Erotica acquisitions surge continues

Erotica acquisitions surge continues

The erotica trend sparked by the Fifty Shades trilogy continues, as e-book publisher, Total-E-Bound, is to publish a collection of erotic retellings of classic novels, following in the footsteps of Pan Macmillan's acquisition of Jane Eyre Laid Bare.

The Clandestine Classics, which will keep the original prose of the novels but also add in erotic scenes, will include Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, Treasure Island, The Phantom of the Opera and Wuthering Heights. The e-books will be available from 30th July, priced between £1.69 and £2.99.

Total-E-Bound Publishing founder, Claire Siemaszkiewicz, said: "As the first erotic romance publisher to bring out a line of re-imagined classics, we recognise it's a bold move that may have a polarising effect on readers.  We’re keeping the works as close to the original classics as possible."

Meanwhile, Hodder & Stoughton has acquired a new erotica trilogy, Fire After Dark, by Sadie Matthews, with publishing director Carolyn Mays and assistant editor Harriet Bourton signing the deal for world rights with Lizzy Kremer at David Higham Associates.

The first book, Fire After Dark, will be published in e-book on 26th July and then in paperback on 16th August. The release of the second book is being planned for autumn this year.

Fire After Dark is described by the publishers as taking readers "to a place where love and sex are liberated from their limits". Beth and Dominic are the lead characters, with their relationship taking turns that Beth "could never have imagined even in the darkest shadows of her mind".

Bourton said: "Women are feeling liberated by the current trend of novels that were written with their total, unadulterated pleasure in mind . . . What distinguishes this book from the competition is Sadie’s fantastic characterisation and the heady, compelling narrative which is believable yet exhilarating. Finally: a beautifully written and extremely sexy book."

Matthews has written six other contemporary women's fiction novels, published under different names.