When Fifty Shades of Grey hit the stands, it threw open the underground world of Erotica into the mainstream. Suddenly bondage became a fashion statement instead of a lifestyle choice. Although it became famous among common people, erotica publishers found it to be too awkward and overdramatic. And there are much better erotic books than the Fifty Shades series.

In this article, we will help you find better erotica.

  1. Therese and Isabelle by Violette Leduc

It is only befitting we start the list of erotica with a French author. Violette Leduc’s ‘Therese and Isabelle’ was originally published in 1954. It is a provocative story about two boarding school girls in love. This is an example of classic erotica that sizzles with raw sexual energy, irrespective of time.

  1. Delta of Venus by Anais Nin

Delta of Venus by Anais Nin is another example of a classic that paved the way for future erotica writers. Nin’s stories are lurid and gasp-worthy. If you were to read this book aloud to a woman, she will ravish you. Be ready to handle her at her craziest. It is a set of 15 stories first published in 1977.

  1. Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill

This provocative novel was later converted into a movie. But be warned, the novel is darker and heavier than the movie. Follow the lives of female protagonists who are bored with modern life. They are smart and funny, and steamy, all at the same time.

  1. The Sluts by Dennis Cooper

If you want something more in line with today’s hook-up culture, we recommend Dennis Cooper’s ‘The Sluts.’ The novel was first published in 2005 and depicts the story of gay male escorts in pre-Tinder age.

  1. Crash by Nicole Williams

The Crash could easily be a coming of age story of a girl whose life takes a different path when she meets a local bad boy.