News: 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of #EWBD

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As part of March 5’s Erotic World Book Day, a group of erotica writers and readers recently assembled a 100-book-strong recommended reading list, to encourage exploration of the rich and diverse world of high-quality modern erotic literature.

Outside of specialized writing and reading communities where erotic literature is the main focus, most of the attention on erotica has gone either to best-selling blockbusters, or to long-famous erotic works from earlier eras.

“We wanted to mark World Book Day by shedding more light on the most beautifully crafted and most memorable erotica of recent decades—the literature that is well-respected and highly treasured by those tuned in to the erotica ‘scene,’ but typically unknown to the reading public at large,” says Jeremy Edwards, one of the authors involved in the project. He notes that modern erotic literature has been flourishing for at least the past quarter century, since long before e-books and 50 Shades of Grey.

The EWBD reading list does not claim to be definitive or comprehensive. Rather, it is an eclectic mixture of everything from offbeat indie-published erotic novels to major-publisher erotic romance to annuals compiling the year’s “best” sexy short stories.

“There’s unquestionably a subjective element to it,” says author Rebecca Black, who oversaw the list creation. “A different assortment of erotica connoisseurs would have assembled a different list.” The participants did not veto each other’s choices. Rather, their mandate was to name the books they’d each found particularly compelling and memorable, the standouts or “classics” of the present era. The list represents a variety of moods, literary styles, and sexual orientations and practices, and consists mostly of books from the 1990s, the 2000s, and the 2010s.

“We think it’s a great starting point for anyone looking to explore the genre,” says Edwards. “The erotica world today has much more to offer than a lot of people realize. Fine erotic literature is anything but a lost art.”

March 5th marked the first ever Erotic World Book Day, created to raise vital funds for Brook, the sexual health and well-being organization. Writers and readers commemorated #EWBD with an online party on Facebook (with over £1,000 worth of prizes donated by retailers and publishers) and the release of an erotic anthology called An Intimate Education, with all profits going to Brook.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this recommended reading list represents the opinions of individual participants in Erotic World Book Day. Books listed may include content considered offensive by some. The presence of an item on the list does not necessarily reflect a specific endorsement by the EWBD organizers or spokespeople. Brook, the charity to which EWBD fund-raising efforts are directed, has no connection to the EWBD recommended reading list and should not be assumed to endorse its contents.

The List:

Keira Andrews – A Forbidden Rumspringa

Donna George – Storey Amorous Woman

Grace Marshall – An Executive Decision trilogy

Molly Weatherfield – Carrie’s Story

Sylvia Day – CrossFire series

Emmanuelle Arsan – Emmanuelle

Maxim Jakubowski, ed. – Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica series

Amy Valenti – Not Your Damn Submissive

Keira Andrews – Semper Fi

Lucy Felthouse – Stately Pleasures

Lily Harlem & Natalie Dae – That Filthy Book

Nikki Gemmell – The Bride Stripped Bare

Melissa Panarello – 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed

Vina Jackson  – 80 Days series

Laurell K. Hamilton – A Kiss of Shadows

Charlotte Stein – Addicted

Rod Kierkegard – Adultery: The Scarlet Alphabet

Cara McKenna – After Hours

Ava March – All in with the Duke

Emma Holly – All You Can Eat

Catherine D’Avis – Angel of Everything

Kristina Lloyd – Asking for Trouble

Remittance Girl – Beautiful Losers

CD Reiss – Beg

Greta Christina – Bending

Shanna Germain – Beneath Sea and Sky

Cecilia Tan, ed. – Best Fantastic Erotica

Laura Antoniou, ed. – Best Lesbian Erotica 2015

Zak Jane Keir – Black Heart

Red Phoenix – Brie Learns the Art of Submission

Cherise Sinclair – Club Shadowlands

Charlotte Stein – Control

Janine Ashbless – Cover Him with Darkness

The Reverend Dr Eramus St Jude Croom DD – Curious Pleasures: A Gentleman’s Collection of Beastliness

Aleksandr Voinov – Dark Soul

Kathryn O’Halloran – Desire

Cara McKenna – Dirty Thirty

Patrick Califia – Doc and Fluff

Pat Califia – Doing it for Daddy

Florence Dugas – Dolorosa Soror

Maxim Jakubowski – Ekaterina and the Night

Michael Perkins – Evil Companions

Samanthe Beck – Falling for the Enemy

SJD Peterson – Guards of Folsom series

Cara McKenna – Hard Time

Pan Panziarka – House of Pain

Jason Luke – Interview with Master

Senta Holland – Into the Shadows

Jacqueline Carey – Kushiel’s Dart

Vanessa Duries – Le Lien (The Ties That Bind)

Sommer Marsden – Learning to Drown

Alma Marceau – Lofting

Elizabeth SaFleur – Lovely

Red Jordan Arobateau – Lucy and Mickey

Victoria Blisse – Lyrical

Patrick Califia – Macho Sluts

Tamara Faith Berger – Maidenhead

Charlotte Stein – Make Me

Nancy Friday – Men in Love

CL Parker – Million Dollar Duet

Emma Becker – Monsieur

Nancy Friday – My Secret Garden

Elizabeta Brooke – Never: An Erotic Re-Telling of Peter Pan

Elizabeth McNeill – Nine and a Half Weeks

Kevin Keck – Oedipus Wrecked

Rachel Kramer Bussel, ed. – Orgasmic

Derendrea – Plain Skin

Cara McKenna – Ruin Me

Michele M. Rakes – Saving Kane

Molly Crabapple – Scarlett Takes Manhattan (graphic novel)

Maxim Jakubowski – Skin in Darkness trilogy

Tristan Taormino, ed. – Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica

Kim Alan – The Bigger They Are

Sophie Morgan – The Diary of a Submissive

Sorcha Black, Leia Shaw & Cari Silverwood – The Dom with the Perfect Brats

Michael Hemmingson – The Dress

Janine Ashbless – The Enchantment anthologies

Elliot Mabeuse – The Experiment

Nicholson Baker – The Fermata

Elizabeth Schechter – The House of Sable Locks

Laura Antoniou – The Killer Wore Leather

Carol Queen – The Leather Daddy and the Femme

K D Grace – The Pet Shop

Jeremy Edwards – The Pleasure Dial

Justine Elyot – The Sevarian Way

Lily Harlem – The Silk Tie

Primula Bond – The Silver Necklace

Tiffany Reisz – The Siren

Charlotte Stein – The Things That Make Me Give In

Samuel R. Delany – Tides of Lust

Bibi Paterson – Tied By You

Cherise Sinclair – To Command and Collar

LA Witt & A Voinov – Tristan & Jared

Jonathan Kemp – Twenty Six

Kristina Lloyd – Undone

Artemis Oakgrove – War Clouds

Kerri Sharp, ed. – Wicked Words 10 (The Best of Wicked Words)

Cara McKenna – Willing Victim

Aurelia T. Evans – Winter Howl

Amber Dawn & Trish Kelly, eds. – With a Rough Tongue

We hope you find something to enjoy on this list. Happy reading…

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