July 1, 2016
Going pound for pound with Dr. Chuck Tingle
by Ian Dreiblatt
It can be hard to get enough of Dr. Chuck Tingle, the man Tom Hawking of Flavorwire memorably called “surely the most successful author of gay dinosaur erotica that the world has ever seen.”
Tingle is a self-described “erotic author and Tae Kwon Do grandmaster (almost black belt) from Billings, Montana.” As his bio further notes, “[a]fter receiving his PhD at DeVry University in holistic massage, Chuck found himself fascinated by all things sensual, leading to his creation of the ‘tingler,’ a story so blissfully erotic that it cannot be experienced without eliciting a sharp tingle down the spine.” He is the author of more than eighty books, all self-published through Amazon, including The Art of the Tingle, Gay T-Rex Law Firm: Executive Boner, Handsome Sentient Food Pounds My Butt and Turns Me Gay: Eight Tales of Hot Food and Beverage Love, Schrodinger’s Butt, and President Domald Loch Ness Tromp Pounds America’s Butt, to say nothing of the immortal sequence Pounded in the Butt By My Own Butt, Pounded in the Butt By My Book “Pounded in the Butt By My Own Butt”, and so forth, right on out to Pounded in the Butt By My Book “Pounded in the Butt By My Book ‘Pounded in the Butt By My Book “Pounded in the Butt By My Book ‘Pounded in the Butt By My Own Butt’”’”. His Space Raptor Butt Invasion was nominated for a Hugo Award as the “Best Novelette” of 2015, which, though intended as a joke, prompted him to dash off another opus, Slammed in the Butt By My Hugo Award Nomination. Chuck Tingle: he’s there when you need him.
Now a thick miasma of unpleasant discussion is billowing across the world, as we all come to terms with the UK’s vote last week to secede from the European Union. Tingle has once again snatched art from the jaws of the headlines to publish perhaps his most topical title yet, the brand-new Pounded by the Pound: Turned Gay by the Socioeconomic Implications of Britain Leaving the European Union. At least one prominent British author has been reading it:
The book’s real, the review’s real and I’ve finally found something to laugh about in this whole terrible mess. pic.twitter.com/5r8yF9Fa2l
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2016
To which Tingle replied:
.@jk_rowling thank you for PROVING love is real for all who kiss. please CONFIRM that neighbor ted cobbler is from House Of Slithering Snake — Chuck Tingle (@ChuckTingle) June 26, 2016
In an email to James Michael Nichols of the Huffington Post, Tingle said the book had taken him “maybe six hours maybe seven maybe even eight who knows” to write. Turning to Rowling’s praise, he added, “i am a very big fan of all JK ROWLINGS even have a buckaroo shirt with her on it called LEGENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION featuring best hugo nominated authors over time (like chuck).”
Thank you, Dr. Chuck Tingle. We are pounded in the butt by your service to readers everywhere.
Ian Dreiblatt is the director of digital media at Melville House.