(aka Aaron Travis)
April 21, 2006
Saylor's novels about ancient Rome have been translated into eighteen
languages, and he has appeared on The History Channel as an expert on
Roman life. He splits his time between Austin and Berkeley.
-- from Saints & Sinners
Roman Blood (1991)
Arms of Nemesis (1992)
Catalina's Riddle (1993)
Lambda Literary Award
Gay Men's Mystery; Nominee; 1994 Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers)
The Venus Throw (1995)
-- Winner, The Critics’ Choice Award, 1995; named “Best Mystery Novel of 1995” by the Portland Oregonian;
Nominee, 1995 Lambda Literary Award/Gay Men’s Mystery
A Murder on the Appian Way (1996)
The House of the Vestals: The Investigations of Gordianus the Finder (1997)
-- Winner, Herodotus Award from the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society
Last Seen in Massilia (2000) Shortlist, CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger award
A Mist of Prophecies (2002)
The Judgment of Caesar (2004)
It is 48 B.C. For years now, the rival Roman generals Caesar and
Pompey have engaged in a contest for world domination. Both now turn
to Egypt, where Pompey plans a last desperate stand on the banks of
the Nile, while Caesar's legendary encounter with queen Cleopatra will
spark a romance that reverberates down the centuries. But Egypt is a
treacherous land, torn apart by the murderous rivalry between the
goddess-queen and her brother King Ptolemy.
Into this hot-house atmosphere of intrigue and
deception comes Gordianus the Finder, innocently seeking a cure for
his wife Bethesda in the sacred waters of the Nile. But when his plans
go awry, he finds himself engaged in an even more desperate pursuit -
to prove the innocence of the son he once disowned, who stands accused
The judgment of Caesar will determine the fate of
Gordianus's son; the choice Caesar makes between Cleopatra and her
brother Ptolemy will determine the future of Rome's empire. At the
center of these two dilemmas, Gordianus becomes the unwitting fulcrum
that will shift the balance of history. Witness to the death throes of
the old world, he is to play a critical role in the birth of the world
Drawing scrupulously on historical sources, this is
the most ambitious novel yet in Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series.
Saylor presents a bold new vision of Caesar and paints a compelling
and original portrait of Cleopatra, amid bloodshed, battles and
storms, in a setting of Egyptian magic and mystery.
A Gladiator Dies Only Once
Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series of novels,
set in the late Roman Republic and featuring Gordianus the Finder, has
garnered unusual acclaim from readers and reviewers alike,
establishing him as one of the pre-eminent historical crime writers.
In A Gladiator Dies Only Once, the second collection of his
award-winning stories featuring Gordianus, Saylor more than meets his
own high standards. Set during period between the events of his novels
Roman Blood and Catalina's Riddle, these previously untold adventures
range from twisted search for truth behind a threatening blind item in
the Acta Diurna ("The Consul's Wife") and a kidnapping and murder
during the revolt of Sertorius ("The White Fawn") to the story behind
Cicero's discovery of Archimedes's tomb ("Archimedes Tomb") and a
perplexing domestic situation in Gordianus's own home ("If a Cyclops
Could Vanish in a Glimpse of an Eye.")
Beast of Burden (1993)
Five ferocious tales from a master of lascivious prose.
Innocents surrender to the brutal sexual mastery of their superiors as
taboos are shattered and replaced with the unwritten rules of
Big Shots (1993)
Two fierce tales in one electrifying volume. In
"Beirut," Travis tells the story of ultimate military power and erotic
subjugation; "Kip," Travis' hypersexed and sinister take on film noir,
appears in unexpurgated form for the first time.
A volume of shorter Travis tales, each providing a
unique glimpse of the horny gay male in his natural environment! Cops,
college jocks, ancient Romans, even Sherlock Holmes and his loyal
Watson cruise these pages, fresh from the throbbing pen of one of our
Tag Team Studs (1996) with
Thrilling tales from these two legendary eroticists.
The wrestling world will never seem the same once you've made your way
through this assortment of sweaty, virile studs. But you'd better be
wary; if should one catch you off guard, you just might spend the rest
of the night pinned to the mat....
The Flesh Fables (1996)
One of Travis' best collections, finally re-released.
The Flesh Fables includes "Blue Light," his most famous story, as well
as other masterpieces that established him as the erotic writer to
In the Blood (1996)
Written when Travis had just begun to explore the true
power of the erotic imagination, these stories laid the groundwork for
later masterp ieces. Among the many rewarding rarities included in
this volume: In the Blood a heart-pounding descent into sexual
vampirism, written wit h the furious erotic power that has
distinguished Travis work from the beginning.
Slaves of the Empire (1998)
The brutality of battle—and the pain and pleasures of
being a slave!
Swords clang harshly as the arena crowd goes wild.
Magnus, the mightiest gladiator in all of Rome, gives the people what
they want—bloodlust and death for their entertainment. He and his
mortal enemy, Urius, are the best of the best of the slaves doing
battle for the roaring crowds. Magnus is invincible—or is he? A
conspiracy of evil unfolds around him, threatening to destroy him in
ways he could never imagine. You see, cruel Senator Marcellus has
plans for the slave. Plans of pleasure—and of pain. Slaves of the
Empire is critically acclaimed author Aaron Travis' classic gladiator
epic of slavery, sex, and sadism, reprinted for a new generation of
heated readers of gay erotica.
Slaves of the Empire immerses readers in the brutal
age of ancient Rome, when the powerful took their sadomasochistic
pleasure from the weak, and pain and death awaited every slave, no
matter how strong. If you've ever loved the oily gladiator adventures
of the past, you are in for a treat. This tale has it all: fine
writing, complex characters, and a story of rivalry, power, and
torment—and of course, an abundance of steamy gay sex. It is the Roman
Empire in all its glory, built with the hot blood, sweat, and tears of
Unmade Bed (1998)
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