THE NEW URGE READER 4, edited by Grace Murray. Featuring 17 extraordinary women writers revealing their most intimate stories. This is feminist fiction at its most provocative — guaranteed to unsettle, excite, amuse, transport, and arouse readers.
CONTRIBUTORS: Jeanette Bradley, Karina Bush, Debra Di Blasi, Dana Duren, Eurydice, Petra Anne Hawk, Elna Holst, E. E. King, Amy Kurman, Hélène Lavelle, Lilianne Milgrom, Grace Murray, Su Orwell, Giorgia Pavlidou, Marina Rubin, Kim Vodicka, E. H. Warrington.
“…These stories run the gamut, they are confessional, confided, whispered, shouted, and sung. Some are delightful, some disruptive and some disturbing, yet they are connected not for the simple fact that they excite our sexuality, but in the way that they address so many of our senses. Psychologically and physically, we are moved by sex in multitudinous ways, and these tales will engage the heart, body, and mind by the same breathtaking and heartrending measure.” —from the introduction by Grace Murray
Three out-of-print volumes in one sublime paperback anthology.
32 extraordinary women writers reveal their most intimate stories.
FEATURING: Jessica Alexander, Tamara Faith Berger, Elizabeth Bolton, Emily June Brink, Suzanne Burns, Tina V. Cabrera, Catherine D’Avis, Emma Gibb, Petra Anne Hawk, Elna Holst, Eurydice Kamvyselli, Rachel Kendall, Marina Kris, Cody Kmoch, Lily Knol, Marina Kris, Mandy Lee, Karen Moller, Pamela Naruta, L T O’Rourke, Erin Pim, Val Prozorova, Marina Rubin, Maria Schurr, Aurora Seymour, Sophia Smith, Star Spider, Amy Summers, Tara Stillions Whitehead, L C Wilkinson, Rebecca Woolston, Elizabeth Yoo.
The infamous Victorian monthly magazine The Pearl was published in London from July 1879 to December 1880 and was subsequently shut down by the authorities for publishing obscene literature. Each issue was devoted to explicit erotic stories, sex in high society, incest and flagellation, interspersed with ribald parodies, poems and naughty limericks. HIDDEN GEMS is a selection of the best of The Pearl—over 330 pages!— drawn from all of its original 18 issues and provides a fascinating look at the secret obsessions behind the Puritan’s mask. Step inside and enjoy a raunchy romp through the Victorian underground. SECOND EDITION
This underground classic surfaced under the title The Romance of Lust, or Early Experiences. It was published anonymously in four volumes by William Lazenby. This gorgeous new, unexpurgated edition includes all four original volumes — over 700 pages — designed for the modern reader and collectors of erotic literature.
Featuring excerpts from the Classics of Passion series, Victorian Vice includes selections from some of the Victorian era’s most notorious works: the infamous underground journal The Pearl; Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s startling novel Venus in Furs; “The New Pleasure” by Pierre Louÿs; as well as raunchy anonymous texts. Victorian scholar Lawrence Hamilton has compiled this connoisseur’s sampler of literature’s “forbidden pleasures” — over two hundred pages of naughty nostalgia.
A shipwrecked British sailor’s wild night spent in a Moroccan harem with nine concubines of different nationalities: Spanish, Greek, Italian, Moorish, Circassian, Portuguese, Persian, Arabian and French. Exotic delights are here revealed in this banned classic of Victorian erotic fiction.
PROVOCATIVE CONTEMPORARY FICTION
Summoned back to the Domain, Gabrielle surrenders to the demands of the Vicomtesse, the Comte, and Lady Isabella. Much more than a sequel to The Rites of Ecstasy, this novel takes us beyond the introspective feminine dreaminess of La Maison to a more bracing, hallucinatory, wild and strange terrain of its own—the culmination and climax of ‘the Great Work’ on Gabrielle’s heart, soul, mind and body. A story of erotic power – an immersion in another world – exploring the farther shores of female desire, love, hate and friendship, through extremes of pleasure and pain to the heights of the Sublime.
Le Château du Comte
Translated from the French by Valéry Soers
Trade paperback; 316 pp., $14.95
A collection of twelve short stories by the author of the controversial novel Angel of Everything. Set in a variety of exotic locations—including Amsterdam, London, Paris and Berlin—these stories are “…Not only a great escape but a sensual and seductive literary experience.”
— Melissa Hemmings, Between the Lines – London.
