Recommended Erotica

Chronicle writer Roger Gathman queries local booksellers and various writers on erotica they recommend.

Recommended Erotica

Erin Stille:
Panic Snap
by Lora Reese
St. Martin's Press, 352pp., $24.95

"This is her second book after Topping From Below. It is an all-around, jam-packed piece of erotica with mystery, a little S&M, and multi-layered in every sense of the word."

Chris Sampson:
Slow Grind: Gay Men Tell Their Real-Life Sex Stories
edited by Austin Foxxe
Allyson Publishers, 256pp., $12.95

"This is a collection of real-life erotic escapades which cuts to the chase. Real life is stranger and sexier than fiction."

Cecilia Bonvillain:
Let Them Eat Cheesecake: The Art of Olivia
by Olivia de Berardinis
Ozone, 107pp., $29.95

"I like the softness of it, although the subject matter is hard-edged -- it has an element of fantasy in it."

Jack Murnighan:
The House of Sand and Fog
by Andre Dubus III
Vintage, 365pp., $14

"Has one of the quietest, most subtly intense erotic interactions I've read in a long time; most writers think sex needs to be written with bombast, but the soft hand works as well on the page as it does in the master bed."

Steven Saylor:
B.M.O.C.
by Lars Eighner
Currently out of print

"This is a collection of interconnected stories about perpetually horny guys set in a steamy college town (obviously Austin), which contains a rich sampling of Eighner's sharp prose and his iconoclastic portrayals of same-sex desire. This is the book I read when I want to remember what it was like to be that young and that horny and living in Austin."

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