Short Stories

Short Story Collections

  • WHITE FLAMES — the “sequel” to “BLACK FEATHERS,” that is, my next collection of erotic short stories–was published in May 2008 from Running Press. It included some not-previously-published stories including “Gyndroid,” and a triptych of interconnected stories I don’t *think* ended up appearing anywhere else: “The Lady in Black,” “Storm Rider,” and “Sleeping Beauty.” As of 2017 it was out of print but you can still find used paperback copies on Amazon. I’ll probably re-release an ebook edition once the rights are cleared.
  • BLACK FEATHERS: Erotic Dreams
    Twenty three of the erotic stories mentioned below all collected into one nice trade paperback from HarperCollins Publishers. Went out of print in 2007 after nine years in print. The only way to get paperback copies now is through Ebay and used resellers, but an ebook edition is available.
    Buy The Ebook: Amazon | Apple | Kobo

  • EDGE PLAYS — A collection of BDSM-themed science fiction stories in the “Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords” universe. “Master Mind” continues the story of Arshan prior to the events in “Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords,” as well as several other stories and excerpts of books that take place in the same universe, including The Velderet. This was originally released as a limited run ebook as a fundraiser for the Erotic Authors Association, but was later re-released by Circlet Press in ebook form.
    Buy from: Circlet | Smashwords

    This tiny little chapbook of three stories is still a defining moment in my career and my development as an adult human being, not to mention the catalyst which launched Circlet Press and the sea change in the sf/f genre toward higher erotic (and romantic) content. As of February 2004 it went out of print after ten years in print. There is now as ebook edition of it, though!
    Buy from: Circlet Press | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Amazon

    Erotic Short Stories by Cecilia Tan

    This is a list of most of my erotica and science fiction/fantasy short stories. Roughly reverse chronological.
    The links go either to where the story can be read free online when possible, and to somewhere to buy the book when not. (Disclaimer: and links give me an affiliate kickback.)

    If you find there is a work of my fiction not listed that should be, let me know and I’ll give you a free ebook! I know there are things I forget. Think of it as motivational for the two of us.

