We’re watching Cleis Press on Erotica Cover Watch today and asking why, oh why, is a progressive, feminist, indie, queer publishing house creating erotica covers with the same tiresome gender bias as all those other publishers?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, newly released this week, is Ultimate Burlesque, an erotica anthology published as part of Emily Dubberley’s Burlesque Against Breast Cancer campaign. All authors wrote their stories for free, and profits from the book go to Macmillan Cancer Support. You may just know some of the writers involved: Monmouth, Alison Tyler, Portia Da Costa, Jeremy Edwards, Nikki Magennis, Donna George Storey and me!
Go to the Ultimate Burlesque website for the full lowdown on all the authors plus details of the UK reading tour. And if you’re in Brighton on October 30th, then do come along to Waterstones to hear me read from my story, The Lion Tamer’s Scars.
In other news, I’ve been poking around in erotica publishing’s hidden corners and, after much blood, sweat and tears, can now bring you a bundle of truly taboo-busting images! Check them out on this week’s Erotica Cover Watch. Come on, don’t be afraid. It’s only bodies.
ETA: I meant to say, if you still haven’t read my super-filthy, super-sexy, controversial bestseller, Asking for Trouble, it is currently dirt cheap on Amazon UK! (And this is not, as has been suggested (you know who you are), because I’ve been remaindered. I am currently flying high at number FIVE in Amazon’s erotica charts!) So pop Asking for Trouble in your basket when you buy Ultimate Burlesque and have yourself a serious smutfest.
Check out LOLtits! I Can Haz Sexist!!, the latest, most fabulousest addition to Erotica Cover Watch.
Then tell us what you think about today’s topic, the covers of Susie Bright’s Best American Erotica series. They’re lovely images, sure, but are they fair to women? Or is it high time the smut shelves featured some man candy for us?
Join me and Mathilde Madden in our bid to Banish Inequality on Covers in Erotica, Porn and Smut (BICEPS)!