In the Flesh is a monthly reading series held the third Thursday of every month at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the city's best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by erotic writer/editor Rachel Kramer Bussel (Best Sex Writing series, Do Not Disturb, Spanked, Dirty Girls, etc.). From erotic poetry to down and dirty smut, these authors get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Themed nights have included True Sex Confessions, Revenge of the Sex Columnists, GLBT Night, and Comedy Sex. Readers have included Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Susie Bright, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Stephen Elliott, Martha Garvey, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Tsaurah Litzky, Suzanne Portnoy, Sofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Veronica Vera, Zane and others. In The Flesh debuted in October 2005. Contact rachelkramerbussel at for bookings, press, or questions. Click here In The Flesh: Los Angeles. “…writer and host Rachel Kramer Bussel welcomes eroticism of all stripes, spots and textures to the Happy Ending lounge on the Lower East Side.,” New York Times UrbanEye newsletter, August 15, 2007 email rachelkramerbussel at for booking or other information or interview requests

Saturday, June 24, 2006

3 fun new fetish erotica books: Sexiest Soles, Secret Slaves and Ultimate Undies

I have 3 new fetish erotica books that I want to tell you about - all will be on sale (for $12 and I'm happy to sign them) at the July In The Flesh (and ongoing until I run out of my stock). Below you'll find the book covers, publisher's blurs, tables of contents and my introductions.

Photo by GirlyNYC

Calling all foot fetishists and shoe fetishists...this is the book for you!

Sexiest Soles is probably the most visually appealing of the three books, which is probably why one of my favorite stories in the book is soon going to be played out in photographs - more details on that when I have them. Again, please let me know of any shoe and/or feet blogs that should know about the book - I know about Manolo's Shoe Blog and my friend and The Perfect Fit author Miss Meghan but welcome any good leads. Clearly, I am trying to spread the word about these books since I'll be away when they come out and pretty busy with writing/editing projects and various events when I get back. Plus this one gives me the chance to post photos of sexy shoes.

Sexiest Soles: Erotic Stories about Feet and Shoes

Delight in that delicious touch of steely stilettos...delicate motorcycle boots...sweaty size twelves. Whether it's the gentle massage of a foot rub, the suckling of tempting toes, or a very private pedicure, this naughty collection of fetish erotica has no trouble putting its best foot forward. Both risky and risque, Secret Soles will make more than an imprint on your desires.

Sexiest Soles: Erotic Stories About Feet and Shoes
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and Christopher Pierce

Discovering the Shoe Slut Within, by Audacia Ray
To Soothe the Savaged Feet, by Cynderella
Hot Foot'in, by T. Hitman
Bastinado, by Teresa Noelle Roberts
Magic, by Donna George Storey
Black Motorcycle Boots, by Shane Allison
How I Got My Wings, by Jean Roberta
Spykes, by Stan Kent
After the Coda, by Debra Hyde
Footing the Bill, by N.T. Morley
Size 12s and Longing, by Simon Sheppard
Dirty Boots, by Elizabeth Dunn
These Feet, by M. Christian
A Pedicure Money Can't Buy, by Ben Winters
Hooked, by Diane Thibault
Worship at His Feet, by Bob Condron
Stella and the Silver Stilletos, by Tenille Brown
Sister Teresa's Bondage Ballet Shoes, by Lucretia Mieriflessione
Can I Help You? by Maddy Stuart
Skate Shop, by Joel A. Nichols
That's Why You Wear Fuckshoes, by Violetta Cutrero
True Love, Says the Cartopedist, by Steve Berman
The Shoe Store, by Eva Hore
Toe Job, by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Tomboy Blues, by Jason Rubis
Between the Toes, by Tara Alton
Cordy, by Michael Rhodes
A Very Personalized Fitting, by Teresa Joseph
Easy Steps to a Perfect Pedicure, by Jonathan W. Harnisch
Eat My Toes, Sit on My Foot! by Jay Starre
A Sensitive Sole, by Andrea Dale

Pedal Pleasures (Introduction)
by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Some of us think of our feet as simple conveniences, allowing us to walk unimpeded. They’re a necessary vehicle for getting around, but not a body part to covet or caress. For a long time, that was my opinion, too, and the erotic appeal of my precious peds never really occurred to me. It took someone else's feet lust to show me the way. While other women lusted after the highest of heels, I was content in my Converse or Skechers sneakers, which allowed me to walk the streets of New York as quickly as I wanted to.