    Story or Novella Title Date Publication Description
    The Dark Room October 2021 Circlet Halloween Microfictions A microfiction for Circlet Press’s annual Halloween-themed online erotica postings. Dedicated to Corey Alexander/Xan West, a leather community activist, trans writer, and romance novel lover who challenged me (and many other writers) to write more open-ended erotica when it came to assigning biological gender to characters.
    Aura of the Phoenix October 2021 Schoolbooks & Sorcery A Magic University story! This YA “magic school” anthology sprang from a Kickstarter wherein if it reached a certain stretch goal, I would write a Magic U story. They did and I did. Now available from Riverdale Avenue Books.
    Art in Oils October 2021 Flesh Fiction A cheeky tale of an artist, her muse, and a gig to paint a romance novel cover, in an anthology of erotic flash fiction from romance writers, edited by Mara White and Suanne Laqueuer.
    Sacred Heart October 2021 Unfettered Hexes A rare second-person story from me, with open-gendered characters. In a Kickstarted anthology from Neon Hemlock Press, subtitled “Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness” and published in a huge, copiously illustrated volume
    All in a Rush October 2020 Erato Reprint of a story that appeared previously under the title “Seduction” and now is titled “All In a Rush”. In this anthology of erotic flash fiction from The New Smut Project and editors Alex Freeman, Guinevere Chase, and TC Mill.
    A Flicker of Torchlight March 2017 Ultimate Wired Hard, and Nobilis Erotica This story was originally written as a lark for author Rian Darcy one night when she texted me the words “elf gigolo.” It was included as a bonus story in a gay sf/f erotica bundle from Circlet Press, with proceeds to Rainbow Railroad (a Chechen charity effort in the face of anti-gay laws), and was recorded for the Nobilis Erotica podcast (available in the usual podcast places).
    Crowdthink Consensus Thresholds: A Study August 2016 CONGRESS Magazine An erotic near-future story, somewhat cyberpunk, in the second issue of CONGRESS Magazine edited by Molly Tanzer. Published August 2016. Read the story online! Or buy and download the issue from Amazon or Weightless Books (you can also subscribe to the mag via Weightless).
    The Wanting January 2015 Dark Discoveries Dark fantasy, post-apocalypse story. Appeared in Issue #30 of Dark Discoveries magazine.
    Pitchers & Catchers October 2014 Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange & Supernatural Updated version of a story that appeared in Further Fenway Fiction. This version makes the supernatural element a little more overt. Edited by Rick Wilber, published by Night Shade Books.
    Sacrifice August 2014 Summer Rain In the romance anthology SUMMER RAIN, edited by Sarah Lyons and Audra North, published August 2014 as a fundraiser for RAINN. Sea trade with China brings a young woman, sold into slavery, into the life of a demigod in Macedonia in the era when Christianity is ascendant. Kobo | Apple | Amazon | Goodreads
    Her Lover Is a Flame November 2013 THE BIG BOOK OF ORGASMS: 69 SEXY STORIES A collection of short-short stories, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussell, Cleis Press.
    Action August 1999 Best Gay Stories a gay, near-future, magical realist literary story. First appeared first in the annual anthology for the Saints & Sinners literary festival and then was chosen by Peter Dubé for BEST GAY STORIES published by Lethe Press in 2012. (It’s also an homage to actor Brandon Lee.)
    Window of Opportunity February 2012 VOYEUR EYES ONLY: VEGAS WINDOWS Published in Audiobook by SMOTP and paperback/ebook by XCite Books. This anthology was cooked up during the 2011 Erotic Authors Association convention in Vegas and includes stories from attendees at that conference, which was fantastic fun, all Vegas and voyeur themed.
    Time March 2011 GOTTA HAVE IT: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex Short-short story "Time," to Rachel Kramer Bussell for the GOTTA HAVE IT: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex, published by Cleis Press in March 2011.
    What a Man Wants June 2011 The Ladies of Trade Town Cyberpunk story. Anthology edited by Lee Martindale, published by HarpHaven Publishing.
    Bad Place February 2011 RIDING THE ROCKET Short story in an anthology of gay-themed erotic sf/f edited by Sascha Illyvich for Sizzler Editions.
    Will Power September 2010 Fang Bangers to Fang Bangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love, edited by Lori Perkins for Ravenous Romance.
    Two Cocks, One Girl December 2010  Best Women’s Erotica 2011  Best Women’s Erotica 2011, edited by Violet Blue for Cleis Press.
