The Mandate by Meraki P Dark :: Banned Books Week ::Exclusive Interview ::
Title: The Mandate
Series: Lil Harvest #2
Author: Meraki P. Dark
Publisher: Taboo BooxXx
Published: Coming Soon
Keywords : non-con, dub-con, whipping, fisting, master/slave, voyeurism, power struggle, sensory deprivation, menagé, demons and demonic manipulation, puppy play, extreme sadism, abduction, exhibitionism, slavery, psychological mindfucks, extreme violence, and dystopia settings.
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In the beginning, an Incubus was merely a low-ranking demon who fed on the sexual terror he could inflict upon a human being. But that was before one of them got the idea to turn a human with nothing to lose into the perfect demon feeder.
During his first cycle, Kendrick learned to live with what he’d become at the pleasurable hands of the demon Bakzel. He even felt hopeful that he’d learned to balance his humanity against the demon seed growing stronger inside of him. He felt hopeful he’d earned his title as the master of demonic underlings serving him.
But there’s more to being human than retaining the ability to feel empathy toward someone who has hurt you. There’s more to being a master than having the power to veto a decision.
One valuable lesson has yet to be presented to Kendrick. The general rules for demons and how they may interact with humans, the human realm, and stake claim to a territory. That lesson is sprung on Kendrick in an untimely fashion.
*Please note that Lil Harvest is in the genre Horror as it contains the effects of demonic manipulation, and as a result, content in these works may contain graphic scenes of depravity, cruelty, and violence—sexual or otherwise—that could be offensive and potentially triggering to some readers.
Taboo BooxXx Banned Books Week
With Taboo BooxXx’s Meraki P Dark
Setting up a publishing house is a big task, tell us a little about how the idea came about?
Laura McNellis and Meraki P. Lyhne finally bet after many years of working well together as editor and author. Euro Pride Con 2018. We came to debate the genres and a story that lay outside the submission boundaries of most publishing houses. We agreed that the market needed a publishing house to cater to those readers. Once home, Meraki decided to take action, wrote up a loose plan, and sent it to Laura. We’ve since then built our BooxXx family by roping other eager souls onboard.
How much work has been involved in setting up Taboo BooxXx?
It’s ridiculous! So many obstacles have stood in our way so far, and we’re far from over it. Getting banned by Amazon was the first chop to the knees. Bureaucracy at international trading is the second. Tax and VAT laws, the Trump administration limiting some personal freedoms, and money. But failure is refusing to get back up, so here we stagger on busted knees, flipping off the adversaries, and calling for their next challenge. We never expected it to be easy. Hardship is a main ingredient in the dark genres, so why should building something on that platform be any different?
Why do you think readers want to read very dark stories?
Because they either finally get to recognize themselves or because they need the darkness to see the lucky stars that shine brightly in their lives. Also, sex and violence are primal aspects of all of us. The need to be mortified is what makes people watch horror movies or stop and oogle at car crashes. We need to feel alive, and the adrenaline surge is part of that.
Why do you think Banned books week is important?
Censoring books or art in general limits free though and speech. Censoring free thought and speech is the first step on a slippery slope toward dictatorship where minds are molded and unified into single purposes for the ones with the power to make slaves think they’re free. By not allowing people insight into all aspects of life, culture, society, rebellious thoughts and feelings, individuals are prohibited from learning and evolving, thus society is crippled and will grow stagnant. We must never allow that.
How soon will you be accepting submissions from authors?
As soon as we get a handle on the last bureaucracy. We now have a professional accountant with experience with internationally trading companies. As soon as we’ve set up and registered as a legitimate business, we’ll have the foundation for securing our authors their royalties. And that’s our main concern to be focused on before we accept submissions.
What genre’s, sub Genre’s and tropes are you looking for?
We’re not into limits, but we do focus on dark/kink/taboo/fetish all within MM. It’s a broad spectrum, of course, and “darkness” doesn’t mean the same to everyone. What one perceives as dark is the other reader’s definition of vanilla. There’s room for that.
What do you say to people who think Dark reads should be banned?
I tell them my favorite color. It’s as relevant as theirs differing from mine. We read different books for different reasons, and people thinking they should have a say about what I read are essentially telling me that their favorite color is the only right color to be favored.
More in-depth, my answer would be something of the same as why Banned Books Week is important. I don’t believe any society will plunge into darkness by becoming aware of the dark sides of existence. Quite the opposite, actually. I think information will leave people capable of recognizing symptoms of where darkness is getting a hold of something, and they can thus act accordingly to prevent it. Knowledge is light, after all, even knowledge of the darkness.
What can we expect over the next year for Taboo booxxx?
We will build success slowly so that we don’t fall down and break our necks on sudden success. We aim to create a foundation solid enough for a tower to be erected upon, and that takes time, care, and patience.
We’re still looking for a marketing guru to help us with branding and widening our platforms, but finding us more and more places, meeting us at cons etc. is on the plans.
We’re brainstorming opportunities for the future, and some cards are still held close. Once those ideas are ready to fly, we’ll be sure to make a lot of noise!
Meraki P. Dark is, as the last name suggests, the dark side of Meraki P. Lyhne.
Where Meraki P. Lyhne will play with anything from fluffy slow-burns with HEA and go to the border of dub-con, letting his characters deliver a striped ass, Meraki P. Dark will explore the depraved minds during non-con, and he’ll play with whatever fetish catches his attention.
It is the human psyche and its abilities to stretch or break that will be explored to its fullest. There will always be a plot—no one is tortured unless the character finds a good reason for it within the plot. There is room for love and tender moments, too, but they have to work hard for it!