Erotic fiction has always played a part in mainstream literature. But it's now becoming more popular than ever. Here’s are six very different contemporary writers who've sparked readers imaginations by incorporating an element of kink into their work of fetish literature.

 

 This article was originally posted on 15 May 2015 and was updated on 11 December 2017.
 

Fetish Literature Writer 1: 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.

This work of erotic fiction was allegedly given to Bill Clinton by his intern Monica Lewinsky at the height of their affair.

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.
 

Fetish Literature Writer 2: Virginie Despentes

This French writer of fetish literature 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. It has a cast of incredible characters including a mean nun, a kinky lesbian and a teenage nymphomaniac.
 

Fetish Literature Writer 3: Stephen Elliott

Cover of Stephen Elliott's BookAuthor 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. This 2006 anthology is a mainly autobiographical account that takes the form of a collection of short stories.

Elliot recounts blisteringly hot fetish adventures with a dominant girlfriend, but also includes plenty of detail about his thrill-seeking formative years. Moreover, he always describes his sexual desires with great honesty.

In one encounter, a dom cuts his leg, threatening to castrate him, then suffocates and burns him. The experience left him feeling ‘very comfortable’, despite it being his first sadomasochistic scene, and coming after a childhood filled with abuse and trauma.

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.
 

Fetish Literature Writer 4: 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.

The protagonist 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 as fetish literature 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. She goes into candid detail about her journey from girl to woman, and into the arms of her first Dom, James.
 

Fetish Literature Writer 5: Jeff Mann

Cover of Jeff Mann's book, Barbed Wire.BDSM writer Jeff Mann often includes a historical twist in his homoerotic, fetish heavy narratives. In his erotic fiction book Loving Mountains, Loving Men, he focuses on a man who embraces his identity as he forges relationships and enjoys the ancient culture of the Appalachian Mountains. This occurs against a predominantly homophobic atmosphere.

In a more recent novel, Purgatory, two burley civil war soldiers embark upon a torrid affair, using their tough military training as inspiration for some seriously steamy S&M playtime.

A History of Barbed Wire and Desire and Devour: Stories of Blood and Sweat, are short story anthologies by Mann that deal again with rugged gay masculinity. This work of erotic fiction is 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.
 

Fetish Literature Writer 6: 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 writer of fetish literature, 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 likeable. 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 even 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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