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Book review: Engines of Desire: Tales of Love and Other Horrors, by Livia Llewellyn, Lethe Press
April 20, 2015 | 6:25 pm

Livia Llewellyn has quickly established herself as one of the most prominent female voices of the current New Weird/nouvelle strange renaissance of dark and weird fiction. Much of that is on the strength of the stories contained in her first collection: Engines of Desire: Tales of Love and Other Horrors, from Lethe Press. "I also write about gender and sexual fluidity and inter-species relationships, mostly in stories and novels that haven’t been queried or published yet," she writes, so presumably there's quite a few more coming [no pun unintended] where these came from. I can't wait. The stories in this collection run...

Book Review: Conqueror Womb: Lusty Tales of Shub-Niggurath, Martian Migraine Press
March 30, 2014 | 10:25 am

Lovecraftian fans of the Cthulhu Mythos will need no introduction to Shub-Niggurath - as in "Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!" Yes, that  Shub-Niggurath - a name so evocative as to have almost an entire sub-mythos woven around it, although H. P. Lovecraft only cited it in a few vague ceremonial chants, and did little to flesh it out beyond some allusions in other tales he ghost-wrote that tied it to the Magna Mater and Astarte. Given that Lovecraft's squamous, rugose imaginings are often attributed - fairly or unfairly - to sexual repression, it's...

Fifty Shades of Monotony in erotic fiction cover design
February 6, 2014 | 10:25 am

My thanks for romantic/erotic fiction author and sexual activist Cecilia Tan for picking up this trend, and putting together such a great gallery of it. Twice. Not, unfortunately, that it's that hard to spot. Yes, it's the Fifty Shades of Monochrome being inflicted on our bookshelves, real or virtual, as what used to be red-hot and steamy grays out. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Source: Cecilia Tan[/caption] "I am not in any way complaining that these books look so similar," Tan says, tactfully. "I think it’s rather brilliant, actually, that without any actual discussion taking place from one publisher’s art department to another, a...

Poe’s prescription for writing success: Bare if you dare
January 9, 2014 | 6:19 pm

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="259"] Poe tried: Now it's your turn[/caption] There's a well-known, much-quoted, and apparently simple prescription for writing success that any budding writer can take up. It comes from Edgar Allan Poe, it appeared in 1848 in Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature and Art (which Poe himself edited briefly in 1841-42), it is classified among his marginalia, and it goes like this: "If any ambitious man have a fancy a revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment, the opportunity is his own – the road to immortal renown lies straight, open,...

WHSmith site back online, echoes still ringing
October 18, 2013 | 5:10 pm

WHSmithWHSmith, the UK stationery and book chain at the eye of the ebook porn storm-in-a-teacup, has reopened its customer website for business, as the British media continue to stick in their spoons and stir up the mess. However, WHSmith is still not offering direct sales of ebooks, referring customers instead to its ebook partner Kobo, which in a concurrent article in the UK Daily Telegraph entitled - with due moderation and restraint - "Kobo porn scandal: the end of self-publishing?", "promised to clean up its act. " "Search and browse to find an eBook at and we will pass you...

A conversation with German erotic fiction writer Victoria Veel (Interview)
August 7, 2013 | 9:30 am

Victoria Veel (her pen name) was born in 1986 in Cologne, Germany, and has also lived in New York City, Bogotá, and currently in Barcelona, where she finished her Master's degree in social sciences and business management. Veel (pictured below) has been writing novels since she was a child, and now focuses mainly on the romance and erotica niche. Her book, "Die Verführung einer Fremden" ("Seduction of a Stranger"), was published in July 2013 and is already number one in the Erotic Fiction category in the German Kindle Store, and is now number two after the German edition of "Fifty Shades...

Authors notice romance books missing from Barnes & Noble UK website
May 29, 2013 | 4:44 pm

Barnes & NobleWhile Maya Cross and other authors tried to figure out why their e-books couldn’t get past #126 on Barnes & Noble bestseller list, some authors who had books in B&N’s UK store noticed something even stranger. Their e-books went missing altogether. Barnes & Noble didn’t make an announcement to authors or readers, but the company seemingly removed many adult-themed romance books from its store without prompt. Last Friday, May 24, author Portia Da Costa mentioned on the KBoards something she'd spotted in April: “It's not just Barnes and Noble. Nook UK has simply DELETED thousands of erotic romance/erotica titles. No algorithm shenanigans, no rank tinkering... just...

Thanks to mommy porn, e-book lending is on the rise
February 23, 2013 | 10:43 am

Bedded By The Greek BillionaireIt's certainly not news that the rising tide of books in the so-called "mommy porn" genre are driving sales of e-books like nothing else that has come before them. But a recent article in Ireland's Belfast Telegraph explains that erotic fiction is resulting in many more e-book library loans, too. In one Irish community, according to the article, e-book library loans rose "from 16,231 in 2011 to 19,847 in 2012." And what was the area's most popular library e-book in 2012? A steamy Harlequin romance by India Grey, titled At The Argentinean Billionaire's Bidding. Another Harelquin, Kate Walker's Bedded by the Greek Billionaire, was the second most-borrowed...

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