    The Inner Game of Chess November 2010  Beautiful Boys: Gay Erotic Stories anthology from Cleis Press edited by Richard Labonte
    “Lip Service” August 2010 Best S/M Erotica Vol 3: Still More Extreme Stories of Still More Extreme Sex! Anthology edited by M. Christian, published by Logical Lust in 2010. Story originally appeared in Edgewords, a 2003 fundraising anthology for MOB New England, a women’s BDSM community group based in Boston.
    Thinly Veiled April 2010 Louisiana Vampires in Lawrence Schimel’s LOUISIANA VAMPIRES anthology. Submitted it literally over 10 years ago and book got put on hold, now it’s happening and voila! Very glad I still had word processor files of the story!
    Improvisation March 2010 I KISSED A BOY edited by Lori Perkins for Ravenous Romance in an anthology of gay first-time encounters. I originally wrote it as a gift fanfic about some of our favorite celebrities for someone I know, but it has grown into a story of its own with the “serial numbers filed off.” You’ll easily be able to figure out who the actors are I paired in the story if you know anything about my fandoms.
    Man Enough August 2009 Lesbian Cowboys edited by Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia for Cleis Press. Got to indulge my gender-blending kink here. I also read it live on the Nobilis Erotica Podcast.
    Soft Hands January 2009 Ravenous Romance published as a standalone short story at
    Baseball Blues January 2009 Ravenous Romance published as a standalone short story at
    Seven Swans a Swimming December 2008 The Twelve Days of Christmas A vampire romance short story, in an anthology with a different story for each of the 12 days of Christmas.
    The Spark March 2008  Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures This anthology edited by Lynne Jamneck went through a few twists of fate. This edition was published by Lethe Press.
    Pitchers & Catchers Report July 2007 Further Fenway Fiction A literary short story about a Red Sox catcher in the minor league system in the 1990s. Story appeared in “Further Fenway Fiction,” edited by Adam Pachter and published by Rounder Books.
    Just Tell Me The Rules December 2005 Aqua Erotica 2 I know what you are thinking, there already was a sequel to Aqua Erotica, called Wet: More Aqua Erotica, but it didn’t sell anywhere near as well as the first volume did. So now Melcher, the packager who sold the first book, is doing another waterproof book, this time under their own name, and calling it Aqua Erotica 2 (distributed by Andrews McMeel). The weird part is that this time they didn’t insist on every story having a water theme, though, and instead went for a kind of nebulous theme about “crossing boundaries.” I ended up writing an erotic homage to Clive Owen. Go figure.
    The Magician’s Assistant March 2005  Best American Erotica 2005 Anthology edited by Susie Bright. This piece of flash fiction originally appeared in Five Minute Erotica, edited by Carol Queen (Running Press) in 2003.
    Seduction March 2005  Best American Erotica 2005 Anthology edited by Susie Bright. This piece of flash fiction originally appeared in Five Minute Erotica, edited by Carol Queen (Running Press) in 2003.
    Halloween July 2005  MASTER/slave Originally published as two separate books edited for the Venus Book Club by Thomas Roche, then combined into two-books-in-one combo and published by Berkley.
    Master Mind July 2005  MASTER/slave Originally published as two separate books edited for the Venus Book Club by Thomas Roche, then combined into two-books-in-one combo and published by Berkley.
    The Little Mermaid June 2005? Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Reprinted in the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, in one of the volumes that didn’t have a number so it’s hard to describe which one. The story was also a selection of RandomHouse Audio for their web site — you can hear it online! Buy the audio download here.
    Bodies of Water December 2004 Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, Vol 4 Reprint. Anthology edited by Maxim Jakubowski (Carroll & Graf).
    Bodies of Water 2003  Hot Women’s Erotica a fever-dream story I wrote after waking up from a nap in Century City, CA, after channel flipping between a Discovery Channel show on deepsea archaeology and promos for Disney’s Atlantis… appeared in Marilyn Jaye Lewis’ Venus Big Book of Hot Women’s Erotica in 2003 (bookclub ed. only) and then the book was reprinted as the Blue Moon Books edition Hot Women’s Erotica.
    Touch Pain December 2003 Necrologue was originally in Asimov’s, was reprinted in the U.K. in Necrologue: The Diva Book of the Dead and the Undead, edited by Helen Sandler, Diva Books/MPG. Fall 2003.
