THE Book & All About the Book…

A RARE CHANCE TO PURCHASE the book through private sale: FOR SALE Rare 1st Edition of HISTOIRE D'O, GO TO: O   Stefan's Art: the paintings (numbering over 70 canvases) inspired by STORY OF O, all in one book... Available from Blurb: O The Book of the Book: All about Story of O, based … Continue reading THE Book & All About the Book…


DREAMS: the Aury Poems

“... But Sade made me understand that we are all jailers, and all in prison, in that there is always someone within us whom we enchain, whom we imprison, whom we silence. By a curious kind of reverse shock, it can happen that prison itself can open the gates to freedom.” In November 1960 Dominique … Continue reading DREAMS: the Aury Poems

‘O’, AURY & PAULHAN AND ART: Circles Within Circles

The story behind Story of O is multifaceted, its company of players reflected to us by the prism of the past... A WRITER BUT MUCH MORE "Elle était une idée, une fumée, une douleur, la négation d’un destin." A sense of decency is one of the singularities of Story of O, and places the novel … Continue reading ‘O’, AURY & PAULHAN AND ART: Circles Within Circles

4 MORE “Artists of O”…

Colette was standing over her, astride her at the level of her waist, and in the bridge formed by her dark legs, O could see the tassels of the whip she was holding in her hand. As the first blows burned into her loins, O moaned. Colette alternated from left to right, paused, then started … Continue reading 4 MORE “Artists of O”…

The ‘Story of O’ as Fairy Tale

“What I have read so far in your story of O is the most fiercely intense love-letter a man could ever hope to receive. It’s also a fairy tale, for adults – a dream.” (the voice of Sir Stephen at the beginning of each episode of Story of O – the Series (1995) directed by … Continue reading The ‘Story of O’ as Fairy Tale

SAD LOSS: China Hamilton/ photographer

"EROTIC ART EXPLORES THINGS THAT ARE TABOO !" "moody dramatic-over-the edge pictures... A world misunderstood, a world to be discovered." Secret Magazine – Jurgen Boedt, Editor It was with sadness that I discovered my good friend China Hamilton died this week when illness got the better of him. Many people will miss this generous and … Continue reading SAD LOSS: China Hamilton/ photographer

Story of O & the Surrealist Owl Mask

"This soul arrived on earth, darkened the uncertain evening; She entered the dark mystery That the shadow calls his destiny” Victor Hugo 'The Owl' It is not surprising the women artists of the surrealist movement favoured the owl and the owl mask in their paintings. The owl easily becomes a symbol of the feminine related … Continue reading Story of O & the Surrealist Owl Mask

Léonor Fini: O-Artist no.11/ Her Owl Mask Inspired ‘Story of O’…

There was a time when few people of my acquaintance had heard of the artist Léonor Fini. This was despite the fact her work appeared in most anthologies of erotic art. Peter Webb attempted to change the situation with his exemplary Sphinx, The Life and art of Léonor Fini, a long held ambition realized and … Continue reading Léonor Fini: O-Artist no.11/ Her Owl Mask Inspired ‘Story of O’…

The Story of O: The Manuscript

“You’ve never tied her up?” “No, never.” “And never whipped her?” “No, never whipped her either. But as a matter of fact…” It was her lover speaking. “As a matter of fact,” the other voice went on, “if you do tie her up from time to time, or whip her just a little, and she … Continue reading The Story of O: The Manuscript

Seeking Sir Stephen

A Fondness For Habits & Ritual In her veiled and beautifully written confession A Girl in Love, published as an introductory essay to Retour à Roissy (Story of O Part Two) Dominique Aury, writing as Pauline Réage, identified the origins of her cast of characters. René was “the vestige of an adolescent love”. As was … Continue reading Seeking Sir Stephen