The Best Lesbian Erotica series has been making our pulses pound now for twenty-two years. The title has changed a bit, but in 2018’s volume the aim is the same: to present the best lesbian erotic short stories of recent years. These are the most varied, intriguing, downright hot short stories that can be fit together into one balanced, absorbing book. The settings range from a Korean restaurant to the Mojave Desert to a comic book store to a silent-movie theater. There are all ages, from young students to seasoned self-identified dykes to elders whose fires still burn fiercely. You can find love and romance, power exchange, over-the-top sex toys, a superheroine, a Prohibition-era detective, and much more. And, of course, there is sex as varied and vivid as the settings and characters; explicit, often inventive, sometimes transformative, always steamy. Each story is distinctive in its way. Don’t try to swallow too many all at once; take time to savor your favorites. Getting there is half the fun.