Provocative Prose - Erotic Stories
Writer and all round literary don Maxim Jakubowski, our crime expert, also has a passion for erotic fiction. So, he has taken on the mantle of selecting books for our Provocative Prose genre. We hope you enjoy his selections.
This Month's Featured Books
Fifty Shades of Grey
E. L. James
The book everyone’s been talking about, now a major motion picture. Young and innocent Anastasia Steele doesn’t quite know what to make of the smouldering industrialist Christian Grey when she interviews him for her student paper. Things get both troubling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2015
Darker Edge of Desire
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. US-based Anglophile Szereto is one of the better anthologists in the literary erotica field and her standards are always set high, so any new collection she edits...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/10/2014
The Pleasure Quartet: Autumn
So, so much more than just erotica - this arty highly provocative novel includes themes of loss, release and liberation. Summer’s partner has died, as a violinist she is able to truly escape and express her feelings through her music....
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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A note from Maxim Jakubowski
From time immemorial, prose has celebrated the joy of the senses and addressed the joys and complexities of sex. Think ‘The Song of Solomon’ in the Bible or The 1001 Nights, through to Chaucer, Boccaccio and the often shocking sensual nightmares of the Marquis de Sade.
So where does the line between what is considered erotic and what might be termed pornographic stand? Some argue that if titillation is the only object of the exercise, then it falls into the realm of the latter. But then one must be careful to distinguish between titillation and provocation, and who would deny that D.H. Lawrence, for instance, with LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER seriously attempted to combine both elements, while still offering social commentary and a deep examination of human feelings and attitudes to sexuality.
More modern practitioners of erotica like Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Anne Rice with her ‘Sleeping Beauty’ trilogy (as Anne Roquelaure) and others have pushed the envelope further, and I would argue that we are right now in the middle of a veritable Golden Age for literary erotica. Naturally, some will always find such books shocking. but I daresay none of those I have selected for your further perusal could be found guilty of being exploitative.
So, stretch your fictional limits and dip, with caution, into this ocean of pleasure!