Whether you loved or hated E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey, you have to admit that it certainly attracted a lot of attention - for the world of erotic BDSM writing. I can almost hear the long-time kinksters out there, railing about how misinformed the newbies to kink are, and how 50 Shades isn’t a realistic portrayal.

I don’t disagree at all. But this isn’t yet another recitation of the things the 50 Shades series got wrong (or right). No, instead, this is for anyone who discovered kinky erotica around the same time E.L. James became a success and thinks the 2010s were the birth of smutty books. Erotic writing, sex, and kink have a long history. Before there was 50 Shades, there was plenty of other devious writing, horrifying or titillating the masses.

The Top Seven Pieces of Erotic BDSM Writing Before 50 Shades


1. Juliette


Originally this piece of erotic BDSM writing was published anonymously in 1797. Juliette is such an intense book that Napolean demanded that the author be immediately arrested. No one knew that the author was actually the Marquis de Sade. This wasn’t his only published work, but it comes up again and again in lists of kinky works because of the sexual depravity depicted within its pages. Juliette is an amoral nymphomaniac introduced to sex at the tender age of 13. Think of every hard limit you may have, and it’s probably somewhere in the pages.

2. Lady Chatterley’s Lover


erotic writingPublished in 1928 by D.H. Lawrence, you might be inclined to think Lady Chatterley’s Lover would be tame in comparison to what we read these days. In some ways, I’m sure it is, but I know authors in 2016 who can’t bear to write the word “cunt” and Mr. Lawrence had zero problems with that word. Unlike the quick words-treated- like-porn reads you might get from Amazon, he had an opinion on class and the issues of the day running in between the sex scenes. The basic story is over Lady Chatterley, an upper-class woman in a dissatisfying marriage with an impotent man, and her affair with her gamekeeper.

3. The Story of O


It blew me away when I realized The Story of O was originally published in 1954. Written by Pauline Reage, the scenes are vividly explicit. You might be like me when I read it, brand new to the idea of Dominance and submission, but there will be no mistaking what’s happening. O is a sexual slave “gifted” by her former master to a new one, Sir Stephen. Her story is a full series. I preferred the first book most of all, but it’s definitely worth the read. Oh, and if you think you can’t tell anyone what you download to your Kindle, the writer whose real name is Anne Desclos, didn’t admit she was the author until 40 years after it was published.

4. Lolita


erotic writingWritten by Vladmir Nabovov and published in 1955, Lolita has taken on mythic proportions with an entire part of the kinky community identifying either as their own Lolita, a 12-year- old girl or the much older male protagonist, Humbert Humbert. The way the characters and some of the qualities of the story have been used to build a subset of kink reminds me of John Norman and his Gor series. While this book isn’t always classified as an erotic BDSM writing, what it lead to beyond of the pages of the book, makes it worth a mention.

5. Delta of Venus


Any list of erotic BDSM writing can’t leave off anything written by Anais Nin. Published in 1977, Delta of Venus is a collection of short erotic writing, some sensual, others kinky, and all with an intellectual element to the sensual pleasure she evokes. There’s a reason people tend to quote Nin when it comes to sex, eroticism, and even kink.

6. The Sleeping Beauty Series


erotic writingDon’t even think about the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty. The first book in the series, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, was published in 1983 and written by A.N. Roquelaure, a pseudonym used by Anne Rice. The books that followed were Beauty’s Punishment (1984), Beauty’s Release (1985), and Beauty’s Kingdom (2015). I’ve read the first three books in the series, and it’s kinky to an extreme. Consent isn’t discussed. There’s plenty of pony play. For anyone completely new to the idea of kink (like I was when I read it), it’s overwhelming. Knowing it’s written by Anne Rice, don’t go into it expecting a kinky Vampire Lestat or something. This series stands on its own as something completely unique.

7. Exit to Eden


Show of hands - who thought Exit to Eden was only a wacky movie starring Rosie O’Donnell? Me too. I know they change things when they adapt a book into a movie, but if you’ve heard of this particular story, published in 1985 and written by Anne Rice under the name Anne Rampling, you’ll be shocked. The movie is nothing like the book. The movie was cute but a little ridiculous. The book is excellent, and it’s a kinky love story set on an exotic island.

As long as there have been people on this planet, there has been a curiosity and interest in sex and sexuality. Kink wasn’t created by 50 Shades fans in 2012, kinksters in the 1980s. Or even Marquis de Sade and his depraved leanings in the 1700s. We’ve been exploring our fantasies and desires for eons. It’s only now that some of those writings have the opportunity to reach a mainstream audience. Anyone looking to explore kink and erotica outside of a bestselling trilogy dubbed “Mommy porn” would do well to check out any of the books on this list.

Kayla Lords is a freelance writer, sex blogger, and a masochistic babygirl living the 24/7 D/s life. Follow her on her website or on Twitter @Kaylalords.

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