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Mr. Benson

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  435 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Mr. Benson is the compelling story of a young man’s quest for the perfect master. In a West Village leather bar, he finds wealthy, sophisticated, exacting Aristotle Benson, who leads him down the path of erotic enlightenment, teaching him to accept cruelty as love, anguish as affection, and ultimately, Mr. Benson as his master.

If John Preston, the masterly, handsome author
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Cleis Press (first published 1983)
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

UNF! Why has Mr. Benson been hiding from me all this time?

And here I go a little further down the rabbit hole…

Mr. Benson is iconic to the leather community. After reading it, it's clear several current BDSM writers have read this book. Some of my favorite reads had to have been at least partially influenced by it; so, it's worth the read just for the classic factor alone.

I can tell you this happened to me often whilst reading it.

Accompanied by…
Yap. Tis true. Needed some me time.

Mr. Benso
Jason Bradley
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mild Spoilers

While the over-all plot was a bit unrealistic, the Master/slave relationship portrayed, along with the other Dom and sub types shown in this novel, are very characteristic of the scene and the mentality of those involved. I felt a connection with Jamie, who tells the story, especially his feelings of loss and depression during the middle chapters when he feels he may have lost his master.

I also loved the Epilogue which shows some of the mushiness that lies beneath the toughness of
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Mr. Benson is without question an iconic work of fiction. I’ve seen the book reviewed as a must have for anyone interested in BDSM and as the blurb mentions, has become a cultural symbol. The paperback is on many, many keeper shelves and remains a classic, much discussed story. What’s interesting is that Mr. Benson doesn’t actually try to be a story based in reality or a how to for BDSM fans. Instead the story delves into the ultimate fantasy and the psychological impact of heavy slavery and sad ...more
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book even though I agree with some of the other reviews about the ending. It was so good that the ridiculous mystery part didn't really diminish the awesomeness of it.

It's not BDSM lite. Lots of pain, humiliation & water sports are involved.
Danny Tyran
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: d-s, bdsm, gay, bareback
Mr. Benson is the first BDSM novel I read. And I read it several times since with renewed emotion. This book and his main characters became the symbol of the Leather Community.

Please find my complete review here:
James Cox
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A deeper look into the kinky side. I enjoyed it.
A.B. Gayle
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this book isn't perfect. I have yet to read one that is. There are a few typos, but not enough to detract from the overall effect, which is what I base my ratings on.

I'd heard so much about this cult classic, and the way it has been a forerunner for the genre, pre-empting many of the latter BDSM slave/master books. I didn't expect to find anything new, assuming most that have been written since to be derivatives of this.

And when I say I was surprised, I'm not talking here about the plot tw
Josephine Myles
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica, m-m, romance, mystery, bdsm
A classic BDSM romance from the late 70s, this novel is every bit as powerful today, but definitely not a read for the squeamish.

Narrated by Jamie, now Mr Benson’s slave, it tells of their early history when cocky twenty-five year Jamie first approached Mr Benson in a leather bar. After a night together that tests Jamie’s limits, Mr Benson gives him a choice – to go away and think things through, but only to come back if he is willing to give himself over completely, abandoning everything from h
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm
So glad I soldiered on through the disgustingly detailed 'water sports' descriptions in this book. If you're a fan of such activities, rush out and buy it now. The rest of us will find enough other content to make for an excellent Master/slave read, despite them. There are some issues explored that lend insight to the psychological aspects of the slave and Master roles that I found quite interesting and hadn't read before. All is not just sleaze or clinical here, however. There is a decent plot, ...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, mm, bdsm-d-s
Wow, fabulous master/slave story with more of a realistic feel. Told from Jaime's view as a cocky young hot guy who finds out how much he truly wants to submit to another and how Mr. Benson changes his life.

If you don't mind or can get past the heavier aspects, such as the piss drinking fetishes and fisting scenes, you will find a very well written story. I cannot always comprehend these types of relationships but they always fascinate me.

The clincher here was the epilogue given by Mr. Benson w
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Made my sphincter contract and my eye balls pop.
Sep 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Mr Benson by John Preston was possibly one of the most challenging books I’ve read in a while, but the depth of feeling, trust and sense of belonging was so worth the ride. I have to agree with a comment made to me about the latter parts of the book, which did end up a little bit like something out of Five Go Mad in Dorset. However, by the time I’d actually reached this point in the book I did not really give a rats as I was up at some ungodly hour reading it. I just wanted to see what happened. ...more
Serena Yates
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
This is not an easy book to read, as many reviewers have said before me. It's an honest look at the dynamics of a master/slave relationship, including the rough scenes, the fetishes, and the kink. The book lacks much of the "mushiness" of the more idolized master/slave stories written over the last few years, but it's not a "cruel" portrayal of just the "roughness".

I think it's a fascinating look at power exchange and the psychology behind it. Most of the story is told by Jamie's (the slave), bu
Kay Sachse
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I thought that it might be interesting to read a novel about a SM-relationship but I got the idea that I ended up reading something about a SM phantasy with a lot of sex in all kinds of environments: gang bangs, sex in a hotel, even a real slave market. Well, that might be entertaining and thrilling for some, but I was so curious about the emotional entanglement between two men who are involved with one another. But unfortunately except for a lot of sex I didn't get a convincing answer to that. ...more
I skimmed most of this after about 25% when the mystery came into play, so I won't rate it and it's going on my "yolo" shelf.

I bought this over a year ago. I should know by now, buying books that aren't the norm for me and are $9.99 is a clear sign it will not be a book I enjoy. I will try to to rant too bad.

