Most people are not writing novels which is why there is so little frustration and sadness in the world.
- Lemony Snicket
Harper Eliot is a writer, editor, and podcaster who composes erotic fiction and articles on sexuality, gender, the media, politics, and social trends. She is currently studying English Literature at the University of London with an emphasis on etymology, Old English, Middle English, and contemporary fiction. She lives in London. Her vices include: cigarettes, lubricant, Earl Grey tea, twitter, opera, nail polish, and pinwheels. She is a salacious, solitary soul, and aspiring polymath.
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The aims of this blog are manifold; to provoke thought, to shine light on the parts of sexuality that we might otherwise ignore, to unnerve, to arouse, to confuse, to spark debate, to raise awareness. But behind it I have two things in the forefront of my mind at all times: the first is quality. There is no reason that erotic literature should be valued any less than other genres; but its proximity to pornography, and its internet-based accessibility means that quality, across the genre, is rapidly dropping. By holding quality in high esteem I hope to show, through my own work and by promoting that of others, that erotic fiction deserves a place in the literary canon.
The second point of importance is truth. It is my belief that speaking the truth, clearly and without error is the only way to move towards a world that champions freedom, and freedom of speech. To be able to write freely is integral to writing the full scope of human experience. For this reason I do not shy away from writing stories of a subversive, transgressive or taboo nature; the darker side of life deserves it’s place here as well. These pieces are, however, all headed with warnings. I advise that you use your best judgement when deciding whether or not to read them.
You have your freedom; writers have theirs. Please be respectful.
On that note, I’m sad to say that I feel compelled to remind my readers that the erotic fiction I write is just that; fiction. I do not support, defend, or partake in any of the serious, illegal sexual practices that might be explored in this blog, particularly where a lack of consent is concerned. Whilst I fight to defend the right of consenting adults to explore their sexuality in any way they wish, I condemn completely any non-consensual sexual activity and exploitation. There is a world of difference between this kind of activity in real life, and what is explored in fiction. Again, please use your best judgement when deciding whether to read my work.
As mentioned above, I encourage debate and discussion and always welcome any comments or emails on the content, tone, or voice of my pieces. If you would like to contact me, you can do so through [email protected]
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Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask why me? Then a voice answers “Nothing personal; your name just happened to come up.”.
- Charles M. Schulz
Harper as in Lee; Eliot as in T.S.
The header for this site is a design by yours truly; the image is “[a] vigorous original preparatory drawing by Kunichika for an aiban shunga print. Sumi on thin tissue with extensive pentimenti (giving an alternative position for the female)”, found on Wikipedia.
The quote in the tagline for this site – “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” – are the words of Rudyard Kipling.