Short and Sexy: A Touch of Fun with the Erotic Short Story


The Halloween shopping season is about to start. Are you ready?

The Halloween shopping season is about to start. Are you ready?

By Alexa Day

Halloween is only 111 days away. Are you ready?

No, I’m not kidding. I’m already working on a costume for this year’s festivities. There’s nothing worse than having to dress like everyone else on a holiday that celebrates your big chance to escape reality for one night.

But I’ve gotten an extra Halloween treat already: my short story, “Three, After Midnight,” will be released in an upcoming Halloween-themed anthology! You won’t even have to wait until Halloween to get hold of the scary, sexy goods. I’m looking forward to a September release date. That way, haunt-happy readers will have a chance to thoroughly investigate the stories and maybe make arrangements to try things at home.

You know, if that’s your thing.

“Three, After Midnight” is basically a story of a woman who lost her husband one Halloween night but has a chance to get him back — at least for a little while — once a year. It clocks in at just under 10,000 words, so there’s not much space for dithering. But the opportunity to squeeze a lot of story into a tiny number of pages presents an interesting challenge. It’s a bit like packing everything you need for a week-long vacation into a carry-on bag.

Writing the hot short story means making tough choices. I know I love delving into character introspection. But when there’s not a lot of space to get everyone comfortable and then get everyone down to business, well, let’s just say I need characters to be thinking and fucking at the same time. That’s loads of fun, at least for me. Inner conflict! Outer sexiness! Inner sexiness! Outer conflict! Round and round we go, right?

Keeping it short and sexy also means relying on double-duty details. Using the occasional detail to reveal character, unveil setting, and build sexual tension simultaneously makes for a delightful challenge. It’s literary freebasing, and if it’s done the right way, it produces a high that keeps a reader coming back for another hit.

So where can you go to see the job done right? Well, Lady Smut is a great place to start. Head on over to the Shop and you’ll see that most of us have worked in the short form and loved it. We have The Lady Smut Book of Dark Desires for your perusal, and our contributors Isabelle Drake and Rachel Kramer Bussel definitely have the short story mastered (in the sexiest possible way).

Be sure to follow Lady Smut. We keep it hot at any length!

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4 Comments

  • Madeline Iva
    July 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Lurv Halloween! Bet I’m going to love this Anthology. 🙂

    • Alexa Day
      July 12, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      If you’re down with Halloween, I think you’ll definitely be down for this anthology. 🙂 It’s an exciting cross-genre mix, and I definitely think it’ll have something for everyone to love!

  • Cynthia Dagnal-Myron
    July 12, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I’m a long time writer who just discovered the erotic short story, and I love it. Who knew? I plan to publish a collection as well, after I’ve been at it for a while longer. It opened up a whole new way of writing and exploring my own sexuality–very exciting!

    • Alexa Day
      July 12, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Yes! Because I really have to concentrate on which sensory details to include, I find I have to spend more time sorting through them and deciding which ones are the hottest. It’s such a great way to explore what works best on myself so that I can adapt it into something that readers will respond to as well.

      I wish you the best of luck with your short stories. I hope you find both fun and success with them!

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