Cleis Press

Cleis Press, the largest independent queer publishing company in the United States, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2005. Among many lesbian, feminist, and gay presses that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, Cleis is one of the only press that is still run by its founders. Felice Newman and Frédérique Delacoste founded Cleis Press in 1980, and have worked together as co-publishers ever since.

Introducing selected titles:

Playing With Fire, Cleis PressPlaying With Fire: Taboo Erotica by Tyler, Alison (editor) published by Cleis Press in 2010. This book is collection of erotic stories where Alison Tyler, bestselling erotica editor, creates fantasies and pushes the limits of lust, imagination and sex to the new level. She believes “these stories will stoke anyone’s fire.” A prolific author and editor of erotic fiction, she is the author of a guide for monogamous couples “Never Have the Same Sex Twice”, and editor of several books.



Orgasmic, Cleis PressOrgasmic: Erotica For Women by Rachel Kramer Bussel published by Cleis Press in 2010. This book with 25 stories focuses on female orgasm. Every reader will find there something. The book explores Tantric sex, role-playing, sex toys, BDSM, a belt, and chemistry. Featuring red-hot erotica picked by Rachel Kramer Bussel, these stories will amaze you. Rachel Kramer Bussel is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, hosts the In The Flesh Erotic Reading Series, and author of the "Lusty Lady" sex column for The Village Voice. She is a prolific erotica editor and has edited the Best Sex Writing series since 2008.


Please Ma'am, Cleis PressPlease, Ma’am: Erotic Stories of Male Submission by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor) published by Cleis Press in 2010. This book is a tribute to all submissive males who crave powerful woman, it Is about fantasy fulfillment and knowing what you want and seeking out. It is about giving up one kind of power to gain another. Rachel Kramer Bussel is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, she hosts the In The Flesh Erotic Reading Series, and wrote for The Village Voice.

Yes, Sir, Cleis PressYes, Sir: Erotic Stories of Female Submissions by Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor) published by Cleis Press in 2008. In this book, women give up control to men who understand that dominance is about exulting in power that is freely yielded. Spanked, gagged, bound, or controlled with a glance, the women-lovers experience the thrills of submission. Reader will enjoy stories of the best writers in erotica.



Peep Show, Cleis PressPeep Show: Erotic Tales of Voyeurs and Exhibitionists by Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor) published by Cleis Press in 2009. Peep Show will pack an erotic punch. These stories speak to a common sexual desire - Rachel Kramer Bussel gathers 18 steamy stories that honor the art of striptease. This book will take you through the mirror and into an erotic world of where looking and being looked at creates sexual encounters.


Muscle Men: RockHard Gay Erotica, Cleis PressMuscle Men: Rock Hard Gay Erotica by Richard Labonte published by Cleis in 2010. For some gay man, it is all abut muscle, for others it’s about forearms. This book is a celebration of the beautiful body of men who look like Greek gods. With Richard Labonte, you will go to the erotic world of body builders and those men who desire them. You will read the stories in which body and mind meld in desire.



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