Phallic 'billiard rack' earns Bad Sex in Fiction award
US author Christopher Bollen has been named winner of the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award for his novel The Destroyers.
The passage which caught the attention of the Literary review – the British magazine which gives out the award – involved comparing male genitalia to a “billiard rack”.
According to the magazine, the prize aims to “draw attention to poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction – and to discourage them”.
Bollen’s third novel is a literary thriller which draws inspiration from the works of Agatha Christie and Graham Greene.
“The skin along her arms and shoulders are different shades of tan like water stains in a bathtub,” the awarded passage reads.
“Her face and vagina are competing for my attention, so I glance down at the billiard rack of my penis and testicles.”
Bollen, editor at large of Interview Magazine, was not present at Thursday’s ceremony in London to collect the award, which saw his book beat the likes of Wilbr Smith’s War Cry, a bestseller featuring a passage where a war veteran says: “It’s bloody cold. I might get frostbite on my c***.”
Other nominees included Venetia Welby, whose novel Mother of Darkness features a passage that included “the marble statue of the lovers allows itself to be painted by the dawn’s lurid orange spillage”.
“What an honour,” Welby tweeted in response to the nomination.
“And my 2018 entry is thrusting forth with milky promise too.”
Former recipients of the prize include the musician Morrissey, whose debut novel includes the following passage: “At this, Eliza and Ezra rolled together into one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza’s breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra’s howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it whacked and smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza’s body except for the otherwise central zone.”