Erotic fiction has always played a part in mainstream literature, but now more than ever people are turning to these highly descriptive novels for the escapism and steamy fetish action they offer. Here’s a list of six very different contemporary authors who've sparked readers imaginations by incorporating an element of kink into their work of Fetish Literature.

Fetish Literature: Six kinky writers you should read right now


Nicholson Baker


Probably the best known of Nicholson Baker’s work is his phone sex masterpiece, Vox. The kinky novel is written entirely in the form of a dialogue between two strangers as they explore their BDSM fantasies, anxieties and desires, through the anonymity of a sex chat line. Allegedly it was given to Bill Clinton by his intern Monica Lewinsky at the height of their affair.
Baker’s work is observational and low on narrative, but it’s the interesting surrealist quirks that make each book unique. In The Fermata the protagonist has the unusual skill of being able to pause time, but he keeps his superpower hidden from view and leads a quiet existence as an office worker. When he chooses to flex his time-bending muscles he indulges his S&M passions for frottage, voyeurism and public masturbation with relish.

Virginie Despentes


This French author has a fascinating life story and she draws on that in her first novel Baise-Moi (Fuck-Me). It follows two murderous punk heroines (one who has recently survived a gang rape) on a journey from exploitation to the revenge killing of various men, who are drawn into their world through sexual titillation. As a teenager Despentes decided to go into prostitution as an escape from the monotony of working life, she knew she’d never earn enough to escape any other way, so drifted into massage and peepshow work. The rape-revenge theme is also played out in her novel Apocalypse Baby, a stunning fetish literature read with a cast of incredible characters that features a mean nun, a kinky lesbian orgy and a teenage nymphomaniac.
Despentes has also been engaged in plenty of pro-sex projects that focus on the alternative and the obscure, her 2009 documentary Mutantes: Porn, Punk, Feminism includes sections on US performers like sex educator Annie Sprinkle and former porn actress/writer Candida Royalle.

Stephen Elliott


kinky writers you should readAuthor of My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up, Stephen Elliott is one of the few straight men writing in the field of fetish literature: Six kinky writers you should read right now. This 2006 anthology is a mainly autobiographical account that takes the form of a collection of short stories. He recounts blisteringly hot fetish adventures with a dominant girlfriend, but also includes plenty of detail about his thrill seeking formative years and describes his sexual desires with great honesty. In one encounter, a dom cuts his leg, threatening to castrate him, then suffocates and burns him. An experience which left him feeling ‘very comfortable’, despite it being his first sadomasochistic scene, and coming after a childhood filled with abuse and trauma.
He returns to this theme in Happy Baby, a novel about a man who was abused as a child who goes on to become addicted to the thrill of pain. Elliott frequently explores the idea of consensual S&M from a psychological slant, so along with the fetish sex, there’s plenty of anguish and sorrow to endure along the way.

Sophie Morgan


Being published in the wake of Fifty Shades, Diary of a Submissive was always going to invite comparisons to the E. L. James series. However, this is a vastly different book, written under a pseudonym, which explores the real life unscripted experiences of a 33 year old submissive. She describes being involved with a dominant partner as a thrill inducing trip: “Like sky diving but with more nakedness and no plummeting to the ground.”
Morgan is not a fan of Fifty Shades because she thinks it over simplifies the complex dynamic at play in a BDSM relationship, turning it into something abusive. In this kinky novel, Morgan is more interested in her sexual awakening, as the subtitle suggests and she goes into candid detail about her journey from girl to woman, and into the arms of her first Dom, James.

Jeff Mann


kinky writers you should readBDSM writer Jeff Mann often includes an historical twist in his homoerotic, fetish heavy narratives. He focuses on a man who embraces his identity in Loving Mountains, Loving Men, as he forges relationships and enjoys the ancient culture of the Appalachian Mountains, despite the largely homophobic atmosphere. In a more recent novel, Purgatory, two burley civil war soldiers embark on torrid affair, using their tough military training as inspiration for some seriously steamy S&M playtime.
A History of Barbed Wire andDesire and Devour: Stories of Blood and Sweatare short story anthologies by Mann that deal again with rugged gay masculinity, set against a background of bondage culture and mythology. The sex is amazing but the well crafted storylines, packed with suspense and drama are also something to savour.

Kay JayBee


Kay JayBee stumbled into the world of erotic fiction after a fantasy she couldn’t forget flitted through her head. She ended up writing it down and fleshing it out before sending it off to various publishers. Now an established author, with a penchant for BDSM erotica, she has produced over 70 short stories, a number of anthologies and a new kinky novel called The Perfect Submissive. You can only get hold of it on Kindle right now, but it’s a dark and dirty read that’s definitely worth the trouble.
The characters in her writing are well drawn and for the most part likable, a lot of the action focuses on restraint, discipline, and the bondage play people get up to when they’re pushed too far. Encounters take place across a range of settings, from high class hotels to photography studios and an archaeological dig. If you love a bit of fetish literature and humiliation in your bedtime books, Kay Jaybee is one to watch.

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