Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Why I write what I write

If someone were to ask why do I write what I write, my bottom line answer would be, "I write what I write because I am extremely tired of what passes for human morality."
I have always seen the hypocrisy between what humans say and what they do. This is most commonly seen in what governments and religions preach, and what they do in practice. The pattern is set and then followed by most people in their daily lives.
I have less of a problem with what people do because we are human. We react more often than we think and plan ahead. We act and react to a given situation. When it comes to our actions and reactions after the fact, we are very good at explaining why we did this or that. But when it comes to actions of others, we are less likely to pay much attention to their explanations and call them excuses.
We have a bad habit of looking down upon others and do so as though putting someone down in some way elevates us. We are the good guys and they are the bad guys.
Claiming to be so shocked and offended is but another way for us to elevate ourselves while putting the other person down.
We like to be politically and morally correct so that we may be viewed highly by others. We treasure our "good name," whatever that is. In the process, we stray farther and farther from who we are. We become an image with very little substance.
In my vampire stories, I try to strip away the robes of civilization and dispense with what passes for human morality. My vampires appear human but are more primitive in their thoughts and actions. In making my vampires creatures created by God and not the product of sin or evil, I am trying to show a side of our selves we would rather hide.
In my recent novella, Confessions of an Online Male Prostitute, I try to expose some of our uncertainty when it comes to our own sexual identity and how the sexual drive is really about our need to connect with another human being.
We like to be known as intelligent. No one likes to be called stupid. But in the heart of our hearts we know there is far more that we don't know than we do know. We have trouble understanding others because we have a hard time just trying to understand ourselves.
Rather than admitting how little we know, we put on clothes, the fig leaves of civilization, and try to claim a morality for ourselves that will earn us a pat on the back for being the "good person" we suspect we are not.
I write what I write because it is more fun for me, and I hope for the reader, than if I were to write philosophy or theology and claim it as a scholarly work.
It's just fiction, people. But fiction can often get closer to the truth than what we call factual. I would not dare presume I am smarter than you.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What is pornography

Is there really such a thing as pornography or is it just a word used to try to trash something and make the one who says something is pornographic appear to be of high moral character?
The dictionary defines pornography as "books, movies, photographs designed to cause sexual arousal and having little or no artistic merit."
"I know it when I see it," is a common statement used to define a particular book, movie or photograph."
The problem with all these definitions is how they all are a personal point of view. So what you come up with is: "Pornography is in the eye of the beholder."
Would anyone dare ask the person who says this or that is pornography, would they dare ask that person, "So you're telling me you were sexually excited by that book, movie or photo?"
And why is the charge of pornography limited to books, movies and photos? Couldn't we just as easily charge husbands and wives with committing acts of pornography when they are busy making babies? After all, they are doing things to cause each other to become sexually excited. And a good thing to, since none of would be here without men and women engaging in a little pornography.

Check out my latest book, Confessions of an Online Male Prostitute, at

Monday, August 9, 2010

Press release for Confessions of an Online Male Prostitute

INDIAN LAKE, NY, August 09, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Peter Klein takes a break from his vampire novels, "The Dancing Valkyrie" and "The Vampire Valkyrie," to explore the strange world of online prostitution and what might drive both customers and performers to meet in cyberspace.

The novella has just been published by Create Space and is listed in Books in Print, Ingram's database in the US and numerous online book stores.

Klein says, "The world of online dating is not limited to the Web sites advertised on TV and the Internet. There is another world, a stranger world, where a surprising number men and women, both young and old, are willing to bare all and do all live and on screen for those who are willing to pay a per minute fee. This is the world my character enters in the hope of revealing his repressed past and learning what his future might be."

The novella is about a middle aged married man whose sex life with his wife has been absent for a number of years. Yearning for some sex but not willing to go to bars or pay for some mutual fun and not yet willing to divorce his wife, he decides the Internet is the safe way to go and works up the nerve to see if he can get anyone to pay him to take off his clothes and perform what amounts to an online peep show.

Of course most who do stop by are gay men.

One day, one of his clients asks him to exchange emails to talk and maybe meet. He agrees even though he doesn't consider himself gay. He does because he has unresolved, suppressed issues from his distant past and tells himself this may be a way to see and resolve those issues.

ISBN 145374245X
EAN-13 is 978145374245

Other books by Peter "Pete" Klein include the vampire novels, The Dancing Valkyrie and The Vampire Valkyrie, and the hiking guide, Adirondack Hikes in Hamilton County.

Pete Klein is a reporter and author of vampire fiction and Adirondack hiking guides. Call me at 518-648-0104.