But all that change the day I tried on my first pair of stripper shoes. I was at a local fetish store (buying a gorgeous French maid's outfit, if you must know), and my friend encouraged me to try the heels. They were incredibly tall and narrow, with an open toe and were totally shiny. The heel, probably five inches tall, frightened me, and I wondered if I'd ever be able to squeeze my size eight and a half feet into them, let alone walk in them. But somehow, without even wearing stockings, my foot slid right into what seemed more like a slipper than a teetering, shiny black shoe. Immediately, I felt not only taller, but sexier as the shoes cradled my feet, arching them so my calves were extend, my ass raised, my breasts pushed forward. From that moment on, I was in love with high heels.

Owning shoes I knew I couldn’t walk in, shoes that practically screamed sex, made me feel naughty. I carried them to lovers’ houses, slipping them on as I stood in front of the sink to wash their dishes, or letting them give me an extra boost while we got down and dirty. I highly recommend keeping one pair of shoes in your arsenal the way you might keep a favored sex toy or pair of underwear—a little secret only imparted to that special someone or someones. My shiny black stripper shoes took on a whole new life as I worked them into my erotic repertoire, and they opened a world of feet and shoes pleasures that I’m happy to be able to share with you with this collection.

Soon after this initial purchase, I saw another pair that made me want to kneel down and lick the wearer’s feet. A local performer was onstage in a bikini top, short skirt, and shoes with a clear jelly strap adorned with multicolored glitter. While everyone stared at her exposed flesh up top, my eyes were fixated down below, watching the glitter sparkle against her painted toenails.

Just this week, I had some time to kill and dipped into a salon for a most luxurious treat—a pedicure. They were overbooked, so I got to splash my feet in the warm water and catch up on the tabloids before a stranger came and soaked, smoothed, filed and massaged my feet and legs, before painting my toenails a gleaming, shiny red. I walked out with my newly painted toes peeking out through the front of my newest acquisition, a pair of burgundy open-toed heels. That combination, with the shoes raising my calves, giving me extra height, and even more, a sense of power as I stroll along the sidewalk, is simply priceless. It’s not about a specific pair of shoes or foot fashion or style so much as an attitude—I know my feet are worth worshipping, and I’m going to make sure you know it too.

Reading these stories brought back all of my favorite memories of having my feet squeezed, massaged, licked, worshiped and appreciated. They also reminded me of feet I have loved and lusted after. These authors understand the precipice of ticklishness and arousal brought about when our feet are met with eager hands and hungry mouths, when we get to indulge our beleaguered peds and give them a break from bearing our entire weight all day. Audacia Ray's "Discovering the Shoe Slut Within" chronicles the process of a new convert to shoe lust, while Stan Kent’s “Spykes” takes shoe lust to a whole new level as his protagonist enters a club and is surrounded by sexy shoes at every turn.

Some of the feet you’ll read about here are small and petite, others are big and smelly. You’ll find jocks, friends, mistresses and lovers, all bound together by their mutual feet and shoe passion. Sometimes it takes them by surprise, and sometimes they seek out people who they know will be able to fulfill their most cherished dream.

I highly recommend reading The Sexiest Soles either in bed, or better yet, while getting a footrub or soaking your feet. You can read aloud to your lover, and get some suggestions on what to do with your dirty soaks, favorite stilettos or at-home pedicure. All the authors here have gone above and beyond simply fetishizing the body part I’ve once scorned, raising feet onto a pedestal of their very own. From ballet dancers to black motorcycle boots to a cartopedist (you’ll have to read Steve Berman’s story to find out what that is), we’ve got it all, even a shoe store where the customer takes home much more than a rectangular box.

Let these authors take you on a journey that begins with the first step—or at the very least, the first mouthful of a tasty sole or heel.

