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12 Kinky Books About BDSM and Kink

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12 Fiction Books About BDSM and Kink

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

The Fifty Shades of Grey book franchise and all its spinoffs shows no signs of slowing down. The E.L. James BDSM romance novel has sold over 125 million copies.

The story of Anastasia falling in love with business magnate Christian Grey and becoming his submissive is notoriously sappy and badly written, with wooden characterizations and corny sex scenes. But as a phenomenon, it revealed that it’s not just men who are kinky at heart.

Women can’t get enough of serving Christian Grey.

2. Story of O by Pauline Reage

Forty years before Fifty Shades’ tepid BDSM, there was this sensational shocker, where a female submissive, known as O (for Odile, her name, or for object, or for orifice) is trained to offer ready and willing orifice service—oral, vagina, and anal.

This book was hardcore and complex. It was long assumed to be written by a man, but behind the pseudonym was a woman with another pseudonym, and then another, who confessed the fantasies of humiliation, subservience, castles, sex societies, lashings, piercings, and scars were her own.

3. The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A. N. Roquelaure

Anne Rice’s trilogy was as imaginative and beautifully written as her vampire and historical sagas. Their hardcore kink content helped mainstream BDSM as Goth and other subcultures devoted to her literature flocked to kinky fetish parties in nightclubs, toting the Beauty books everywhere they went.

When Sleeping Beauty wakes up from the hundred-year spell, she enters into a sexual initiation. Lots and lots of spanking.

4. Crash by J.G. Ballard

The mainstream population can be forgiven for not knowing anything about symphorophilia until the movie adaptation of Ballard’s Crash was an unexpected cinema hit. Crash double tackles the somewhat obscure fetish of being in a car accident and the psychology of modern victimology, where folks find purpose in extreme celebrity drama or news gore.

It’s a great book, but as far as freaky fetish stuff goes, it’s openly judgemental, assuming kinksters of this ilk are perverts and their purpose is the same as those who revel in extreme “car crash” type talk shows. Ballard was always openly about his writing aims: “I wanted to rub the human face in its own vomit.”

In other words, the book is a far cry from being the perverted advocacy of an extreme kink, which some feel was the movie’s goal. Ballard won’t affirm your fetishes, but if you enjoy nihilist dystopian fiction, it’s a great book.

5. Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill

These are smart short stories, with a deftly talented pen as whip. They are sexy stories with lots of kink, but their purpose isn’t erotic titillation, it is the literary exploration of diverse human behavior and sexuality. The collection has become a cult classic and launched a successful writing career for its author.

6. Wifey by Judy Blume

While most books are way racier today, Judy Blume was always a pioneer, and she treated sex subjects with frankness and humanity, whether it was teenage boy masturbation, coping with disability, losing a parent, menstruating, or betrayals in friendship and love. Her books aren’t high literature, but their emotional honesty and willingness to allow characters genuine complexity makes them classics nonetheless.

Wifey isn’t particularly kinky in terms of fetishes or BDSM, but it openly explores a woman’s sexual fantasy and inner sexual world, portraying a bored housewife who felt her identity had been lost. To find herself, she embarks on a voyage of sexual awakening that starts in her mind and ends in an affair. It’s a page turning saga that starts off with a rogue motorcyclist fondling himself in front of her. The book’s strength is how realistic it is.

7. Platform by Michel Houllebecq

The main protagonist, also named Michel, and his travel-agent girlfriend dabble in the sex tourism industry, as both customers and new developers of what they come to to call “friendly tourism” travel packets. The couple explore steamy group sex parties, threesomes in spas, public displays of fellatio, and a good ole hey-lets-fuck-the-maid-who’s-watching-us-through-the-window scenario. Warning: this book is politically driven and there are some opinions expressed by the author that may offend—but I’m sure he wont mind.

8. Books of Blood by Clive Barker

This collection, while no doubt brimming with all sorts of terrifying and downright disgusting moments, does have some kinky gems for those with a taste for the strange. Zombie blow jobs, prostitutes and their demon johns, sexy-time before the apocalypse, and a woman gifted with the power to give her lover the ultimate sexual experience—one always kills him. The kind of stuff you can only make up.

9. Sexus: The Rosy Crucifixion by Henry Miller

Lots and lots of doing it in this book, as Mr. Miller desperately tries to get over his ex-wife by writing her dirty letters and then having a threesome with her and his new wife. He then keeps doing it like crazy with his new wife until the end of the book. Oh… and it’s about how he hates everything too.

10. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure

This is the first book in a quartet about how pervy the real Sleeping Beauty really was, like really pervy. This series has it all—gangbangs, sex toys, BDSM, and some very descriptive moments of beastiality. Added bonus is that A.N. Roquelaure is none other than the greatest vampire sex writer herself—Anne Rice!

11. The120 Days of Sodom by The Marquis Desade

You’d be hard pressed to find another piece of writing so packed with kink. Sure it’s dark but this may just be the kink bible! Four really rich French gentlemen lock themselves up in a castle for five months with a harem so they can experience every sexual act known at that time.

12. Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Grebbie

Three gloriously painted graphic novels illustrate a pre-WWI spin on the sexual exploits of Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan’s pal Wendy. Sex, drugs, pirates and cowardly lions are featured in these fantastical tales of female experimentation.

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