Who knew that the vanguard of erotic fiction could be found amongst the devotees of J. K. Rowling’s boy wizard Harry Potter? Quimby’s, of course! Critically-acclaimed erotica writer Cecilia Tan comes to Chicago under her nom de plume “Ravenna” to gather together some of the world’s best-known writers of erotic fanfiction for a group reading on Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm.
“Fanfic is the hottest stuff,” says Tan, who wrote sexy fan stories as a teenager featuring her friends meeting the teen idols of the day, but moved into writing Harry Potter fanfic in recent years after establishing a career as a leading erotica author and editor. On tour to support the release of her latest book of erotic short stories (White Flames, published by Running Press, 2008), Tan’s visit coincides in Chicago with Terminus, a huge Harry Potter fan convention. “Erotic fanfic has its roots in the mainstream, but then subverts it completely.”
Joining Tan in this erotic celebration will be two authors from Chicago, and from as far away as Copenhagen, Toronto, and Kansas City. Come expecting to hear short, homoerotic excerpts pairing Harry with Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, and other characters. A special commemorative zine, “The Erotic Harry Potter,” is being produced specially for the event and will only be available through the weekend.
“Cecilia Tan is simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature,” says Susie Bright (Best American Erotica). Tan is the author of the books White Flames, The Velderet, Black Feathers, and Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords, editor of many anthologies such as Sex In The System, Cowboy Lover, The MILF Anthology, and Best Fantastic Erotica, and the founder of Circlet Press, an independent publisher dedicated to erotic science fiction and fantasy.
The lineup also includes authors Alchemia Dent and Bugland from Chicago, Kabal from Copenhagen, GatewayGirl from Massachusetts, Mijan from Kansas City, and Mechiaeh from