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TagsPermanent Obscurity (2), Richard Perez (2), noncomformist (1), something weird video (1), The Losers' Club (1), fetish noir (1), New York City (1), east village (1), charles bukowski (1), satire (1) — see all tags

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About meA writer. I wrote THE LOSERS' CLUB ... more about that book here:

My new novel, told in 3 "episodes" or parts, is called

¤*.¸¸.·´¨`°*» And what is PERMANENT OBSCURITY?

PERMANENT OBSCURITY: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls
and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death by Dolores Santana
(as told to Richard Perez)

* A youthful bohemian satire,
* a story of alienated nonconformists,
* a "girls on the lam" story,
* a sexploitation and S/M romp,
* a spoof of cult celebrity and "true-life" tabloid


Inspired by the underground sexploitation films of the 1960s, this bold updating of the "roughie" subgenre and lampoon of auteur filmmaking largely takes place in New York City's East Village (circa the Bush era), and it chronicles the rise and fall of a unique and intense relationship. Dolores and Serena, two chemically dependent, down-and-out artists set out to take control of their lives by making a fetish-noir/femdom movie. Of course, things don't exactly turn out as planned.

Origins of PERMANENT OBSCURITY, including films, title, controversial cover design

What about it, luv? ¤*.¸¸.·´¨`°*»

¤*.¸¸.·´¨`°*» Barnes& ~ Nook and Paperback

¤*.¸¸.·´¨`°*» Dolores and Serena: They were the thrill-seekers! Young and immoral!...
But nobody's perfect.

*** WARNING: this descent into depravity is rated NC-17 : for graphic sexuality (especially BDSM practices and non-vanilla sex), irresponsible drug use, profane language, and depicts reckless, impulsive, and dangerous behavior. ***

Visit the "notebook" for the novel, which provides a discussion of themes and characters in the book:


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I need to emphasize that PERMANENT OBSCURITY is not "erotica," although it has BDSM overtones (leaning toward so-called "femdom"). It's really a dark comedy about bohemia and the difficulty of relationships (female/male and female/female) and finally the big question for anyone in the arts (or in the tabloid media): sudden fame vs. permanent anonymity. The style of the novel is inspired by '60s over-the-top sexploition films like those of Russ Meyer (FASTER PUSSYCAT KILL KILL, BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS) and those Something Weird Videos, like A SWEET SICKNESS and BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL [so-called “cautionary tales”]) -- updated to the Bush era (circa 2006).

PERMANENT OBSCURITY: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death by Dolores Santana (as told to Richard Perez)
Written in the 3 parts:

Whereupon we are introduced to Dolores and Serena and their kinky shenanigans.

Whereupon Dolores and Serena grapple with relationship/sexuality issues, life-threatening drug dealers, irreversible money woes. Culminating in a desperate attempt at making a so-called "femdom" film.

Whereupon Dolores and Serena find themselves in a place not expected. Namely, hell.

PERMANENT OBSCURITY: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death by Dolores Santana (as told to Richard Perez)

PERMANENT OBSCURITY: the title and where it came from -->

The subversive power of sexploitation:
pre-porn era sexploitation and its influence --

BAD GIRL CINEMA (and its influence on the novel):

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--------------------------------- About the Author:

Initially published small literary magazines, Richard Perez has also written for The New York Times (a newspaper he doesn't read.) His first novel, The Losers' Club (aka: The Losers' Club: Complete Restored Edition) has three foreign translations to date: Korean, Turkish, Italian. PERMANENT OBSCURITY: or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography, and Death — his second novel — also reflects his infatuation with bohemia and willful nonconformists.


About my libraryI've included some of my books.

GroupsBanned Books, Bloggers, Erotica, Feminist Theory, Hardboiled / Noir Crime Fiction, Hobnob with Authors, Humor, New Yorkers City, Progressive & Liberal!, Queer and Trans Litshow all groups


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There's coincidence, Richard. An Italian publisher also picked up my book, the first one. I can't read it, but what the hell, being somewhat recognized is the thing for the otherwise unknown or barely known.
Richard, I adored Permanent Obscurity and have just spotted the Losers Club in the Member Giveaway. It's not available in my country (UK) - presumably because of shipping costs? - but I'm wondering if you have it in ebook format that you'd be willing to share?
Got your book the losers club, thank you for the autographed copy! I am enjoying it so far. In it you included a request to read Permanent Obscurity. That was actually one of the 1st books I won on here, I have a ebook version, and I LOVED it. I am pretty sure I left a review for that. And on Amazon. Will do the same when I finish The Losers Club.

