The Best In Erotic Literature
This may sound a bit strange since most of us think of pictures and video when it comes to adult entertainment, but we still think that some of the best erotica on the Internet is found in erotic literature.  Reading a really well written piece of erotica gives you the ability to put yourself mentally in the scene -- to actually participate and be a part of the experience.  A good author pulls the reader into the story, painting images in the reader's mind that can be more vivid and exciting than anything you could ever put in a picture or video.  

We've compiled some great resources that we've found on the Internet that we think you'll enjoy checking out.


Collections of Erotic Stories

Best American Erotica 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1999, ed. by Susie Bright
These collections are an excellent place to start. Many of the stories are VERY hot and all are well-written. The 1996 edition even has a story by a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Sex Toy Tales, ed. by Cathy Winks and Anne Semans
The theme behind this collection of stories is that each one features the use of sex toys. Most of the stories are excellent.

Sex Spoken Here: Good Vibrations Erotic Reading Circle Selections, ed. by Carol Queen and Jack Davis
The theme behind this collection is that each of these stories has been read at one of the Good Vibrations "erotic reading circle" meetings. Again, many are excellent.

Best Lesbian Erotica 1997, 1998 [review], and 1999; Best Gay Erotica 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999
These books consistently pull together the best gay and lesbian erotic stories and poetry of the year.

The Mammoth Book of New Erotica, The Mammoth Book of Erotica, The Mammoth Book of International Erotica, The Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica, and The Mammoth Book of Historical Erotica, ed. by Maxim Jakubowski
These large and well-regarded collections feature a wide variety of authors, including (in the case of The Mammoth Book of Erotica) Anne Rice, Marco Vassi, and Kathy Acker.

Herotica, Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, ed. by Susie Bright, Joani Blank, and March Sheiner
This series consists of collections of stories by women authors. Herotica 1 was published in 1988, and the Herotica series has been wildly popular ever since; the reprint edition of Herotica 1 contains an inspiring introduction by Susie Bright which provides valuable background on the history of women-centered erotica.

Seven Hundred Kisses: A Yellow Silk Book of Erotic Writing, ed. by Lily Pond
A "softer" but sophisticated collection of stories from the publishers of Yellow Silk magazine.

The Erotic Edge: Erotica for Couples, ed. by Lonnie Barbach, Ph.D.
This collection of stories, written by both men and women, is intended to be read by couples as an enhancement to sex.

Slow Hand and Fever, ed. by Michele Slung
These are two more collections of erotic writings by women authors.

Pillow Talk: Lesbian Stories Between the Covers, ed. by Leslea Newman
A popular collection of lesbian erotica.

Erotique Noire: Black Erotica, ed. by Reginald Martin
A collection of erotic writings by black authors.

Bushfire and Afterglow, ed. by Karen Barber
Collections of lesbian erotica.

On A Bed of Rice: An Asian American Erotic Feast, ed. by Geraldine Kudaka
An anthology of erotic writings by Asian authors.

Happily Ever After: Erotic Fairy Tales for Men and Once Upon a Time: Erotic Fairy Tales for Women, ed. by Michael Ford
Fairy tales and childhood myths retold in erotic contexts, for gay men and lesbians (respectively).

The Ecstatic Moment: The Best of Libido, ed. by Marianna Beck and Jack Hafferkamp
An anthology of erotic writings put together by the publishers of Libido magazine.

Bondage on a Budget, by Dante Davidson and Alison Tyler
A collection of erotic stories featuring BDSM toys made from household objects.

Erotic Tales of the Victorian Age, ed. by Bram Stoker
Some of the best 19th century heterosexual erotica.

Friction, ed. by Gerry Kroll
Another hot collection of gay male erotica.

Awakening the Virgin, ed. by Nicole Foster
A collection of true stories from women about their first experience with lesbian sex.

Switch Hitters: Lesbians Write Gay Male Erotica and Gay Men Write Lesbian Erotica, ed. by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel
A collection of stories of lesbian sex written by gay men, and stories of gay male sex written by lesbians.

Virgin Territory, Volumes 1 and 2, ed. by Shar Rednour
More true stories from women about their first-time sexual experiences with other women.

Dangerous Thoughts, by Artemis OakGrove
This new collection of "over the edge" lesbian erotic fiction should be of special interest to fans of Laura Antoniou and Pat Califia: it features strong, intense female characters in a dangerous (but sexy) non-consensual world. If you find you enjoy Artemis OakGrove's short stories, you might also try her novels Warclouds and Nighthawk.

Macho Sluts, by Pat Califia
The original and classic BDSM short story collection by one of the genre's most skilled writers.

Uncensored Fantasies, by Danielle Engle
A collection of erotic short stories.

La Domme, by Kristina Lloyd
A selection of soft femdom BDSM stories.

The Catalyst, by Laura Antoniou
A collection of short stories with BDSM themes.

Meeting the Master, by Elissa Wald
A new collection of erotic stories involving sadomasochism, many of which contain fascinating and very three-dimensional characters.

Collections of Erotic Poetry

Diesel Fuel, by Pat Califia [review]
This collection of Pat Califia's poetry is breathtaking. Spanning a wide range of human sexual activity and emotion, they're as deep as they are hot.

Torn Shapes of Desire, by Mary Anne Mohanraj [review]
This collection of Mary Anne Mohanraj's erotic poetry and fiction is noteworthy both for its quality and for the fact that much of it was originally published on the internet.

Between the Cracks, ed. by Gavin Dillard [review]
These poems by a variety of authors focus on "out of the ordinary" sex, especially kink, fetish, and BDSM. It contains quite a few gems, and plenty of poems from antiquity that ring true today.

Erotic Novels

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty; Beauty's Punishment; Beauty's Release, by A. N. Roquelaure
These extremely popular fantasy novels (by Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure) contain some of the hottest sex mainstream bookstores have ever seen.

The Marketplace; The Slave; The Trainer, by Sara Adamson
This very popular series focuses on erotic domination and submission in a fictional "Marketplace". They're The Story of O for the 1990's.

The Leather Daddy and the Femme, by Carol Queen [review]
This novel of deliciously raw and intense lust focuses on the relationship between a femme and a gay leatherman.

Invitation to Sin, by Charlotte Royal
Steamy historical smut, with religious overtones.

Eat Me, by Linda Jaivin
This bestselling contemporary novel follows the exploits of four intelligent, sassy Australian women who know what they want and have little difficulty getting it.

The Ages of Lulu, by Almudena Grandes
This novel, translated from the original Spanish, deals with "the darker side of female desire". Critics have taken it seriously as literature, though their opinions of its quality vary widely...

Aprhodite: A Memoir of the Senses, by Isabel Allende
This novel focusses on the connection between sex and food, telling stories of desire mixed with 100 recipes. If you enjoy this book you might also enjoy the recipe and erotic photography collection Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook.

Behind Closed Doors, by Alina Reyes
This book works from a "choose your own adventure" premise, allowing the reader to affect the gender of the protagonist. It has received mixed reviews from the critics, though the people who like it tend to REALLY like it.

The She Devils, by Pierre Louys
This slightly surreal story centers on a young college student who becomes entangled with his sexually voracious neighbors.

The Butcher, by Alina Reyes
This erotic tale of a summer love affair has received considerable critical acclaim.

Spanking the Maid, by Robert Coover
An exceptionally well-written novel dealing with SM themes.

The Story of O, by Pauline Reage
A classic story of SM fantasy.

Crush, by Cecile de La Baume
Literary critics hate Crush, but the sex is plentiful...

The Velvet Web, by Christopher Summerisle
A well-written and hot gay male erotic novel.

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