Bound and Gagged in the Erotica Market


I’m trying to make puke sound sexy. Not that I find puke particularly sexy myself. I just wanted to see what would happen if I decided to write about emetophilia in a pornographic way. What I ended up with was a scene in which a man becomes sick, and his girlfriend becomes so aroused by his need to vomit that she tries to fuck him right then and there! Of course, the nature of the story overrides the language, and the language alone can titillate. But, again, because of the nature of my story, not only does it offend, but it’s also least likely to receive exposure in the erotic market.

As I perused the submission guidelines of anthologies and magazines, I’ve noticed that a majority of publications for short story writers will not only disregard submissions that are wrought with pedophilic, bestial, and necrophilic themes, but may scrutinize stories that may have a scene or two that could be offensive. This inevitably leads to a cleansing of the erotica market, with only the simplest and most innocuous tales for readers to enjoy.

By doing this, “darker” erotic stories (and even “dark” is an euphemistic term) are automatically assumed crass both in content, language, and inadvertently talent. The author of such stories may be an excellent wordsmith, but because s/he is writing about two lovers swapping shit or enjoying a creamy milk enema, her tale will most likely not see the light of day… not through conventional approaches anyway.

My friend (who I met through this blog) has very incredible erotica. She’s very detailed and, because she relates so closely to her subject, her sex scenes feel very sincere. This makes her stories seem personal and the sex authentic. However, her story may also find trouble in the submission process. Why? Because sex scenes involved horny horses, horses that are genuine characters with emotions and behaviors. Horses that seem so a part of the story, and so integral to the sexual encounters themselves, that the entire story itself hardly seemed offensive.

Granted, I understand why my story (and hers) might not stand a chance because of the content. But, could inappropriate material find an acceptable place in the erotica market? Or will authors have to embrace their “dark” niche?

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    • Daisy Azuras
    • December 15th, 2009

    Thanks for the lovely words of praise. I really don’t see myself as a good story teller of erotica but more of a reporter on life outside the norm. Even though the stories I’m working on right now may never make a dime I still hold out hope that some might read them and enjoy them. As an added bonus my short story that I’m currently working on may also include an audio version for those that just don’t have the time to sit and read. I hope that excites you all.

    • Daisy
    • December 15th, 2009

    I don’t know why but it looks like my earlier post didn’t show up.

    I said in my original post thanks for saying nice things about my work and I wanted to let everyone know that I’m planning an audiobook version of my story.

  1. It’s your world. Make it as dark as you want. Go where most fear to tread.

    • Ryan
    • January 22nd, 2010

    Why did I get a little tingling sensation down below when I read the words “a creamy milk enema”?

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