    Lexicon January 2003 Other Magazine a literary short-short I wrote in grad school, appeared in Other Magazine, Issue #3. “The magazine for people who defy categories.”
    Thought So December 2002 Best Women’s Erotica 2003 Appeared in Best Women’s Erotica 2003, edited by Marcy Sheiner, from Cleis Press.
    Rough, Trade October 2002 Sex Machine Reprint. Anthology edited by M. Christian for the Venus Bookclub. Was originally in the anthology Eros Ex Machina, also edited by M. Christian, published by Masquerade Books.
    Rite of Spring June 2002 Wet: More Aqua Erotica In an anthology, edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj, published by Crown Books — another waterproof book and the sequel to Aqua Erotica.
    Crooked Kwan April 2002 Desires This story was reprinted in the anthology DESIRES (very short run by AmirMira Press) now being resurrected by the Venus Bookclub by editor Adrienne Hendricks.
    La Money Girl December 2001  Hot & Bothered 3 Reprinted in this anthology ed. by Karen X. Tulchinsky, Arsenal Pulp Press.
    Touch Pain December 2001 Asimov’s Yes, as in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.
    Tune In November 2001 Nerve Magazine Flash fiction published alongside an autobiographical essay about me being the maven of erotic science fiction, in a special edition of edited by Scott Westerfeld.
    Baseball Fever February 2001 Starf*cker a story about a certain baseball player, for an anthology of erotica about famous people entitled “Starf*cker“, edited by the fabulous Shar Rednour and published by Alyson Publications
    The Little Mermaid September 2000 Aqua Erotica edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj, a very intriguing and neat-sounding anthology of erotic stories involving water… published by Crown in September 2000. The book is waterproof, too!
    Penetration August 2000 Best of the Best Lesbian Erotica appeared in the omnibus “Best of the Best of Best Lesbian Erotica” (Cleis Press) and an Italian-language anthology in Italy, called “LATEX” from Mondadori, in summer 2000.
    La Money Girl/Tune In July 2000 Blue Food Two flash fiction stories, first appearance in debut literary journal Blue Food.
    In Silver A April 2000 Absolute Magnitude Cyberpunk story. First appeared in Absolute Magnitude magazine. Was later (2003) reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Future Cops, edited by M. Christian.
    Bullseye March 2000 The Academy Published by Mystic Rose books in the "novelogy," a novel by Laura Antoniou, with short stories by other authors embedded, all taking place in the Marketplace.
    The Hard Sell February 2000 One of a collection of short stories I sold to Fatbrain’s eMatter site, along with shorts by M. Christian, Hanne Blank, and Thomas S. Roche.
    Always January 2000 Best Lesbian Erotica edited by Tristan Taormino
    Now January 2000 Viscera Anthology edited by Cara Bruce and published by website Story is slightly experimental fiction, space opera, erotica. Reprinted in Edge Plays
    Drumbeat December 1999 On Our Backs a lesbian marching band uniform fetish story, in On Our Backs magazine, issue arrived in the mail in December 1999. It also came out in the anthology UNIFORM SEX ed. by Linnea Due (Alyson Publications) in Fall 2000.
    The Darling September 1999 A short story, appeared in the web magazine
    Ziggy Stardust August 1999 STARPHKR A zine of celebrity erotica, edited and published by Shar Rednour.
    Lip Service July 1999 Edgewords Edgewords was first published as a chapbook by MOB New England (women’s BDSM community group) and then in an updated form by "@ The Edge" Publishing.
    Dragon’s Daughter 2: Hall of Mirrors April 1999 To Be Continued 2 This anthology, edited by Karen X. Tulchinsky and Michele Karlsberg for Firebrand Books, is a sequel to the anthology "To Be Continued" which was all stories that ended on cliffhangers. These are what happened next.
    Always February 1999 Herotica 6 Anthology edited by Marcy Sheiner for Down There Press.
    Balancing Act Winter 1999 Blithe House Quarterly The online journal of gay literature. You can read the story online here. Another story an MFA instructor told me could never get published.
    Penetration January 1999 BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 1999 Latest volume of the series edited by Susie Bright
    Three of Cups January 1999 BEST LESBIAN EROTICA 1999 selected by Chrystos, series edited by Tristan Taormino or Cleis Press.
    Eyes Open and Closed January 2001 Strange Horizons A contemporary fantasy story. First appeared in a newsletter publication for Borderlands Books in San Francisco, and then in Strange Horizons online magazine (under the title "With Eyes Open" because the Kubrick movie had just come out). Read it online at Strange Horizons. It was also later in a Best of Strange Horizons anthology published by Lethe Press.