All three Fetish Chest books are pretty fucking amazing, if I do say so myself, but I think the bondage one holds a special place in my heart - it's extra kinky, and the authors really understand the nuances of wanting to be tied up and tie someone else up (it also has my favorite cover of the three). Here's the table of contents and my introduction. So many of the stories, like Zaedryn Meade's "Unlocking" and Riain Grey's "Prix Fixe" are just so powerfully hot (fyi: Zaedryn is reading at In The Flesh on July 19th, and Riain is reading there on August 16th), I almost can't stand it. I think bondage, kindof like spanking, is one of those acts that you can look at on the surface, whether in photos or watching people doing it, and see that visual element, but that in practice can be infinitely more intense and erotic, and these stories capture the ways the mental and physical combine with bondage, the teasing, the seduction, the frustration, the temptation, the power play, all it really. I quote from Riain's story below and just that snippet is enough to show exactly what I'm talking about.

Secret Slaves: Erotic Stories of Bondage

Want to be tied up with tantalizing tales of beautiful bondage? Do handcuffs have a trusty place next to your bed? Does a coil of rope or the crack of a whip make you quiver with desire? Here are thirty sizzling stories to satisfy your desires.

Secret Slaves: Erotic Stories of Bondage
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and Christopher Pierce

1. Unlocking by Zaedryn Meade
2. Enzo's Wish by Jay Starre
3. Giving a RatsAss by Debra Hyde
4. Heartbound by MinaRose
5. The Man Who Tied Himself Up by Simon Sheppard
6. The Interview by Tara Alton
7. A New Side of Billy by Max Southern
8. Stewardship by Dominic Santi
9. A Tooth for a Tooth by L. Elise Bland
10. The Kidnapping of Gio by Christopher Pierce
11. Better Late Than Never by Mark O'Neal
12. Subtle by Andrea Dale
13. Opposite Attraction by William Holden
14. The Center of Power by Sage Vivant
15. Trading Places by Teresa Noelle Roberts
16. The Night Visitor by Lew Bull
17. Prixe Fixe by Riain Grey
18. Knit One and Tie Me Up, Too by Kristina Wright
19. Absolutely Helpless by Jason Rubis
20. A Man in a Blindfold by Kate Dominic
21. Finishing School by Maddy Stuart
22. Introducing Daniel by Sean Michael
23. Far From View by J.Z. Sharpe
24. Dancing Queen by Rachel Kramer Bussel
25. Captive by Jeff Mann
26. Two Mistresses Are Better Than One by Marina Saint
27. Stolen Treasure by Cynthia Rayne
28. Shackled by T. Hitman
29. Obedience by Tanya Turner
30. The Surprise Game by Wade Johnson

Roping You In
by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Bound. Tied Up. Immobilized. Trapped. Caught. All these words conjure up the mere beginnings of the overwhelming desires many of us have to offer ourselves up to a lover, wholly and completely, to be at their mercy, waiting, hoping, wondering. Or that same thrill, reversed--seeing one we adore giving themselves whole to us, entrusting our hands and rope, handcuffs, scarves or just the sound of our voice to pull and stretch their limbs.

Bondage can be light, but it can also take us to some of the most extreme places we can go. Whether with tape, rope, or even our own clothing, anything can be used to capture someone who secretly, or even not so secretly, wants to be captured. Someone for whom fingers wrapping around their wrist and lightly caressing its delicate center can send shivers up their spine. Someone for whom a tug on a collar around their neck makes them whimper with pleasure. Someone who itches with desire every time they even see a four poster bed. Someone who knows that sometimes the best lovers are ones who will let you conquer and use them.

You can do things to someone who's tied up that often either can't be done or don't have as much meaning attached without the bindings. Fucking someone's mouth with a dildo or cock is one thing, but doing so when they're helpless and can't escape is quite another. The rush of being given that gift—a fully conscious, powerful adult, offering up their body for you to do with as you please—is enough to make some of us go mad with desire, naughty thoughts we'd kept buried in the backs of our minds rushing to the surface at the sight of that spreadeagled special someone lying across your bed, waiting for you to bring their fantasies to life.

Bottoms, submissives, or just plain kinky horny sluts who enjoy being "forced" to take their master's, mistress's, lover's or playmate's delicious torments will see themselves reflected in these pages. That gasp of breath, the tightening of one's body, the swelling of our genitals, the dread and anticipation and desire all rolled into one—it's all here, so real you can almost feel the pressure against your limbs, the dawning realization that you're not going anywhere for a good long while. The feeling of seeing something coming toward you, whether a knife, cock, pussy, flogger, paddle or hand, and not being able to escape its path, even though you might never want to, can be terrifying and exhilarating at once. You know you want it, and have let yourself be put in a position where you have to take it-no excuses, no escaping.

