Published Nov 18, 2015Morrissey dropped his debut novel List of the Lost earlier this year, only to have it panned by critics — one of whom referred to the literary offering as the "stale excrement" of the singer's imagination. But that doesn't necessarily mean the book won't be winning any awards. In fact, List of the Lost is the frontrunner for the Literary Review's 2015 Bad Sex in Fiction Award.
Also nominated for the annual award that honours "the most egregious passage of sexual description in a work of fiction" are Richard Bausch's Before, During, After, Joshua Cohen's Book of Numbers, Tomas Espedal's Against Nature, Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies, Aleksandar Hemon's The Making of Zombie Wars, Erica Jong's Fear of Dying and The Martini Shot by George Pelecanos.
At the time of his novel's release, Moz's allusions to barrel-rolling breasts and bulbous salutations became a viral sensation, drawing the ridicule of many online readers. The full passage in question reads:
Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the 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 smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza's body except for the otherwise central zone.
The winner of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award will be announced on December 1.