As you might imagine, many writers of erotic fiction do not wish to have their works published under their own names. A nom-de-plume saves so much social awkwardness---for everyone. Your correspondent is no different from these other writers. Xandra Fraser, like her stories, is fiction.....
Xandra’s literary influences, among others: H. P. Lovecraft; Colin Wilson, particularly, The Space Vampires, The Mind Parasites, and The God of the Labyrinth; Tim Powers, particularly, The Stress of Her Regard; and Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade, the first existentialist.
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I have done a lot of writing, but not erotica. On December 26, 2013, I stumbled on an interesting article while reading news online. The story was about monster pornography and e-publishing. It’s a fun and fascinating read, and it focuses on a particularly important issue----censorship. Here’s the URL:
So I started thinking about erotica and writing. And then I got an idea. Then another. I had a story beginning to write itself in my head. The next day I wrote the first section of what became Being, Bondage, and Nothingness (the title, by the way, is a nod to Jean-Paul Sartre). As the story kept writing itself in my head, I had trouble getting to sleep at night and woke up early in the morning with whole paragraphs ready to go.
Of his stories, J.R.R. Tolkien said:
They arose in my mind as 'given' things, and as they came, separately, so too the links grew. An absorbing, though continually interrupted labour…yet always I had the sense of recording what was already 'there', somewhere: not of 'inventing'.
While I would not consider comparing what I was writing with the works of Tolkien – and I am certain the Oxford Don would never have approved of erotica as literature – I was having that same writing experience, recording something that felt like it was already there. My initial plan was to write ‘Anna’s Story’ as a short story somewhere in the range of 7000 - 8000 words. But as I wrote, more story appeared. ‘Anna’s Story’ became the first part of BB&N at more than 10,000 words. Within a month, BB&N was complete at 26,000+ words, a novella/short novel with a nice story arc.
When I wrote the previous paragraphs in March, 2014, I did not know how much more story would appear, but now (June, 22, 2014) the Anna saga has become two more novella-length books, extending the story, plus two related short stories. Eventually, I will edit the three novellas into a single novel.
Colin Wilson includes a Note to God of the Labyrinth at the end of the book wherein he mentions Sainte-Beuve’s reference to ‘books that one reads with one hand’. This Note is well worth reading as it is an extended discussion of the nature of pornography.
So why erotica? Turns out it’s fun to write and entertaining to read, even with two hands.
What about Bondage?
My firsthand experience of bondage is limited, but not non-existent. Simple restraint of hands and feet. As I started to write the first real bondage scene in BB&N, I wanted to make the actual task of tying up someone as realistic as possible, sort of step-by-step. As I wrote, I realized just how much work bondage could be---especially if your partner is being completely submissive, i.e., a rag doll. In the end, perhaps, and as my character Mark says, bondage is more of an art form than anything else.
Detective James Arbuthnot is on the case again. One last interview to close out the file on Anna, the woman who disappeared, is now home again, and, of course, everything seems to be back to normal. The nanny. He just needs to talk to her. Get her side of the story. But it will be another interview gone wrong. Sexually explicit. You have been warned.
Mark's world has been turned upside-down. His wife, Anna, has disappeared. He is the only suspect the police can find to focus on. He's hired a live-in nanny to take care of his two daughters. What is the nanny up to? Is she the one who is visiting him at night? And if not the nanny, then who? Mark's story in his own words. This story is graphic in nature and is intended for adults only.
Adults Only – Explicit Content. It's 1958, and strange things are happening in Los Angeles. There is a funny novelty song playing on the radio. Do the lyrics hint at something deeper, darker, more bizarre?
From the Publisher's Note: Here are more posts, actually one long narrative, broken up into several posts, from The Nanny's Blog. Judging from the dates, these posts follow the first set I published under the title Joyriding with the CEO. The nanny recounts her unconventional trip to Europe in the company of the CEO she calls John and some of his colleagues. The story is better if she tells it.
From the Publisher's Note:
I found an interesting blog on the web...written by a nanny...(who) has had interactions with the wealthy and privileged in Silicon Valley...While the author may be a real nanny, these blog posts are about her “other” activities – bondage, kinky sex and sex toys, tormenting and satisfying the rich and powerful.
It's New Year's Eve. She's been stood up by her boyfriend. Now what? Some champagne, a bubble bath, and then, maybe, it's time to put new batteries in that old vibrator. But something unexpected joins her in the bathtub and it really does become a New Year's Eve to remember.
This story also appears in the collection Happy New Year! – A Porn Story Anthology. Look for it at your ebook retailer.
Zuzanne claims to be a daughter of Lilith, one of many sisters. She has lived among humans for millennia, receiving nourishment from the vital life energy generated by human lovers, but also giving inspiration to their endeavors. An Inquisitor Meets His Maker recounts Zuzanne's effort to find her sister amidst the chaos of a 17th century witch hunt.
