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Weekly Book Buzz: Erotic Fantasy Art

Pat's thoughts on the new book covers.

By Pat Ferrara     May 05, 2008


Erotic Fantasy Art by Duddlebug & Aly Fell
© Collins Design

In terms of erotic art, nothing quite goes together like medieval weaponry, taut flesh and larger-than-life curves. From the outset of fantasy literature, genre-based erotic art has provided a focal point for the imagination and an oftentimes necessary component of geeky teenage adolescence. It has existed since the Roman printing of Petronius’ Satyricon and the 1353 medieval publication of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, overcoming strict persecution along the way to become an accepted form of visual expression.

But to say that erotic fantasy art originated with erotic literature is a shortsighted generality; the imagery of big-breasted, scantily-clad, sword-wielding hotties is as timeless as the concept itself. Here in the states erotic fantasy art gained some attention in the mid 1970’s alongside the Canadian press of Heavy Metal Magazine, a sci-fi and fantasy comics ‘zine that blended genre tones with eye-catching erotica and ‘major boobage.’

With the advent of digital art programs erotic fantasy illustrations have proliferated rapidly over the web. These pieces of art draw on any and every kind of source material from steamy, housewife erotica and softcore genre porn to graphic novels and the thinly-veiled sadomasochism of Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth novels (we’ll have to see how Sam Raimi tackles that in his primetime cable series).

The arousing quality of erotic genre art is only trumped by the scope of its expressivity. Even a single artist can mix up the mood of sexuality by combining it with the Enchanting, Bizarre, or even Darkly Titillating. For a comprehensive look into this staple of genre art be sure to check out the hardcover release of the aptly named Erotic Fantasy Art book.

Published through the Collins Design imprint of HarperCollins, Erotic Fantasy Art is an expansive showcase of today’s best erotic art. Written by Aly Fell and an Imagine FX magazine contributor known only as Duddlebug, the hardcover tome boasts over 190 full-color pages of sexy goodness. Fantasy artists from around the world are featured including Cyril Van Der Haegan, Francis Tsai, Arthur Suydam and Jim Murray to name just a few.

But what’s really commendable about this art book is that it goes beyond the duties of a mere showcase by extending its discourse to the artists’ inspirations and techniques. Through exclusive artist interviews Erotic Fantasy Art discloses the stories behind the art while also featuring an in-depth section on the revolution of digital techniques, the impact of new digital styles on the subgenre, and even artist how-to’s on achieving their own distinctive visual effects.

Speaking of sexy subject matter, Charlaine Harris’ best-selling Southern Vampire Mysteries sequence continues this week with the hardback release of From Dead to Worse, the eighth novel in the Southern Vampire canon. Sookie Stackhouse, the series’ leading protagonist, is getting a visual treatment from none other than Rogue actress Anna Paquin. The five-episode debut is airing in the Fall of 2008 on HBO under the series name True Blood.

New in Hardcover:

Erotic Fantasy Art, Duddlebug & Aly Fell (Collins Design)

Southern Vampire Mysteries: From Dead to Worse, Charlaine Harris (Ace)

The eighth novel in Harris’ soon-to-be television series.

The Kingdom Beyond the Waves, Stephen Hunt (HarperVoyager)

The Tenth Gift, Jane Johnson (Doubleday Canada)

Silver Wyrm: The Shadowy Isle, Katharine Kerr (DAW)

The concluding novel of Kerr’s epic The Silver Wyrm series.

The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader, Ed. by J.P. Tellotte (University Press of Kentucky)

Described by Rob Latham, a fellow SF editor, as a “richly detailed and critically penetrating overview of science fiction television.” 16 original essays run the gamut from Star Trek and The Twilight Zone to The X-Files and Lost.

Time Spike, Eric Flint & Marilyn Kosmatka (Baen)

The Tau Ceti Agenda, Travis S. Taylor (Baen)

New in Paperback:

The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter, David Colbert (Berkley Trade)

Eberron, The Draconic Prophecies: Storm Dragon, James Wyatt (Wizards of the Coast)

The paperback edition of Wizards’ first Eberron hardcover.

Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy, Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois (Ace Trade)

Features 18 all new stories of wizardry. Notable authors include Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Hand, and Gene Wolfe.

Guardians of Eternity: Darkness Everlasting, Alexander Ivy (Zebra Books)

Blood Bank, Tanya Huff (DAW)

Bound to Love Her, Erin Rose (Zebra Books)

Warhammer, The Von Carstein Trilogy: Vampire Wars, Steven Savile (Games Workshop)

Silver Wyrm: The Spirit Stone, Katharine Kerr (DAW)

Forgotten Realms’ The Citadels: The Shield of Weeping Ghosts, James P. David (Wizards of the Coast)

A Kiss Before the Apocalypse, Thomas E. Sniegoski (Roc Trade)

Haunted Bookshop Mysteries: The Ghost and the Femme Fatale, Alice Kimberly (Berkley)

Cruel Zinc Melodies, Glen Cook (Roc)

Blood Ravens: The Dawn of War Omnibus, Cassern S. Goto (Games Workhshop)

Omega Sol, Scott Mackay (Roc)

Kethani, Eric Brown (Solaris)

Front Lines, Denise Little (DAW)

Farmer in the Sky, Robert A. Heinlein (Baen)

Doctor Who: Starships and Spacestations, Justin Richard (Random House UK)

New in Audiobook:

The Witch in the Wood & The Ill-Made Knight, T.H. White (Naxos Complete Classics Unabridged)

Narrated by Neville Jason.

The Host: A Novel, Stephanie Meyer (Hachette Audio Unabridged)

A story featuring what may be “the first love triangle involving only two bodies,” narrated by Kate Reading.

Check back next Monday for all the latest info on current sci-fi, fantasy, and horror book releases. Questions or comments? Hit me up at Pferrara.mania@gmail.com.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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gregcox 5/5/2008 7:14:00 AM
"Taught flesh?" As in "taut," I'm guessing. You know, I like this site, but does nobody edit these pieces?
kaybar 5/5/2008 10:25:32 AM
Good eye gregcox, this even went through an editor. Damn you homophones!
gregcox 5/5/2008 12:42:25 PM
No problem!
smegforbrain 5/5/2008 1:17:03 PM
Well, I guess WotC's apparently efforts to kill Dragonlance are working, as Margaret Weis' Amber and Blood is due out in hardcover tomorrow, and no mention of it here. But hey, the latest Eberron paperback gets a mention, so all is well! (/sarcasm)
Sweetdreams 5/5/2008 5:51:08 PM
This looks really cool! Keep it simple and I don't have to use spellcheck =)
LittleNell1824 5/28/2008 7:21:21 AM
I bought it from Amazon because of this review. It's a really beautiful book. It isn't any more erotic than museum art, and the art features different styles. Lovely!
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