I had to be out of town last week and the stresses of travel prevented my putting together a regular interview, so we have an experiment instead. I read aloud for you a public domain pulp story by Waldemar Kaempffert, “The Diminishing Draft” (first published in 1918). An unhappily-married, middle-aged biology professor takes on a pretty young woman as an assistant and gets way more than he bargained for. This remarkable story prefigures various A.S.F.R., transformation fantasy, shrinking woman, and femme peril fetishes all in a neat 8,000 words. So give it a listen, no?
You can download this episode on your podcast app of choice, access it via its libsyn page, download it directly from here or listen to it on the nifty embedded player below.
Regular interviewing resumes with a new episode tomorrow.
On this week’s episode we interview Kiro, a Brazlian 3D artist with a fondness for erotic time stops, petrification, and dollifications. Kiro’s is an inspiring story of overcoming an unusual degree of challenge and hardship to become an extraordinarily prolific creator.
Freeze! On this week’s episode of the Squick or Squee Podcast we begin our exploration of A.S.F.R., a large family of fantasies in which one gets erotic pleasure at the thought of people being turned into statues or dolls. Our guest is Drake, a hugely prolific creator of CGI comics, art, and games with an A.S.F.R. theme. In addition to the interview, you get to hear Dr. Faustus’s reminisce a bit about his personal history with A.S.F.R., and also his explanation of what the weird abbreviation “A.S.F.R.” means, anyway.
This woman encased in emerald from the November 1941 cover of Astonishing Stories conveys a real tube girl or ASFR feel, but unfortunately is unattributed and also, in its Internet Archive version, a little battered. There is a slightly more vivid and clean, but also smaller, version of the cover to be found at Galactic Central. It appears to illustrate the story “My Lady of the Emerald,” by Robert A.W. Lowndes (1916-1998), one of many writers who began his career with the encouragement of H.P. Lovecraft. The story has an interior illustration by Leo Morey, whose work we have seen before on this site.
DeviantArt creator greatcthulu does some fine A.S.F.R.-like imagery in CG, and seeing as we’ve finally published the Adventures of Ashley Madder in a slider and at the Internet Archive, it seemed like a good time to feature some of the artist’s work. The artist describes this 2015 image as follows: “The second subject is just rising up out of the transformation chamber while the third statue-to-be waits – probably not willingly – for her turn.”
This particular volume of the Tales of Gnosis College might not have been ideal for sliders as I had to cut some double-width pages to fit them in. Nonetheless the technology seems to, indeed, to be a handy way to read the comic.
For those of you who might want the comic in greater detail, I am pleased to note that it is now available for download as a high-resolution CBZ archive (double-wide pages and all) and as a single PDF document from its dedicated download page at the Internet Archive, where you can also read the whole comic in the Archive’s native text reader.