Laura Antoniou

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Laura Antoniou

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My fantasies have never been safe ones. Even back when I was a child,
I remember coaching a playmate into behaving the way I imagined was proper
for this little psychodrama we were about to enact. “You will be the one in
charge,” I said, pushing from the bottom as only a six-year old novice can,
“and you’re really mean. You tell me to do things that are impossible, and
when I can’t, you punish me and laugh.”

[WWW]Laura Antoniou (the name is Cypriot), attributes her earliest literary encounter with dominance/submission scenarios to a children's book entitled Greek Slave Boy, by Lillian Carroll (originally published in 1970), the story of a boy who is purchased in a Roman slave market. It inspired her to write stories from a very early age, all of which had sadomasochistic tones and themes of erotic power struggles.

As she got older, she decided to put aside aspirations to be a novelist, and turned the plot of her epic into a world for an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. Her interest in role-playing games leveraged into creating and editing a gaming magazine, Gateways Magazine in the mid 1980's.

The dream of writing returned when Laura saw a call for authors from Masquerade Books in "The SandMutopia Guardian". Her first novel for Masquerade was The Catalyst, a book about people doing SM for the first time. After that came the first three books in the Marketplace series, The Marketplace, The Slave, and The Trainer. Laura also edited series of anthologies focusing on women engaged in SM behavior: "Leatherwomen," "Leatherwomen II," "Leatherwomen III," "No Other Tribute," "By Her Subdued," and "Some Women." Using a male pseudonym, she also authored and edited several gay male books for Masquerade, including Musclebound. After the death of author and mentor [WWW]John Preston, Antoniou collected stories and essays reflecting his influence on other writers in a book entitled "Looking for Mr. Preston," the only hardcover she published with Masquerade. Laura also edited magazines for Masquerade, working as the submissions editor for Badboy and Bi-Curious magazines from 1995-1996. In addition, she was also a columnist for Girlfriends magazine from 1995-1997, and a regular contributor to the SandMutopia Guardian from 1993-2000.

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Laura also contributed short stories and non-fiction to erotic anthologies, and many of those works are part of the 2004 reissue of The Catalyst. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter at BDSM conferences, known for her "rants" (more politely known as keynotes). She was the keynote speaker at the 2005 International Master/slave Contest, 2006 Great Lakes Leather Alliance Conference, 2007 Leather Leadership Conference, 2008 International Ms. Leather Contest, 2009 Northeast Master/slave Conference, and the 2011 Southwest Leather Conference. She was also the sole female judge at the 2010 International Mister Leather Contest.

In the mid-1990's, Laura and her partner created a SM-themed Passover Haggadah, entitled "Avadim Hayinu (Once We Were Slaves)", which has become a popular text for kinky Jews and for people interested in the intersection of BDSM and spirituality.

In the mid 2000's, The Marketplace series went out of print. Antoniou took the books to Mystic Rose Books, a small publisher based in Connecticut. The trilogy was re-released with expanded material (an added short story in the case of the first two books, and nearly six chapters of new material for the third). Antoniou also published Books 4 and 5 with Mystic Rose Books, The Academy, and The Reunion.

In 2010, Laura moved her books to a new publisher, Circlet Press, which created a special imprint for her Marketplace novels, "Luster." In addition to a reprint (with added material) of the first five books, Laura is planning the sixth book in the Marketplace series, "The Inheritor" to be released in 2011.

Partial bibliography

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ANTHOLOGIES

AS CHRISTOPHER MORGAN - Short Stories

AS LAURA ANTONIOU - short stories

ARTICLES

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