Books

This is a constantly updated list of the books I found most useful in my studies. For my international readers’ convenience I listed the English edition whenever possible.

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Autoerotic asphixiation – Forensic, medical and social aspects

S. Scheleg, E. Ehrlich
Wheatmark
English

A chilling yet instructive study of self-bondage accidents

beauty-of-kinbaku

Beauty of kinbaku, The

Master K
King Cat Ink
English

An exceptional history of Japanese-style bondage

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Beyond bootblacking

Daddy Wendell
CreateSpace
English

Excellent guide on the cleaning and care of leather gear

bizarre

Bizarre (The complete reprints of John Willie’s)

AA. VV.
Taschen
English (multilingual introduction)

The complete reprint of the 26 issues of the first fetish and bondage magazine in the world

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Bondage – La via italiana all’arte del legare

MaestroBD, B. Gigliuto
Castelvecchi
Italian

Good visual guide to basic bondage techniques

bondageforsexcover

Bondage for sex

Chanta Rose
Bdsm Press
English

A sensible tutorial to bondage you can actually do and enjoy

Bonk

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

Mary Roach
W. W. Norton & Company
English

An exciting, candid and often hilarious history of sexology

bottoming-book

Bottoming Book: how to get terrible things done to you by wonderful people, the

D. Easton, C.A. Liszt
Greenery Press
English

One of the few manuals for submissives, and probably the best of them

bright-red-scream

Bright red scream, A

Marilee Strong
Penguin
English

One of the most important studies of self-mutilation, to understand the differences with masochism and body modification

ceneri-dellorganismo

Ceneri dell’organismo: il disagio di una civiltà, le

E. Massidda, D. Gallo
Il Cerchio della Luna
Italian

Excrements in history: an ironic analysis of the origins of an extreme taboo

chainmale

Chainmale 3SM. A unique view of leather culture

Don Bastian
Daedalus
English

The North American leather Scene as described by the diary of the founder of a gay BDSM community

charming-school

Charm school for sissy maids, A

Mistress Lorelei
Greenery Press
English

A curious “course in few, easy lessons” for aspiring sissies

cia-manual-eng

CIA document of human manipulation, The

CIA
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
English

CIA’s secret manual, to understand the difference between BDSM and real torture

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Compleat slave, the

Jack Rinella
Daedalus Publishing Company
English

How to realistically manage a sane BDSM relation

complete-shibari

Complete Shibari – Voll. 1 & 2

Douglas Kent
Mental Gears Publishing
English

The best practical manuals of Japanese-style bondage

correct-sadist

Correct sadist, The

Terence Sellers
Blue Moon Books
English

Post-punk reflections on the dominant woman figure

defense-of-masochism

Defense of masochism, A

Anita Phillips
St. Martin’s Press
English

A witty essay about the relationship between masochism and art

different-loving

Different loving

William and Gloria Brame
Villard
English

A sociologist’s discovery of BDSM through the results of over one hundred interviews

diventare-dio

Diventare dio in 10 mosse

Jacopo Fo
Giunti Demetra
Italian

A cheerful manual about sensorial recovery

dizionario-dellerotismo

Dizionario dell’erotismo

Ernest Borneman
Bur
Italian

A massive compendium to discover every kind of pleasure

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Donna che picchiava duro, la

Ida Denans
Coniglio Editore
Italian

The stereotype-filled autobiography of a French prodomme

drag-queens

Drag queens

Sergio Perri
Castelvecchi
Italian

An inside look at the world of transvestism and drag

dressing-for-pleasure

Dressing for pleasure

Jonny Trunk
Murray & Sorrell Fuel
English

The history of AtomAge and the birth of modern fetish fashion

elogio-sculacciata

Elogio della sculacciata

Jacques Serguine
Es Editrice
Italian

Spanking as the solution for any spousal problem

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Encyclopedia of unusual sex practices

Brenda Love
Barricade Books
English

One of the most complete encyclopedias about paraphilas

endorfine

Endorfine

Jack Lawson
Blu International Studio
Italian

A small essay about how our body transforms pain into pleasure

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Erotic bondage handbook

Jay Wiseman
Greenery Press
English

The best selling bondage manual

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Family jewels

Hardy Haberman
Greenery Press
English

A guide to male genitals torture

fascinating-womanhood

Fascinating womanhood

Helen Andelin
Bantam
English

A non-BDSM manual for submissive wives, strangely insightful for kinky 24/7 couples too

antologia-skin-two

Feticismo della seconda pelle, antologia di “Skin Two”, il

AA. VV.
Shake
Italian

Excellent articles collection from one of the world’s leading fetish magazine

fetisheng

Fetish – Fashion, sex and power

Valerie Steele
Oxford University Press
English

An essay about fetish fashion

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Fifty shades of Grey

E.L. James
Vintage
English

The most read erotic trilogy in history. Required knowledge, even if awful.

