Writer and Art: Howard Hardiman
Publisher: Self published
What's it about?
What lengths do we go to in our lives? To make money? To meet boyfriends? To keep boyfriends? To survive?
From the website:
"It’s hard being someone’s Mister Right when for a hundred pounds an hour, you’re anyone’s Mister Right Now. Young ex-art student Eddie has abandoned his course, his family, his lover and his friends to follow a male escort into a world of sex, drugs and unrequited love. Now, he is beginning a tentative romance with an old friend and having to face up to the challenge of being honest in a relationship about what he’s doing in the weird hours he works and the lengths he’s willing to go to to try to please everyone around him."
There's no rainbows in this, no whimsical camp paraphernalia. It's a seedy, gritty story about a male prostitute coming to a crossroads in his life. It's sometimes sordid, sometimes touching. The juxtaposition between the lead's life as Ford, sex worker, and his life as Eddie, drop out art student, is the main message of the story. Exploring this, we see Eddie with past boyfriends, how he got into sex work, and his blossoming relationship with Dan, who has no idea about Eddie's job.