The November issue is out now!
Halloween allows for the Amorist's favourite annual raid on the dressing up box and she had a blast commissioning stories for this issue, such as Anne Billson's retrospective of Hammer horror movies, Roger Clarke writing about encounters with sex ghouls and film-maker Nic Roeg's recollections of making a memorably spine-tingling movie (with one of the best-ever sex scenes) Don't Look Now (1973).
For weeks the office at Amorist Towers echoed to discussions about strangely arousing moments on film, which turned into our Amorist list of the month: 'So terrifying it turns you on'. The gorgeous gore fest evoked by looking at wonderful old Hammer horror photos led to confessions of vamp-ish vampire fantasies, including a general crush on Christopher Lee, in Dracula (1958), below.
Max Schreck as Count Orlock in the 1922 German expressionist film Nosferatu (above), didn't make hearts beat so hard, but Amoristas agreed that there's a palpable thrill to the idea of baring your exposed neck to the piercing of sharp fangs.
Other 'strange' stories in the November issue include the wonderful Kevin Jackson's piece on Sex and the Single Surrealist, where he examines the misogyny of this avant-garde group, as well as their campaign for sexual openness. The Amorist was able to illustrate this with lavish photographs from the newly published art book The Art of the Erotic (Phaidon,£59.99), with an introduction by The Amorist's editor, Rowan Pelling.
Office favourites from the book include 'Alice' (1933) by Balthus, above, and 'Torso' (1919) by Alfred Stieglitz, below, a beautiful photo of artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
There's a paean to the pencil skirt from our incomparable Style Siren, author Christobel Kent, who's known to be as chic as Lauren Bacall (pictured) when she goes out in one of the many lovely versions of this knee hobbler from her own wardrobe.
And for men who love a fine cravat, there's no greater inspiration than Philip Mann's article on the Dandy, including exquisite dressers from Beau Brummel to Soho's very own Sebastian Horsley, pictured below.
Of course no one did androgyny quite like David Bowie, below.
If all this sounds a little retro, the November issue also has another fine report by academic Kate Devlin, from the frontline of sex robot development, for which she travelled to the U.S.
Finally, for users of the Amorist App, there's a new film out by FrolicMe.
And yes, since you ask, it's called Eat Me.
Have a great weekend.
My most beautiful of all little blue grey mouse catching, pearly bottomed, creamy-thighed, soft-waisted mewing rat-pursuers!
Letter from Peter Pears to Benjamin Britten, 1941