Who We Are:
The Manhole @ The Phade is a forum for those who love to read and write gay romance and erotica and an online community where readers and authors alike come together from all corners of the planet to share their thoughts, experiences and enthusiasm for manlove in fiction.
We like to rave and rant about our latest reads and enjoy open, honest and in depth discussion on all aspects of gay romance and erotica. We also proudly promote gay fiction to anyone who will listen and shamelessly lure new readers and authors into the fold. We have serious discussions about gay issues and rights throughout the world, but can easily shift gears for some fun and wax poetic on the merits of "better living through bondage" and olive oil as "organic lube", our love of "dangly bits" and "nipple pebblosity" and our forever endless fascination with "men in kilts."
Most of all, The Manhole @ The Phade is our little corner of the virtual world where we promote and celebrate manlove in fiction.
The Phade was founded and launched on September 4, 2007, by three very daring and visionary divas of romance and erotica known in virtual circles as KMont, Flowerlady and DarkKitty. Inspired by JR Ward?s Black Dagger Brotherhood they created a place on the web where readers could come together for an honest discussion of the series. Owing to this open environment The Phade quickly became the official "unofficial BDB site" on the web and in no time at all grew to encompass discussions of the paranormal, romance and erotica landscape - and anything in between.
Discussion of gay romance and erotica on The Phade began in October 2007, one month after its official launch, with a lone member post requesting M/M book recommendations in a single topic, entitled, M/M Erotica: Any Good Reads? That humble post set in motion a sequence of events that we would never have imagined in our wildest dreams. Over the following year as The Phade grew so did the M/M Erotica topic both organically and by acquisition. Those few, proud and determined vampires of the M/M chat managed to bite and infect numerous Phaders with the addiction and more and more readers and several authors joined the discussion enjoying the easy camaraderie and freedom of expression that The Phade's environment provides.
Members commented on innumerable gay romance and erotica novels, novellas and short stories, posted about yaoi manga and yaoi inspired anime and shared their love of soldiers, cowboys, firemen, policemen, doctors, carpenters and artists as inspired by characters representing all walks of life in their favorite stories. We celebrated The Phade's first anniversary in style by hosting four chats with incredibly talented authors of gay romance and erotica. We (re)discovered the critically aclaimed television series Queer As Folk (American version) and fell hopelessly in love with the visual side of manlove. And as our universe was expanded through gay fiction, we discussed GLBT issues in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and beyond. More imporatntly, we made a difference in ourselves and in others as gay romance and erotica served as a catalyst in (re)opening our eyes to the injustices faced by the members of the GLBT community and the unfair laws and social norms that seek to deny or take away their rights.
By early 2009, The Phade's M/M community was thriving with over 165 pages of discussion and close to 38,000 individual member posts. Our varied interests in GLBT related issues and growing community of M/M readers and authors had reached critical mass. With that in mind, and with the support of the Phade's founding divas and the immeasurable assistance of the Phade's crew of Admin and Super Mods we expanded The Phade's community and created a new home for gay romance and erotica readers and authors on The Phade. On Valentine's Day of 2009 we launched The Manhole @ The Phade, marking the next chapter in our journey.
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