Best independent erotic magazines right now (NSFW)
We’ve rounded up our favourite dirty mags for you to curl up with. And this is no run-of-the-mill top-shelf fodder: from carnivorous sex, to USB glow-in-the-dark butt plugs, to photographic meditations on motherhood under patriarchy, indie magazines are providing a thoughtful, joyfully unexpected counterpart to their sticky-paged predecessors. That’s not to say you won’t want to get these pages sticky. There’s some hot stuff here. It’s just they’re all so beautiful, you’ll be reading one-handed, but with care.
Featuring necrophiliac gang bangs, a semen-stealing goddess and a female masturbation scene involving a piece of charred bone – horror magazine Suspira just launched a fetish issue and it reads like a blood-curdling scream. Unpacking the lingering fear that lives within most women and femme-identifying people, “that our body is not our own and that openly enjoying sex can serve as an excuse to invade our space”, editor Valentina Egoavil Medina gives us deeply researched analysis on everything from satanism to horror porn, all bound up inside a wonderfully slippery, latex-feel cover. Sexy but definitely not light, Suspira will tickle your brain as well as your loins.
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Taglined “the future of sex you never wanted”, PC Erotic is a surrealist nightmare of a dirty mag. Examining the way technology is changing your sex-life, the content occupies a wonderfully nauseating hinterland between the real and the imaginary. The ‘Sexy News Time’ opening spread, for example, includes a story about a disgraced CEO whose bright gold dildo got hacked (not true, but believable); and the back page is an ad for a USB butt plug called ‘glowfuck yourself’, which, unbelievably, you can really order online. From internet babes with tryphobia-inducing triple nipples, to ‘roflcopters’ (rimming on the floor laughing) — the most disturbing thing about PC Erotic is it’s actually arousing. Also it’s designed in that achingly trendy way where the whole mag looks like it was put together in 15 minutes on an early noughties mac.
Baron and Baronness
Arguably the first — and definitely the most expensive — of this wave of indie erotics, Baron magazine was started as an attempt to blur the boundaries between pornography and art. A few years later, Baroness joined the lineup, asking what ‘sexy’ means from the perspective of a woman who is “calling the shots from beneath her black satin sheets”. The exciting thing about this publication is that it toys with your expectations of the erotic: the most recent issue explored motherhood under patriarchy, and had an unforgettable image of a baby’s eye as its cover star. Most recently, Baron have made a ‘Death Book’ – inspired by editor Matthew Holroyd’s interest in the way death and sin had been used to construct ideas around what it is to be gay.
Parisian-born Matto is not actually a sex mag but this first issue is filthy. Eery, gloriously hairy images of vaginas, nipples and zoomed in strawberries abound; there’s an illustrated origin story of a gender-fluid party called ‘La Toillette’ (lots of stylish people squeezing each other’s hairy bottoms); and a bit of flesh on the cover that’s naked and, of course, lashed with long, wet, black hair.
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Described by Athens-based editor Sotiris Trechas as “an unconventional diary of what keeps my cock alive”, Fluffer takes its name from the genuine job title of the person employed on a porn set to ensure that actors are kept aroused. The first issue was a love letter to the casual eroticism of the everyday: a local barista; your flatmate in her dressing gown; a basketball player in the park rearranging his balls. For issue three, the mag has gone kink specific: it’s all about leather. But the sexiest thing about Fluffer Everyday might be that it abstains from explicit imagery, choosing penumbral portraits to encourage readers to create their own sensual narratives instead.
Spliced with curious confessions and black-and-white images of squished boobs, Leste calls itself a biannual magazine of new erotica, but this sixth issue is something more various. Prioritising the voices of those who are often left out, the style is intimate: first person pieces are often addressed to an ex-lover (“I’m sorry I was never appropriately sorry about your dog”); and interviews are printed as conversations between friends — our favourite was one about sex scenes in films (and why someone needs to make a porn version of the old Hollywood classics). There’s also a tender memoir of sex work in a Manhattan apartment. The intimacy of it all can make you feel like you’re pressing your ear to the wall of your neighbour’s bedroom. You’re a perve, essentially, but in quite a nice way.
Anonymous Sex Journal
Founded in 2013, this deliciously small magazine publishes personal sex stories submitted by readers in secret. The theme for the next edition is ‘Sex over Sixty’, but the most recent release is a ‘Coming of Age’ issue, and submissions have the kind of bumbling urgency of your first time (“Sometimes like spider vs man, I tentatively make my moves, fumble and falter.”) Taking in wet dreams, proms and Franz Ferdinand concerts, the most dazzling entries are often the briefest. This one, for example, is poetry: “Tried anal, cried, got free ice cream. *best boyfriend ever*”
The second issue of Phile had an image of someone licking someone else’s bottom on the cover, and began with a love letter addressed to the reader: “I quite genuinely would like to shrink-wrap you and keep you perfectly preserved and softly smiling and take you with me everywhere.” This latest edition continues Phile’s investigative focus on sexual subcultures from a sociological point of view, and features many a detailed pencil drawing of throbbing, veined dicks. Rigorous and imaginative, Phile is no quickie. You will want to read this with two hands.
Math magazine is a self-titled progressive porn quarterly. As editor Mackenzie Peck explains in the Stack podcast, she grew tired of internet porn where questions of consent and enjoyment for the participants resulted in scenarios she neither wanted to see nor endorse. Her answer is a feminist porn magazine that retains the opportunity for discovery, much like online, but creates a “safe space” where subjects not only had a say in what was happening, but were invited to input creatively. As she tells Huck, “All I want is for porn to be for more people than just white dudes.”
Extra Extra magazine is interested in the murmured stories overheard on the train, at office parties, or other sensual corners of our daily lives. It’s composed of a series of aphrodisiacs, featuring essays, personal writing, photography, illustrations and more in their pocket-sized publication. Opening with short fiction, the latest issue dips its toe into a bit of psychedelic sex-sci-fi — a highlight is a piece about coupling with a carnivorous, furry man-animal. Our favourite line: “his sexual organ continues to jerk, purple and fleshy. He yawns, as uninterested as he was before it all happened.” Yum.
The 52nd issue of photography-focused magazine Blink has a perfectly pink, frilly bottom on the cover. Inside it’s all wonderfully lush, sticky lips and tongues and nude bodies rolling in sweeties. While there are a few too many skinny girls obscuring their fannys with pineapples to make this mag a radical sexual experience, the best of Blink is so surreally sensual it makes you want to scrunch up the pages and eat them.
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