Okay, I might be a tad biased .. no, scratch that, I am definitely biased: after all, I’ve been a professional erotica writer since 1993. Which is (counts on fingers, then takes off shoes to count on toes) twenty-five years?!
Man, I feel old … anyway, even with my more-than-slightly slanted perspective, I really do feel that there is something special about erotic storytelling.
Not that there’s anything wrong with other forms of adult entertainment--it’s just that erotica can do what others can’t.
Think of it this way: when you watch a dirty picture, you are inherently a voyeur. The only information you can get out of the experience is what you see. Yes, it’s absolutely immediate: coming -- if you excuse the expression -- straight into your eyes. But there’s no context, no background, no story.
You look, and if what you see turns you on your body follows suit. The same is mostly true for movies: there may be more of a story but it’s purely superficial. You don’t know anything about what the characters are thinking, or feeling. Its a trade between off between immediate gratification and depth.
Maybe it’s me, but there can also be a sense of disconnection. When you watch a movie, or look at a picture, you have no idea if the people involved are actually enjoying themselves. Who knows, maybe they are just thinking of getting paid -- or if they put enough money in the parking meter?
Illustrations can avoid this, of course: as characters there are as fictional as those in an erotica story … but there’s still that feeling of looking at a snapshot instead of actually being part of an experience.
Then there’s erotica. When you read a sexy story -- and if the author did their job right -- you might not be able to see what’s going on but your imagination works with the words to create something that can be just as visually arousing .. and is a wholly unique experience. What you picture when reading an erotic story will always be different than what other people imagine.
More importantly, you can also feel what’s going on: the sensations of the characters told through descriptions. Sometimes this can be done with a lot of detailed words or maybe just a few choice ones: the slick pressure of penetration, the shimmering twitches or arousal … you get the idea.
You can also experience the thoughts and emotions of the people in erotica: you can visit their mental landscapes and understand what is turning them on, what it feels like … their needs, their wants, their concerns, and so much more.
Then there’s story. Sure, a film has some of that but again you are watching from the outside. With an erotic story you are in there with the characters -- so when it ends you feel like you experienced everything with them, instead of watching from a distance.
Erotica can also go where reality never can. Animation is the closest to this in regards to visual pornography but even there you are still outside looking in. With erotica, you can be dropped into the sex lives of mermaids and aliens, robots and bigfoot … er, big feet? Whatever the plural of bigfoot is. And it doesn’t take months and months of drawing to do it: just a few carefully chosen words.
Visual erotica, in all it shapes and forms, will always be here -- and thank goodness. But if you are looking for an experience that can transport you to other worlds, put you in the minds of all kinds of people having a really good sexy time, as well as weaving a story that will stay with you a lot longer than even the best adult flick then read erotica.
And, with that out of the way, let me tell you about my newest book…
Calling M.Christian versatile is a tremendous understatement. Extensively published in science fiction, fantasy, horror, thrillers, and even non-fiction, it is in erotica that M.Christian has become an acknowledged master, with stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and in fact too many anthologies, magazines, and sites to name. In erotica, M.Christian is known and respected not just for his passion on the page but also his staggering imagination and chameleonic ability to successfully and convincingly write for any and all orientations.
But M.Christian has other tricks up his literary sleeve: in addition to writing, he is a prolific and respected anthologist, having edited 25 anthologies to date including the Best S/M Erotica series; Pirate Booty; My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica; The Burning Pen; The Mammoth Book of Future Cops, and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi); Confessions, Garden of Perverse, and Amazons (with Sage Vivant), and many more.
M.Christian's short fiction has been collected into many bestselling books in a wide variety of genres, including the Lambda Award finalist Dirty Words and other queer collections like Filthy Boys, BodyWork, and his best-of-his-best gay erotica book, Stroke the Fire. He also has collections of non-fiction (Welcome to Weirdsville, Pornotopia, and How To Write And Sell Erotica); science fiction, fantasy and horror (Love Without Gun Control); and erotic science fiction including Rude Mechanicals, Technorotica, Better Than The Real Thing, The Bachelor Machine, Skin Effect, and Hard Drive: The Best Sci-Fi Erotica of M.Christian.
M.Christian is out with his new book, ‘Hard.....’ and we are giving away two of them to the best sci-fi erotica fictional stories. If you think you have a writer in you, then do share with us Click Here to share!!