Fetish is everywhere, and hiding in plain sight. It’s not hidden behind a dark door (well, not always). It’s not whispered behind hands or even swept under the rug. It’s in your face daily, and in the books you read. You probably don’t even realize it when you’re engrossed in that fave novel that it’s rife with some form of fetish or other between the lines of each steamy love scene.
If you’ve read any book by Laurel K. Hamilton (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series or her Merry Gentry novels), you know Hamilton knows good kink! Her female lead characters are very strong-willed and sexual. Their sex lives are an experimental journey into self discovery; often kinky, fetish self-discovery. I do love her. She isn’t afraid to write about sex; not any form of it. In the Anita Blake series, you run across a little necrophilia (as Anita finds she enjoys sex with vampires who are technically dead); a little bestiality as some of the male characters are were animals (werewolves, werepanthers, etc.), bisexuality, homosexuality, and group sex, just to name a few! The first book in this series, Guilty Pleasures, introduces you to the sexy master vampire, Jean-Claud. Hamilton’s work has topped the New York Times Best Sellers list more than once.
Did Superman like being dominated? Well, apparently his co-creator, Joe Shuster thought so. In the 1950’s, he created some fetish art that would be quite shocking for its time. On one cover, Superman is tied down and being whipped by a busty woman. It seems that Shuster created a series of fetish comic books titled Nights of Horror just to pay the bills. All of this was revealed in Craig Yoe’s book ‘Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s co-creator, Joe Shuster‘. Bondage in comic books; who would’ve guessed?
For those who aren’t big readers, but love browsing the pictures, a much more straight-forward book can satisfy that fetish craving. Try Pulp Fetish: Photographs- by author Fred Berger. There are actually short stories with the photos in this book inspired by comic books. A blurb from the cover shares “These photos evoke risqu and violent comic book visions and the fetishistic imagery of the pulps mimic their illustrated scenarios. Bergers beautifully stylized and highly conceptual photographic short-stories are his personal homage to the pulp comics of his youth, and a powerful testament to his unique and uncompromising artistic vision.” What an interesting coffee table book this would be, eh? It’s sure to be quite the ice-breaker at your next tea.
The most common fetish shared ’round the world is foot fetish, and it wouldn’t be any kind of an article without finding a book of sexy and erotic foot fetish tales. ‘Sexiest Soles: Erotic stories about feet and shoes‘ by Rachel Kramer Bussel explores every divine inch of feet, love of feet, obsession with shoes, toe sucking, arch licking and insole massaging. “It’s that forbidden place where gender is transcended and sexuality has no limits.” If you’re looking for a little foot fetish in your reading, this book indulges that desire and then some. It will curl your toes, girlfriend!
Finally, the bestseller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by the late Stieg Larsson, a national bestseller at that, treads into the world of BDSM. Lead female character, Lisbeth Salander both voluntarily and involuntarily (at turns) finds herself being dominated and in turn dominates lovers in this thrilling crime novel. The events are drastic, graphic, disturbing, and very sexy. There is no end to the variations which also are present in a few of the other characters she does not have an intimate relationship with. The Swedish version of the movie is already out on DVD, and the American version is being cast. The books (there are three in the Millenium series) are available in mass market novels found in your local grocer’s or at Walmart. Bookstores such as Border’s and Barnes and Noble carry the audio books. This series is well worth the read, and the edgy sexuality exposes a raw side to the characters that brings them to life.
There is no shortage of fetish-related reading material. So check out some of these picks to add to your fetish literature collection.
Local bookstores in San Antonio: The Twig on Broadway; Half-Price Books; Nine Lives Books (live cats roam this store so not for the allergic folks, but animal lovers welcome).
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In addition to this local column, and her work as a Freelance Journalist in San Antonio, Michele Gwynn is also the National Animal Rights Examiner. Her love of pets began at an early age with a stray cat named Harvey, and a dying field mouse named Tucker. She is a pet parent to four cats, and an animal rights champion to all critters, large and small. Visit her animal rights column here.
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