Posts Tagged ‘anthology’

Spanked review at Blogcritics

September 23, 2008

Lisa Solod Warren, editor of the anthology Desire: Women Write About Wanting (which contains my lowjob-filled essay “Where Sluts Fear to Tread”) has written a great review of Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica at Blogcritics, comparing it to her fist erotica reading:

It’s interesting reading erotic short stories apart from, say, regular short fiction. Much short fiction has, of course, scenes of a sexual nature, but it is quite clear that the premise of these stories stems from the sex act itself. The story is secondary. And yet, in a number of the pieces, it works very well.

A few of the pieces in Spanked are actually quite literary, aside from their erotic nature. Thomas Christopher’s “Riding the Storm” is very beautifully and lyrically written and when I looked up his bio his credits were indeed impressive. M. David Hornbuckle’s “Still Life with Infidels #56, with its superb title just crying to be read, could have been any better-than-average adultery story, just with a, well, spanking twist. Simon Sheppard’s “Fiscal Discipline” could not have been any better timed: imagine a story about the financial markets, homosexuality, and spanking! Plus, it was clever and funny. And I loved Bussel’s story about fear and pain that went far beyond the subject matter of the book. Donna George Storey’s “A Rare Find” and Shanna Germain’s “Perfect Bound” both revolved around books, in odd and wonderful ways. Teresa Noelle Roberts’ “Daddy’s Girl” creeped me out, but in a good way. She set up a premise that she then undid, and she did it quite well

Great review at Clean Sheets

September 3, 2008

Spanked got a great review by Julian Robinson at Cleansheets:

Editrix extraordinaire Rachel Kramer Bussell has rounded up twenty brisk and stinging tales that reveal the many sides of spanking, from playful erotic accent to punishing payback for a long ago wrong. Smoothly blended technique tips and how-to hints are a bonus for those looking to enhance their spanking life. Rick Roberts’ lead-off “Spanking You” boldly wanders from the buttocks to belabor the thighs, breasts, and pussy of his eager subject. Alison Tyler’s “Betty Crocker Gone Bad” begins with one of the sexiest garments of all: an apron worn by a woman wearing nothing else, and proceeds through creatively perverse applications of common cooking tools. (Do you know anyone whose kitchen walls display multiple wooden breadboards with hefty handles and whose utensil bins contain an excess number of large wooden spoons? Do they color uncontrollably at the word “spatula”? Ah hah! You’ve found a spanko.) There’s an old-time spanking game in Donna George Storey’s “A Rare Find,” in which coin flips determine who gets it, whether bare, with what, and how hard…

Aforesaid by-the-book chastisement occurs in the volume’s most elegantly literary offering, Shanna Germain’s “Perfect Bound.” A model of Victorian propriety, her erotic bookstore owner dresses like Harriet Marwood and offers a work-for-spanks program to trembling young men who dream of her firm hand raining down upon their virgin nether cheeks: “I can tell by the way they move their eyes toward me, then away, like I’m just another book on the shelf. I’ve seen boys look at porn with the same denial of fervor.” Germain’s droll, witty style harmonizes perfectly with her heroine, who has an unusual fetish for typewriter ribbon (please Google it if this is an unfamiliar term).

“Through a Glass, Sharply” by Elizabeth Coldwell employs equally elegant terse British understatement to an account of a spanking husband and wife who confound stereotypes: she’s a petite femme disciplinarian and he’s her macho testosterone-loaded bad boy. “I know it won’t be too long before he gives me another excuse to have him like this, his bottom rosy and tender from the impact of my slaps.”

Spanking interview with Thomas S. Roche

August 6, 2008

Today’s Spanked contributor interview is with my friend, the very prolific author Thomas S. Roche. You can see more sexy photos of him here.

Read the previous interviews:

Madlyn March
Madeline Glass
Tenille Brown
Elizabeth Coldwell
Laura Bacchi
Alison Tyler
Donna George Storey
Teresa Noelle Roberts


photo by Phyllis Christopher

Thomas S. Roche is the author of several hundred published erotic short stories as well as work in the horror, crime, fantasy and science fiction genres. His published books include four anthologies of horror/fantasy, three books of erotic crime-noir, and three erotica collections. He blogs and podcasts on sex, drugs and cryptozoology at Thomasroche.com, as well as writing for Blowfish.com and Techyum.com.

Tell us a little about yourself that’s not in your official bio.

I am not a morning person, but I seem to write best early in the morning, probably because I’m not awake enough to realize how absurd the enterprise is. I now try to get up at about 5:30 so I can get 3 hours of writing in before work. It is insane, and I would rather sleep in, but it is too easy to let time pass without doing a serious amount of writing, just because the day job gets in the way. Also, my favorite Scotch is probably Balvenie and my favorite bourbon is Jim Beam.