Thanks again! Keep writing!
Rich, I posted my review of your book Permanent Obscurity. Once again, let me say to you that I loved the book and your writing style. I think it's an excellent read.
Hi Rich,
I just finished Permanent Obscurity. What a wild ride! It just kept increasing in intensity. The last parts had me reading and turning pages as fast as I could to see what would happen next. You are an awesome writer! I will post reviews soon. I'd like to devote a little time to my review because your work deserves nothing less. But, I didn't want to wait to tell you how much I enjoyed your book and how impressed I am with your writing.
Thanks, Rich. I am enjoying your book a great deal. What a wild romp it is! You did an excellent job on the voice and authentic feel of the story. I am just in the beginning of it, but it is engaging, gritty, and oh so irreverent. Love it!
Started reading Permanent Obscurity last night. Loving it so far. Thanks for sending.
Happy new year!

Thanks for the book. I'm just finishing up the book I'm reading now, and will get a start on it this week.

i am currently reading your book. i'll be posting a review of it soon.
Did not receive the email.
Thank you so much! Haven't been on in a few weeks due to illness and a bad car crash. I seem to have some kind of bad luck curse on me. lol Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!
The schedule is much more stable now that the TYransgender Day of Remmembranc eis over. Will try and get to that this week.
thank you in advance for must have accidently gone into my spam. I finished what i was reading and am ready to read and review your book. thanks for resending to
I haven't received this as of yet. Maybe it went to spam? could you resend?
Will get the review done within the week! Thank you so much!
I'll have the book on my Kindle in a flash and will get up a review as soon as I can. Thanks very much, look foward to reading it!
Good Morning Rich,

I received the emails okay...Thank you very much.

I totally will do that as soon as I have the time to read the book, Hopefully within the next month. Sorry for the long wait.
I have gotten the book and am reading it now. Thank you for sending it to me!
Good Afternoon Richard,

I did not receive the email including the ebook. Will it be coming soon?

I received the copy! Will read it soon. :D
Still in the middle of reading it. =) Will post a review once I finish.
i have started reading Permanent Obscurity, and just wanted to let you know that so far i am enjoying it =) thanks for everything!
I look forward to reading and reviewing, Permanent Obscurity: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures..." - Thank you!
BALE (Beth)
Just got Losers' Club and I'm about half way through it already. L O V E I N ' I T ! ! ! This one is so vivid, I could see a movie of it, yet your prose is so liquid a movie would not do it justice. I'll get the review up as soon as I'm finished.
Thank you and I have started it, but with school and everything, I really haven't had the time to read it much. It will be up soon, I hope. I really do love the book so far.

Thank you,

Rich, I finally reviewed the book. Sorry it took so long and thanks for the reminder. I guess that's the trouble with an e-book, you can't leave it on your night stand, so it is in plain view. You are certainly an imaginative and creative author. I bet you are fun to meet. Thanks again, David
Rich, I would happily review your book, but, I'm sorry, I'm unable to find it, I think it came to me via my gmail account (if indeed that's how it was sent?) & I just waded thru the last 1600 or so e-mails--till last May. Is it possible to resend? The account I use most is Let me know. I usually get paper books, don't have a kindle/nook as of yet...
I am so loving the book I just haven't finished because life has gotten in my way. I will be done soon and will post a review. Thanks so much!!
It would help tremendously. Thank you!

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I am so sorry! I haven't been online...I DID get the book! WONDERFUL!! Thank you.
Hello! Just saw your message and your book sounds very interesting and I would be interested in reading it.
No problem! This book is awesome and I hope other people will read it and enjoy is as much as I did :D
Just letting you know I'm halfway through Permanent Obscurity, and am enjoying it thoroughly!
Just wanted to let you know that I'm halfway through Permanent Obscurity, and will post my review soon. Thanks again for sending it.
Not a problem at all. I will post it on Amazon as soon as I get to the computer. I was going to ask if I could on GoodReads but you beat me to it. I'll also post it on and a few other book groups I'm in. It was a lot of fun to read. I have cancer and my husband and I don't have much to laugh about anymore but I read the book out loud to him when we settled for night and it was fun. I loved it. Keep writing!!!!!!
I've posted my review of permanent obscurity to =]
Anytime, I throughoughly did enjoy the book and I'm definitley getting the word out to all of my friends about it. =]
wishing you lots of success!
it was my pleasure. i was honored to be able to read and review the book. it was a lot of fun, and i'll be checking out TLC next.
I just finished reading Permanent Obscurity today and loved it! Gritty, raw and even funny, I was completely engrossed by the story. I will be writing my review within the next couple of days.
I've been pretty busy and haven't been able to read more than 80 pages so far. I will definitely review it when I finish. I like it so far.
I did receive your book via email. I haven't had a chance to read as yet as I am in middle of another book right now. I look forward to reading & reviewing for you. Thanks so much for sending it to me. It looks very interesting.
Yes I have received but I did not find the time to read it I soon as I read it I will send my comments
Hey, thanks for the reminder. Still happily reading away, but trying to work it into the schedule from hell. You can expect a review in the very near future though...
It was my pleasure! Thanks for the book! I am looking forward to your next book!
It really was my pleasure. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for telling a great story and for exposing me to the world of an underground artiste : )
Ah, thanks for commenting on that. The book got lost on my shelf because my stack of books-for-review is ten high at the moment, but I'll put Permanent Obscurity at the top. Apologies for taking so long with this. I'll let you know when it's finished.
Sorry I haven't read the book yet. I haven't been on a reading kick yet, but when I do, I will read the book. And hopefully soon. I will read it as soon as I can.

