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    Horror, Sex, and Sexuality

    What are your opinions on horror, sex, and sexuality? I am a little torn on whether or not to go into a little more detail with them for my upcoming Durarara horror fic in August. (I do have a couple of characters in a sexual relationship, but the woman isn't too happy to be in it, but she's trying to save the guy's life. And there is a sexual slavery plot unfolding in the saga.) Should I go halfway "balls-deep", but not too far. (Can't post MA fics.) What do you think?
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    Do what feels right to you.

    As far as how I deal with these three sisters:

    Sex: nothing explicit
    Sexuality: heterosexual, because that's my orientation.
    Horror: as much as is important to the plot.
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    At times, I think horror touches every aspect of experience. And if a writer wants and needs, s/he should write about it. I'm not sure what your dilemma about "whether or not to go into a little more detail with [horror, sex, and sexuality]" entails. Say more if you'd like.

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    It's kind of funny. I just did a blog post on Horror and Sex not too long ago.

    As far as how deep you want to go with it in your writing, it depends on what kind of story you're trying to write, and how long your story is, and what purpose it serves.

    A short story, with a full-on sex scene, should probably revolve around it somehow. In a novella to a novel though, it's likely going to be either a plot point or a character moment.

    Though, you could also write in the pulp-fiction vein, which has a bit of a history of gratuitousness.
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    Sex isn't about sex. Sex is about vulnerability and is a way to express an element of your characters.

    Sex can do a lot for a story.
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    I find horror and erotica can be a pleasant mix. As you might know (or might not), I don't sell a lot but I've sold two horror-sex hybrids. It helps to have a market in mind so you don't write too explicit or too vague for the place you hope to sell it.

    One was a ghost story in which a grad student who killed herself interacts as instructor and sexual mentor with a struggling undergrad who's lost in an important class. The other was a young woman who sacrifices her boyfriend to her forebears on a rainy night at a cemetery. (That came of a writing prompt exercise, FWIW.)

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    Well, a lot of my own horror stories tend to be sexually depraved, so I got no problem with it, personally, myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odile_Blud View Post
    Well, a lot of my own horror stories tend to be sexually depraved, so I got no problem with it, personally, myself.
    That's how it's going with me so far.
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    Personally, I write horror erotica and I enjoy that genre so much. I do not see a problem with mixing horror and sexuality. Well, it works for authors like Clive Baker at least.

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    I think I should read some horror erotica, M.N Thorne.
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    I like writing erotic horror. Sex is vulnerable and vulnerable is scary. They have good chemistry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamienLoveshaft View Post
    I like writing erotic horror. Sex is vulnerable and vulnerable is scary. They have good chemistry.
    Never thought of it like that before.
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    I think the an it Blake series does a good job of mixing horror with erotica, from the books I've read. Vampires, werewolves, and other monsters dominating humans and forcing them to like it. A lot of mind control and hypnotization making people vulnerable to these ancient predators. Maybe that could help you. Although it can move into borderline rape territory depending on how you read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharad9 View Post
    I think the an it Blake series does a good job of mixing horror with erotica, from the books I've read. Vampires, werewolves, and other monsters dominating humans and forcing them to like it. A lot of mind control and hypnotization making people vulnerable to these ancient predators. Maybe that could help you. Although it can move into borderline rape territory depending on how you read it.
    I still need to read that. I read and own "Strange Candy".
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