What inspired your story “Pre-Party” in Spanked?

I occasionally write stories about what might have happened had situations from my real life been slightly different, and “Pre-Party” essentially follows that model. I attended a pre-party in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco for the Folsom Eve Ball a couple of years back and it was filled with all these amazingly hot, sexy people in extremely revealing fetishwear. Unlike other parties I’ve attended, there was no play there, other than the occasional swat on the ass following a “Hey, does that handmade Peruvian whip have a lot of thud or more sting?” — “Here, let me show you!” — which tends to be more friendly than erotic, really. None of the characters are based on the people at that party, but the general situation was inspired by it.

Your story has the added touch of a vibrator being used during the spanking: “He gives it to her, right on the sweet spot, knowing from experience that the burst of sensation is going right into her clit, or her cunt, or her asshole, or something, some magic part of her that’s going to get her off, especially with the vibe buzzing
crazily.” Was that a deliberate choice to mix things up a little? How does the toy change the spanking dynamic for them?

When I’m writing erotica, I always feel a bit guilty about making it too easy for the characters to climax. For me it’s part of the format or the genre — if everything isn’t at least a bit easier than it is in real life, then erotica doesn’t serve its escapist purpose for me. But I can’t go too crazy with everybody coming all the time all over the place with no effort, or I start to feel like it’s not so much sex-positive as sex-bullshit, like bad ’70s porn novels.

So I wanted to insert a vibrator (ha ha ha) to bridge that gap between turn-on and climax. That particular variation is also not that far from reality for me. Spanking and vibrators are unquestionably two great tastes that taste great together. It adds the intensity of the vibratory stimulus alongside the deep, thuddy-stingy sensation of spanking. In my experience, with many women the thud is what can lead to a spanking-induced orgasm, and since it’s a very different feeling than the buzz of a vibrator, it’s really fun to mix those up.

Why do you enjoy writing spanking erotica? How do you keep the topic of spanking of interest to you after writing so many stories about it?

I think spanking is hot for me because I was influenced very early with Victorian or neo-Victorian erotica, where spanking was one of the serious obsessions. Then I did spanking and discovered that it’s just packed with intense experience. There’s the power exchange aspect, the taboo, the pleasures of easy access, humiliation, intimacy, and lots of bodily contact — I could go on. Suffice it to say that spanking is a lot of wonderful pleasures rolled into one.

Every time I sit down to write erotica, it feels brand new to me based on the obsessions I have at that moment. It’s very much like having sex for me, in that respect. I think some people who contemplate writing their 10,000th description of a woman in a short skirt imagine that it would be boring, but writing’s such a sensual experience for me that it doesn’t really feel that way.

However, if I let myself write erotica about things that bore me to tears, I will definitely interfere with that experience, which is why I tend to return to the same themes, and spanking is one of them since it’s a personal obsession.

And how many, in your estimation, have you written by now?

Spanking stories, probably twenty or thirty at least. Stories overall, a few hundred, of which probably three-quarters are erotica…I keep a database but am terrible about updating it, so I’m not totally sure of the exact count.

Is there anything different for you about writing spanking erotica vs. other kinds of erotica?

Spanking as a ritual is usually very stylized with me. Spanking erotica has to be fairly limited in scope to work; I feel like I have to keep the focus narrow in order to sensually do justice to the experience of spanking.

As a reader, do you have a favorite spanking erotica story?

Tragically, in recent years I’ve had to more or less stop reading erotica because I get the same things from reading it that I get from writing it, and if I read it I don’t write it. But I do sometimes read Zille DeFeu’s blog (http://zilledefeu.wordpress.com/) and go berzerk. Zille likes the spanking. Nonfiction is more of a turn-on for me than fiction when it comes to spanking.

I remember intense spanking scenes from Victorian erotica that I read when I was young, but I honestly have never tracked them down in recent years. In many ways I prefer to replay them in my mind.

I do like spanking comics, when I find them, but I don’t really enjoy spanking DVDs. Watching spanking on DVD, so far, is for me kind of like watching paint dry.

What’s next for you?

I’m blogging pretty frequently at www.thomasroche.com, but I rarely blog about sex because I work in sex for my day job AND I teach sex ed twice a year at San Francisco Sex Information (www.sfsi.org) and have for ten years, so I have to explore other obsessions or I think I’d explode. At Thomasroche.com, I write about whatever interests me, but I tend to return to themes of history, politics, cryptozoology, pulp fiction, Victoriana, and genre movies. All of these things are showing up in the fiction I write lately, but so far none of them have added
up to any publishable erotica.

