With a near-infinite variety of free porn on the Internet, who reads erotica anymore? Women, apparently. For the most part they’re the ones writing it, too, which makes the Provocateur, a Denver-based male erotica author, something of a rarity – and something of a sensation. “Women really get the sensibilities of erotica as a whole. It gets at what women want from men – reverence, appreciation, awareness,” he says. “Where my work has proven to be refreshing for some women is in the idea that most women do not believe men have this kind of capacity to live and love and lust in the ways that I am describing. But they do.”
His website (warning: NSFW. At all.) is full of comments from female fans praising his writing and expressing how much it excites them. He says a great number of his readers have taken it further than the comments section. He’s received offers to visit him or to visit them so they can have a shot at making it into his stories – offers he’s frequently taken. “It’s a lot (of women), an unbelievable amount. It was out of control, I had to stop,” he says.
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Some of those encounters made it into his writing – all but two of the stories found on his site are true. That’s what drew him to the genre in the first place. “Erotica is a genre that makes sense for me because of how I live my life. I'm interested in everything filled with ardor and passion, and my daily life is consumed with fiery love, lust, ardor and explicit growth. So, it makes sense that I should be writing this material. Sexually, intellectually, emotionally and physically – I put myself out there,” he says. “It seems within the genre of erotica I might best realize my potential as a writer.”
He’s certainly realized quite a bit of success so far. In the six months he’s been writing and posting erotica, he’s received numerous links from Fleshbot and Sugasm (warning: neither is safe for work), the premier sex blogs on the Internet. He’s also in talks with publishers about a book deal that could conceivably make his passion a paying proposition. That might ease the tension from living somewhat of a double life, keeping his erotica work secret from his day job, a less exotic writing gig. “I have been reticent about revealing this side of me. In fact it has been quite scary. I have wanted to keep this relatively quiet,” he says. “What label are people going to put on it? Pervert, pornographer, sicko, whatever it is.”
He insists he is not a pornographer. What he does is something different. “Erotica is not pornographic. In literature, to simply describe an act of sex is more or less pornographic. But, articulating why that act of sex is wondrous and why one should be reverent about that act – that is erotica,” he says. “Illuminating the anticipation and build-up to a sexual encounter is erotica. A sloppy, unthoughtful image of a cock in a vagina is not. For me, eroticism is about anticipation. It's about what comes before an obvious sexual encounter.”
And while far from prude, he’s not quite the sexual libertine one might imagine. He describes himself as more adventurous and open-minded than kinky. “Number one, I’m interested in love more than I am in lust. If I’m in a relationship with a girl that I think I’m in love with, I’m totally monogamous,” he says. “I had some issues with sexuality to work out throughout my adulthood, mainly with it being so pronounced. I still have a ton of work to do in my personal life and in my writing. By no means am I satisfied. Still to this day I fall flat on my face. And while these may be the exact reasons why I gain the lovers I have, right now it's irrelevant because my heart is tattered from a recent fiery love that ended abruptly and with tears. Right now, beyond writing anything I just want my girl back.” – Cory Casciato