Jess Huon is a Melbourne writer whose stories have been published in Australian literary journals. In recent years she has lived and worked between Australia and Asia, writing and teaching on retreats in monasteries throughout India. When in Melbourne she co-writes and directs performance pieces for mainstream theatres with the theatre company Rollercoaster, comprising actors with disabilities.
224 pages Paperback, 19.7 x 13.4 cm Published May 2011 ISBN 9781920882679
The Dark Wet is Jess Huon’s first collection of short stories. Its three sequences explore the intense relationships between childhood friends, and later their spiritual companions, through the experience of sex, drugs, artistic expression and religious belief. The first sequence centres on Jed Harp’s aching but undeclared love for his friend Daniel Hess; the second, on the wild androgynous desire of Isabelle and Oliver, riding across the boundaries of gender; the third follows the path of a young woman in India, from Buddhist monastery to Christian ashram to the erotic enchantments of a Hindu guru.