As for fiction. I’ve been focusing on horror and fantasy and crime fiction again, which is where I started back in the ’90s. For the first part of my career (1989-1993) I sold about 10% of what I wrote; then from 1993-2007 I sold 90% of what I wrote, and now I’m back to selling 10%. The reason is that I’m trying to focus on new formats and styles, and I’ve given up on trying to move stuff quickly. I’m interested in creating a much larger tapestry.

Erotica sort of came along as a path of least resistance for me, because everything decent I wrote (and most of what I did) was always about sex. But supernatural horror, science fiction and other types of imaginative fiction really constitute my first love, though I often cheat with crime fiction. So I’m enjoying going back there. Which doesn’t mean there won’t be spanking.

Below is an excerpt from Thomas’s story “Pre-Party.” Read the whole thing inSpanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica.

“What are you doing?” she whines meekly. “We’ve got to get to the party.”

The cornstarch on her thighs is lost to sweat and friction, so the stroke of the rubber up her legs is not quite smooth, but it’s worth it when he snuggles the formfitting panties over her sex, then tucks the vibe into it and squeezes.

“Oh Jesus fucking Christ,” she says, and a few other things, considerably louder, as he climbs onto the bed and drags her bodily over his lap, smearing the remnants of his come over her latex dress and not caring, pinning her wrists with his left hand while with his right he does something he knows she’s wanted since the first time he playfully smacked her ass in the kitchen, around three, when she protested weakly that she had crudités to slice.

He pulls up her skirt and exposes her ass for a spanking.

“The guests,” she says, her voice all bleating desperation as he rubs the crotch of the rubber panties, forcing the vibe against her clit so that she gasps. Then he draws back and his cupped hand comes down hard on one firm cheek of her ass. She utters a yelp, grinds her hips against him. The vibe visibly jiggles around; even in the tight rubber panties, it can’t stay absolutely still. He brings his hand down again, feeling the taut clench and the give of her asscheek. This time she doesn’t yelp; she moans.

He adjusts the vibe and lifts his hand. This blow makes her whimper, softly, as she fucks herself slowly and rhythmically against his lap, rubbing the vibe between her clit and his thigh while she presents herself, ass high, for his next blow.
He gives it to her, right on the sweet spot, knowing from experience that the burst of sensation is going right into her clit, or her cunt, or her asshole, or something, some magic part of her that’s going to get her off, especially with the vibe buzzing crazily.

He starts spanking her faster, a blow every other second, one cheek to the other, then both, then her pussy, careful not to smack the vibe—that would hurt, and worse yet, it might break the damn thing. She’s moaning and bucking, and he’s let go of her wrists because she needs them to claw at the bed. His hand’s in her mouth now; she’s biting his palm, hard, as he spanks her rapidly, adjusting the vibe every dozen strokes or so to make sure it’s right where it’s supposed to be—on her clit, making her come.

I heart Richard Windsor

August 6, 2008

So I felt really dumb when I realized that I was supposed to get back to blogger Richard Windsor about hmi interviewing me for his blog for the virtual book tour. I, um, am not that Internet savvy about certain things and don’t have Skype and haven’t quite figured it out yet.

But now I’m kindof grateful because he’s put together this wonderful post where he reads from Shanna Germains’ story “Perfect Bound,” Elizabeth Coldwell’s “Through a Glass, Sharply,” and my own “The Depths of Despair.”

I think listening to erotica brings out nuances of stories that simply reading doesn’t, so it’s wonderful to hear him, especially with his sexy British accent. And it reminds me that I bought a voice recorder way back in like March and haven’t used it yet! Again, my technofear arises. Will work on that.

Also, Richard’s bog has a “Bloggers I Have Spanked section” – how cool is that? I would start one, but…I might get into trouble. Maybe Bloggers I’d Like to Spank? Like a kinky crushes list.

Spanking erotica interview with Madeline Glass

August 2, 2008

Madeline Glass

Here’s my latest in my interview series with Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica contributors.

Madeline Glass is a writer. The erotic part happened by mistake. Her website MadelineintheMirror.com began as a dating-after-divorce journal in 2005 and has been featured on Playboy Radio, Sexoteric.com and Fleshbot.com. She is a contributor at the Village Voice‘s sexuality website NakedCity.com and thinks that the Internet can save the world, if you are nice to people. Her sexy writing appears in the print anthology
Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica, and her book of 365 real and deliciously photographed sex positions, The Daily Kama Sutra, will be published in 2009. Madeline enjoys coloring outside the lines, eating and masturbation; usually not all at once.

