First, I’d like to thank Catty, and the organization he began: RUST, the Rutgers University BDSM group, which gave me my first real glimpse of this world. And my friends from RUST: Erika, Heather, Bill, and Charlotte.

Second, like most practitioners of my generation, I owe an incalculable debt to the people of alt.sex.bondage, now called society.subculture.bondage-bdsm. Your knowledge, advice, and humor continue to be a great influence on my life.

We have had many differences, but I know I have learned very much from Raven of Usher’s Keep. And I thank Lenore, Dave, and Karl, especially for their support as I took my first steps into this place.

Though I met him only once, Philip Miller’s knowledge and his great warmth left an indelible mark on me. I hope that, wherever he is, he approves.

And the dedications:

To Catty, for teaching.

To Marcia, for giving.

To Renee… for that night.