November 27, 2014

‘Great Pleasures’ by Edward Southgate

Posted on November 13, 2014 by in Erotica, Reviews

Edward, the narrator of the sex-filled romp Great Pleasures, wanders from one Manhattan bar to another picking up tricks. His nights are an endless litany of one night stands with hot young things. But all these hookups come with a sense of angst for Edward; he is thirty-seven and he fears, because of his encroaching age, that his chance of meeting someone to have a stable partnership with is rapidly dwindling. Author Edward Southgate, in the very readable Great Pleasures, gives us a snapshot of a man, in the thrall of youth, grappling with growing older. The narrator wants a relationship with the potential for long-term stability, but the quick hook-ups always beckon. (more…)

‘Fearful Hunter’ by Jon Macy

Posted on July 27, 2014 by in Erotica, Illustrated

I first read Jon Macy’s comic Fearful Hunter as single issue floppies, but never saw issues beyond the first two. Now it’s expanded to a beautifully rendered 316  pages, with additional “fan fiction” takes of the story by other cartoonists, thanks to Kickstarter support and Northwest Press. (more…)

‘The Padisah’s Son and the Fox’ by Alex Jeffers

Posted on July 1, 2014 by in Erotica, Reviews

Winner of the Lambda Award for Gay Erotica 2014

In the 1978 Oliver Stone film Midnight Express, a young American is sent to a prison in Turkey for attempting to smuggle hashish out of the country. I was thinking again about this dark movie as I was reading The Padisah’s Son and the Fox, a new erotic novel by Alex Jeffers, whose cinematic qualities would facilitate its own film adaptation. (more…)

‘The Princess and the Outlaw’ by Jean Roberta

Posted on January 30, 2014 by in Erotica, Reviews

In Jean Roberta’s collection of eleven historical erotic short stories, The Princess and the Outlaw (Lethe Press), readers will encounter a broad range of characters and situations, from the fantastical to the mundane, from the joyous to the horrifying, from Amazon warriors and wayward nuns to down-and-out women of the 1920s and Canadian Mounties, all presented with an eye towards chronological sequence and the queer experience. (more…)

‘The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga’ by Gengoroh Tagame

Posted on November 30, 2013 by in Erotica, Illustrated

The proliferation of manga within Japan cannot be overstated, and as a readily available outlet for gay expression, what gets translated on Western shores is yaoi, a subset of comics featuring gay male love stories typically illustrated and written by women for women readers. So it is a culturally significant event that Gengoroh Tagame, a genuine master in his field (that field being bara, gay comics by gay men for gay men), with a bearishly virile style which is instantly recognizable, receives a long overdue English translation. That this initial volume is a pitch perfect representation of his work makes for an outstanding debut. (more…)

‘Wild Girls, Wild Nights: True Lesbian Sex Stories’ edited by Sacchi Green

Posted on July 18, 2013 by in Anthology, Erotica

When it comes to erotica, and especially erotica anthologies, there’s not a lot of wiggle room; people tend to like them or lump them all together. Since Wild Girls, Wild Nights has the potential to win new readers to the fold, consider this review both an evaluation for the seasoned fan and a welcome to the newbie alike. There’s much here for both of you. (more…)

‘Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica’ edited by Sinclair Sexsmith

Posted on November 8, 2012 by in Erotica, Reviews

Sinclair Sexsmith  has long been a very visible face in the kinky community thanks in no small part to her award-winning online writing project Sugarbutch Chronicles. Sexsmith is an educator, a writer, a thinker and a kinky queer top. Her firsthand knowledge of BDSM has given her full possession of an empathy that is utterly devoid of sentimentality, making her capable of finding stories that are as lyrical as they are foul mouthed, as brutal as they are beautiful. In this standout collection of lesbian BDSM erotica Sexsmith is at her best, taking on tales and characters that shine with a chilling clarity. (more…)

Cliterotica: Summer 2012

Posted on July 21, 2012 by in Erotica, Features

It’s that time again, folks: Here’s your quarterly lesbian erotica review roundup, brought to you by the letter Q and Lambda Literary Foundation. I’m thrilled to be continuing to compile the good (queer, smutty) books over the last few months to recommend you add to your collection. Here are some of the best of the best. I’m sure you’ll find something to keep you occupied over the hot summer. (more…)

Cliterotica: Winter 2012

Posted on March 19, 2012 by in Erotica, Reviews

Greetings, erotica lovers!

Winter is an excellent time to curl up with a naughty book, and there are quite a few new good ones out there to choose from. Many more erotica books are available digitally these days, and while I do get a perverse thrill carrying around The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica or The Leather Daddy and the Femme, it’s generally easier for me to read these things on my iPad when I’m wandering around New York City on the subway. Even the Wall Street Journal mentioned this recently in their article “Books Women Read When No One Can See the Cover: How Kindle, Nook, & iPad Fuel Sales of Erotica for Women.” (more…)

‘All Together’ by Dirk Vanden

Posted on December 4, 2011 by in Erotica, Reviews

I wrote ‘The Problem with Gay Porno’ because if I’m going to be aroused by erotica, I need the good story to know what’s going on in a man’s head not just his orifices. As erotica editor of this webpage I celebrated authors who kept my attention by showing me men who revel in the full range of their sexuality and their emotions. I confess, having come out in the Seventies, that I have a penchant for stories that revel in freedom and Dirk Vanden’s characters deal with it daily (more…)