Written over 1.5 years, chapter by chapter every fortnight and published online, Oscar is the first, highly charged prequel to Ladd’s series and finalist in the 2017 Rainbow Awards, Oscar Down Under.
Set in a not-so-distant past, in the final year of an all-boys high school in a small English town, this dark, contemporary erotic tale introduces Oscar, an eighteen-year-old publicly outed, shunned by his peers, abandoned by his mother and psychologically abused by his father.
However, as the cruel weeks pass, Oscar soon discovers that there are plenty of testosterone-fueled perks to being the only openly gay guy in school, even if he’d had no choice in the matter. Especially when Adam Stanmore, rugby captain and king of the playground, pops up on his MSN messenger.
As Oscar sets about a plan for revenge, refusing to let his tormentors get the better of him, the walls he builds not only protect him: they isolate him. Further and further he cuts himself off from the world in a bid to stay strong, but at what cost?
Based on true events, Oscar is an extremely graphic articulation of a generation growing up in a sexualised society. But with such a need and yearning for physical intimacy to allow him to feel anything at all, does he have any hope in love? And will he ever truly understand what it is?
Follow Ladd's current online tale and second prequel story, Oscar Bachelor of Arts, available at: www.jackladd.org