Books by Susie Bright

Susie Bright is the editor of the Herotica books, which evolved into the Best American Erotica series. A former columnist for Playboy, Salon, and Libida, she is the host of a weekly audio show, In Bed with Susie Bright. An internationally renowned lecture


SANTA CRUZ NOIR  by Susie Bright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2018

"Though many of these stories are more interested in evoking a voice or mood than pursuing a plot to its conclusion, Vinnie Hansen's 'Miscalculation' provides a textbook example of how many twists can fit into the simple tale of a bank teller's adventures with the Guitar Case Bandit."
Sexologist Bright (The Best of Best American Erotica, 2008, etc.) joins the ranks of Akashic editors to rip the lid off the California coastal town that's never seemed less laid-back. Read full book review >
BIG SEX, LITTLE DEATH by Susie Bright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2011

"Surprisingly dry, uninspiring rendering of a potentially intriguing life story."
"Godmother" of women's erotica reflects on her young life as a self-styled political and sexual revolutionary. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A fine farewell."
A 15th anniversary, best-of edition of the erotica series (The Best American Erotica, 2007, etc.)—founding editor Bright's final installment. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 2007 by Susie Bright
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Another year, another celebration of sex."
Sexologist Bright's annual paean to the more physical aspects of love. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 2006 by Susie Bright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"An uneven, sometimes bumpy ride."
The erotic imaginings of 24 American authors. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2005

"Despite the perils the reckless heroes and heroines court, all three stories have at least moderately happy endings—though the plausible chance that they won't shows you how far erotic fiction has come since Bright first hung out her editorial shingle."
Indefatigable pop sexologist Bright has corralled three varied contributions in a sequel to Three the Hard Way (2004) that could mark a new annual series. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 2005 by Susie Bright
Released: Feb. 2, 2005

"A tasteful pillow book."
Thirteenth dip by sexologist Bright (Full Exposure, 1999, etc.) into the big pool of Americans groping for skin under the surface of society and finding plenty of strong feelings and slick flesh. Read full book review >
Released: July 6, 2004

"Smartly done, at times deeply felt."
Editor Bright asks three writers to face a life-changing sexual event. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Though Bright can't decide whether she's broadening, legitimizing, or kidding erotic fiction, and her indecision sometimes seems awkward, the escape from pigeonholing it may be the best indication of the genre's health, and that of its legion of readers."
If the tenth anniversary edition of Bright's sturdy annual isn't all things to all men, women, and warm-blooded animals, it's not for lack of trying. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 2001 by Susie Bright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"As with a photo album whose every picture dissatisfies some member of the family, every user returning to this volume after the initial survey can expect to reread one or two stories devotionally and ignore the rest."
The eighth in Bright's series of hit-or-miss pillow books has a little something for everybody, but not much of anything for anybody. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 2002 by Susie Bright
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

Pop sexologist Bright (Full Exposure: Opening Up to Sexual Creativity and Erotic Expression, 1999, etc.) thinks this tenth annual collection marks a turning point because so many of the contributors have moved away from an autobiographical viewpoint to create characters whose sexual desires aren't synonymous with their authors'. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Only for those who are already Bright fans. (Author tour)"
An unfocused, blistering rant about sexual issues near and dear to the author's heart. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 1999 by Susie Bright
Released: Feb. 16, 1999

"But silky stuff that will pass the test, at least for younger readers."
Bright's most recent annual (her sixth) numerically skips 1998, but only because it's being printed six months earlier than usual in order to be on sale after Valentine's Day 1999. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 1997 by Susie Bright
Released: Oct. 8, 1997

"An intermittently stimulating gathering."
The fifth installment of Bright's annual offers further evidence that there is some very inventive erotica being produced at the moment—along with a good deal of flat, rather formulaic (albeit exuberantly frank) work. Read full book review >
SUSIE BRIGHT'S SEXUAL STATE OF THE UNION by Susie Bright
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

Insight, rendered with soul and humor, on sex and sexual politics. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 1994 by Susie Bright
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

The biggest surprise in this second annual anthology of 20 stories is the turn away from the rough-trade emphasis of the inaugural collection. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1994

"About Penetration,'' these stories are written—exultantly and without apology—in a spirit of exploration and frank arousal. (Author tour)"
``One of the oldest feminist challenges is to eliminate the double standard, to move from barefoot and pregnant to orgasmic and decisive.'' So writes Bright in her introduction to this wide- ranging and inclusive (gay, straight, married, adulterous, twosomes, groups) collection of women's erotica. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 1993 by Susie Bright
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"But whatever you may think of sex, erotica seems—for the moment at least—to be serious business."
Another blow in the battle to legitimate literary titillation: an anthology more militant but less preachy than similar collections edited by Lonnie Barbach (Erotic Interludes, 1986) and Michele Slung (Slow Hand, 1992). Read full book review >