The boom and bust of monster porn literature



As conventional publishing industry is regarded gradually obsolescent, a great deal of authors have resorted to self-publishing measures, particularly e-books, now in a rate so unprecedented since its initial negative outlook that, given the very little interest readers put in, it would be fated to doom. With the availability of Internet, smartphones, or even computer tablets, the exponential growth of this industry is obviously inevitable.

Hypnotized with its prospects of bringing authors mounts of cash pretty fast, though, it generates a setback for the industry itself: it is critically lackadaisical of quality control. Oftentimes with no reliable editors to examine the drafts back, it can spawn countless low-grade works online, with poor plots, grammatical errors, and improper use of language.

Monster erotica, or widely known as monster porn – that literary prose where young girls, mostly sexy and, expletive to say, bitchy, engage in various abnormal sexual positions with mythological creatures, oftentimes ugly –  is one of the by-products.

Read the full article on Business Insider to know more what the hype this brand-new genre is all about.




In October, the online news site The Kernel published an incendiary story called “An Epidemic of Filth,” claiming that online bookstores like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, WHSmith, and others were selling self-published ebooks that featured “rape fantasies, incest porn and graphic descriptions of bestiality and child abuse.” The story ignited a media firestorm in the U.K, with major news outlets like the Daily Mail, The Guardian, and the BBC reporting on the “sales of sick ebooks.” Some U.K.-based ebook retailers responded with public apologies, and WHSmith went so far as to shut down its website altogether, releasing a statement saying that it would reopen “once all self-published eBooks have been removed and we are totally sure that there are no offending titles available.” The response in the U.S. was somewhat more muted, but most of the retailers mentioned in the piece, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble, began quietly pulling hundreds of titles from their online shelves — an event Kobo COO Michael Tamblyn referred to last month as “erotica-gate.” 

The crackdown was meant to target the obvious offenders — ebooks like “Daddy’s Birthday Gang Bang” and others that fetishized incest and rape — but in their fervor to course-correct, the online bookstores started deleting, according to The Digital Reader blog, “not just the questionable erotica but [also]…. any e-books that might even hint at violating cultural norms.” That included crypto-porn. Wade’s sexy Sasquatch, not unlike the elusive hominid beast of legend, vanished without a trace.


My Unfinished Novels: graveyard for failed books



Why you should visit this website: Because it is, literally, a final resting place for all these would-have-been bestselling books, or could-have-been award-winning fiction works.

Well, truth be told, personally, I have also composed 11 failed books throughout the last 7 years, with topics intermittently changing, firstly fantasy, then switching to science fiction, flash forward to social realism, political-corporate thrillers, satirical black comedy, and so forth. I don’t manage to finish all these stories, though; oftentimes, as virtually all novelists share in common with, we are getting stuck by how to continue with the plots. Or why the characters, out of the blue, are acting out weirdly beyond our original plan. Or why the final ending becomes completely contradicted with our initial drafts. Or just that we couldn’t even find out the ending itself (which turns out, possibly, into a brand-new Kafkaesque work). And, yes, it’s a painful experience if we all, specially for writers, recall about these moments. Now, in my 12th attempt, I do really put my expectation to finish it, and of course, the path towards completion itself will not be that easy.

My Unfinished Novels was started by Steve Wilson, also a failed novelist (he struck it six times), and now a successfully published non-fiction author. Based on his own heartbreak following the repeated fiasco he faced in publishing his novels, he obtained the idea of getting these works, instead into the trash bins, at the least some ‘worthwhile exposure’ from the world’s audience. That their ideas were somehow not that trashy; it’s just that everyone might get stuck in the middle of the process. Now, everyone can even upload these failed works, and, if you get a lightning of inspiration, why won’t you try to finish it, though?

Thank you, Steve!