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THE BEST HOLIDAY READS

LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO LOSE YOURSELF? GRAEME AITKEN SUGGESTS A RANGE OF GENRES AND AUTHORS TO EXPLORE OVER THE BREAK.

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THE END OF BILLY KNIGHT

by Ty Jacob

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday read, this is it! Desire and ambition set against the backdrop of LA’s gay porn world and based on (or inspired by) two fascinating real-life people – the late porn star, Joey Stefano and drag queen porn producer Chi Chi LaRue.

The characterisation of both is exceptionally strong, but Jacob particularly excels in portraying the vulnerabilities of drag queen character, Sasha Zahore. Out of drag, Sasha (aka Dale) is a plump, unattractive gay man nearing middle-age and the realities of sex and desire for him are bluntly portrayed. Naturally, Sasha falls for hustler and budding porn star Billy Knight (aka Mike), but Billy is firm with him from the outset that they are strictly friends. It’s difficult for Sasha to accept this when Billy works as a hustler, selling himself to all and sundry, yet won’t give Sasha a simple “mercy fuck”. Although Sasha is closer to Mike than anyone else, it isn’t enough. Inflamed with jealousy when he realises Billy is falling for a strapping bar dancer, he schemes to sabotage the relationship and succeeds. Similarly trying to break into the porn industry as a drag queen director appears to be an impossible challenge. Masculinity is key in the industry and being a drag queen is diametrically opposed to the image they want to project, but Sasha is talented, passionate and extremely determined. His closeness to Billy is one of his best assets in landing an opportunity to direct and he exploits it mercilessly.

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