Show Me Bad – #Twitterfiction #storified


Having pulled on their gimp masks as they make their way down into the basement of the strip-mall Thai takeaway in Ruislip… Continue Reading

Lacan and Writing the Erotic – Desire

I was asked by my supervisor to explain how using Lacanian psychoanalytical criticism had influenced my creative writing. I suspect the effect has been quite profound, although I am hoping at the same time that it is not too obvious in the prose. Lacan took a number of Freudian concepts and developed them. He was Continue Reading

Writing Compromise: All Writers aren’t Activists.

Erotic fiction authors find themselves in a very interesting place. Traditionally, the writing of fictionalized accounts of explicit sexual human experience has always been problematic, because open and frank discussions of real human sexuality have also been socially problematic. What emerged from those traditional sites of conflict was a push towards a more open and Continue Reading

“Who would want to live when you can watch?”


First, let me say that I enjoy a lot of David Foster Wallace’s ideas more than I enjoy his fiction. I know that statement might be something like blasphemy in literary circles. In truth, he reaches a level of Americanism in his novels that loses me. Something I don’t think he intended to do. I’m Continue Reading

The Fiction of Relationship: The Book and the Course


People have a lot of bad things to say about the internet, and some of them I agree with, but the fact that a course like this is possible, and free – absolutely free – is an amazing aspect of modern, online life. When they run this course again, if this sort of literary examination interests you, I highly recommend you join the course. Continue Reading

A Reading of E Unibus Pluram by David Foster Wallace

The language is dense and careful, as well as being wonderful writing. So you might want to read along:E unibus pluram: television and U.S. fiction.

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The Eroticism of Expulsion

Historically, erotic art (visual and textual) was produced primarily for men, by men.  Yes, there have been exceptions, but the ones that survive are rare. It was only in the 20th century, and mostly in the latter part, that women began to produce erotic fiction aimed at women. This has been portrayed as emancipatory and, Continue Reading

Lacan in Woolf: To the Lighthouse and the Beauty of Diegesis


It’s one of those famous literary works you’re supposed to have read, may have taken a run at, and then ran away screaming. Virginia Woolf’s ‘To The Lighthouse’ is cited as one of the great works of modernist writing of the 20th Century. I will unashamedly admit to having skimmed it 20 years ago and Continue Reading

There Were Bodies Everywhere: What Makes Texts Erotic?

from De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Decem (Venice, 1627) by Adriaan van de Spiegel

In his text, The Fiction of Relationship, Arnold Weinstein defines the erotic novel as “the text that focuses on the role of the body in culture; its peculiar needs, the uses to which it is and can be put.”   In my attempt to forge new eroticisms, it is necessary to step back and consider Continue Reading