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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,...

Amazon crackdown on monster erotica is a monster problem for its authors
December 23, 2013 | 4:54 am

bear-gods_1000x15002-200x300Business Insider is running a piece on Amazon’s latest crackdown: monster erotica. Yes, that’s right, if you write stories involving sex with Bigfoot, aliens, giant squids, etc., Amazon doesn’t want you around—even if your titles have been selling well. In the most recent purge, one author saw her income fall from $2,000 to $400 a month. Authors can try cleaning up the titles, covers, and descriptions of their books, but the problem is anything that makes them less “offensive” also makes them less likely to appeal to the people who like that sort of thing. There is, of...

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...

UK charity warns parents to check their children’s e-books
August 26, 2013 | 10:09 am

Two kids using an iPadParents, make sure you know what your kids are reading. That’s what one charity is saying after a mother reportedly found her 13-year-old daughter and a friend reading “It's All About the Sex Face: A Guide to Becoming a Celebrity,” according to The Telegraph. The book is how-to guide on becoming a celebrity, which is about making a sex tape. The children were reading the book on a Kindle; the e-book costs $1.51 on Amazon. The NSPCC is a UK-based child-focused charity. It aims to protect children and help those that are neglected or abused. It issued the warning after Melissa Crighton reported...

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...

Ellora’s Cave, a digital publishing pioneer, still going strong in erotic romance
June 10, 2013 | 9:30 pm

Ellora's CaveEllora’s Cave started small. Just one writer who wanted to publish her erotic romance fiction. But no publisher would take her on. So Tina Engler (a k a Jaid Black) created Ellora’s Cave in 2000 to get her books in the hands of readers, in the process becoming one of the first digital publishing companies in the marketplace. Customers would send money through PayPal to Engler, and then she would email PDFs and Word documents of her books to her customers. One of the most primitive forms of e-books, but that’s how it all started. [caption id="attachment_86585" align="alignright" width="185"] Ellora's Cave founder Tina Engler[/caption] More than...

Erotic E-Literature Is The New Black: A conversion with dark fiction author Elizabeth Black
May 31, 2013 | 12:01 pm

Elizabeth BlackI recently spoke with erotic and dark fiction author Elizabeth Black about how she sees the impact of erotica on e-books, and vice versa. We also spoke about how she practices her dark art. TeleRead: Porn and erotica are often credited with turbocharging the development of other areas of the Internet. Do you see any signs of that in writing erotic e-literature? What do you think of that principle? Elizabeth Black: In my opinion, e-literature has boosted the sale of all genres, including erotic and sweet romance. Romances have long outsold other genres. These books have promoted the sale of sex toys, many...

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...

Our Valentines’s Day erotica e-reading survey results are in
February 21, 2013 | 11:46 am

Back on Valentine's Day (one week ago today), contributing writer Juli Monroe put together a just-for-fun survey that we hoped would tell us at least a little bit about the erotica e-reading habits of our audience. And the results are in! * * * Just under 40 percent of the survey's respondents (there were 31 in total) fessed up to buying blue lit in its electronic version as a way to hide their reading habits from others. This question's solitary "other" respondent said, "No, but I have downloaded free samples or free books." * * * Again, more "no" responses than "yes" for question number...

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