Vintage & Modern Classics
The titles listed on this page include underground classics from the 19th century (Man With a Maid) and modern novels destine to become enduring favorites and possible future classics (The Story of O). Titles range from hardcore bondage, spanking and contemporary swinging, to passionate love stories and all the lusty varieties in-between.
Various publishers, 1993 – 2015
Laura Antoniou is the author of the well known Marketplace series of erotic novels. The Marketplace series describes “an elite and secretive world organization,dedicated to the auctioning and overseeing of the world’s finest lifestyle slaves… a world so vivid in sequel after sequel, it takes on a reality of its own, one that’s visually hard to let go of once the reader has put down the book.” (Libido Magazine). Book Six, “The Inheritor,” was just published in February 2015. She has also published a series of short stories based in the Marketplace, entitled “Scenes From The Marketplace,” and edited a fan fiction collection, entitled “No Safewords.”
Arsenal Pulp Press, October 2013; ISBN: 9781551525310
A book that is guaranteed to raise eyebrows, The Embroidered Couch is the first English translation of an erotic novel originally published in the early 17th century, attributed to Lu Tiancheng (b. 1580). Regarded as a notorious classic in Chinese literature, it has long been banned in China, and never been available in English.
Ballantine Books, March 2013; ISBN-10: 0345545346
Before Fifty Shades of Grey there was Story of O, the notorious novel of dark obsession that introduced the world to erotic fiction.
How far will a woman go to express her love? In this exquisite and taboo novel of passion and desire, the answer emerges through a daring exploration of the deepest bonds of sensual domination. “O” is a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer, determined to understand and prove her consuming devotion to her lover, René, through complete submission to his every whim, his every desire.
It is a journey of forbidden, dangerous choices that sweeps her through the secret gardens of the sexual underground. From the inner sanctum of a private club where willing women are schooled in the art of subjugation to the excruciating embraces of René’s friend Sir Stephen, O tests the outermost limits of pleasure. For as O discovers, true freedom lies in her pure and complete willingness to do anything for love.
Wet Angel Books (Forbidden Erotic Classics), November 2012; ISBN-10: 1902588940
A novel of satanic decadence in the tradition of J-K Huysmans, FANTAZIUS MALLARE is the tale of a deranged recluse who declares war on reality. In his world of hallucination and twisted eroticism, Mallare needs a woman to worship him as a god; aided by Goliath, his deformed dwarf servant he entices a submissive gypsy girl whom he strives to enthrall in chains of horror and ecstasy. First published in 1922, FANTAZIUS MALLARE is the second novel by famous American playwright and screenwriter Ben Hecht. The book was suppressed as obscene by the Federal Government on its initial publication, and artist Wallace Smith sent to jail. It is now published in an uncensored edition which includes all 10 original decadent/erotic illustrations by Smith.
COUNT FANNY’S NUPTIALS, first published clandestinely in London in 1907, remains one of the most rare and elusive of all decadent texts. Its author “Simon Arrow” is sometimes identified as Ronald Firbank, although it seems more likely that the publisher, G. Hope Johnstone, also created it. This joint edition of FANTAZIUS MALLARE and COUNT FANNY’S NUPTIALS constitutes a volume of rare and unadulterated erotic decadence which stands as the final flourish of the genre.
Available at: Amazon
Wet Angel Books (Forbidden Erotic Classics), October 2012; ISBN-10: 1902588932
Restif de la Bretonne (1734-1806) was perhaps the key author amongst a glut of imitators inspired by the publication of the Marquis de Sade’s “obscene” masterworks Juliette and Justine in the late 18th century. In 1798 Restif wrote his pornographic epic The Anti-Justine (or The Joys of Eros), thus inaugurating a long tradition of “Sadean literature” that continues to this day.
The Anti-Justine is a pornographic novelization of Restif’s own life and sexual debauches, which the author tried to defend “morally” by declaring his book to be an “antidote” to the supposed poison of de Sade; yet whilst the book opens with a spurious warning to women against cruelty, it soon develops into a monumental odyssey of sexual depravity which often rivals de Sade in its relentlessly explicit nature.
Wet Angel Books (Forbidden Erotic Classics), July 2012; ISBN-10: 1902588908
SALOME is an evocation of biblical horror in which blasphemies inflame an atmosphere that seethes with a dangerous erotic charge from the very outset. Relentless, hypnotic repetitions in the words, arranged in fugue cadences, lend the proceedings a masturbatory, oneiric quality: the tale unfolds with the inexorable acceleration of an orgasmic nightmare.