These bondage fans, men and women alike, get to their immobilization by very different means. Sometimes, they already know what they're in for, because their kinky lover has been tying them up and having his or her way with them for years. For others, such as the title character in Max Southern's "A New Side of Billy" or the protagonist of Kristina Wright's "Knit One and Tie Me Up, too," being on the receiving end of some nifty knotwork is a surprise delight. Those who've always thought they were tops and suddenly discover the thrill of giving it up to their lover offer us a glimpse into the wide-eyed wonder of the first-time bondage fan.

Riain Grey perfectly captures both sides of the bondage equation "Prix Fixe," where a slave and her master show how perfectly in sync they are. "When you open the door I am kneeling with your drink between my chained hands. My fingers and toes are tingling, my ass full and hot," says her horny slave as she scurries to do his bidding, turning herself on unbearably in the process. Her master does not take this woman's raw need lightly, either—it's not a power trip for the sake of exerting power, it's much stronger, and when he says, "The trust in her electric eyes feeds me," you know they've made a kinky love match. Others would do almost anything to be strung up at the hands of someone who cares, such as Simon Sheppard's "The Man Who Tied Himself Up," or even someone who, in every way that counts, doesn't care, such as the naive yet brave hero of my co-editor's powerfully erotic "The Kidnapping of Gio."

Whether they're the ones holding the ropes, or handcuffs, or wielding some other instrument of power, or the ones splaying themselves out and offering up their arms, legs, and whole bodies to be trussed up, these characters show a true passion and understanding for the deeper nuances of bondage. I hope you'll let them take you on a journey—on many journeys—through the thrills of being bound, tied up, immobilized, trapped, caught, as well as binding, tying up, immobilizing, trapping and catching.

Ultimate Undies: Erotic Stories about Underwear and Lingerie

Does her teddy make you want to do anything but sleep? Do his boxer briefs bulge in all the right places and tell a story about what he'll do to you in bed? Is her lingerie enough to land her any girl in the room? Here are thirty sexy panty play stories that won't disappoint.

Ultimate Undies: Erotic Stories About Underwear and Lingerie
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and Christopher Pierce

Introduction: What Lies Beneath, by Rachel Kramer Bussel
The Magnificent Tease (an Introduction), by Christopher Pierce

Panty of the Month Club, by Mila Whiteley
Sniff Test, by Jay Starre
Choices, by Rachel Kramer Bussel
The Elephant Jock, by Neal Plakcy
White Tee by Carmen Hayes
Crossdressing Confession, by Zach Addams
Your Gift to Me, by Andrea Dale
A Storm of Me, by Joel Nichols
Practice Makes Perfect, by Kristie Helms
Brief Encounter, by William Holden
Things Between, by Tenille Brown
Burlesque and Answered Prayers, by Teresa Noelle Roberts
9 to 5, by Stan Kent
Student Body, by Kristina Wright
Surprise Package, by Radclyffe
The Wash Line, by Lew Bull
Designer Fantasies, by MinaRose
Thong Appeal, by Paul Chambers
The Banana Dash, by T. Hitman
Signet and Silk, by JJ Massa
Dirty Little Boxer Boy, by Ryan Field
Never Take It Off, by Lynne Jamneck
The Politics of Grey, by Marcus James
Whose Panties? by Alison Tyler
French Cut, by Thomas Roche
On the Bias, by Julian Tirhma
Fate and Gravity, by Justin Tyler
Panty Play, by Tanya Turner
The Ole' Bada Bing, by Simon Sheppard
A Graceful Revelation, by Rashelle Brown
Jock Bait: A Spike the Skaterpunk Story, by Christopher Pierce

My 3 Fetish Chest books, Ultimate Undies: Erotic Stories About Lingerie and Underwear, Sexiest Soles: Erotic Stories About Feet and Shoes, and Secret Slaves: Erotic Stories of Bondage come out officially on July 1st (when I'll be in Costa Rica), but early copies just arrived and they look beautiful! There is something so delicious about holding a copy of an actual book you've spent countless hours poring over, moving commas and editing and rearranging until the words bleed before your eyes. And now there are 3 of them, all shiny and new and perfect.

