WTF Weekend: Pornucopia by Piers Anthony

Pornucopia is a picaresque black comedy that transgresses all bounds of everyday good taste. It begins in a near-future world where sex-vending machines and genital transplants are taken for granted.

Prior Gross, the hero and sex object of this wild adventure, thinks his fantasies have all come true when a beautiful young woman seduces him on a public beach. She turns out to be a succubus, beginning his initiation into a realm populated by demons that are not merely horned, but horny.

He encounters a perverse cast of characters that includes a satyr, a vampire, and a pair of luscious sisters, one of whom tricks him out of his manhood.

So Prior Gross sets out on a perverse odyssey, taking him to a distant planet where he discovers the key to the return of his property and, ultimately, the origin of the universe itself.

   

Even if Pornucopia weren't already legendary as one of the best/worst examples of Piers Anthony's more eccentric tales, that "picaresque black comedy that transgresses all bounds of everyday good taste" tagline would be enough to guarantee me a WTF read.

You know what? It's actually a pretty good read. Off-the-wall, incredibly fucked-up bizarre, and ridiculously pornographic, it initially seems rather dated, but it's actually quite progressive (and weirdly prescient of contemporary fetish erotica) for a book that's nearly 30 years old.

I won't even try to recap the plot, because to do so would be more than futile. This is one of those books where the story is in the telling, and the details are everything. Suffice to say, it opens with a gender-changing succubus/incubus, forced impregnation, and STD experimentation . . . and then it gets really fucking weird. There's the recycling of sexual fluids between a satyr and a succubus/incubus (building to a messy finale), the series of increasingly larger and more bizarre detachable erections (including a three-pronged prehensile beast), the anal smuggling of demon eggs across dimensions (which is a fetish all its own), a garden of erotic statues (with a decidedly hardcore bestiality theme), and . . . well, that's about the halfway mark, so you can probably it gets even weirder when the aliens get involved.

Pornucopia is hardly high literature. It's juvenile in its humor, pubescent in its pornography, and far too self-indulgent for most reader's tastes. In fact, it's in poor taste more often than not, and there are no lines that Piers Anthony is afraid to cross. And you know what? I fucking love it. This is an author allowing himself to run wild, to indulge the creepiest, kinkiest, wildest corners of his imagination, without a care for what critics or editors might think. As a contemporary piece of self-published erotic fiction, it would be pretty damned entertaining, but as a work that predates the World Wide Web, it's pretty fucking amazing.

These are words I never thought I'd say, but bring on The Magic Fart!



Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published July 22nd 2004 by Mundania Press LLC (first published 1989)

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