The best erotic fiction

I wrote a piece of erotic fiction once for a boyfriend. It was inspired by our first date and all the sexual tension and desires that occur in the height of infatuation. I had it professionally printed and an art director friend of mine kindly humoured me and inserted some colourful pop art. 

Like this...

Like this...

What's more romantic than pizza?

What's more romantic than pizza?

Though I was hoping for more Miller or Nin, It turned out to be, well, remarkably cheesy and more Mills & Boon. It probably should have been called "The sexy steam room sojourn" or something similarly filled with alliteration and if it were ever published it would be found in the $2 bin at my uncle's second rate antique store.

I discovered it was incredibly hard to write decent erotic that wasn't incredibly corny. I probably should have refrained from the blow by blow and using words like "pussy", "cock", " love tunnel" and "moist"...but hey. Since then I've read a decent amount of erotic fiction and have come to be slightly obsessed with the stuff.

A year or two ago I would have turned to an erotic film for pleasure such as the VHS classics like 9 1/2 weeks to the modern classics of The Secretary, to Erika Lust's fem porn and most recently the very subtly erotic, A Bigger Splash.

Don't get me wrong, I still very much enjoy the visual titillations but of late I've come to prefer arousal through literature. I enjoy it on my own and with my lover. I particularly enjoy erotica in the form of short stories, the perfect length to arouse and satisfy. 

This list is just a sample of what we deem to be the best erotic fiction. So what is best? We judge it on ability to arouse and to beautifully craft characters, settings and sentences.

Anais Nin's Little Birds is a stunning collection of clit-tingling prose and our personal fave at the moment. Its 13 short stories are vividly unique and yet each manage to arouse and entertain in their wonderful depiction of universal desires.

Anais Nin's Little Birds is a stunning collection of clit-tingling prose and our personal fave at the moment. Its 13 short stories are vividly unique and yet each manage to arouse and entertain in their wonderful depiction of universal desires.

This collection of stories preceded Little Birds and was written for a private client known only as "Collector". In this revered collection, Nin conjures up a "glittering cascade of sexual encounters".

This collection of stories preceded Little Birds and was written for a private client known only as "Collector". In this revered collection, Nin conjures up a "glittering cascade of sexual encounters".

Henry Miller's famous novel, Tropic of Cancer, was first published in 1934 in France (and banned in the US, of course!). It's "notorious for its candid sexuality" and largely responsible for the "free speech that we now take for granted in literature". 

Henry Miller's famous novel, Tropic of Cancer, was first published in 1934 in France (and banned in the US, of course!). It's "notorious for its candid sexuality" and largely responsible for the "free speech that we now take for granted in literature". 

This is the story of two boarding school girls in love. Leduc offers us a stunning literary portrayal of female desire and sexuality. "This is all the raw urgency of female adolescent sexuality: its energy and intensity, the push-pull of excitement, its dangers and glories, building to a coming explosion." - Kate Millett

This is the story of two boarding school girls in love. Leduc offers us a stunning literary portrayal of female desire and sexuality. "This is all the raw urgency of female adolescent sexuality: its energy and intensity, the push-pull of excitement, its dangers and glories, building to a coming explosion." - Kate Millett

Gaitskill's short story debut in 1988 was met with critical acclaim. The nine short stories touch on such themes as sexuality, love, romance, BDSM and female friendship. The film, The Secretary was based on a short story of the same name in the book.   

Gaitskill's short story debut in 1988 was met with critical acclaim. The nine short stories touch on such themes as sexuality, love, romance, BDSM and female friendship. The film, The Secretary was based on a short story of the same name in the book.   

This classic tale by the brilliant D.H. Lawrence tells the story of the relationship between a working class man and a upper class lady. It's has become known for its explicit descriptions of sex and its use of then unprintable words (keep in mind this gem was first published in 1928!).   

This classic tale by the brilliant D.H. Lawrence tells the story of the relationship between a working class man and a upper class lady. It's has become known for its explicit descriptions of sex and its use of then unprintable words (keep in mind this gem was first published in 1928!).