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Flogging

Joseph W. Bean
Greenery Press
English

The most complete and intelligent guide to flogging ever written

forensic-and-medico-legal

Forensic and medico-legal aspects of sexual crimes and unusual sex practices

Anil Aggrawal
CRC Press
English

An excellent compendium about the status of basic DSM-listed deviances for medical and legal professionals

harriett

Harriet Marwood, governess

General Pub. Co.
English

The classical novel that defined the sadistic governess archetype

history-of-the-rod

History of the rod, The

William H. Cooper
Paul Kegan
English

A massive and intriguing essay about corporal punishments in history

how-to-capture

How to capture a Mistress

Karen Martin
Nazca Plains Corp.
English

For submissives only: a guide about seducing dominants

human-pony

Human pony, The

Rebecca Wilcox
Greenery Press
English

The best and most insightful book about ponyplay

teenage-dominatrix-eng

I was a teenage dominatrix

Shawna Kenney
Last Gasp
English

The often surprising memories of a young prodomme

illustrated

Illustrated book of dominatrices, the

Roger Moineau
Erotic Print Society
English

Excellent photographic collection tracing the history of femdom from 1700 onward

Invisible Orientation

Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality, The

Julie S. Decker
Carrel Books
English

An examination of asexuality for those who really don’t get it

its-not-about-the-whip

It’s not about the whip

Sensuous Sadie
Trafford Publishing
English

An illuminating article collection about the psychological and relational aspects of BDSM

Japanese love hotels

Japanese love hotels – A cultural history

A serious look at one of the most derided Japanese institutions

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Juice

Uncle Abdul
Greenery Press
English

The best manual about electricity play

kiss-of-the-whip

Kiss of the whip – Explorations in SM, the

Jim Prezwalski
Leyland Press
English

The most complete and authoritative guide about gay BDSM

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Learning the ropes

Race Bannon
Daedalus Publishing
English

A practical guide to making a BDSM relation work and enjoying it better

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Leather and latex care

Kelly J. Thibault
Daedalus Publishing
English

How to store, wash, mend, etc. leather and latex clothing

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Leatherman’s handbook, the

Larry Townsend
LT Books
English

The first and most famous book about gay BDSM

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Leathersex

Joseph W. Bean
Daedalus Press
English

Extreme, realistic, spiritual and honest. BDSM as seen by the gay Scene

life-leather

Life, leather and the pursuit of happiness

Steve Lenius
Nelson Borhek Press
English

An essay collection about leather culture history

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Loving dominant, the

John Warren
Greenery Press
English

The tips, memories and tricks of the trade of a BDSM “old wise man”

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Maitresse Françoise. La dominatrice

Annick Foucault
La Musardine
French

The intelligent biography of the most famous French prodomme

Male sex work and society

Male sex work and society

Victor Minichiello & John Scott
Harrington Park Press
English

The rarely discussed world of male prostitution and its social implications

manuale-per-fare-di-voi

Manuale per fare di voi ciò che volete

Bodhipat A-rà
Malatempora
Italian

A guide to piercing, scarification and other body modifications

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Master’s manual, the

Jack Rinella
Daedalus Publishing
English

The experience of one of the most famous leather Masters condensed in 40 small chapters

master-slave-relationships

Master/slave relations: handbook of theory and practice

Robert J. Rubel
Nazca Plains Corp.
English

For Dominants only: how to manage a submisison-based relationship

mindfucking

Mindfucking. Come fottere la mente

Stefano Re
Castelvecchi
Italian

An introductory text about mind conditioning techniques

miss-abernathy-concise

Miss Abernathy’s concise slave training manual

Christina Abernathy
Greenery Press
English

A real slave training manual

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Mistress manual, the

Mistress Lorelei
Greenery Press
English

A guide to female domination, especially focused on its psychologic aspects

modcon

Modcon

Shannon Larratt
Bme Books
English

Pictures and interviews from the most important extreme body modifications convention

modern-primitives

Modern primitives

Various (Re/Search)
V/Search
English

The book that launched the body modification fad

my-girlfriend-beats-me-up

My girlfriend comes to the city and beats me up

Stephen Elliott
Cleis Press
English

The often autobiographical stories of a literary darling submissive

the new topping book

New topping book, The

Dossie Easton & Janet Hardy
Greenery Press
English

A manual for masters and mistresses, focusing on relationship management, even with oneself

on-the-safe-edge

On the safe edge. A manual for SM play

Trevor Jaques
Whole SM Publishing
English

A serious guide to the physical and psychological risks of BDSM and how to avoid them

