The Padişhah's Son and the Fox
by Alex Jeffers
An erotic fairy tale from the acclaimed author of The Abode of Bliss and Deprivation. In a Turkish prison on the Black Sea coast, a lifer known as Yamyam—the Cannibal—whiles away tedious days and nights retelling old folk tales to the other inmates. But on this day, as Yamyam and naïve young drug dealer Izzet clean the prison’s Turkish baths, Yamyam’s tale goes twisty—far removed from the stories he heard at his mother’s knee.
Yamyam’s tale of a prince and an enchanted fox is engineered for seduction, as young Izzet sets out on his quest for the magical caged dove that will cure his father’s blindness. In a strangely deserted city, the prince and his wicked little brother will encounter the lustful, ravenous giant who ate the city’s entire population…after fucking all the men and boys. Izzet will discover the depths of his brother’s and the giant’s perversity, and encounter a talking fox and (in his dreams) the handsome lover he never suspected he yearned for. He will embark on further quests—to the land of the giants, the mountain of lions, and the palace of the tricksy peris. Following the fox’s sage advice, he will triumph in all his endeavors, until his vulpine friend sets him the hardest task of all.
Meanwhile in the prison baths, the yard, his cell, Yamyam’s tale goes on as he and Izzet negotiate the terms of their relationship. Can a murderer who’s never heard the word gay be any man’s lover? Can a youth raped on his first night in jail learn to trust the man who desires him?
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Erotica!
Paperback, 134 pages