There, in the shadow of Oregon's highest mountain, they are kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a mysterious woodland creature. Wade has made an exceptional living writing these stories. Virginia Wade's bigfoot erotica has been downloaded more than , times. Amazon It began in December of A stay-at-home mother from Parker, Colo. But then, she says, "I got this crazy idea for a story. She never even considered trying to sell it to a mainstream publisher.
But over the course of , the book was downloaded well over , times. At worst, she'd bank around six grand — "nothing to complain about," she says. It became a cottage industry.
Courtesy of Virginia Wade Wade is hardly the only author who has made a mint writing about monsters and the women who love them or at least submit to their sexual appetites. She's part of a burgeoning literary genre that's found a wide audience online: A feline shapeshifter might be saved from a tree by a firefighter with a cat fetish as in the ebook " Out on a Limb " , or a buxom cattle rancher might be abducted and kept enslaved "in a strange, perverted alien zoo" " Milked by the Aliens ".
It's easy to snicker, but somebody is buying these things. Authors of monster porn may not be notching sales to rival E. James or Amanda Hocking, the trailblazers of self-published erotica, but they're making more than enough to survive. That's especially remarkable given the low price tag on many of their books. Burkhardt a pen name , the year-old author of " Taken by the Tentacle Monsters " and " Bred to the Creature. Amazon 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] Wade's sexy Sasquatch, not unlike the elusive hominid beast of legend, vanished without a trace.
But it wasn't just Bigfoot who was herded into extinction. There were no specifics. It was a huge guessing game trying to figure out what the issue was. As with Wade, she was told her books had violated content guidelines.
Beauty and the Beast Amazon declined to comment for this article. Its content guidelines state that the company doesn't accept "offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts. To explain the policy, the site offers this unhelpful bit of advice: Amazon Burkhardt, who lives in Northern Virginia and writes as a hobby — she claims her day job is working as a personal protection specialist for a foreign ambassador — continued emailing Amazon with questions, and soon learned that the main objection was to her book's listing descriptions, which anybody pursuing the Amazon website could read.
They were too graphic, she was told, and potentially offensive. Burkhardt wanted to compromise, but she worried that a less detailed description would cause more trouble in the long run. One can only imagine a "Fifty Shades of Grey" fan happening upon Burkhardt's ebook " Taken by the Monsters, " and their horror upon reading about the vicious gang-rape of a woman by hirsute "humanoid" creatures in an abandoned building, which ends with them "filling her womb deep with [their] monster seed.
Author Emerald Ice a pen name — who lives in southern Illinois with her husband, a Catholic high school teacher — is less concerned about offending Amazon browsers than being overlooked by potential paying customers. At least until Amazon pulled them from distribution and requested changes, once again citing content guidelines.
They don't care either way that they're selling dirty, filthy erotica. Their main goal is to keep their customers happy. They have plenty of customers who get righteously outraged and complain, complain, complain. And Amazon has way more at stake than just books. So they want to keep everybody happy, understandably. The latter label is especially dangerous, says Xavier, who authored books like " Cuckwolfed " and " At the Mercy of the Boar God.
It has the potential to be incredibly damaging to the whole image of erotic literature.