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
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.
“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
“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
A DIRTY STORY AS YOU LIKE IT
by Kim Vodicka
Pocket Erotica [№ 13 ]
Upstanding Epigrams on Priapus
Selected by Lawrence Hamilton
Notes by Sir Richard Burton
Translated by Leonard C. Smithers
Pocket Erotica [№ 4 ]
From Their Lips to His Ear
Edited by Lawrence Hamilton
Pocket Erotica [№ 6 ]
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 ]
… 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
THE FIRST ENGLISH NOVEL WRITTEN BY A WOMAN
“…In Behn’s novels, women too can embrace the previously masculinized pleasures of power. In The Fair Jilt, the heroine Miranda pursues the most extreme forms of libertinism as she seduces a series of men, twice attempts to have murdered the sister who inconveniently limits her financial power, and demonstrates the conflation of sexual and religious subversion typical of both French and English Restoration libertinism as she tries to rape a priest.” —Tiffany Potter, Genre and Cultural Disruption: Libertinism and the Early English Novel
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Catherine D’Avis, Angel of Everything
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New Urge Reader Omnibus:
Erotic Fiction by New Women Writers
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