The Priest And The Acolyte by John Francis Bloxam
With an Introductory Protest by Stuart Mason
A short story by John Francis Bloxam published in The Chameleon in December, 1894. It is notable because Oscar Wilde and his alleged lover Lord Alfred Douglas had also published in this magazine and had read this story, which was used against Wilde during his trial for buggery. In his sworn testimony, Wilde was ruthless, denouncing it as “disgusting, perfect twaddle.” As Wilde lied about just about everything else in his testimony, we may never know his true opinion of the work. The relevent excerpt from the trial transcript and court records are in book.