Thanks a bunch,

lovin' PO... i got started later than i wanted to due to unusual work and social demands, but i'm tearing through it, now. i got reeled in precisely at, "repeat after me: i am selfish, i am cruel. let's be real." :) will have a review very soon for you, love.
I finally got to start your book tonight. I force myself to read review books in the order I receive them, and it was killing me to wait so long to get to yours! I am definitely loving it already! In fact, I had a tough time putting it down long enough to get online tonight and check email and all that necessary stuff. I already can tell, this is one of those that I can't stop reading. Everything around this place will suffer until I finish it! Thanks so much for sending me a copy. Can't wait to move into it further. Will let you know as soon as I finish.
Hi Richard,

I'm very excited to start "Permanent Obscurity"! Funnily enough, there's been an advance reader's copy on the manager's desk at the bookstore where I work for a few weeks now; I read the back, became intrigued and was not-so-patiently waiting for her to finish it, when I saw it on member give-away. Needless to say, I look forward to reading it, and will post a review.


tysm, Richard. i was very pleased to be chosen to receive the book. i'll objectively review it after i finish reading it. it's right up my alley, i think, and was my little gift for making it to Friday. :)

Sorry, It is still going to be a two or three weeks.

I just can't get caught up enough to read again. I will get to it soon. I have a couple of trips I am going on in the next three weeks so I will need some reading for the flights.

I will let you know as soon as it is posted.
Thanks for your comment. Your novel is currently on my wishlist, but I plan on reading it very soon. I'll be sure to let you know my thoughts. :)
Hi Rich,

I'll definitely try to find someone to pass it on to - or if you'd like, I can always send to someone requesting here and save you a few dollars. I'd be surprised if the content of the book was a problem - you don't see Nicholson Baker having a problem and I'd say The Fermata is a bit more graphic in sexual scenes. Anyway, I'd be happy to read any further works you put out there and offer my honest reviews. Even if I'm not involved, I hope you keep on keepin' on!

Hey you.

Glad you enjoyed my take on your novel. I've actually already cut and pasted the review to Amazon (I did it immediately after I posted on LT), but sometimes it takes a day or two for them to get posted. Since I review alot of gay books and films, I've noticed that there appear to be "trigger" words that prevent a review from just automatically posting. I suppose the reference to sex might raise a red flag and someone has to actually eyeball the thing for relevance before it goes up.

Anyhow, you should see it no later than Wednesday I imagine. If it isn't up by then, I'll attempt to re-post it.

But all that aside, I really really enjoyed the book. I'll admit I was leery going in, but it completely shattered my expectations. Both lead characters, Delores in particular, were amazing creations. I can almost believe they're real. When I get to The Loser's Club (there are a couple of other books that are ahead of it in line), I will definitely review that also.

Take care.
I have it in pdf as well as Kindle versions and Nook versions. E-mail me your e-mail address (my address is, and I'll send you the download link for the e-book. I really don't want to post it publicly.


Just wanted to let you know that I received your book and am excited to read it! I should be finished with a review in a couple of weeks.
yes i would like to read your book .
Just wanted to say thanks for the book I really enjoyed it! Went ahead and put my review up here on LibraryThing, Shelfari, and Amazon. Thanks again great book.

Meant to comment on here earlier, but wanted to let you know I received my copy of Permanent Obscurity. May be a little while before I start reading it though. Finals week and graduation parties have eaten up my free time. Still, can't wait to read it. :)
I can't wait to get this!
Thanks Rich--unfortunately I have to type really slow. I've really fucked up my left wrist. Oh well--as the saying goes--shit happens. Anyway in respect to the post office and the job I have there I've only a bit over three years left before I retire. Like Buk I'm going to need my fair share of alcohol to make it.
Just wanted to let you know I recieved your book today. I'm so excited about reading it! Thank you.
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