From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Prurient Pilgrims,
It’s November, the traditional season for giving thanks, pumpkin pie, and Pilgrim bondage jokes. I apologize but I just can’t help myself. My first BDSM experience took place during a memorable Thanksgiving vacation, many years ago. Now I can’t see a turkey without imagining myself trussed up!
Hopefully you can escape from the stocks of holiday responsibility long enough for me to give you a quick overview of the bountiful offerings in the Erotica Readers & Writers Association November edition.
Starting (as is traditional) in the Erotica Galleries, you can meet our Featured Guest, acclaimed author and editor Christopher Pierce. Christopher specializes in steamy M/M stories with a theme of power exchange, and has offered three of his best for your delectation, including a spooky tale that would have been equally appropriate for Halloween.
Don’t stop there, though. Thanksgiving is all about over-indulgence! Sample this month’s arousing, emotionally complex stories, flashers and poems by ERWA Storytime participants. If you’re still not sated, dip into the Treasure Chest, where you’ll find the best of the best from historical editions of ERWA.
Enjoy our lascivious, literary cornucopia:
There’s much to be thankful for in the Books for Sensual Readers pages. For a light-hearted demonstration that humor can be sexy, check out Jeremy Edwards’ latest title, PLEASURE DIAL: AN EROTOCOMEDIC NOVEL OF OLD TIME RADIO. This is also a debut release for the new OC Press, an offshoot of the highly respected Oysters and Chocolate on-line zine. For stories with a darker flavor, I recommend EROTICA APOCRYPHA, edited by Catherine Leary, which imagines the seamier underside of biblical and mythological texts. Rachel Kramer Bussel edits WOMEN IN LUST – the title says it all, but the talented authors inside the covers (many of whom are ERWA veterans) know how to keep the thrills fresh.
For gay titles, I recommend Richard Labonte’s collection EROTIC EXOTICA: TALES OF SEX, MAGIC AND THE SUPERNATURAL. I’ve never read a Richard Labonte anthology I didn’t like. Paul Russell has penned a non-fiction opus that reads like a novel, in THE UNREAL LIFE OF SERGEY NABOKOV. Sergey, the gay brother of Lolita’s creator, lived in the shadow of his famous sibling, mingling with literary and artistic luminaries such as Jean Cocteau, Gertrude Stein and Picasso. Mr. Russell vividly evokes the man’s twisted, tragic and courageous history.
If you’re in search of lesbian fiction, M.J. Williams’ FORBIDDEN PASSIONS might meet your needs. This tale set in antebellum Louisiana features Southern belles who aren’t waiting to be saved by some likely gentleman. And don’t miss Tristan Taormino’s award winning anthology SOMETIMES SHE LETS ME, a stunning compilation of butch/femme erotica.
All these titles and dozens more are waiting for you on our virtual shelves, and every one can be yours at the click of a mouse. Please use our affiliate Amazon and Barnes & Noble links to purchase your selections. You’ll be helping to insure that the ERWA can continue to offer the erotic feasts that are its trademark.
For those who prefer their reading spicy:
Bored with watching football? Slip off to the Sex Toy Playground for more active sports. This month, the gals at Good Vibrations provide a comprehensive dissertation on how to clean and care for your sex toys, depending on the material they’re made of. (Sigh…I was sorry to read that leather is almost impossible to clean completely.) Kyra Saunders reviews the Paulina Vibe, a “rabbit” type dual vibrator that hits all the right spots. I liked the photo that shows her holding the vibe, since it provides an accurate impression as to the size (not that I get much chance to complain if a toy’s too big, of course…) Finally, the Sex Toy Scuttlebutt gives you a round up of all the latest and greatest erotic devices. Check out the Club Vibe 2.OH, a “wireless music-driven vibe”. Honestly, it sounds like something from one of my stories!
As usual, we’ve arranged special deals with many of our affiliates, so you can enjoy the intellectual satisfaction of saving money and moral satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting ERWA – on top of the physical satisfaction!
Indulge your inner pervert:
In the Adult Movies section, porn productions get more elaborate and sophisticated all the time. Featured this month is science fiction extravaganza “Horizon”, with state-of-the-art special effects along with scorching performances by Alektra Blue, Jessica Drake and Keylani Lei. Then there’s “Saturday Night Fever XXX”, not so much a parody as a meticulously filmed homage to the classic original that includes all the sex only hinted at on the big screen. Couples may enjoy erotic thriller “Love is a … Dangerous Game”, about an author switching to writing horror and seeking advice from a charismatic master of the genre. Will he turn out to be the love of her life? Or the one who’ll end it? And who could resist “Bra, Panties, Scissors”, a quirky celebration of lingerie and sex, or Brad Armstrong’s combination cabaret and fuck-fest, “Sexy”?
Make sure you have something to do after Thanksgiving dinner:
In the Authors Resources pages, Ashley Lister shares his recent experiences at a writers’ workshop, and recommends that you attend one too. Our other regular columnists appear to be – um – tied up this month, but if you want more advice and support for your own writing, delve into the Authors Resources archives. We have articles going back as far as 2006, on topics from inspiration to punctuation.
The Calls for Submissions list this month offers a healthy harvest of publication opportunities. Circlet Press has opened a call for stories set in the world of Laura Antoniou’s Marketplace. Top editor D.L. King is looking for red hot spanking stories. Readerotica, a site associated with an adult toy vendor, is seeking high-spirited, high-temperature erotic stories to get their customers into the appropriate mood. There are at least half a dozen calls for gay anthologies, including tales about scars and tattoos and dubious consent tales (in a collection to be titled “Like It Or Not”).
Find your perfect (publishing) match:
Inside the Erotic Mind, participants share three fantasies: something they’d definitely do, if they had the chance; something they might do, if circumstances were just right; and something they like to imagine, but would never actually do in reality. Fascinating reading! Want to share your take on the topic? Just click on the Participate link.
Expand your erotic horizons:
I gave in to temptation this month and spent a while exploring ERWA’s portfolio of adult links. The Links page provides a well-organized directory of sites of many types: online writers’ resources, erotic art, sexy animation, GLBT entertainment, BDSM and spanking… pretty much anything you might be looking for. We continually comb the web for the best sites in each category. (If you have a suggestion, just let our webmistress Adrienne know!)
Of course, I couldn’t resist following some of the BDSM links. Several hours later, I pulled myself back to the task of working on the Lure… Hey, I was doing research!
Visit the best of the adult web:
Our featured Web Gem this month is our long-time partner Good Vibrations, where adults shop for adult pleasures. Whether you’re shopping for your first sex toy or your twentieth, something vanilla or kinky, for her, for him, or for the two of you, you’ll find want you’re looking for at GV. And if you have questions, just ask. The gals at Good Vibrations are experts on safe, fun sexual experimentation. Use the following link, along with discount code ERWA10 (at check out) for a 10% discount.
Well, that’s it for the November Erotic Lure. I’ve got to get back to the sewing machine. My Pilgrim outfit from last year is in shreds (I’ll leave you to imagine how it got that way) and I’ll need a new costume for Turkey Day. I’m considering something native American. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of the muscular, half-naked brave bringing offerings to the first Thanksgiving feast – a heavy sack of corn in his hands, a deer tied fore and aft with leather thongs swung across his shoulders. All I have to do is look at that doe, and I get ideas…
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