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On tour

Madame Ingrid
Narcissus
Italian

The most famous Italian prodomme’s career told through 20 ears of travels in historical BDSM locations

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Osez… le bondage

Axterdam
La Musardine
French

The most concise and practical bondage manual in the world

parafilie e devianza

Parafilie e devianza

Fabrizio Quattrini
Giunti
Italian

A great summary of the professional approach of Psychology toward paraphilias

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Partners in power

Jack Rinella
Greenery Press
English

How to manage a committed BDSM relation – and a few anthropological diversions

path-of-service

Path of service – Guideposts for excellence, the

Christina Parker
Nazca Plains Corp.
English

A workbook for aspiring slaves

Perv

Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

Jesse Bering
Scientific American/FSG
ENglish

The scientific (and enjoyable) explanation of what kinks really are and how they work

perversioni-sessuali

Perversioni sessuali, le

Lodovico Edoardo Berra
Es Editrice
Italian

The psychology of paraphilias 120 years after Krafft-Ebing

perversioni-sessuali-giuridico

Perversioni sessuali: aspetti clinici e giuridici del comportamento sessuale deviato, le

AA. VV.
Franco Angeli
Italian

The title says it all: a collection of essays of variable quality about paraphilias as seen by medicine and law professionals

phylosophy-boudoir

Phylosophy in the boudoir

D.A.F. de Sade
Penguin Classics
English

The summit of Sadeian phylosophy… totally unrelated with BDSM

physical-interrogation-techniques

Physical interrogation techniques

Richard Krousher
Loompanics Unlimited
English

The torturer-victim dynamics according to a secret services manual

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Piacere, dolore, potere – Un approccio anarchico al sadomasochismo

Jean-Manuel Traimond
Elèutera
Italian

A highbrow and demistifying field study of BDSM

pissing

Pissing. Una pratica erotica

Chiara Duovo
Malatempora
Italian

Eroticism and pee: a strange mix of essay, novel and divulgation

Playing on the edge

Playing on the edge – Sadomasochism, risk and intimacy

Staci Newmahr
Indiana University Press
English

A surprisingly insightful ethnographic study of BDSM communities

The pleasure's all mine

Pleasure’s All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex, The

Julie Peakman
Reaktion Books
English

A marvelously detailed historical analysis of how unusual sexualities evolved in time

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Pleasure’s all mine, the

Joan Kelly Carrol
Graf Publishers
English

A pro-slave autobiography

plusieurs-possibilities

Plusieurs possibilities

John Willie
Futuropolis
French

The photographic studies used by Willie as basis for his works

princess-spider

Princess Spider – True experiences of a dominatrix

Princess Spider
Virgin Books
English

Frank tales from twenty years of prodomming

protocols

Protocols – Handbook for the female slave

Robert J. Rubel
Nazca Plains Corp.
English

A formal behavior manual for slavegirls

Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum

Public privates – Performing gynecology from both ends of the speculum

Terri Kapsalis
Duke University Press Books
English

A history of speculums and their cultural meaning – a must read for dilation fetishists too

radical-ecstasy

Radical ecstasy

Easton/Hardy
Greenery Press
English

Sciamanic spirituality in BDSM

rigorosa-disciplina

Rigorosa disciplina

AA. VV.
Glittering Images
Italian and French

A juicy selection of BDSM texts and illustration from the centuries past

road-to-sundance

Road to sundance, The

Manny Twofeathers
Hyperion Books
English

The diary of a native American about his experience with ritual torture

rope-bondage-power

Rope, bondage and power

AA.VV.
Nazca Plains Corp.
English

Bondage described as emotion instead of technique

sadomasochism-eng

Sadomasochism

Estela W. Welldon
Totem Books
English

BDSM as seen from a forensic psychiatrist

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Sadomasochism – Powerful pleasures

