by M.E. Litman
It has been said that the things which terrify us are often the things that excite us most, sexually speaking. The Facts in the Case of Miss Casimir is an homage to H.P. Lovecraft and his work. Though his monsters are well known in popular culture (from t-shirts, to plushy Cthulhus, to joke elder-god-themed election stickers), the lasting power of Lovecraft’s writing comes from his mastery of invoking fear of the unknown – the things beyond the borders of human understanding. It is in human nature to fear what we do not know, and how little we know about our own sexuality and desires! Even if we understand the physiology behind it, there is no accurate way of communicating the entirety of the wrenching, visceral, terrible and euphoric feelings and experiences that surround human sexuality. If we are lucky, we can constantly discover new things about ourselves through sexuality, desire, and erotic love.
It’s the job of erotica writers to inspire such feelings in readers. Erotica is often dismissed as “easy” writing that is somehow lesser than other work for its sexual content. But writing erotica requires an ability to tap into the deep, primal urges and invoke the imaginations of readers. For some, the act of sex becomes a dull, common thing – a ritual that is expected of them. For others, sex becomes a kind of unreachable holy grail, and sexuality a source of anguish and self-hatred. But through erotica, sexuality and imagination can stretch their wings together. We can plumb new depths of fantasy and examine aspects of our wants and needs we never knew existed. Like any piece of good literature, good erotica elicits feeling in the reader, feeling that lasts beyond the last page.
This story involves a man having a sexual experience to which he does not consent. If reading about such a scenario will upset you, please read no further. This is obviously fictional (the act involves a giant monster with tentacles), but I want to make it clear that fiction is the only place where such acts are acceptable. Adults might fantasize about being raped or engage in rape-play between consenting partners, and this does NOT mean that they support sexual assault. The author does NOT condone rape or rape culture in any way. I hope that the readers enjoy The Facts in the Case of Miss Casimir in the spirit in which it was intended.
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