Erotica featuring Sasquatch, minotaurs, aliens, and boar gods may not fit everyone's tastes, but some authors have made a killing selling monster sex ebooks. But some ebook retailers, notably Amazon, have been cracking down on cryptozoological smut, making it harder for writers to sell their books to readers who are hot for Bigfoot.
Business Insider has an interesting piece up about the issues monster erotica writers have encountered lately with Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing platform. We may chuckle a bit about stories featuring sweaty encounters with velociraptors, but there is a significant market for ebooks featuring extinct and mythological animals. Virginia Wade, one of the authors interviewed in the piece, says that during a good month, her 12,000-word Cum For Bigfoot could net $30,000.
However, after a media storm surrounding the availability of ebooks featuring rape, incest, and bestiality through major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Waterstones, things started to change. Authors of fantasy erotica found their books taken off the virtual shelf with little or no explanation. Although Amazon has been vague on what literature it deems offensive, even when talking to Business Insider, many of the writers and folks tracking this issue suspect that these ebooks got caught in Amazon's net because they involve sex with non-human entities and are therefore taboo.
There is some discussion of questions of bestiality (especially involving creatures with human-like intelligence) and consent in fiction, but some of the authors have been able to get their books back on Amazon by upgrading their cover art or giving their books coyer titles. However, some say it has become more difficult for readers to find their ebooks when searching Amazon and that their sales have plummeted as a result.
Give the article a read. And if afterward, you find yourself hankering for a bit of paranormal romance, Business Insider notes that ebook vendor Smashwords has a healthy selection.
MONSTER PORN: Amazon Cracks Down On America's Latest Sex Fantasy [Business Insider via Hooded Utilitarian]