For Your Reading Pleasure: The Best of Erotic Lit
Posted on July 04, 2012 by Petra Magno
People have been literally and figuratively creaming themselves over a certain book: reworked Twilight fanfiction that saw publication after its author “Snowqueens Icedragon” Replace-All’d “Edward and Bella” with “Christian and Anastasia.” That’s fifty shades of cray. The world of literature
has better things to offer in terms of titillation, and we’ve put together a lascivious list.
1 . The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice
(writing as A.N. Roquelaure)
Twisting the Sleeping Beauty fairytale into a royal BDSM bonanza is no mean feat, and the result -- an exquisitely written trilogy that covers the bases from spanking to public “auctions” to pony play -- is so racy that Anne Rice didn’t want to put her name on it.
2. My Mother Taught Me, by Jack Gilbert
(writing as Tor Kung)
Written by an extraordinary poet and published by the naughty Olympia Press, this coming-of-age story takes coming to the next level, with the incestuous narrator’s internal monologue occasionally spinning out in capital letters
. All-caps filth is shocking on the printed page, but you know what they say: no caps, no passion.
3. James Joyce’s love letters to Nora Barnacle
We thought writing Ulysses was the only dirty trick up this guy’s sleeve, but reading the correspondence
between Joyce and his wife, who he tenderly calls his “little f*ckbird,” is made so much intense by the intimacy and the single-minded intent to get each other’s rocks off. Also, farts.
4. Little Birds, by Anaïs Nin
This is a collection of thirteen short stories from a time where artists’ models were whores and vice versa. Despite supposedly having churned these out as a sideline, Nin remained in fine feminine form: the stories are vaguely romantic, the prose is decadent, and everyone is delicious.
5. Philosophy in the Bedroom, by the Marquis de Sade
Of course the original Sadist is on this list, but we’re eschewing the more infamous 120 Days of Sodom for this dirty drama in which the main characters pause from their biting, bucking, and balling to deliver a socio-political treatise trumpeting libertinism as the post-French Revolution morality. We won’t judge you for skipping that part.(Love it or hate it? RANT if it sucks or RAVE if it rocks and get the chance to win awesome prizes!)
6. Abecediarya, by Adam David
(NOTE: Used to be a free e-book before Megaupload got suspended, but Adam will probably be happy to provide a new link to readers. He blogs here
An arousing abecedarian! Agile acrobatics alphabetically arranged, baring big brains, bringing balls-deep brilliance: cleverly constructed collection celebrating carnivalesque contes, creating creative configurations concerning climaxes. This writer can’t keep it up, but local writer Adam David did. Until the letter H, at least. He writes on his blog that the next installments are “cumming soon.”
7. Intercourse, by Robert Olen Butler
Surprisingly unsexy but definitely beautiful, this book is comprised of the lush little internal monologues of couples who are getting it on. Relaying sexual congress between famous characters -- Whitman and Wilde, Adam and Eve, George and Laura Bush -- makes voyeurism
8. The Story of O, by Anne Desclos
(writing as Dominique Aury writing as Pauline Réage)
This tale of a pliant ingenue kidnapped and manhandled into love and submission was written as a series of love letters from a woman who had not one but two pen names. When her lover and letter-receiver wrote the preface to the book, he had to pretend he had no idea who the author was. Frontin' in the 1950s has never been sexier.(Here are 12 Tips for Healthy Eyes so you can keep on reading your favorite books.)
9. Venus in Furs, by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
By the guy whose own last name coined “sado-masochism,” this story-within-a-story flips the roleplay by taking the “miss” out of “submissive,” and putting the man in his place. You go, girl? The twist at the end, however, reveals this book to be the opposite of feminist.
10. Pricksongs & Descants, by Robert Coover
This collection of skewed myths is lusty in language above all. Clever, crude, absurd, and awesome -- Coover turns bedtime
stories into sexily dark dreammakers. Flip right to “The Babysitter,” and witness a sleepy suburban scene undulate into a prism of dirty endings.
11. Crash, by J.G. Ballard
J.G. Ballard’s homage to symphorophilia -- the fetish for violent accidents -- is hedonistic, harrowing, and sometimes downright horrible. People purposely orchestrate car crashes
, doing the nasty in the driver’s seat as their vehicles enfold their bodies in the ultimate lover’s embrace. Gives a whole new meaning to “driving stick shift.”
12. Atsay Killer Part 1, by Adam David
Playful and perverted, this “hyper-sext” puts the reader at the forefront of foreplay with an online interactive game where you get to be koya
, and your tender-bottomed yaya
is just begging for a spanking. Earn points! Wear rings! Commit murder! And enjoy your bad, bad self.Juice Recommends:
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