“THIS MODERN CLASSIC DESERVES TO BE RANKED ALONGSIDE THE GREAT FRENCH EROTIC MASTERPIECES, STORY OF O AND THE IMAGE, AND VERY FEW OTHERS. NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED OR THE NARROW-MINDED, THIS STORY OF LOVE, EXCESS, DEGRADATION, CRUELTY, TENDERNESS AND BEAUTY IS FOR ALL WOMEN WHOSE FANTASIES AND DESIRES EMBRACE THE INTENSELY EROTIC.” —DAWN AVRIL FITZROY
In the tradition of Decadent literature, spiced with Gothic, this provocative novel takes the reader on a voyage through dream, reverie, fantasy, memory and imagination – recounting the raptures and tortures in the initiation of a young woman, Gabrielle, by the Vicomtesse, the Comte and their entourage in The Domain.
“THE OBSERVATORY is an erotic thriller of voyeurism, repression, domination, and submission written in a fast-paced prose distinct for its minute evocations of masturbatory thrills. Singular in its dialectic between looking and being looked at, and in its urgency about sexual release, the novel retains a rare claustrophobia of sexual obsession, a flashback to Kafka if he had written erotica.” — Eurydice
Petra Anne Hawk
paperback original; 195 pp., $12.95
“THIS NOVELLA IS DEEP AND EMOTIONALLY COMPLEX, WITH POWERFUL IMAGERY, RAW CHARACTERS, AND PROFOUND POETIC LANGUAGE. REINE ROOTS FOR SELF-LOVE, FEMININE SEXUAL EXPRESSION, AND THE BREAKING DOWN OF THE HOLLOW STRUCTURES SOCIETY HAS BUILT AROUND LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS. MOST OF ALL, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS BOOK IS A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN LIVING IN POWER.” —RAIN TAXI
… at eighteen nothing, nothing could satisfy her. She had not yet felt happiness well from her own heart, but had to seek it in vain everywhere, in the hot sun flashing over concrete, where it lived in deep pools of water in the woods, and existed in other people’s eyes. Her longing at eighteen knew no bounds; she was secretive and lonely, dark and insatiable.
Rebecca’s friendship with Alluvia grows into an intense sexual relationship—complicated by her secret affair with Francis, Alluvia’s husband. Rebecca’s desire for both members of the estranged couple leads to a surprising culmination she could never have imagined.
Jessy Reine’s THE SECRET OF GERANIUMS is a haunting and poetic short novel — a raw exploration of female sexuality.
.“… written with Nin-esque eloquence, electric and breathless, delineating a dreamy, moony, earthy connection between physical ritual and sex. This short novel/novella brims with evocative imagery and a raw complexity of emotions; as Rebecca maps out her corporeal and erotic existence, the languorous memories and present moments alike are intertangled and suffused with a mid-coital glow.” — Elna Holst, author of Lucas
“With The Secrets of Geraniums, Jessy Reine joins the pantheon of what the French might call ‘l’antagoniste’ writers, those eschewing social norms and sentimentality regarding sex. The eroticism here is both heartfelt and analytic, giving the reader what they want to feel and what they want to know. The sexes don’t battle as much as join in an identification of purposes for orgasmic intimacy; yonic or phallic, coital wetness flows equally, each a “white river.” The ulterior pleasure throughout is that the portraits, actions, and emotions are so sensitively conveyed that one is as stimulated by the purity of the telling as by the prurience of the tale.” — Ji Wo
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF THE CONTROVERSIAL NOVEL
Bored with her life in a quiet, French coastal town and desperate for excitement, Emma sends out a prayer to the ‘Angel of Happenings.’ When she meets Gabriel, an enigmatic Parisian photographer, her wish appears to have come true, until she finds herself drawn into an intimate world of erotic temptations, obsession and danger.
Translated from the French by Kenneth D. Fletcher
This classic Gothic horror novel preceded Bram Stoker’s DRACULA by 25 years and was its inspiration. CARMILLA is the first vampire story to feature a lesbian vampire as its protagonist. Chilling and subtly erotic.
Originally published in 1894 under the title Les Chansons de Bilitis, this provocative collection of poetry was purportedly translated from the ancient Greek but was, in fact, the product of the imagination of French poet Pierre Louÿs.
A faux contemporary of the poet Sappho, Bilitis offers the modern reader these seductive, sensual, and unashamed celebrations of female sexuality.
LIPS OF BILITIS
translated from the French by Lono Taggers
With illustrations by Willy Pogány
Paperback; 186 pp., $14
THE POCKET EROTICA SERIES
Our Pocket Erotica Series (pocket-sized, 4 x 6 inch uniform chapbooks) is designed for connoisseurs & collectors— featuring classic & contemporary fiction, as well as original translations.
