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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.
For classic entertainment we recommend:
The Embroidered Couch: An Erotic Novel of China
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.
Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
First published in 1870, the author defined—and unwittingly gave his own name to—that sexual proclivity we know as masochism in this understated, charged erotic classic.
Severin is a young Galician nobleman with a secret; he can only love a woman with a ruthless heart, who will rain her whip upon him in a shower of bloody kisses. When he meets Wanda, the wealthy and beautiful widow living in the apartment upstairs, he wonders if she might be the one to help him realize his darkest desires. But Wanda is better than she ever dreamed possible at domination—and soon Severin realizes he is powerless to escape what he has begun. Here, fantasy and reality writhe together in a ceaseless, fraught embrace.
Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch was an Austrian writer of fiction and short stories whose masterpiece inspired a famous song of the same name by The Velvet Underground, and continues to be referred to as a defining work within the realm of erotic literature.
Venus in India by Charles Devereaux
Captain Devereux is posted to India, far away from his beautiful young wife and child, and at first is devastated at the parting. But when he comes across Lizzie Wilson, the wife of one of his fellow officers, her ample bosom and open thighs prove more than enough consolation. And when her husband objects to their dalliances, no matter—for the regiment Colonel's three young daughters, Fanny, Amy, and Mabel, are more than eager to be initiated into the ways of adult love!Set in colonial Hindustan, each sinuous line in this tale provides proof that tropical heat and erotic lust are perfect bedfellows. Also known as Love Adventures in Hindustan, this story was originally published in Amsterdam in 1889.
About the Author: Captain Charles Devereux is a pseudonym, and is thought most likely to be that of Major Crommelin Henry Ricketts.
Fanny Hill by John Cleland
Fanny Hill is a blushing country maiden until tragic circumstances force her to seek a new life in London. She is taken in by the motherly Mrs. Brown, but on her first night she receives a rather unorthodox welcome from one of the young ladies in the house—and swiftly gains a much more explicit idea of what is expected in her new role. Fanny takes to carnal pleasures with gusto, and she vividly recalls each lusty encounter and every thrusting conquest, in her saucy, voyeuristic, and thoroughly irresistible memoirs. Scandalizing thousands of Victorians with its vivid descriptions of sexual pleasure, this book landed its author in court a year after publication on charges of "corrupting the King's subjects." This only heightened its allure—and today it is still hugely appreciated as a work of true erotic and literary merit.
About the Author: John Cleland wrote Fanny Hill, also known as Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, in two installments while serving time in prison for debt. In 1749, he was arrested for obscenity, yet denied responsibility for the novel. The book was not officially published again for 100 years. However, it continued to sell well and was published in pirate editions.
The Gift of Shame Sarah Hope Walker
Sad, sultry Helen flies between London, Paris and the Caribbean chasing whatever physical pleasures she can get to tear her mind from a deep, deep loss. Her glamorous life-style and charged sensual escapades belie a widow's grief. When she meets handsome, rich Jeffrey she is shocked and yet intrigued by his masterful, domineering behaviour. Soon, Helen is forced to confront the forbidden desires hiding within herself - and forced to undergo a startling metamorphosis from a meek and modest lady into a bristling, voracious wanton.
"[The Gift of Shame] is a fantastically decadent book, released originally in 1994 and I must say it has certainly aged well. ... The sexual encounters in this book are hot, there are no sex scenes in this book which could be called dull, not by a long chalk! Unlike some erotic novels, each encounter seems to really have a place in the story to move it on. " —Victoria Blisse, Erotica Readers & Writers Association
The Marketplace by Laura Antoniou
Review by Lisabet Sara: Laura Antoniou's modern classic of BDSM-themed fiction returns to print. The first volume in the landmark Marketplace Series, which set the standard for contemporary SM erotica. These books chronicle the adventures of those who live in an enticing world built on a slave-based hierarchy, where realistic characters are confronted with questions of trust and duty amidst an ambience of pain and eroticism.
In this volume, four new trainees join the exquisite Marketplace slaves, struggling to prove their worthiness to the rigorous and unrelenting slave-master Chris Parker. This re-print edition also contains an original short story, a must for fans!
"I loved this book. For one thing, despite its fantasy premise, it has a realistic, down-to-earth feel. The characters are complex and their interactions nuanced and believable. The Marketplace is the exact opposite of the kinky fairy tale world of the Beauty books – even though they share activities and physical elements."
The Pearl by Anonymous
Follow the story of Beatrice in Volume One, Lady Pokingham, where sordid adventures in the sexual underworld are commonplace, and virginal fantasies, flagellation, and Catholic guilt manifest themselves as streams of erotic poetry. In Volume Two, La Rose d'Amour, a young man is influenced by his lusty young cousins, who invite him to join an illicit club of debauchery and brandy-saturated orgies, where pearl necklaces and see-through negligees are the only dress codes required.
About the Author:
These stories are taken from The Pearl (A Magazine of Facetiae and Voluptuous Reading), which was published between 1879 and 1880, and which across its 18-issue lifetime reveled unashamedly in its reputation for salubrious gossip from the upper echelons of society.
The Way of a Man with a Maid by Anonymous
Jack has built a special place called the Snuggery in a padded room of an old lunatic asylum. Filled with ropes, cushions, straps, and feathers, he chooses Alice to complete the decoration. Imprisoned against her will, she is teased into submission. And in moments of passion, when Jack names her his "wife," Alice finally surrenders her maidenhead, submitting to the power of his unbridled lust. This is a foray into pleasure, pain, lesbianism, and etiquette—told from the viewpoint of a quintessential Edwardian gent. Having first appeared in Parisian journals around the turn of the century, it is widely acknowledged to be a defining example of the erotic genre, and reveals the dark underbelly of human sexuality.
About the Author: Mysteriously, for such a classic book, the initial publication date is still unknown, and the author remains anonymous.
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