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Art by Melissa Mead

K is for Kinky

Tim Pratt's stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and other nice places. He's won a Hugo for his short fiction (and lost Sturgeon, Stoker, World Fantasy, and Nebula Awards). He lives in Berkeley CA with his wife and son. Find him online at timpratt.org

Jenn Reese lives in Los Angeles and is currently writing a middle-grade adventure series for Candlewick Press. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons and the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology Paper Cities, among others. Follow her adventures at jennreese.com.

Heather Shaw is a writer, editor, gardener and aikidoka living in Berkeley, California with her husband and son. She's had fiction in Strange Horizons, Polyphony, The Year's Best Fantasy, Escape Pod and other nice places. She just finished her first middle-grade novel, "Keaton T., Junior Gene Hacker" and is looking for representation. For more, visit heathershaw.org

Greg van Eekhout's fiction for adults and children includes the novels Norse Code and Kid vs. Squid and stories published in Asimov's, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and other places. He lives in San Diego, CA. For more information, visit writingandsnacks.com.
You've tried everything from sex toys to Kama Sutra, but all to no avail? Maybe you need to get some kink under your Skin. This latest in Skin technology never caught on in the world of high-fashion, but the underground world of kinky sexplorers have kept the market for smelly Skins alive and well. These Skins hearken back to a couple of centuries ago, when people lived their whole lives and died in the bodies they were born in. Back in the day (as they said, well, back in the day), those skins were rarely perfect, and along with blemishes and aging they had to be washed frequently, yet still suffered from odor, and sweat, not to mention passage of air and other effluvia in and out of the body. If this sounds nasty to you, stop reading. For those of you who are intrigued, you, too can experience what it was like to have sex in a real, breathing, sweating and--most importantly--stinking body. The sexplorers claim that sex in these bodies is better than any high-fashion Skin or virtual hook-up--that these smelly Skins (often called Skinks) engage all the senses in a way that we've lost today. Call them throwbacks, old school or just plain smelly, these kinky folks swear by their stinky, Skinky sex and seem to be having a great time. They sure do look kinky just walking down the street, with their Skins glistening with sweat, their clothing stained wet with it, their bodies sometimes lumpy and puffing with exertion. Don't worry, they're harmless enough--just be sure to stay upwind!
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This story was first published on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

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