This was bizarre. I've read a lot of BDSM and I love a good Master/slave story but this, told from the POV of Jamie, the new slave of Mr. Benson... was not something I loved. First, there
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic, bdsm, slave
When I think of SM, I tend to think about Patrick Califia and his work, Hard Men, because it was his writing, fictions and theories on SM and all, that had changed my views on SM and allowed me to peek into the psychology behind it all. Now I will think about Mr Benson as well. I was already familiar with the leather culture before I read this book so nothing here, piss drinking and all, surprised or shocked me. What the book offered was however an insight, an insight into which why men would al ...more
Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)
Jun 04, 2012 marked it as tbr2_read-now_tip-top-pile

Bought from @ USD5.29 after 50% discount coupon on 15-Nov-2013 (Original price before discount is USD10.59)

Found an ebook version available on Kobobooks -

There's a paperback on Bookdepository too at a slightly more expensive price.

Ebook should be better I think. Since it would be more discreet when I am reading it.

Want to know what you will be getting into first before purchasing the book? Here's some preview p
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Clerah by: Deanna
Shelves: _own, m-m, bdsm, slave
One of the more "hard-core" book that I've read. A look into the mind of a slave, Jamie, as he discovers his own desires and the dynamics of an S/M relationship.

By far the epilogue was my favorite part of the book, so don't skip that part :) It's about the only time that you get to see into the mind of Mr Benson, and the reason behind what and why he does the things he does to Jamie, which in some way are different than how Jamie "saw" or "received" them.
Wow, what a book. Told from the slaves POV with the exception if the epilogue, this is the story of slave Jamie and his master Mr Benson.
Brutal in places, lots of humiliation and golden showers this is a really good book which kept me reading into the early hours.
Only thing that counts against it is the high cost of the book, $9.99, which is alot for a 221 page book.
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, erotica
It's been 14 years since I read the Bad Boys edition of this book, and I vividly recall LOVING it. It was one of the first gay books that I recall discussing with friends. Highly recommend to those interested in BDSM.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Like most people have said this is a more hardcore book to read, and covers alot of different kinks. Golden showers, partner sharing, humulation, whips, flogger, all sorts of toys, fisting, non-consent, age play, and more. It also does it with a lack of safewords, contracts, and most of the trappings found in most books these days. Told from Jamie's POV was get a lot of insights into what he goes through to become Mr Benson's slave. It is very well written taping into alot of Jamie's feelings an ...more
This book was like the ultimate in BDSM novels. There was so much I enjoyed about this book, I loved how the BDSM had no frilly edges, it was hard and dirty (no need to go into details as every other review has it covered), this was a full-on full time master/slave relationship and it didn't make it look particularly easy.

The story telling was wonderful I loved the retrospective first person POV, it gave hints as what was to come without giving anything away.

I found this was a love story althoug
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just started the book last night. It is a very intense book. Seems to cover a lot of kink. Oh I don't know if I will be able to finish this book. Mr Benson is really into the slave life style. He totally treats his boy as a slave. I really like my Masters to have some romance in them at some time. I will continue to read to see if there is any. Right now the slave is not allowed on any furniture in the house. He must keep his cock covered at all times because Mr. Benson does not see the need f ...more
Apr 14, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: print-only
A bit of history from

"John Preston originally wrote Mr. Benson as a short story, a small run through of what it would later become. The editors at Drummer Magazine were so impressed with the writing that they sent it back and requested that the story be rewritten into a novel for serialization. This novel was then run with its first chapter appearing in issue 29 in 1979 till the final chapter was published in issue 38 in 1980. I myself only have issues 35 through 38 of those. Mr. B
Sue bowdley
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was out onto this author by a fb friend (thanks Will) he was looking for a book and it was by this author....I knew of the book from years back and more recently a certain porn star did something based on this.....I love bdsm and i love deeper bdsm...this was deep....Jamie and his Master...Mr Benson is a deep dark read....What Jamie goes through with his master would be hard for some people to read but he really loved what happened to him.....mostly....Some parts were hard to read....when his ...more
I probably wouldn't have picked this titel up at all if it wasn't for a paperback in a box with second hand mm-books I got some time ago. And this after I've been looking for a book with total power exchange...

The watersports (lol Chelsea) almost had me put the book away. That was a close call but I'm glad I continued, because it turned out to be awesome.

Jamie's little adventure with the mafia boss had me laugh out loud, not so much of the care he got as it was him getting it.

I can't honestly r
J.L. Merrow
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As other reviewers have made clear, this isn't for the faint-hearted. If you're squicked by piss-drinking, best to steer clear - at one point there was so much of it I started to wonder just what it might be doing to the narrator's kidneys!
It's basically a mix of BDSM bildungsroman and romantic comedy, with the first half being more the former, and the second half more the latter. Jamie goes from dissatisfied clone at the start, to the perfect bottom boy at the end, happy in his devotion to his
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fascinating insight into the late 1970s/early 1980s world of part of the gay BDSM community. This will not be a novel for everyone because it is quite hardcore and therefore confronting in places, but at the same time it is a very compelling exploration of one young man's education and experience in submission. I think one of the things I most enjoyed about it was the epilogue which gave you a brief glimpse into Mr Benson's POV. All in all an interesting read, despite the rather odd mystery su ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Okay, this one was a little too intense for my personal tastes. And I don't mean the things they did together. The master/slave relationship was great as was all the kinky depraved shit they did together. I just got thrown off with the sharing and the willing and not so willing sex outside of their relationship. The best part of the book IMO was the epilogue in Mr. Benson's words. Loved that part!
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John Preston wrote and edited gay erotica, fiction, and nonfiction.
He grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts, later living in a number of major American cities before settling in Portland, Maine in 1979. A writer of fiction and nonfiction, dealing mostly with issues in gay life, he was a pioneer in the early gay rights movement in Minneapolis. He helped found one of the earliest gay community centers

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