Dark Erotica (Erotic Horror)

What is Dark Erotica Horror?

Alternatively known as Erotic Horror. Sensual or sexual imagery are combined with horrific overtones or story elements to craft Dark Erotica. In short: Horror meets Erotica and makes one subgenre. The sexual imagery in these stories are often far from pleasurable however. The sexual elements can be explicit but are often pretty disturbing. This is not to be mistaken for the Erotica subgenre Monster Erotica, which is Erotica involving monsters or mythical creatures. Monster Erotica lacks the horror elements. Dark Erotica however blends equal parts erotic material and equal parts blood, guts, tension, and other spine tingling tools in its arsenal.


Characteristics of Dark Erotica Horror

Level of Characterization

Level of Plot Complexity

Level of Supernatural

Level of Scary

Level of Violence 

Typical Setting
Grounded in a warped reality.

Related Fantasy Sub-Genres

Bizarro, Noir, Cthulhu Mythos, and supernatural.

Dark Erotica Horror Isn’t For You If You Dislike

Disturbing sexual imagery; heavy sexual content and themes


    1. The Pearl, A Magazine of Facetiae and Voluptuous Reading. A magazine that was issued for 18 months from 1879 to 1880. The crowning achievement of disturbing sex in literature.

    2. Control Freak, Christa Faust. A murder in New York City's downtown meat packing district leads crime writer Caitlin McCullough into the depths of a secret sadomasochistic underground.

    3. Cthulhurotica, Carrie Cuinn. An erotic horror collection of art, essays, and stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.

    4. The Damnation Game, Clive Barker. A millionaire makes a deal with the devil.

    5. Story of The Eye, Georges Batille. A 1928 novella depicting bloodletting and a lot more eerie acts.

    6. Rhea, Russ Martin. A creepy tale about an ageless, soul-draining, Succubus.

    7. Love In Vein, Poppy Z. Bright. Two volumes of elegant vampire erotica.

    8. The Book of a Thousand Sins, Wrath James White. A collection of diabolically carnal short stories. 

    9. Incubus, Ray Russell. A demon seeks revenge on a town's witch hunting founders. He targets young women and his weapon is a part of his anatomy.

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