From Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Devotees of Dark Desire,
Welcome to the autumn edition of the Erotic Lure, newsletter for the Erotica Readers & Writers Association. As the smoke-scented nights grow chilly and shadows flit across the hunter's moon, it's time to hunker down at home with your honey and enjoy some erotic thrills.
Don't expect silly comments about risque Halloween costumes in this issue of the Lure. No groan-inducing puns or double entendres. This newsletter concerns itself with magick - specifically, the irresistible power of sexuality to transform the world.
The enchantment begins in the Erotica Gallery. Breaking with the usual practice, our erotic fiction this month is authored by contributors to the ERWA blog rather than members of the Storytime list. Indulge yourself with nine steamy tales that cover the full emotional gamut, from bloody sexual obsession to light-hearted fantasy, written by Donna George Storey, C. Sanchez-Garcia, Remittance Girl, M.Christian, K.D. Grace, Jean Roberta, Elizabeth Black. Ashley Lister, and yours truly. I'm sure you know many of these authors. If some of their names are unfamiliar, then a treat awaits you as you sample their considerable talent.
We're not completely discarding our ERWA traditions, though. From October 17th to October 31st, the Gallery will be augmented by tales from Storytime authors on our popular annual theme "La Petite Morte". Expect werewolves, vampires, ghosts, demons and other creatures that go bump in the night, indulging in unmentionable Halloween carnality.
Let our stories cast their spells:
Want more sexy stuff to read? Come browse the ever-changing array of options in our Books for Sensual Readers section. This month we feature COMING TOGETHER PRESENTS: AMANDA EARL, a charity anthology of hard-core stories by long time ERWA member Amanda Earl. Proceeds support AIDS research. Other bewitching anthologies on offer include Delilah Devlin's HOT HIGHLANDERS AND WILD WARRIORS (worth buying for the cover alone!) and Mitzi Szereto's Gothic-themed collection DARKER EDGE OF DESIRE. There are lots of new novels listed, many written by authors I haven't encountered previously. I was drawn to THE GIRL IN 6E by A.R. Torre, a warped thriller about a vampire who hides from society and makes her living providing explicit webcam performances. Meanwhile, erotic romance fans will enjoy Marie Harte's STEPPING OUT. Her hero and heroine share a lot: a history of cheating ex-spouses, a profound lack of trust for the opposite sex and an undeniable chemistry. Fun!
In the gay fiction category, Charlie Cochet's A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME caught my eye. This gay historical romance, set in the Roaring Twenties, pairs a street-wise performer in a gay cabaret with an emotionally-shattered ex-soldier. Teresa Wymore's dark paranormal tale ECHO OF DARKNESS gets my vote in the lesbian fiction category. I haven't seen her name in a while (she had a story in the ERWA anthology I edited, CREAM); I'm delighted to learn that she's still writing. And if you're seeking sexual enlightenment (aren't we all?), take a look at PARTNERS IN PASSION, a treatise on sex and intimacy by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson.
Of course all these books, as well as the scores more featured on our site, can be yours with a few clicks of the mouse. I'm sure you know that every penny you spend via the ERWA affiliate links helps to support ERWA and lets us continue to provide fabulous, free erotic content - just as we have for eighteen amazing years.
Glory in the written word:
Can sex toys be magic? The ones featured in this edition of Sex Toy Scuttlebutt definitely look that way. Consider the Blue Motion Remote Vibrator, which can be controlled from anywhere in the world via its WiFi connection. Sounds like some sexy sorcery to me... The carnal conjurors from Good Vibrations have penned a fantastic article entitled "What is an orgasm?" Before you dismiss this with a grunt of "I know it when I see it", read the column. It may change your perceptions about coming.
Wave your magic wand:
The Adult Movies pages provide more charmed entertainment. John Stagliano's most recent collection of "Voracious" episodes is appropriate to the season: artistic, moody, kinky tales of vampires who hunger for more than blood. Erika Lust's "XConfessions" is a bit more experimental - ten explicit short films of individuals acting out the widely varying fantasies they'd previously confessed to the director. If you crave a bit of love with your porn, I recommend college romance "Second Chances". What's a girl to do when the hunk who did her wrong as a freshman reappears in senior year?
As usual, I tried to select a "dirty smutty porn" flick to feature, but all the ones listed seemed to have an excess of plot. You'll have to choose a favorite on your own. I'm definitely intrigued by the classic "The Virgin and the Lover", the 1973 debut of the legendary Jennifer Welles.
If my picks don't suit your mood, browse through the dozens more we have listed. And if you discover some film you just can't live without - well, you know what to do!
Seeing is believing:
Inside the Erotic Mind, the featured conversation revolves around age and sex. Is sex like fine wine, better when aged? Or does the spark disappear as the years pile up? I think you'll find the responses encouraging. If you'd like to add your own comments, click on the Participate link. And if you've got a few minutes, explore the other ongoing forums on various X-rated topics.
Anything can happen inside the erotic mind:
Our last stop in our pre-Halloween tour is the Author Resources pages. If you enjoy writing erotica, and you'd like to share your visions with a larger circle, take a look at our extensive list of publishers and calls for submission. Recent calls include "Desire Behind Bars" (prison-themed lesbian erotica), "Resonator" (Lovecraftian erotica about heightened perception) and "No Safewords II" (a call for stories set in Laura Antoniou's Marketplace world). If you don't find just the right place to send your work today, check back in a week or so. We update the list regularly.
By the way, if you're not sure you're ready to publish, but want to hone your literary skills, consider joining the Storytime and/or Writers email lists. The former is an online critique group for erotica. The latter offers discussions on a wide range of craft and publishing issues. Both lists include a lively combination newbies and seasoned smutmongers. To join, see the instructions at
Bewitch your readers:
This edition of Erotic Lure is sponsored by SilkWords, the go-to source for interactive erotic fiction. We love variety in stories and publish all genres of erotica. We also offer very competitive rates to our authors, whom we consider to be our partners.
All stories and story teasers on our web site are free. With gorgeous custom covers and a clean, sophisticated design, our site offers a secure, upscale reading environment. All of our content is also available for purchase in the standard e-book formats.
SilkWords features two types of interactive stories: "pick your path" (remember the old CYOA books?) and reader-vote (where authors collaborate with readers in developing their stories).
SilkWords is woman-owned and operated by a full-time mom with a background in environmental science, and an RWA RITA-nominated sci-fi romance author for Tor/Macmillan. Our technology guy and site designer was the founder of Microsoft Xbox Live.
I think it's time for me to cut you loose to explore on your own. Enjoy this season of sorcery and spells, and don't be afraid to conjure a bit of pleasure out of the ether.
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From Erotica Readers & Writers Association