The Queen of Steam


“I was like, Either I’m a sexual deviant, which is always a possibility, or they’re wrong,” says Engler of publishers’ reluctance to print raunchy material. She sips from a can of Grapeade. “Turned out they were wrong.”

At Vulture, Phoebe Reilly tells the story of the meteoric rise and slow fall of Ellora’s Cave, a digital women’s erotica publishing company, and the woman who founded it. The story has drama, intrigue, a muscular manservant, and a nefarious villain: Amazon.

Claire Burgess’s short fiction has appeared in Third Coast, Hunger Mountain, and PANK online, among others. Her stories have received special mentions in the Pushcart Prize and Best American anthologies, but haven’t actually made it into one yet. She’s a graduate of the Vanderbilt University MFA program, where she co-founded Nashville Review. She lives in Pittsburgh by way of the deep South and says things on Twitter @Clairabou_. More from this author →