To get you excited about these super hot anthologies, I'll be posting some relevant photos, so send me your favorite photos of lingerie, underwear, feet, shoes, and bondage of all kinds. These photos I'm stealing from the dearly departed blog Hottpants, run by my fabulous friend GirlyNYC, who rocked the town with a killer rooftop birthday party this weekend that got shut down by the cops, and gave me adorable hot pink panties that say "CUPCAKE" on the back. Photo TK.

And here is my introduction to Ultimate Undies:

What Lies Beneath
by Rachel Kramer Bussel

When it comes to underwear, I just can’t get enough. I have so many bras and panties to fill several drawers, and am always on the prowl for more. There’s just something so alluring about clothes you put on by yourself, that nobody else will see unless you choose to share your private treasures with them. Underwear and lingerie cling to our most private parts, and can be our naughty little secret under a business suit, or a bold statement when worn provocatively. They can taunt, tease, stroke and caress. Sometime a glimpse is all you need to reel you in, to make you want to feel what’s happening right below the surface of those boxers or that camisole.

Our underwear goes places no other item can reach, curving, bending, moistening, as we do. It feels our arousal before anyone else, knows precisely when we start to get wet or our cocks swell. Our underwear is a barometer for our lust, enhancing our pleasure by teasing us with its presence. For some, it’s a cornucopia of underwear that we love, diving into a pile of soft, sensuous materials. For others, we have one specific passion, one kind of frilly plaything that always turns our heads and we, or our lovers, must wear that item before we can get off. The fabulous Panties: A brief history by Sarah Tomczak and Rachel Pask gives a history of the rise and breadth of these playthings.

Underwear can be a private luxury for you to treasure alone, or something that you let peep out from your jeans or shirt, luring the viewer in, making them picture you naked . . . almost. A puckered nipple pressing against the sheerest of fabric, or a stiff cock barely contained by the fabric trapping it.

The authors in this volume understand that what goes on inside our underwear is something to be valued. Stroking a hard dick or a wet pussy through someone’s underwear is a tease—you’re so near, yet so far. You can pinch and stroke, fondle and jiggle, offering the promise of fingers slipping beneath a fold but still holding out. Our underwear moves with us, and is usually the last thing we remove before getting totally naked—if we even do at all. Characters like those in Lynne Jamneck’s “Never Take It Off” understand the allure of keeping our undies on, even during sex.

With the stories we’ve collected for you, we strived to offer a range of undergarments, from boxers to thongs, silk to strap-ons, these writers know that sometimes almost-nude is the hottest look going on. “Better than bare,” Teresa Noelle Roberts writes in “Burlesque and Answered Prayers” as she describes the twirl of a tassel as a dancer teases her audience into a frenzy. These characters use their underwear to tease their lovers, and sometimes to surprise them, whether it’s the confident crossdresser in Alison Tyler’s “Whose Panties?” as he saunters around in her favorite black pair or the athletes who have their own secret winning tactic in “The Sniff Test.” Sometimes, the person doesn’t even have to be wearing the given object for it to insight the most rapturous of lust. For the “Dirty Little Boxer Boy” in Ryan Field’s story, shorts speak louder than words, and actions.

These men and women know that underwear can be our signature style, our trademark, the thing that our lovers will remember us by all those years later. The last item we take off before bed (sometimes) and the first we put on to get dressed. There are so many kinds of underwear—boxers, briefs, crotchless panties, thongs, and add in lingerie you’ve got even more to choose from. So many of us rip our underwear off in the heat of the moment without taking the time to appreciate just how many secrets your underwear has heard, how much panting, writhing, and just plain lusting it’s seen.

For me, underwear simply says sex. I have friends who walk around every day without panties, whereas for me, I’d feel simply naked, and not in a good way. Wearing my little secret close to me all day, knowing that someone special may get the chance to run their fingers up, up, all the glorious way up to press them against my panties, to ask permission to go inside, or to simply press them against my sex until I can’t stand it anymore, is one of the most divine rituals I know of. Sometimes my whole day’s mood is set based on what bra I’m wearing. We try to decode our lovers’ personalities by the undies they were, and sometimes we’re right. Getting there, where you’re almost naked, where your desire can be seen through the most intimate of apparel, is a journey worth taking. Read on, and take that journey with us again and again.