Tell us a little about yourself that’s not in your official bio.

I am very competitive. I won’t play Monopoly with my kids because when I do I become a horrible, evil, scheming person and I don’t like it. But I will kick your ass at Scrabble.

You wrote on your blog that your Spanked story “Laser Tag” was inspired by real events. Can you tell us more about that? How much of the story did you change?

The initial scene when Colette takes away Nick’s laser actually happened at a Flaming Lips show last year. This guy and his friends were annoying the hell out of my friend Vix and me. So I took the tall one’s laser keyring away. The rest of it is totally made up, because I think I scared the crap out of that guy.

What I thought was interesting is that the guy in the story is the one being the brat, playing with the laser, but he’s the one who winds up spanking the narrator. Do you feel that’s a bit of a role reversal?

It’s a complete reversal, which is what I enjoyed most about writing the story. I’m not a huge fan of predictability, and erotica is so full of it. I tend to gravitate toward the unexpected and unusual in life, and I’m a bit of a contradiction myself, so the power shift was something I really wanted to do.

After he’s been spanking her with his hands, Nick gets out a switch, and Colette thinks to herself, “I hesitated. His hands were one thing, but this? This might be taking things too far. I might not be ready for this.” She goes along with it anyway, and I think this is a theme in both spanking and spanking erotica—not being sure if one is ready for the next spanking or paddling or whatever, but taking it anyway, as if to prove that you can do it. How much of this element plays a role in your story?

I think that’s part of writing a good story—erotica or not—that element of overcoming uncertainty and fear. Actually, that’s kind of what life is, isn’t it? You can let it swallow you up, or you can act like you know what you’re doing and live through it.

In “Laser Tag,” you also write, “Three strikes on the second side and I gasped with each, smiling as the pain became something better.” Can you elaborate on what that “something better” is, and how it’s related to the pain?

In my experience, after the initial sting of a slap or a strike, there’s a conversion of pain to pleasure. In my head it’s like those time-lapse films of flowers blooming, and the flowers are the waves of pleasure exploding behind my eyes. They just keep coming so quickly that the pain isn’t just hidden, it disappears.

You are one of the 100 Divas in Lolita Wolf’s 100 Divas project. What was it like to get spanked by her? You said that she “does such a good job of spanking” – how do you distinguish a good spanker from a bad one? Any advice for those doing the spanking?

Well, technically I’m not one of the divas, but the photo of Lolita spanking me is the header for her 100 Divas project. I love Lolita because she is such a professional, and can adjust herself to the needs of whomever she’s spanking. It’s not as easy as people think; I’m actually training someone how to spank me properly right now, and it takes a lot of practice. You can’t just let loose with a wallop out of the blue, without warning. Lolita takes her time—warming me up, building from her hand to a flogger to a cane. I think she spanked me for an hour during that shoot. I’d recommend her book Spanking to anyone who wants to learn from Lolita. Hey, I might even let you practice on me!

Why do you enjoy writing spanking erotica? Is there anything different for you about writing spanking erotica vs. other kinds of erotica?

When I write, it’s to tell a story; not necessarily to titillate. When I write about sex, though, what usually happens is that I end up getting turned on. That’s how I know it’s good, if I have to take a wank break while writing. I started writing the Laser Tag story just to see if I could. About halfway through I had to jerk off, so that’s when I decided to submit it. I think the main difference with this story was that I knew I was writing for a more critical audience than when I spew blogginess on the Internet, so I may have been more conscious of keeping the voice and tone of the story consistent.

As a reader, do you have a favorite spanking erotica story?

I love Alison Tyler’s “Betty Crocker Gone Bad.” Because I have a huge sloppy crush on Tony Bourdain. Like, I would even let him feed me soft-boiled duck embryo in Vietnam. That huge.

What’s next for you?

I’m lucky to be working pretty regularly writing smut for hire, along with projects I can actually tell my mother about. Not included in that last set is my stint as the Girl Friday over at Fleshbot’s Sex Blog Roundup. So if you write hot stories on the Internet, email me at madeline.glass (at) gmail..com

Below is an excerpt from Madeline Glass’s story “Laser Tag,.” Read the whole thing in Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica.

His cock was straining against his jeans and I pulled back to look at him. His face was serious, his eyes had lost all mischief. “Do it again,” I whispered. He smacked the other side of my ass and I moaned with the increasing intensity, feeling my pussy getting wet, both of my asscheeks radiating heat.

He growled, “You’re a naughty girl for stealing, aren’t you?”

