punished.
Or are they?
What if Dorian Gray hadn’t died? What if he’d staged his own death so that he could continue to live a life brimming with every decadence and debauchery the imagination could conceive of—and then some?
“Dorian Gray has fascinated me ever since I first read the novel when I was ten years old. The quintessential bad boy of Victorian literature, Dorian’s sex appeal doesn’t diminish no matter how evil he becomes. He’s an erotic villain no one, either male or female, can resist; perhaps I too, fell a little bit in love with him!” says author Mitzi Szereto, who boldly picks up the story where Oscar Wilde left off, chronicling Dorian’s whirlwind journey around the world and through time as he indulges in an endless orgy of corruption, depravity, and sex.
From consorting with the self-obsessed glitterati of the literary and art worlds in jazz-age Paris to enjoying a life of extreme sexual degradation as a war-refugee in Morocco to his calculated seduction and destruction of a monk in 1960s South America—Dorian continually searches for the next thrilling sensation until he eventually encounters another creature even more corrupt than himself when he joins forces with a group of like-minded beings in modern-day New Orleans.
The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray is Gothic decadence at its best and will titillate and shock you until the very last page!
What others have to say:
“How could I not have loved Mitzi Szereto’s new novel about the very much live afterlife of Oscar Wilde’s wonderfully dissolute character? It touches all my buttons and begs to be read after dark...”—Maxim Jakubowski
“A debauched adventure through time and decadence! Szereto brings an authentically ‘classic’ voice to this modern tale of Dorian Gray.”—John Everson, author of Siren and NightWhere
"The 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
“Sizzling erotica that would make Oscar Wilde blush!”—Lucy Taylor, author of The Safety of Unknown Cities and winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel
“With extraordinarily lyrical prose, (Mitzi Szereto) 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
About the author:
Mitzi Szereto ( is a bestselling multi-genre author and anthology editor, has her own blog “Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog” (, and is the creator/presenter of the Web channel “Mitzi TV” (, which covers “quirky” London. Her books include Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and FirePride and Prejudice: Hidden LustsNormal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles)Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic RomanceGetting Even: Revenge Stories; and In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales. Her anthology Erotic Travel Tales 2 is the first anthology of erotica to feature a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She divides her time between the UK and USA.