    Dragon’s Daughter October 1998 To Be Continued Fantasy short story in an anthology of lesbian genre fiction/pulp fiction where every story ends with a cliffhanger, edited by Michele Karlsberg and Karen X. Tulchinsky for Firebrand Books.
    Juno September 1998 CROSSING THE BORDER ed. by Lisa Tuttle for the Indigo/Gollancz imprint in the U.K. Subtitled “Tales of Erotic Ambiguity.” I don’t think it got a US edition, but I was thrilled to be in a book with Neil Gaiman and Angela Carter.
    Three of Cups July 1998 Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Carroll & Graf/Robinson publishers. This is the first
    story I wrote using Tarot cards to determine character and conflict.
    Rough, Trade March 1998 Eros Ex Machina in EROS EX MACHINA, mechanical erotica, edited by M. Christian, Masquerade Books.
    Love’s Year February 1998 HOT & BOTHERED Lesbian erotic short short stories, edited by Karen X. Tulchinsky, published by Arsenal Pulp Press.
    Penetration February 1997 BEST LESBIAN EROTICA 1997 edited this year by Jewelle Gomez, series editor Tristan Taormino, published by Cleis Press.
    Pearl Diver 1996 BEST
    Third time this story’s in print. Best American Erotica edited by Susie Bright and published by
    Touchstone/Simon & Schuster.
    Porn Flicks April 1996 Herotica 4 Herotica 4 was edited by Marcy Sheiner and published by NAL/Plume.
    The Nightingale October 1996 Once Upon A Time Fairy Tales for Women, edited by Michael Ford, appeared in October 1996. (Masquerade Books) The story I wrote was given honorable mention in the 1996 “Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.”
    Rock Steady July 1996 Backstage Passes Anthology edited by Amelia G and published by Masquerade Books. In 2016 a new edition of Backstage Passesis available in ebook.
    Daydreaming April 1996 Switch Hitters Anthology of lesbians writing gay male erotica and gay men writing lesbian erotica (but actually lots of the authors were bi), edited by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel. Cleis Press. Lambda Literary Award winning book.
    Wonder Woman May 1996 Porn Free Published in “The Magazine Dedicated to
    Getting You Off For Nuthin’” It’s a humorous parody starring Wonder Woman and a satirical commentary on anti-s/m lesbians.
    Crooked Kwan March 1996 Noirotica  an anthology of noir-ish erotic fiction edited by Thomas S. Roche for Masquerade Books.
    Larceny February 1996 Queer View Mirror a short short of literary flash fiction in queer fiction anthology edited by Karen X. Tulchinsky & James Johnstone and published by Arsenal Pulp Press.
    The Tale of Christina October 1995 Dark Angels  An anthology of lesbian vampire fiction edited by Pam Keesey for Cleis Press.
    Pearl Diver October 1995 On A Bed Of Rice "An Asian American Erotic Feast," an anthology edited by Geraldine Kudaka for Anchor Books. The story also appeared in Ms. Magzine’s “sex” issue in Nov/Dec 1995.
    Whipmaster July 1995 Looking for Mr. Preston  a hardcover anthology in tribute to John Preston edited by Laura Antoniou for Masquerade Books.
    Heart’s Desire April 1995 By Her Subdued an anthology of erotic fiction about dominant women edited by Laura Antoniou for Masquerade Books.
    The Game November 1997 No Other Tribute an anthology of erotic fiction about submissive women edited by Laura Antoniou for Masquerade Books.
    Jean-Michel and Juno 1994? Paramour magazine In Paramour, volume 2, #1. Not sure when it was published, but most likely in 1994 since the magazine started in 1993.
    Career Track July 1994? Penthouse magazine An erotic short story about wish fulfillment on a train.
    Summoning July 1994 SexMagick A story I wrote for the SexMagick anthology, which I edited for Circlet Press.
    The First Whip July 1994 SandMUtopia Guardian In issue 17. Editor Pat Califia published it as fiction, but it’s more of an essay on my true life experience of getting whipped for the first time.
    A True Story June 1994 Herotica 3  an anthology of women’s erotic fiction edited by Susie Bright for Plume Books.
    Cat Scratch Fever March 1992 Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords First published in the Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords chapbook (1992) and then later podcasted in audio on the Nobilis Erotica podcast
    Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords March 1992 Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords First posted on in November 1991. I then self-published the story in a chapbook of the same name to found Circlet Press in March 1992

    (I’m sure there are some additional stories I’ve forgotten to list, too!)