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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Erotic Horror – February Is Women In Horror Month

Elizabeth Black writes in a wide variety of genres including erotica, erotic romance, horror, and dark fiction. She lives on the Massachusetts coast with her husband, son, and her three cats. Visit her web site, her Facebook page, and her Amazon Author Page. 

Her new m/m erotic medical thriller Roughing It is out! This book is a sexy cross between The X Files, The Andromeda Strain, and Outbreak. Read her short erotic story Babes in Begging For It, published by Cleis Press. You will also find her new novel No Restraint at Amazon. Enjoy a good, sexy read today.


Next month (February) is Women In Horror Month. I thought I'd write something a little different for January in preparation for this fun time since my first love is horror. I've written erotic horror, and I though I'd tell my readers about how enjoyable and sexy it can be.

Erotic horror is a small niche in a big field. I've noticed that most romance and erotic fiction readers don't like horror in their smut. Most horror readers don't like smut in their terror. However, there is a small group of people who do like it, and I suspect that group is larger than I assume.

I wasn't allowed to read horror when I was a kid although I did manage to get my hands on my paternal grandmother's Alfred Hitchcock Presents horror anthologies. They scared the piss out of me. I loved every second of it. My maternal grandmother was hooked on The Twilight Zone and Dark Shadows. When my sister and I would stay over night at her place, we'd watch both shows. They gave me nightmares but I couldn't get enough of them. I loved being scared. My mother, on the other hand, was not pleased at all. She repeatedly told my grandmother to knock it off but the woman never listened. So I enjoyed some scary shit when I was a kid. I was affected by horror movies before horror books.

There are some very sexy horror movies out there. Four of them are The Hunger, Innocent Blood, the Nosferatu that stars Klaus Kinski as the vampire, and The Vampire Lovers, a movie version of the very erotic tale Carmilla by J. Sheridan Lefanu. That one has lesbian undertones. It was my first exposure to anything remotely lesbian, not including Theo in 1963's The Haunting. Theo's lesbianism was so understated in the movie to my 10 year old mind I didn't make the connection until I was in my late teens. It also helped when I read the book to catch on to that.

Anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher has written that scary movies encourage intimacy between partners. So if it's movie night with your sweetie, rent a scary movie rather than a romance, chick flick, or action movie. Fear releases dopamine, the same brain chemical that is released when you are infatuated with someone. So fear (like watching a scary movie together) can bring a couple closer together. All you need to do is choose the right movie. I recommend a horror comedy if you aren't into horror movies that much. Movies like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and Dead/Alive may just be the ticket. The jump scares in some movies make you jump into your partner's arms. What a great excuse to get close! When I first started dating my husband, I told him if he couldn't make it through Dead/Alive, we weren't meant to be together. He loved it! That movie was made by Peter Jackson long before he directed the Lord Of The Rings movies. Dead/Alive is rather notorious and it has a very bent sense of humor. And gore. Lots of comic-book-like gore. Fun movie!

Some erotic horror stories include the aforementioned Carmilla, which is one of my favorites. It's a vampire story with lesbian undertones. I've written some erotic horror including Asphodel which is available on my horror web site as well as Maneater which is available on my romance web site. Before you read Asphodel, read Edgar Allan Poe's horror story Berenice. My story is inspired by that one. Both of my stories are free reads.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s Playboy published an occult erotica series. Other books you may want to look into if you wish to try out erotic horror are Poppy Z. Brite's Love In Vein series (vampire erotica) and Anne Rice's Lestat books (very erotic vampires). You may have noticed a theme here. Vampires and eroticism mix very well. There are many reasons for this – the intimacy of the embrace inherent in the act of drinking blood. The Svengali effect of a vampire on the victim's psyche. Vampires as romantic creatures came about with Bram Stoker's novel Dracula and continued with Lestat, Christopher Lee as Dracula, and even Twilight. Beforehand, they were undead ghouls the like of Nosferatu starring Max Shreck from the silent movie era. Even that movie has been romanticized with Kinski in the vampire's role.

Looking for some good erotic  horror? Here are some more suggestions:

Cthuluerotica by Carrie Cuinn (cosmic H. P. Lovecraft horror with some smut thrown in)
Hot Blood: Tales of Erotic Horror by Jeff Gelb
Dark Seductions: Tales of Erotic Horror by John Scognamiglio and Alice Alfonsi
Mistress of the Dark by Séphera Giròn
Dark Fuses's new erotic horror stories. Erotikós.

So cuddle with your partner and read some of these fine books. Take a walk on the dark side of erotic horror for February – Women In Horror Month.


2 comments:

  1. Poppy Z. Brite's stories are unbelievable. Terribly erotic -- and terrifying!

    Great topic, Elizabeth. I'm off to grab your tales.

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  2. Poppy Z. Brite is one of the first modern authors of erotic horror I've ever read. Exquisite Corpse is phenomenal. Poppy now goes by Billy Martin. He is transgender. Thank you for grabbing some of my stories. I hope you enjoy them.

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