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Patricia Elzie-Tuttle is a writer, podcaster, librarian, and information fanatic who appreciates potatoes in every single one of their beautiful iterations. Patricia earned a B.A. in Creative Writing and Musical Theatre from the University of Southern California and an MLIS from San Jose State University. Her weekly newsletter, Enthusiastic Encouragement & Dubious Advice offers self-improvement and mental health advice, essays, and resources that pull from her experience as a queer, Black, & Filipina person existing in the world. She is also doing the same on the Enthusiastic Encouragement & Dubious Advice Podcast. More of her written work can also be found in Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy edited by Kelly Jensen, and, if you’re feeling spicy, in Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Patricia has been a Book Riot contributor since 2016 and is currently co-host of the All the Books! podcast and one of the weekly writers of the Read This Book newsletter. She lives in Oakland, CA on unceded Ohlone land with her wife and a positively alarming amount of books. Find her on her Instagram, Bluesky, and LinkTree.

I acknowledge that the majority of erotica out there is fantasy, as in, they are all made up stories; however, the erotic fantasy we’re talking about here is science fiction and fantasy. Wreckless royals and mischievous faeries, captivating aliens and naughty gods. With the availability of endless power, supernatural beings, and settings beyond this world, the possibilities in erotic fantasy are as infinite as the author’s imagination.

Erotic Fantasy Series

Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice writing as A N RoquelaureSleeping Beauty Trilogy by A. N. Roquelaure

A classic of erotic fantasy, this trilogy follows Beauty, who has been awakened by a prince and is taken away to his kingdom for erotic servitude. This series holds a special place in my heart, which I wrote about here.

A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry, Book 1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

In the first of a nine-book series, we meet Meredith “Merry” Gentry, a private investigator who is really faerie royalty in hiding. She uses her magic to help in the human world and yes, there is plenty of erotic fantasy to be had.

Dawn Xenogenesis Book 1 by Octavia ButlerDawn (Xenogenesis, Book 1) by Octavia Butler

Humans destroy Earth through war and are saved by an alien race, the Oankali, who keep the humans asleep for hundreds of years while the Earth returns to habitability. The Oankali survive by mating with primitive civilizations, and so they will breed with the human race. Though more science fiction than erotica, I definitely think that it has enough erotic fantasy elements to be included.


Erotic Fantasy Short Stories

Legends of Lust Erotic Myths from Around the World by Autumn BardotLegends of Lust (coming in January 2019) by Autumn Bardot

This collection of fourteen erotic retellings of some favorite myths promises to take you on a sexy world-tour of erotic fantasy. Tales of Odysseus, Hippolyta, Gilgamesh, and more will seduce readers from cover to cover.

Best Erotic Fantasy & Science Fiction edited by Cecilia Tan (Kindle Only)

Readers have described the stories in this collection as dark, explicit, subversive, and emotional. The stories, while all fitting within the erotic fantasy umbrella, are each vastly different from one another and offer a wide range of encounters.

Thrones of Desire Erotic Tales of Swords Mist and Fire Edited by Mitzi SzeretoThrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire Edited by Mitzi Szereto

Inspired by Game of Thrones, this erotic fantasy collection has an abundance of mythical creatures, royalty, maidens, and rogues. Sorcery, secrets, seduction, and plenty of sex, these stories are sure to get your imagination running wild.



Bonus novel for fun:

Monster Whisperer by Nobilis ReedMonster Whisperer by Nobilis Reed

Nobilis Reed is the creative behind the Nobilis Erotica Podcast (yes, erotica podcasts are a thing). In this erotic science fiction novel, we follow Dale Clearwater, aka the Monster Whisperer, on her adventures in rehabilitating monsters and training the humans who love them. She definitely has a way with tentacle monsters, if that’s what you’re into.

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