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Why Bigfoot porn author Virginia Wade quit the monster-smut game

Why Bigfoot porn author Virginia Wade quit the monster-smut game
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He smelled of animal hide, which was heady and pungent.... Then he touched my face with the pads of his black fingers." — Cum For Bigfoot

When her daughter left for college in 2010, the forty-year-old Parker housewife decided it was time to pursue her dream of writing romance novels. "My only goal when I began was just to tell stories, have them published and share them with other people," she remembers.

She enjoyed writing, but was dismayed by the response after she self-published her first book with Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing. Sales were in the single digits, few people were reading her work — and the ones who were didn't like it, and wrote nasty reviews. That's when her husband stepped in. "Do you want to write for fame and get your name out there, or do you want to write for an income?" he asked. When she admitted she'd like to make some money, he handed her a paperback and said, "Then check out what I've been reading."

Virginia Wade and one of her Bigfoot masterpieces.
Virginia Wade and one of her Bigfoot masterpieces.

It was a collection of erotic science-fiction stories.

Intrigued, she investigated and found a large community of authors churning out dirty little short stories and selling them on Kindle Direct. They only cost a buck or two, but many were downloaded thousands of times over. So she put her itchy fingers to work writing such stories as Jennifer's Anal Seduction and Pride and Penetration, a wanton parody of the Jane Austen classic, publishing them under the pen name Virginia Wade. But by late 2011, she recalls, "Everyone was writing these pseudo-incest stories about stepdads and their daughters." She flirted with these themes for a while without much success; she soon realized she needed to be transgressive in a more original way.

One night an idea floated into her mind: a group of barely legal females venturing into the woods and getting kidnapped by a Sasquatch, who first rapes, then seduces the girls — who are so aroused by the beast they cannot help falling for him/it. She wrote the story in two days. "I did it as kind of a joke," she says, but Cum For Bigfoot, as she named that story, soon grew into something more. "The first one ended in a cliffhanger, and then I wanted to find out what happened to these girls after their abduction. So I whipped out three of them, and then it just snowballed and things got crazy."

Cryptozoological erotica — pornography involving mythical creatures like leprechauns, harpies or minotaurs — already had a firmly established presence in online publishing by then. (Dinosaur porn was similarly growing in popularity.) But aside from the 1977 paperback Nights With Sasquatch, the market for a rape/seduction story with what she refers to as "the ultimate alpha male" had yet to be thoroughly exploited. So Virginia Wade got busy.

A few weeks after the first story in the Cum For Bigfoot series was published, she received a call from Nick Redfern, a UFO and cryptozoology expert, who wanted to write an article on Virginia Wade's work for his blog – and eventually for Penthouse in October 2012. "Sales of my stories were pretty modest at first," she remembers. "But about a week after that article came out, they slowly started increasing, and then it just snowballed. In 2012 we had 100,000 downloads of my erotic stories.... It's a little embarrassing; I never thought I'd be known as the queen of monster sex."

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Mating with this animal — part man, part beast — was as unthinkable as having sex with a donkey. And yet, here I was, reveling in the experience and not wanting it to end." — Cum For Bigfoot

From the erotic poems of ancient Greece to the banned novels of the Marquis de Sade to the bohemian romps of Tropic of Cancer, dirty stories have been a popular way to get your literary rocks off for millennia. In more recent times, it also became a lucrative, if undignified, way to make a buck — but the rise of the Internet was the downfall of many adult bookstores.

At the same time, though, technology provided a lifeline for erotic books, with online communities forming to support their favorite genre of steamy story, from cartoon fan-fiction erotica to the darker realms of torture- and rape-fantasy novels. And then Amazon unveiled its Kindle Direct feature, allowing amateur authors to circumnavigate squeamish publishers and get their freaky prose directly into the hands of the public. "The first couple of erotic short stories I wrote were instant sellers; but back then it was easy, because the market wasn't so flooded," says Wade. "After Fifty Shades of Grey, everyone began writing erotic literature."

This influx led marketers to begin aggressively advertising titles online. The books were selling, but they often clashed with mainstream Internet commerce. Since all customer activity is tracked and loaded into a marketing algorithm, your average Amazon shopper who was buying, say, a car seat might encounter an ad reading "Customers Who Bought This Also Bought the e-book Shaving My Lesbian Daughters."

In February 2012, PayPal set a market-collapsing domino effect in motion by sending e-mails to indie publishers like Smashwords, AllRomance and Bookstrand, saying that if they didn't remove "certain types of 'obscene' content" from their catalogues, PayPal would delete their account. Since PayPal was a cornerstone of online publishing, there was little room for argument. Amazon soon followed suit by placing these too-hot-to-handle e-books behind an "adult" filter, making them difficult to find unless specifically searched for by title.

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11 comments
Ron Fletcher
Ron Fletcher

Cum for Bigfoot? You've got to be kidding.

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

Actually was just in parker today.. Yep.. Bunch of whore rich.house wives with nothing better to do so i guess i understand the.whores from parker

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muhutdafuga topcommenter

You are a radical right wing nut.  You don't understand anything.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

OOOOOooooooh, a radical right wing nut that hates women and can call names.
 

 
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