And the Bad Sex Award goes to …

by |December 3, 2015

Warning: Don’t read the following at work/in public if you’re easily excitable…List of the Lost

Every year the Literary Review dishes out their Bad Sex in Fiction Award, bestowing it on an author who has produced an outstandingly bad sex scene in an otherwise good novel.

This year, Morrissey was announced as the lucky (or rather unlucky) winner for his debut novel, List of the Lost, a novel that follows four Boston relay winners who are cursed by an old man in the woods.

The Literary Review judges were swayed by a rather ecstatic scene between one of the runners, Ezra, and his girlfriend, Eliza:

…Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza’s breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra’s howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it whacked and smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza’s body except for the otherwise central zone
List of the Lost by Morrissey

The 2015 Bad Sex Award in Fiction shortlist

She stroked my pole and took off my briefs, and I got between her and spread her muscular thighs with my knees and rubbed myself against her until she was wet as a waterslide.
The Martini Shot by George Pelecanos

Her mouth was intensely ovoid, an almond mouth, of citrus crescents. And under that sling, her breasts were like young fawns, sheep frolicking in hyssop – Psalms were about to pour out of me.
Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen

While I lie next to him, astounded by his presence still, he opens my silk robe and touches my cunt as if he were Adam just discovering Eve’s pussy.
Fear of Dying by Erica Jong



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  • December 5, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Hey-I read “Fear of Dying” last week and it was frigging awesome. But, that sex talk from a mother book re: “Psalming”?! Good one!

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