The Wolf at the Door

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The Wolf at the Door is a story written by Tsukizubon Saruko. It ran in Issue 6 at, and is mirrored at


"You'll never leave this devilish sin till you are hanged," Thomas snapped. Michael's chest clenched with the sight of him, moon-gilded and muddled from sleep. The serving-boy (who was no boy at all, but had twenty-two years and would be husband to Anne Smith come next spring, when his indenture was done) pushed blankets from his lap and sat with arms folded. "May the Lord forgive you your sinning, Goodman Clarke, but mind you even He may not forebear with ye much longer."

From "A werewolf story (sort of) set in colonial New England."

Author's Notes[edit]

Michael Clarke is fictional, but based loosely -- very loosely -- on Nicholas Sension, a wealthy occupant of Windsor, Connecticut in the middle of the seventeenth century. Sension's fascinating case is outlined in greater detail in Richard Godbeer's Sexual Revolution in Early America (p. 45-50). I've done quite a bit, of course, to soften the edges of his story and make it more palatable to a modern reader (a little less with the imbalance/abuse of power between master and servant IF YOU PLEASE LOL). The real Sension was eventually sentenced to whipping and public shaming for "attempted sodomy," since insufficient witnesses could be produced to convict him of the capital crime of actual sodomy, and finished his life with the entirety of his property "in bond for his good behavior," as Godbeer puts it. I confess I like my ending for him better.


You get no cookies at all for guessing what Jan is short for.

Naturally I've also played sort of fast and loose with seventeenth-century New England life and theology, but honestly less so than I expected. And remember, if you enjoyed this story, please do consider voting for it in the 2006 category of Best Use Of 'Yard' As A Penis Euphemism And Of The Word 'Shew' In A Work Of Pornographic Short Fiction.

The end!

External Reviews[edit]

  • "If Nathaniel Hawthorne and Washington Irving had teamed up to write gay erotica, this would be the result. Fantastic."
  • "The setting for this one is unique. It's not every day you come across slash story set in Puritan New England. The characterization is appropriate for the time period and the writing style sets the mood of the story. Also, werewolf/shapechangers. Can't go wrong with there."
  • "Gay love in Puritan New England. Also, one of the guys is probably a witch. Or a werewolf. Or literally the devil. Love’s complicated, you guys. This story is beautiful and haunted and COMPLETELY TRAGIC, but don’t worry, there’s a happy ending."