Zuzanne claims to be a daughter of Lilith, one of many sisters. She has lived among humans for millennia, receiving nourishment from the vital life energy generated by human lovers, but also giving inspiration to their endeavors. A Paean to Priapos recounts some of her early life, an awakening to awareness of the god Priapos, and her experiences at a Roman orgy at the villa of Tiberius Caesar.
Detective James Arbuthnot is just trying to do his job – close out the file on an investigation that is no longer relevant. The woman, Anna, who disappeared, is back home; everything seems to be back to normal. Then Karen opens the door of her condo. Arbuthnot thinks she's pretty but fat. Karen decides to give the officer a different perspective – and an experience of the power of the Other.
From the Publisher's Note: We apologize for the lurid title. Our only excuse is that we wanted to capture the reader's attention and did not believe the formal title of the MS as we received it would be sufficient... the original title promises... a dry, academic read. The MS came to us through an unusual – and possibly not entirely legal – channel... we will not reveal that source...
The story of Anna, her family, Karen and Evelyn, concludes, at least for the present, as creatures of the mysterious Being attack the people of this world through erotic dreams. To protect her family and friends, Anna must come to terms with a decision she made. Anna finds the link in her past that connects her with the Being and uses it to fight the alien creatures.
The story of Anna, her family, and the nanny, Aimee, continues as Anna returns home from a lengthy captivity. She must deal with the nanny who has seduced her husband and with the police who have many unanswered questions. Anna reconnects with Karen to understand their mutual experience of the Being. And Anna tries to uncover events in her past that might explain why the Being chose her.
Anna has been having strange, erotic dreams---being bound and held captive by an alien creature with many tentacles and being probed and fondled by its appendages. Anna has invited Karen to spend the night so that, perhaps, Karen might experience the dream too. Karen wonders if Anna’s suggestion is actually a disguised invitation for a lesbian hook-up. In either case, she’s interested.
All is well in the life of Anna and Mark, a successful, happily married couple with two young daughters, except Anna has strange, erotic dreams. At least they appear to be dreams. Perhaps there is a real creature fondling and probing her in the darkness. Then Anna disappears leaving Mark to figure out how to move forward with his life and care for the children. And deal with the police.
The Finger (Futanari Experiments #1)
on March 05, 2014
Gives a whole new meaning to finger lickin good. Great idea for a new piece of tech---how soon can we start the crowdfunding campaign? Well written; an imaginative and stimulating read.
A Moment on the Lips: The Reluctant Succubus - Book One
on March 08, 2014
Tera S has done a good job of evaluating and analyzing this story. My comments will be more brief. This story is one of the best I have read so far. The author makes good use of first person narrative to quickly establish the quirky, snarky character of Sarah. The reader feels immediate understanding of and empathy for her. Use of confessional elements in the first person draw the reader further into the life of Sarah. The other characters are also well-written. Descriptive details are excellent and the reader can easily visualize the action as well as the specifics regarding the characters. Most importantly, the story leaves you wanting more.....
The Mirror. Episode1: The Kitty Cooper Diaries
on March 16, 2014
This book is the delightful tale of a young milkmaid in rural late-Victorian England who is given the opportunity to become a parlor maid in one of the great houses of the land---and by the way to learn the arts of love. The author writes the narrative as a first person confessional diary which is an excellent vehicle for this kind of story telling. The choice of words and sentence construction give the story just enough of a period feel. Episode 1 covers the first two lessons of our heroine's education; these lessons are quite stimulating. One can only wonder what will come next...?
Prized, The Payment Series book 1
on May 04, 2014
A well-written story of self-created and self-imposed sexual humiliation and degradation. Catrina recognizes she has dug her own financial hole. She understands she must pay off that debt through obedient service to a man she does not know. The author maintains a balance between revulsion at what Catrina must endure and acceptance of her situation while avoiding the easy out of whining self-pity. The reader can easily empathize with Catrina's plight and feel that sense of there-but-for-fortune... Also, there are the beginnings of Stockholm syndrome for Catrina regarding Raoul. He may just be doing his job, but Catrina's initial hatred may change into something far more complex. She may come to regard him as her savior. Of course, she may also transfer this feeling to her new owner. We'll only find out by reading the next installment.
One Rainy Afternoon (Indecent Descent Episode One)
on June 22, 2014
A pleasurable read, very well written. The tension between desire and reluctance on the part of Jim, our protagonist, is perfectly balanced, and the emotional elements of the story are treated with delicacy and credibility. The sex is luridly innocent or innocently lurid -- you decide. There are only a couple of strange grammatical clinkers (really good for our genre) -- "was sat" is the primary culprit. I highly recommend reading this story.
Trick or Treat
on Oct. 31, 2014
Great, short read. Left me panting for more. Why isn't there more?...?