The slaps had stopped, and I realized that if I wanted more, I’d have to play along. “Yes, I am, I’m a naughty girl for stealing.”

“And you need to be punished, don’t you?”

“Mmmm, I need you to punish me. I was wrong to steal from you. It was such a bad thing to do.” I wanted this to happenæI wanted to feel vulnerable and sexy and in trouble with this man who had so expertly turned the tables on me from earlier in the night.

“Stand up and take off your jeans.”

I backed off the couch and stood in front of him, slowly unbuttoning and unzipping and sliding the stiff fabric down my legs. My ass burned, and I let the jeans fall to the floor, stepping out of them and running my hands back up to my curves, their coolness a shock to my skin.

He sighed while watching me, and lifted his hips off the cushion. I dropped to my knees to help him out of his pants. As I pulled them down his thighs and he stepped out of them, he looked at me with the same knowing expression from the concert.

“Suck my cock, you little thief.”

God, I was wet. Everywhere. My pussy was hot and slick, and my mouth was watering. I dove onto his cock and he grabbed my head, pushing it down on his cock and thrusting his hips up into my face. He pushed me back and knelt on the floor. I was on my hands and knees in front of him, sucking him and arching my back, forcing my ass high in the air. He let his hands roam from my hips to my head, burying himself in my throat, my nose even with his pubis. I could feel his cock pass my gag reflex, and silently congratulated myself for all that deep-throating practice I’d done in college. I swallowed around his dick, the muscles of my throat closing even more tightly around him.

The virtual book tour for Spanked is here! Win a copy from Alison Tyler

August 1, 2008

Spanked virtual book tour logo

Today is Day 1 of the Spanked virtual book tour and guess what?

You can win a copy of Spanked from Alison Tyler! Get on over there to tell her your favorite spanking memory and read her thoughts on the joys of spanking. She also shows us these super-cool Spank Me panties you can buy on Etsy, and shares the definition of spanking – how hot is that? In the best, nerdy sort of way!

spank
–verb (used with object)
1. to strike (a person) with the open hand, a slipper, etc., esp. on the buttocks, as in punishment.
–noun
2. a blow given in spanking; a smart or resounding slap.

Bookslut raves about Spanked

July 23, 2008

I was so thrilled to see this post by Melissa Lion at Bookslut (thanks Felicia for letting me know), not just because she called me her favorite sex writer

I read her intro — excellent. And then I started the first story. And nearly cried. Not because it was so stimulating (though it was) but because of the narrator. It’s told from a man’s point of view, the spanker. He is so wonderful and attentive and smart about what women must feel like down on all fours their butts in the air, posed in quite possibly the most unflattering position known in sex. Finally, a guy saying, gee, that must be a little hard on the old self-esteem…

Then she quotes from Rick Roberts’s fantastic first story “Spanking You” before concluding:

I love that the narrator clearly knows exactly what’s going on with this woman. I love that he acknowledges it and moves on. I wonder though, do most guys think this way? Do most guys know it’s sort of horrifying to be in that position? Erotic, but horrible? Or are they thinking what I always believe they’re thinking, “this girl is fine, but my last lay was a 19-year-old supermodel?

I mean, wow. Hot spanking erotica that can make people cry? I love it because she’s acknowledging that while erotica’s aim is arousal, it has the potential to do so much more. I have been thinking about this book a lot lately as I write interview questions for the authors and realizing that they touch on so, so many very intense emotions. Spanking is not just about getting off, but about, often, confronting some deep-seated fears and taboos. It’s about making yourself vulnerable, playing with power, letting go. Those can be heady things to play with and I’m glad Lion saw that potential and it moved her.

Spanked banner for linking

July 18, 2008

If you want to link here (https://spanked.wordpress.com in case you’re reading this on Amazon) and use this pretty banner, you can grab the code from Flickr. Thanks!

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Watch the Spanked book trailer!

July 16, 2008

Behold…the book trailer for Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica! You are more than welcome to to post it on your blog, just grab the embed code below. Email me at spankingantho at gmail.com if you have any questions. My copies just arrived and they are gorgeous! Thanks to everyone who helped with the video. It’s made by What That Noise Productions an we used some paddles from Leather Thorn Paddles. Also, in at least one part of it, I’m the one getting spanked!

Below is the Vimeo version; we’ve also got it up on YouTube, Blip, and MySpace.

Okay, for some reason wordpress HATES any videos I want to embed here. Which is sad cause I am SO PROUD of this video. You can click here and watch it. Audio is NSFW but the video is (sorry, no nudity).

Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotic Book Trailer from Rachel Kramer Bussel on Vimeo.