Welcome to the website of Janine Ashbless. I'm a writer of fantasy and paranormal erotica and - more rarely - scorching romantic adventure. I like to write about magic and myth and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human. And hot filthy sex, obviously...

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News:

Lust in the Dust

An anthology of post-apocalyptic erotica

Ten stories, various authors, OUT NOW from Sinful Press
The Prison of the Angels

Romance Novel: third in the Book of the Watchers trilogy

The third in my fallen angel trilogy, The Prison of the Angels, has been released by Sinful Press!
Named and Shamed
Fierce Enchantments
Rights to Named and Shamed and Fierce Enchantments have reverted with the closing of Sweetmeats Press - both have now been re-published with lovely new covers by Sinful Press.

Bound in Skin
I have begun self-publishing reverted works with my Ashbless "brand" covers. Erotica is released with red covers, Erotic Romance with blue, as above.

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To my absolute delight I am immortalised on the "Islands of Erotica" in the Map of Literature by artist Martin Vargic. You should so buy this awesome best-seller of a book!

Recent Publications:

Sweet Hel Below

Short story: Sourdough

Bound in Skin
Heart of Flame

Latest Blog Post

Vasily Vereshchagin

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Caravan of Yaks loaded with Salt

Last week I turned in edits for a short fantasy story that was set in "Russian Turkestan" - imperial Central Asia in the 19th century. It was inspired by my Silk Road travels of course, but in the course of my research I came across Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin (1842-1904) and thought I'd share some of his pictures here because he's quite brilliant, was extremely controversial in his lifetime, and deserves to be better known.
 
He painted some places I've been myself! (Only with more severed heads)

Triumph, Registan Square, Samarkand


He's known primarily as a war artist, and he traveled extensively with Russian troops during the Russo-Turkish and Russo-Japanese wars, being both wounded and decorated for his courage (and in fact he eventually died when his ship hit a mine).

At the Fortress Wall

But his emphasis was very much on the horrors of war and he was banned and derided all across Europe for his uncompromising portrayals of just how shitty the military life was...

All Is Quiet - tryptych
Night Halt of the Great Army

... sometimes literally:

Russian Camp in Turkestan

He painted aftermaths of battles, POW corpses, wounded soldiers being abandoned to the crows, and soldiers dying in hospital.


After the Attack
Defeated: Memorial Service

This is his most notorious painting, The Apotheosis of War, which he dedicated "to all conquerors, past, present and to come":


War-paintings aside though,Vereshchagin was an extraordinary recorder of his travels across Asia. He visited India, the Himalayas, Tibet, Siberia,  China, Japan, Cuba, the Phillippines, Palestine and Syria.  He loved painting the landscapes:

Glacier on the road from Kashmir to Ladakh





Mount Kazbek

the people:

Residents of Western Tibet

Chorus of Dervishes, Tashkent

Parsee Priest, Bombay

the ruins;
The Gur-Emir Mausoleum, Samarkand
Ruins in Chuguchak

the temples

Entrance to the Temple of Niko

and OMG the costumes:

Buddiskogo Lama
Warrior of Jaipur

A Rich Kyrgyz Hunter with a Falcon

 If you want to look through (many) more of his paintings there's a good gallery HERE