Good Smut is Hard to Find

He rubbed her throat parts and she was like “oh yeah, do more of that,” and then the microwave timer went off.

So, let’s just get one thing out in the open.  I really love sex scenes.  Like, a lot.  But, also, most sex scenes are terrible.  There.  It’s been said.

Why terrible?  Well, there are a few reasons.  First you get the people who seemingly have no idea how the mechanics of sex work.  Then you get the foreplay foregoers (the worst) and the euphemism enthusiasts (for the love of God, please don’t compare intercourse to microwaving a hotdog.  There’s an associative smell.  I can’t read your work ever again).

So, when I stumble upon shockingly hot sex (or even just hot flirting) from the most unexpected of authors, I feel it is my civic duty to share that knowledge with the world at large.

Case in point, I was in the mood for gothic ghosts and post-war scenery when I picked up The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James.  Three weeks later, I’d read her entire published catalog and had every sex scene bookmarked as a reference point on how to do it right.  That woman writes hot sex.  She should do it more often.

But that’s the problem, isn’t it?  Good smut is hard to find and great writers are often discouraged from being explicit.  There’s plenty of straight-up pencil porn out there that jumps right into humptown with no context or character development, and while that’s all good for a huge demographic, the only reason I’m reading instead of browsing pornhub is because I want context (and to avoid 40 minute blowjob sequences, genital slapping, and various baffling habits that are apparently sexy to someone, somewhere).

So, that’s why we have to share.  As I build my master list of “hot stuff you guys should totally check out,” I’ll devote a whole page to it, but consider this post a taster while I work around to actually getting a few stories up and running.

4 thoughts on “Good Smut is Hard to Find

  1. Thanks for the Simone St. James recommendation. Will check it out. I’m an erotica writer and find that many writers prefer to do their sexy writing outside the genre instead of within. When I write a erotica story, I’m hyperaware that I am writing within a certain genre, and that can be constraining in some ways.

    The problem just isn’t overlong sex scenes, but the tendency to overwrite when trying to magnify the focus on the sensual. After a while, you learn to write these scenes in understated way and to work on the situation and character to make the sensuality more authentic.


    1. Yes! I love St. James. She is one of the few authors that I watch like a hawk to snap up anything she publishes. I have come to a place where I think a good, detailed sex scene can really suit any type of story. Even Stephen King is a master of ramping up tension and writing sexy interludes (Check out Bag of Bones if you don’t believe me!)


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