Cum for Bigfoot
Today the internet lit up with articles about monster erotica (or “monster porn”, as folks seem to be calling it) after a Business Insider piece was published this morning. The key aspects of the story are:
- There is (or was) lots of money in monster erotica.
- There was a backlash due to concerns over content, especially at Amazon.
For those of us who’ve been following monster erotica this is old news, but the article is still really interesting. It also features interviews with some of my fellow authors like Virginia Wade, and it’s definitely worth hearing the story of their success.
The crackdown on monster erotica on Amazon has gone in waves.
Wave 1 wasn’t targeted at monsters at all. In spring of 2012, Amazon started purging titles from their store that contained incest, bestiality and rape. You can read more about Wave 1 here:
Wave 2: In September of 2012, Amazon made some changes to their algorithms that hurt authors of monster erotica. Authors like Virginia Wade lost rankings overnight.
Wave 3: In spring of 2013 when Amazon started to purge books with monster themes from their store. They also began cracking down on the covers and titles of books. Some they banned, others they put into the notorious ADULT dungeon. Once a book is marked as ADULT it’s almost invisible to users of the site, unless you’re looking for it and this kills sales.
Here’s the real reason why you can’t find the smut you want at Amazon!
Amazon has also cracked down on the kinds of words you can use in your titles and descriptions. Cum for Bigfoot wouldn’t make the cut these days, and I had a book banned called Fucked by the Demon. (Apparently, Ravished by the Demon is okay, even though the content is the same). The word “virgin” is off limits and so is “babysitter”.
Wave 4: Oh, there was a big hubbub this October when Kobo and others started ripping self-pubbed erotica out of their stores at a terrible rate. The press had a media circus and there was lots of hand-wringing, moralizing and joke-mongering about dino porn.
Many of us believe that these actions make little sense, decisions seem to be arbitrarily applied, and books from indie publishers are singled out.
All of this has led me to believe that those of us who enjoy monster or taboo erotica need to stop support Amazon and throw our money at companies like Smashwords and All Romance, who are more friendly to erotica of the monstrous and non-monstrous varieties.
P.S. Got something to say about this? I’d love to hear it.