Mounted By A Monster: Under Her Bed, Mina Shay

I like the premise of this story: that the monster that has lived under Janey’s bed since she was a little girl is actually real! And he has feelings, and becomes an essential friend and confidant to heroine Janey as she grows up, so much so that she is pleased when he follows her as she moves out of her parents’ house.

Rick (as Janey calls him) is still a monster, however, so he doesn’t manage his feelings well. He becomes very protective of Janey and tends to go into violent rages whenever anyone mistreats her. Over the years, Janey has learned to “soothe” him by, at first, stroking his arm; then eventually giving him hand jobs. (We can assume that she was of age before things got sexy.) What will they do next?

The premise is original (as far as I know), and the writing is pretty good, though it does fall into standard porn cliches at the moment of truth. I’m guessing Shay’s readers don’t mind that.

I wasn’t entirely comfortable with the theme of a woman preventing male violence by sexually servicing the male. While Janey is presented in this story as a willing participant, I think this is an idea that often underlies sexual violence and coercion in the “real world.” I wouldn’t want to dictate how a story should be told; but I do think it’s worth pointing out the implications of ideas when they lead in a different direction than the author probably intended.

There is another way to read this story, however. I can see Rick as an embodiment of the childlike id. He hides under the bed; he’s uncontrollable and powerful and therefore terrifying. Janey gains strength by befriending him, but struggles to control his rages, particularly when faced with male violence. If the monster represents a part of Janey, then it’s of particular interest that she manages his emotions through sex. I’m not sure where that leads us, though I imagine a psychologist or psychoanalyst would have lots to say about it.

But, I don’t suppose most readers of monster erotica care to examine such literature through a Freudian, or feminist, lens. To each her own. If you just like a story that turns a childhood fear into a fun monster romp, you won’t be disappointed.

Mina Shay’s Pinterest page.

Who Reads Monster Erotica?

I read a tip about book marketing, which was to imagine the ideal reader for a particular book (in this case, people who read about people uniting with imaginary non-human creatures). Imagine what kind of bag that person carries. What are all the things in it? Or, imagine a room in the reader’s house. What does it look like? What objects are there?

In a similar vein, I went to Pinterest and searched “monster erotica books.” Then I went to the pages of people who pinned monster erotica-themed pins. Here are some recurring themes I saw:

Lots of books, naturally, including:
Body humor. Jokes about elimination. Jokes about sex.
Recreational drugs (Didn’t see any references to using drugs, just books about them.)
Pulp fiction
Horror, emphasis on the grotesque
Anything by Anne Rice
Children’s books:
Satirical, inappropriate versions of real books or characters
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Hunger Games
J.R.R. Tolkien
Fantasy and Romance genres

Silent Hill
Walking Dead
Royalty, as a theme in books as well as boards about real royal people

It’s tempting to draw conclusions from this list about monster erotica readers. But I think it’s early yet. I’m not ready to commit to anything more than monster erotica readers like to explore the limits of propriety. But we might have already assumed that, mightn’t we? I’ll continue to research this question.

Writers, who are your readers? Readers, what would you like writers to know about you?