Brandy In Flames

Posted by Gene Head on April 18, 2020

BRANDY IN FLAMES will soon be available right here on or Amazon.



BRANDY IN FLAMES presents in the guise of a men’s nudie magazine forum as Head astutely dissects a society gone mad and explores our views on women, sex, religious excommunication, mortality and the pervasive dominance of fantasy in our everyday lives. The culmination sees Head throw the book at us all in a shocking damnation of the human condition. If you like gritty themes, explicit adult content, and sophisticated social commentary, then you’ll love Gene Head’s howlingly uncompromising scorcher.

Sex. Alcohol. Madness. What could go wrong?

Garbage collector Elmo Brenner trades philosophy and arguments against God with anyone over a beer—or six. Happily married and living for the weekend in his small Australian town, he’s more concerned with Beethoven and booze than the share price. But his deliberately meaningless life turns into a lust-filled orgy when every woman in the world suddenly becomes an overheated nymphomaniac.

Delighted with his wife’s newfound antics, Elmo ignores the sexual fires consuming the community and immerses himself in a one-man, one-woman descent into depravity. But the “every man’s dream” plague vanishes overnight, leaving all females frigid… except Elmo’s wife. And now that she’s the object of all men’s desire, his hands are full keeping her from satisfying her inexhaustible urges with everyone but him.

Can Elmo keep it up when everybody wants a piece of his wife’s arse?



Review by B. Newman

Gene Head’s (BRANDY IN FLAMES) takes you on an honest and edgy adventure in a small Australian everytown. He shows impressive skill behind the wheel of his characters. Brace for shock and sudden turns. Enjoy the ride.

Our world is flooded by lots of great things to read and watch but I am glad that I made the decision to read the Brandy In Flames novella on a flight to Australia from Hong Kong.

The story is about Elmo Brenner, one of the towns garbo’s (rubbish collectors) and his struggle to hold himself together, and battle his primal urges and those of others, while his town of Brandy is under siege by a mysterious phenomenon that drives women to be promiscuous. Sounds like a fantasy come true? Well, Head will take this full circle. Is it a poisoned chalice?

Head offers fascinating characters that seem real because they are based on his traveled life experience. What you get is authentic world building. Once he builds his fully functional township, he then throws them into Twilight Zone style peril.

You’ll love a character one minute and loath them the next. Then you’ll love them again and part of you will hate yourself for it. It’s a world of grey. It’s a real world.

I enjoyed reading what I saw as a refreshing piece of counterculture. But something grounded on the inner mechanics of sex and what it does to the mind and by extension our actions.

I’ve never read a story like this before. I didn’t realise that it was going to unfold into being something much larger.

Head shows that he was also a dab hand at crafting and pacing his stories. Shifting gears suddenly just when you get comfortable. I was left shocked and satisfied at the end. And I hope that Head continues to build upon his Elmo Brenner character and his meticulous world building. I hope to see more works from this battler genre which so many people can relate to.

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