Not having erotica tucked away into some dark corner sends the message that it’s okay to think about sex, to think about what turns you on.

Even if you think erotica is not your cup of tea, I hope you’ll check the excerpts out in case something strikes your fancy.

And if you have suggestions for authors our readers should know about, please leave a comment sharing your favourites!

Some texts can hurt sensibilities, but we feel the need to have them for various reasons we will not explain here and now.

In fact, 'on the edge' themes are much more popular than others, as you can see by the 'views' and 'rating' numbers, they are real and have never been edited.

Female authors are writing about straight women, lesbian women, bisexual women, male-male erotica, and beyond, and in the process, giving their fellow readers access to all sorts of models of sexual fulfilment that don’t fit any kind of mould.

Ahead, you’ll find excerpts from some of today’s top erotic writers, with stories ranging from sweet to filthy, with just about everything in between.

— is now so widely available means that we are becoming more comfortable talking about sex, including some deeply kinky sex.

Take a stroll through any given bookstore romance section and you’re just as likely to see handcuffs as you are Fabio-esque images.

The past decade has seen a boom in women turning to the page to detail sexy stories that would very likely make even Christian Grey blush.

And for anyone who knocks erotica as anything less than an art form, it’s interesting to note that of the 130 erotic authors recently surveyed by writer Emmanuelle de Maupassant, roughly 30% of respondents said they have formally studied literature.

Jude (F/F, no sex) Not One Before The Other (No sex) Three Times Lucky (M/F) Jouissance Précoce (M/f, Coming of age, needles) Stone, Memory and Want (Not erotic) Nathalie’s Tailor (M/F, cutting) Pleasure’s Apprentice (M/f D/s) Mine (M/f) Souvenir (m/f) Amanda, Agnus Dei (M/f, blasphemy) Heat Sink (M/f, caning) Spring in the Night (masturbation, stranger) The Limits of Possession (romantic) Blindness (M/f, D/s, non-con, sharing) I Waited for You by the River of Time (M/f, rough sex) One Word (Parable, M/F) Dark Garden (D/s, M/f) The Stand In (M/F) Amnesia’s Heart (fairytale) Salt of the Earth (parable, no sex) Escape Velocity (masturbation) Visitors From Japan (tentacles, bukakke) Naga (M/M) Motorcycle Hug (Romantic m/f)The Perfect Foreigner (M/F, Romantic) Withdrawal (M/F) Eversharp (M/F, Cutting) Pleasure’s Apprentice (M/f, D/s) Tourist (4 parts) (M/F, BDSM) Transfers (M/F) What You Want (M/f, rough sex) Hole (voyeurism, m/f) Ghost Marks (D/s, Cutting, M/f) The Virtue of Patience (public sex, control, F/m) 10 Legs Good, 2 Legs Bad (Twitfic)(sci-fi, humour) Not in the Manual (Twitter Fiction) Real Woman (femdom, F/m) Night Shift (Phone sex, D/s, Femdom) Once Bitten (Just a kiss) Winter Kimono (F/f) Click (Violence, Non-con, m/f) Personal Jesus (Phone sex, m/f) The Tower (M/F incest) And The Meek Shall Inherit (supernatural, m/f) Karaoke Night(Hers) (m/f – female POV) Karaoke Night(His) (m/f – male POV) Grown Up Games (D/s, spanking, M/f)On A Very Dry Afternoon in Early Summer (M/f, rape) The Pipe of Thorns (M/F, magical realism) Kiss of Fire (M/F, branding) Bequeathed (Paranormal, F/M) Spectacle (F/M opentexted) The Quitter (F/m) Summoner (Just plain strange) Penny Red (Romantic, f/f) Pattern Passion (Masturbation, fetish) Questions and Answers (m/m) Ojects of Pleasure (historical, sex toys.