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Voices from the Corridor

Van Rijn newest erotic tome, The Voices from the Corridor, 'is a collection of erotic fast fiction, each one preceded by a drawing as a highlight and key.

The primary story element is the text, with the illustrations and graphic compositions used as essential stylistic devices to convey atmosphere as well as interpretation. So the book is really an illustrated narrative with features of Comics and Graphic Novel. The strongly sexual color of the motifs show distinct references to the scope of Pulp and Low Brow, not fetish fixed yet distantly related to Stantoons, Hentai and other sex comics but much more extensive and ambitioned in terms of the text.


The episodes depicted, at first seemingly disconnected and isolated, take place in an uncertain time and space within the environment of an erotic club of sorts of unclearly mysterious ambience. The narrator's character is one of the attractions of the place. She lives and works there, and in the course of events finds herself in a confusing plot of sex and mystery laced with shots of kinky gravel.


The reader participates in the events like a voyeur, presented with quite an abundant panorama, lush and exaggerated like a look into a kaleidoscope. Yet, on the fringes of this view, places of increasing opacification and darkening are noticeable. Van Rijn's illustrations are the starting point and pivot of Annemarie Ryder's tales. Behind the alias hides a German author who has worked as a writer in various areas for more than ten years and has receives various awards. Humorous, ambivalent, full of surprising turns and paired with an extraordinary fresh and relaxed depiction of sexuality, Ryders here comes up with the lyrics to an enigmatically flowing tune, the remnants of a dream.

Juxtapoz, 2013

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