As my tongue swirls around Tyler’s clit, her hips begin to wiggle slowly.
Janine gave them one of her come-on smiles accompanied by a ‘fuck you’ sign.
Mistress Shanna ran an upscale pain salon. Perfumed candles flickered in sconces.
Hey, did someone write a book about us?
Fortunately not - or not that we know of. The names are from Polly Frost’s short story collection – Deep Inside: Extreme Erotic Fantasies – and it’s just one of those coincidences I can’t help liking. Deep Inside is a smartly written, wildly imaginative, mad crazy mix of supernatural smut, sass and comedy. Serial killers, viagra addicts, highschool vamps and tentacled aliens fill its pages, and the humour is droll and dark.
Can sex and laughter work? Polly reckons it can and she’s here today to tell us why and how she takes her smut with a smile.
I like to write around in a variety of genres, and I’m impressed and amazed by writers who are monogamous with a genre. Nothing against it but, as for me, I’m a genre slut!
Deep Inside is a mix of my favorite supernatural genres, taken to the erotic edge. I like to think that the stories are also funny and satirical, with more than a touch of black comedy in them. Come to think of it, the only constant element in my erotic fiction is comedy. Comedy is how I began as a writer, and moving into erotic fiction seemed like a natural extension of that. Why? For one thing, I don’t find anyone sexy who doesn’t have a sense of humor, especially about sex.
Also, if you live in the U. S. -- I mean, need I say more about how badly we need to satirize how crazily conflicted this country is about sex?
In writing the stories in Deep Inside, the one thing I wasn’t trying to do was confine myself to erotica. I love purely erotic fiction, but that genre slut in me just had to get out and play! So in addition to erotica, I was influenced by films, manga, anime, graphic novels, hard-boiled fiction, and even some heavy metal, as much as by the fiction we usually think of when we think of erotica.
In fact, I was probably more inspired by erotic movies than erotic literature. A short list of movies that have pressed my buttons: almost anything by David Cronenberg, Roger Vadim’s Barbarella, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, Francois Ozon’s Swimming Pool, Black Widow, Basic Instinct, and the Wachowski Brothers’ Bound. As well as, of course, many of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, such as North by Northwest and Vertigo.
What? You don’t think of Vertigo as an erotic thriller? Not even when James Stewart puts that sweater on Kim Novak? Sure got me hot!
This may just be in the humor writer in me speaking, but it seems to me that the element these films all have in common -- in addition to turning me on, of course -- is that they’re all essentially comedies. It often seems that the best erotic and suspense works have an underlying humor and wit in them. A malicious one, of course, but isn’t that part of the fun?
I tried to bring that kind of wit and humor to the supernatural-erotica genre in the stories I wrote for Deep Inside. It’s very gratifying that audiences have responded so well and have seen the connections between humor, suspense, and sex. One guy who certainly got it was the porn star Ron Jeremy, who wrote ‘I found this book difficult to read because the blood kept leaving my brain and entering my penis’. And you can believe we used that blurb on the book jacket!
Many women have written me fan letters too, or have come up to me after readings to tell me how relieved they are to be able to laugh and feel arousal at the same time. Let’s hear it for rowdy women! The people who don’t go for it are interesting, too. The one I found most striking was a woman who wrote she was upset that the stories had characters in them who got off on killing people. She was really furious about this.
I think it’s healthy to give ourselves permission to enjoy extreme fantasies. Caveat: Of course, I don’t condone certain fantasies at all: underage sex, nonconsensual rape, hurting animals... But other than that, if you can’t allow yourself to enjoy the deliciousness of a fantasy, then perhaps you’re fighting something. Perhaps you have something in you that disturbs you and that is distorting your behavior. Why not enjoy it in fantasy instead? I’m not the first person to point to the Japanese, who are famous for enjoying erotic and violent manga on the subway to work, and who then get off that subway and do their job. They have a lower rate of violence than America does.
When I calm down, of course, what strikes me is: This is all great material for comedy!
Now, there's certainly a lot of deadly earnest erotic fiction that’s pretty damn hot -- the recent 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed by Melissa P. comes to mind. And my husband can’t get enough of those slim, perfect, serioso, Euro-erotic novellas that seem to be published regularly. He keeps telling me to keep a straight face while he reads passages from them out loud.
I’m trying, really I am!
Visit Polly’s website to find out more about her, and her weird and wonderful erotic fiction, plays, comics and cartoons.
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