Aubrey Beardsley’s UNDER THE HILL, a short work commenced in 1894 but left unfinished at the time of Beardsley’s premature demise, nonetheless achieves the quintessence of Decadence, an evocation of a synaesthetic pleasure dome to rival Huysmans’ A Rebours. This, allied to its extraordinary catalogue of sexual perversions, makes it a unique and indispensable text for any who seek the uttermost extremes of the manifest imagination.
This joint edition of SALOME and UNDER THE HILL, united by twenty of Beardsley’s unsurpassable drawings, is a timely rehabilitation of these two all-too-often ignored fin-de-siècle texts, and constitutes a volume of unadulterated erotic decadence which stands at the pinnacle of the genre.
Wet Angel Books (Forbidden Erotic Classics); June 2012; ISBN-10: 1902588916
White Stains remains Aleister Crowley’s most infamous work, his attempt at taking the Satanic/erotic decadencee of Baudelaire and ramping it up to new extremes of degradation, sexual depravity and demonic frenzy. Revelling in filth, Crowley includes odes to sodomy, fellatio, cunnilingus, analingus, rape, lesbianism, impotence, venereal disease, bestiality, sado-masochism, coprophilia, necrophila, blasphemy and devil-worship in this staggering, over-the-top compendium of eros and evil.
This first US edition of White Stains also includes Crowley’s rare later volume, The Nameless Novel (1904), a rampant pornographic novella written to stimulate and amuse his wife. With a new introduction by Crowley scholar D M Mitchell, the book is a classic document of fin-de-siècle erotica, as well as a unique compendium of Crowley’s most outrageous and notorious literary output. New edition with new cover. First in a new series, Forbidden Erotic Classics, dedicated to literary works which were censored, suppressed or even prosecuted upon their original publication.
Erotic Evolution, June 2011
Torture Me! A Dark Depraved Tale of Sin and Sex in the Garden of Evil Ecstasy is a deliciously disturbing erotic novel, recognised as a cult classic of Sadomasochism. The portrayal of ancient methods of torture as an art form — is both beautiful and horrifically shocking.
The story begins with a philosophical discussion about the role of murder in society. Many of the ideas are confronting and unpopular, but potent with the horrible truth of human nature behind them. The writer, Octave Mirbeau, (an atheist and anarchist) constantly challenges the reader through out the novel — with his scathing view of humanity, the hypocrisy, corruption, evil of the world and human condition. He explores the dual nature of life — love is death, beauty is pain, and torture is ecstasy.
This is the twisted tale of a young Frenchman (a corrupted politician) who meets the beautiful (on the outside) aristocratic Clara, who invites him to China. Clara has a fetishistic desire of death and torture — she sees it as beautiful and wildly sexually arousing. She seduces the Frenchman with her wicked enchanting web and takes him to the Torture Garden. This is an unreal place of beauty and death, which grows amazing exotic flowers in soil fertile from the blood and bones of the executed. The man wants to leave but is too weak, he is captivated by Clara’s physical beauty but is sickened her dark nature. He begins to see the ‘civilised’ world as a thinly disguised veil of the Torture Garden (thus the garden serves as an allegory to the brutal, cruel tendencies of humanity and corrupt decay of the modern world).
Sexually explicit, with hardcore sexual torture, violence and bondage – this book shocked the world when first published 100 years ago. Intelligently written, with great artistic and philosophical merit, Torture Me! is an unique experience — intended to both arouse and disturb.
This Kindle version is beautifully illustrated with unique vintage erotica pictures.
Available at: Amazon
Erotic Evolution, April 2011
The Golden Lotus Love Pagoda (Jin Ping Mei) is a classic work of Chinese eroticism. Composed during the late Ming Dynasty (1600’s), this famous erotic novel was forbidden and banned for hundreds of years due to its graphic sexually explicit nature. It has become a highly recognised and regarded work of Chinese erotic literature, as Fanny Hill, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Decameron are to the Western world.
This epic erotic novel is a fictional account of harem life during the Sung dynasty (AD 1101-26). It follows the life of Hsi-Men Ching, a corrupt wealthy man living a lustful life of debauchery with his six wives and concubines. When he meets a beautiful married woman, Golden Lotus (Chin P’ing Mei) he schemes to kill her husband, then seduces and marries her. This act ultimately brings about his downfall — and that of his clan, as the women within his harem struggle for prestige and influence.
This Kindle digital book is beautifully illustrated with unique vintage erotic art and has a linked table of contents. Also included are three excellent essays on The Art of Sex – On the biological and cultural evolution of human sexuality and how we can use this knowledge to enhance our sexual relationships.
Available at: Amazon