Kleinplatz/Moser
Harrington Park Press
English

An illuminating collection of academic papers about BDSM

demasi-eng1

Sadomasochistic perversion, The

Franco De Masi
Karnac Books
English

The proof of how the lack of intelligence can turn BDSM into a pathology

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Safe, sane, consensual… and fun

John Warren
Greenery Press
English

A recipes book of domination fantasies, to discover new scenarios

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Screw the roses, send me the thorns

Philip Miller e Molly Devon
Mystic Rose
English

A best selling clear, realistic and funny explanation of BDSM

midori-eng

Seductive art of Japanese bondage, The

Midori
Greenery Press
English

A photographic shibari manual

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Sensuous magic

Patrick Califia
Cleis Press
English

A superficial, confused yet interesting “BDSM manual”

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Sesso estremo I e II

Rev. William Cooper
Castelvecchi
Italian

A half-serious bestseller fantasy biography in which perversion and politics mix on the edge of reality

sex-box

Sex box – Latex/Sex Toys/Spicy

AA. VV.
Mondadori
Italian

Three anthologies of fetish and BDSM stories collected as a box set

sexual-magic

Sexual magic. The SM photographs

Michael Rosen
Shaynew
English

The reality of BDSM as the photographic diary of the exploration of a distant continent

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Sexually dominant woman, the

Lady Green
Greenery Press
English

How to become a Mistress in a few simple lessons

shibari-you-can-use

Shibari you can use

Lee Harrington
Mystic Productions
English

A photographic manual of fusion bondage with an eye towards practical usage

showing-you-the-ropes

Showing you the ropes

Two Knotty Boys
Green Candy Press
English

A photographic manual of fusion-style bondage

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Slavecraft

A grateful slave
Daedalus Publishing
English

How to become a better slave, in the words of someone who lives as one everyday. Fascinating and almost zen-like

trilogia-bella-addormentata

Sleeping Beauty trilogy

A.N. Roquelaure (pseud. di Anne Rice)
Plume Books
English

The famous fairytale reimagined as a spanking fantasy.

sm-101

SM 101. A Realistic introduction

Jay Wiseman
Greenery Press
English

A beginners’ guide to extreme eroticism, with a focus on the daily life as a couple

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Spirit + Flesh

Fakir Musafar
Arena Editions
English

The photographic memories of the ultimate authority on body modifications

story-of-o

Story of O

Pauline Réage
Running Press
English

The absolute best seller of modern sadomasochism

surrendered-wife

Surrendered wife, the

Laura Doyle
Fireside
English

How to live an idyllic relation through submission. And the author doesn’t even like BDSM

technology-of-orgasm

Technology of orgasm, The

Rachel P. Maines
The Johns Hopkins University Press
English

The fascinating history of vibrators and other sex toys

medievalchastitybeltcover

The Medieval chastity belt: A myth-making process

Albrecht Classen
Palgrave Macmillan
English

The (funny) truth about the legend of ancient female chastity belts

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Ties that bind

Guy Baldwin
Daedalus Publishing
English

A collection of 33 articles originally published on Drummer magazine. Brutally honest

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To love, to obey, to serve

Viola Johnson
Mystic Rose Books
English

The real diary of a full-time slavegirl in the Sixties and Seventies. Illuminating

tom-of-finland

Tom of Finland – His life and times

F. Valentine Hooven III
St. Martin’s Press
English

The famous illustrator’s biography, incredibly useful to understand the evolution of the leather Scene

topping-from-below

Topping from below

Laura Reese
St. Martin’s Press
English

An introduction to extreme eroticism disguised as a detective novel

total-woman

Total woman, the

Marabel Morgan
Pocket
English

A practical guide to become a “perfect wife” – or a pretty good 24/7 slavegir

training-with-miss-abernathy

Training with Mistress Abernathy

Christina Abernathy
Greenery Press
English

A slaves’ workbook

The ultimate guide to kink

Ultimate guide to kink, The

Tristan Taormino (ed.)
Cleis Press
English

Collected essays on the many aspects of BDSM

ultimate-guide-to-strapon-sex

Ultimate guide to strap-on sex, the

Karlyn Lotney
Cleis Press
English

Everything about the use of strap-ons

venus-in-furs

Venus in furs

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Various publishers
English

The book that gave birth to the word “masochism”. Which in fact originally referred to a pathology

zen-e-scopare

Zen e l’arte di scopare, lo

Jacopo Fo
Demetra
Italian

The very basics of sex, explained with irony to those who can admit not to know them