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.
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.