A JUDGE DECEIVED – Marquis de Sade
In this rare novella by the Marquis de Sade, a marriage is arranged between the aging Judge de Fontanis and a young woman, Mademoiselle de Téroze, who (unbeknownst to him) is in love with someone else. The young woman and her brother-in-law (the Marquis d’Olincourt) perpetrate a series of practical jokes, humiliating hoaxes and elaborate schemes in order to deceive the judge and stop him from consummating the marriage. This amusing tale is an artfully-written and beautifully-structured literary attack on the judiciary, and one of Sade’s most savagely satirical texts.
A HANDBOOK OF MANNERS FOR THE GOOD GIRLS OF FRANCE – Pierre Louÿs
This work parodies the educational handbooks of the day, as well as popular guides to etiquette. But unlike the author’s elegantly sensual oeuvre, including Les Chansons de Bilitis and Aphrodite: mœurs antiques, this is Louÿs’ most radical and subversive book — aimed directly at middle-class puritanism, mocking the hypocrisy and complacency of the Belle Époque. It attacks religion and social norms with equal vigor. It’s a sharp slap in the face of censors and prudes. It is also very funny.
JEAN-FUCQUE – Louis Aragon
Inspired by Louis Aragon’s obscure surrealist text, this new adaptation by R J Dent proudly presents…[insert drumroll] the one and only, Jean-Fucque Le Cocque, a large, disembodied penis and his Parisian adventures — his satisfactory encounters with female passengers on the Metro, his small room in a hotel frequented by prostitutes, and his reason for buying a hat. (Mon dieu!)
SELECTED EROTIC POEMS – Charles Baudelaire
Baudelaire’s decadent erotic poems caused a scandal when they first appeared in 1857. Both author and publisher were prosecuted for unveiling works that were “an insult to public decency,” and six poems in the collection were suppressed. These so-called indecent works (banned in France until 1949) were: Lesbos; Condemned Women: Delphine and Hippolyta; Lethe; To One Who Is Too Happy; Jewels; and The Metamorphosis of the Vampire— and all are included in this Pocket Erotica edition, plus 20 more.
THE SELF-MADE CUCKOLD – Marquis de Sade
Like the author’s Retaliation (Pocket Erotica #17), this is a similarly rare work sans the notorious content he is known for. Indeed, it’s an amusing, slightly smutty tale, without nasty orgies and flagellation. It’s rather clean in its own way.
ESCAPE ARTISTS – Su Orwell
The story of a married woman, Susann, who encounters a charismatic photographer, Arjan, online. What begins as an internet flirtation soon evolves into an unusual affair, and her fantasy escape becomes a reality of intense pleasure, taking her far from her suburban comfort zone. Su Orwell is a gifted young writer whose unique style—laced with edgy humor—makes this a memorable work of contemporary erotic fiction.
JANEY QUIXOTE – Doug Rice
After (mis)reading Don Quixote, a boy transforms himself into “Janey Smith,” a character he glimpsed in Kathy Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School. The unnamed Catholic narrator wanders the streets of Pittsburgh, slipping in and out of gender roles, seducing men and women — erasing his sense of his own flesh. Sex and gender are joined in Janey—a dream—who becomes an atheist of desire, on a quest to become an imperceptible shadow.
Doug Rice (author of Here Lies Memory) channels Kathy Acker in this elegiac prose poem which will haunt the reader like a strange, erotic dream.
“…like sitting under a waterfall of genderfluid.” —Zak Smith
RETALIATION – Marquis de Sade
Did the notorious author of Justine and The 120 Days of Sodom have a sense of humor? Indeed he did, and this short story shows a side of the author few have seen. Here is a witty, feminist, libertine tale free of flagellation and sexual perversion. Instead, it reveals a husband’s adultery and a wife’s clever “retaliation.”
A DIRTY STORY AS YOU LIKE IT – Kim Vodicka
Oulipo’s interactive concept of “tree literature” was first implemented by Raymond Queneau in his short story “Un conte à votre façon” (A Story as You Like It). In this wickedly clever (and very funny) variation, Kim Vodicka follows in Queneau’s hallowed footsteps with a do-it-yourself text that’s guaranteed to satisfy all-comers.
MORE TITLES IN THE POCKET SERIES
Upstanding Epigrams on Priapus
Selected by Lawrence Hamilton
Notes by Sir Richard Burton
Translated by Leonard C. Smithers
Pocket Erotica [№ 4 ]
Poems of Lust & Desire
by Libertine Poets of the XVII and XVIII Centuries
Pocket Erotica [№ 8 ]
Travels to Merryland:
Containing a Topographical, Geographical and Natural History of that Country
Roger Pheuquewell, Esq.
Pocket Erotica [№ 10 ]
A Restoration Closet Drama
Pocket Erotica [№ 11 ]
**Pocket Erotica [№ 16 ] **Privately printed**