The Meeting of Fantasy and Erotica by Reed James (@NLPublications)

Reed James is someone I've wanted to have on the blog for a while now, and his Knight and the Acolyte series seemed the perfect excuse, being that rare crossover from mainstream epic fantasy and WTF Weekend erotica. See what he has to say on the subject himself, and keep an eye out for my reviews of the series, coming soon.

The Meeting of Fantasy and Erotica

Erotica in modern times often conjures images of women reading E.L. James on their favorite device: eReader, phone, tablet, or even the physical book. Vicariously living through passion that they crave in their own lives, a way to explore fantasies that they never expect to experience in their real lives, a way to spice things up for themselves in the bedroom.

Whether alone or not.

But the reality of erotic is far, far wider than that.

While there are certainly the E.L. James's of erotica—writing more “vanilla” experiences about “realistic” men and women having hot and heavy sex with a smattering of plot and romance to tie together all the naughty fun—that's certainty not the entirety of erotica. Like all literature, it has advantages over a more visual medium (like movies). It's not limited by budgets or physics or special effects. It's limited by only the imagination.

So when you branch into the deeper waters of erotica you can find the strange, the surreal, the supernatural. You can find fantasies written about that can only exist in the minds of their creators. Readers are given windows into their worlds, immersed in realities that they've created, and enjoying experiences utterly impossible in the real world.

Monsters, shifters, vampires, tentacles, futanari, aliens, robots (though that one will probably be a real one someday), giantesses, and more. Erotica has as much breadth to it as any genre section of a bookstore. You'll find the paranormal romance erotica, the science fiction erotica, the historical fiction erotica, and you'll find the epic fantasy erotica. Because here's the thing, many writers who enjoy working in more “mainstream” genres also have their kinky sides.

So they like to marry the two.

I love fantasy. For as long as I can remember, I was drawn to the books that had the fantastical woven into them, books of children going on adventures to Narnia or other places. I read “beginner” versions of Jules Verne's imaginative stories and even tried to read War of the Worlds by HG Wells in the third grade. I finished it even if I didn't understand it. It captivated me. But it was in the summer between my fourth and fifth grade, that my uncle gave me The Hobbit to read.

Everything changed.

I can vividly remember going to the public pool, The Hobbit in hand, accompanied by my older cousin. She was sixteen or seventeen at the time, wearing this bikini. I remember reading The Hobbit in spurts between ogling her as she sunbathed. I wasn't sure why at the time it was as interesting in staring at her as it was to read this delightful book my uncle gave me. I enjoyed both that day.

I was aware of Tolkien even before I read The Hobbit. His Lord of the Rings books were in my elementary school's library. They always intimidated me, these three thick tomes. I tried to read them after finishing The Hobbit, but I just was mature enough yet. Two years later, I was. My uncle, again, gave me a hardback set of them for Christmas. I devoured them and then, feeling embolden, I read the Book of Lost Tales and The Silmarillion. They were still a little advanced for me at such a young age, but I was off to new discoveries. David Edding's Belgariad and Terry Brooks's Shannara books came next. I devoured them. I found Piers Anthony, Anne McCaffery, and Robert Jordon's The Wheel of Time. I was hooked on fantasy. As I started into junior high, I found myself also wanting to write stories.

Some of them were dirty stories, horribly dull and self-centered fantasies about the girls I went to school with. I was also turning my favorite video game at the time, Final Fantasy III, into a novel, just ripping off the dialogue and plot but adding my own prose to describe the setting, my own world building to explain things, and emotions to deepen the characters. Beginners stuff, not much different from fan-fiction but without any originality in terms of story.

Until I started inserting my own sex scenes, creating lemon fan-fiction as it were.

All throughout junior high and high school, I was writing a mix of fantasy and erotica, blending the two into juvenile stories that I would quickly get bored of as the next idea struck me. It was rare that I ever wrote an erotic story that didn't have some sort of fantasy elements to it.

It just felt right for me.

For the longest time, I never even thought other people would want to read fantasy mixed with erotica. I tried to keep them separate in my adult world as I embarked upon my dream to be a traditionally published fantasy author. Back in 2012, I was starting to get serious about it, I was plotting out my own epic fantasy series. I had a job where I drove for a living, and as I was thinking about one story, kinky erotica kept popping into it.

And thus was born The Knight and the Acolyte. I married the two. I created a fantasy world where sex was in its DNA, from the gods who created it to the way magic functioned. I wove all the necessary components into it so the kinky sex could flow from a natural state instead of one that felt tacked on. It consumed me for a good three months of planning. But I never thought anyone would want to read it.

I moved onto to other projects.

When I started to find success in erotica, as I started to pen dirty stories with more and more supernatural and fantasy elements, my true passion lurked in the back of my mind. I learned from fans and other authors that there were other people who enjoyed erotica and fans of fantasy like I was.

The truth is, every human being has that kinky side. Some of us just repress it more than others, too afraid to share it with anyone else. Through reading erotica on the internet, they can indulge their passions in privacy. They can find those same experiences they crave when reading various genre fiction with the added thrill of exploring their sexual desires. So it's not at all surprising that other authors are doing the same thing, that the puritanical ideas of what “fantasy” or “science fiction” should be are melting away in the new explosion of erotica that self-publishing has allowed.

So don't be afraid of where your imagination lead you. Don't be afraid to add a little “epic” to your fantasies.


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About the Author

Reed James is a thirty year-old guy living in Tacoma, WA. "I love to write, I find it freeing to immerse myself in a world and tell its stories and then share them with others." He's been writing naughty stories since high school, furiously polishing his craft, and finally feels ready to share his fantasies with the world.

"I love writing about women who want to be a little (or a lot) naughty, people expressing their love for each other as physically and kinkily as possible, and women loving other women. Whether it's a virgin experiencing her/his first time or a long-term couple exploring the bounds of their relationships, it will be a hot, erotic story!"

For his day job Reed drives a paratransit shuttle, helping the disabled and senior citizens get around town. "It can be both a rewarding and stressful job in turns. And sometimes sad."

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About the Book

The Acolyte's Passion (The Knight and the Acolyte Book 1)
by Reed James

A busty knight and a naughty acolyte must unite on a dangerous quest!

Angela, a sexy and busty knight, is eager to embark on her quest. She will have to brave dangers and win through adversity to return to her hunky lover, Kevin.

Sophia, a lesbian acolyte, would rather enjoy the nubile novices then apply herself to her studies. Her fun comes crashing to a halt when she's selected to accompany Angela on her quest. It's a great honor, but Sophia wishes anyone else was chosen.

Because she and Angela will have to face the most dangerous monster alive: the Dragon Dominari.

They will have to unite their passions and face their perilous quests. Horny monsters, wicked mages, and futanari elves await them! With their naughty bodies, weapons, and magic, the Knight and the Acolyte will have to take on all comers. Will they find the sexy allies and naughty magics to defeat Dominari?

You have to read this hot, erotic adventure full of kinky passion, naughty monsters, wicked spells, horny futanari, and sexy warriors to find out!

This full length erotic novel contains: exhibitionism, voyeurism, menage, oral, anal, A2M, creampie, BDSM, bondage, monsters, tentacles, witch, supernatural, elves, futa-on-female, first time, lesbian, and

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