Damnation Books, publishers of horror, dark fantasy, paranormals, thrillers, science fiction and dark-themed erotica, is giving away a 2nd book this week for folks who join their reader's list.
Victorian erotica is pretty mindblowing, and I love the historical period.
Reading some good erotica is a great gauge for how sex can be written well – and it ticks all the boxes you mention.
All these characters are full and complete, they have real lives just like anyone else, except that – like a lot of regular fiction – they have something fantastic happen to them, and in erotica it tends to be of a sexual nature.
The characters were forgettable, and I got the impression they were written to be that way because who wants real, three-dimensional characters in erotica?!
I think erotica is always sexier with characters you love - that way you care about them when they get their ‘thang’ on.
Students of pornography can take heart, however, because more recent erotica is kept there thanks to its copyright library status.
Anyway, it brings to mind the quote from Gloria Leonard – “The difference between porn and erotica is lighting”.
Clearly marked erotica is the LEAST of your problems if you are a parent of a curious child.