Lot’s Sin began its life as, “The Tribe,” included in the late Freaky Fountain’s anthology, Erotica Apocrypha. Originally, the publisher had two spiritually themed calls for submission. If I remember correctly, one was for Abrahamic religions, and the other for non-Abrahamic religions. I submitted one story for each. What is now Tomb Brides, included in Forbidden Fiction’s Divine Desire, I submitted for the non-Abrahamic anthology. “The Tribe” I submitted for the Abrahamic anthology.
Freaky Fountain, after receiving submissions, decided to condense both themes into Erotica Apocrypha. They rejected the earlier version of Tomb Brides and accepted “The Tribe.” A few years later, with the anthology, I believe, out of print, I decided to submit the stories to ForbiddenFiction.
Lon Sarver has been a very helpful editor, and his suggestions moved me to flesh out “The Tribe” into Lot’s Sin. It isn’t that Lon tells you what to write. It’s more that he points towards undeveloped areas and asks, “What’s in there?” And so the story developed into its current form.
My ones of fans may be shocked to learn that I am not actually a Biblical scholar, but I was a little more familiar with that tome than with the Torah or Koran. I pondered what sort of stories might be eligible for treatment. Onan (Spermicidal Tendencies-Withdrawal’s an Alternative)? Not sure. How about the story of David collecting 200 Philistine foreskins for Saul? No, way too ambitious. There are many references to prostitutes and slaves within the Bible, most probably with great potential for stories. But the one that stuck out in my mind, and one that many people are familiar with, was of course the story of Lot and his daughters. It isn’t as brutal as the story told in Judges 19:22-30 (which is surprisingly similar to the story), but it is poignant and still challenging.
Having witnessed the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah, and apparently assuming their procreative suitor pool to be severely truncated, Lot’s daughters seek to get him drunk and get to know him in, well, the Biblical sense.
The story may appear somewhat blasphemous, but that is not my intention. I wanted, instead, to explore this story and try to think of what it may mean to people at an undiscussed level. Did Lot’s wife literally turn into a pillar of salt, for example, or did that mean something else? What do people think about when they read this story in the Bible? If they don’t think about it consciously, does it work on the mind at a deeper level?
I find, in myth, and perhaps in much of literature and art, that the unprocessed details may carry much of the impact. When you know that a story such as that of Lot and his daughters exists, but ignore it, where does that information go? Does it disappear? No, not if people immediately recognize the story. It goes to a hidden place, and that little space is what I wanted to explore with this story.
Anthologies which include this story: