Official Bio:

Malin James is an essayist, blogger, and short story writer. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Bust, MUTHA, Queen Mob’s Tea House and Medium, as well as in podcasts and anthologies for Cleis Press, Sweetmeats Press and Stupid Fish Productions. Her first collection, Roadhouse Blues, is now out with Go Deeper Press.

A Bit More:

I learned about sex from books. It was awhile before experience caught up. Anne Rice, Ian McEwan, Jeanette Winterson, Sarah Waters, Anais Nin and, most pivotally, Angela Carter. These authors introduced me to something new – deeply personal narratives that knowingly walked the line between the mundane and profane. They were my  first introduction to the relationship between sexuality and the psyche – between sex and the self – and it’s that relationship that I keep coming back to again and again.  That is what fascinates me – how people relate to each other, and themselves.

Sex can be joyful, painful, wholesome, filthy, simple or profound. If people are the subject, then sex is the lens.

This post, The Goblin Market, expands on what I tend to be attracted to as both a reader and as a writer. There are stories and essays all over this site, but if you want to get a sense of what I do and how I think, that’s a good place to start. You can  also check out the following:


“The Myth of One True Self”, “What I Intend When I Write About Sex”, “On Mining Yourself” and “Me, My Anger and Jessica Jones”, which I wrote for Electric Literature.


“Resurrection” “The Holly and the Ivy”, “Should You Stay or Should You Go” (which first appeared in Bust) and “Lonely Things”. For complete listings of all the fiction and nonfiction on this site, check out the Menu.

And for my off-the-cuff opinions on books, writing, current events and pretty much everything else, check out


  1. Hey… I just found your site, blog, when I did a random XXX search with the word Choas included with other words. (It found your title: The Joy of Sucking Cock)

    I would tell you I was looking for fun stuff to share with my current romance, but in truth I was taking a break from writing her a potential “dear John” letter, and I was wondering if something would spark my engine; for a distraction orgasm, which was absent in my last sexual engagement with said romance; girl friend?

    I am stoned, but I like how you write, and I think your likely to have me become even braver in future, but that only explains why I will be short here: no challenge humiliating oneself while stoned, but I think I can pull off a win for the sincere compliment department, while also

    I wish I didn’t see your photo; because I wonder if that influences my writing. (I thought about it before seeing photo)

    I like your mind and hope to meet someone like you. I don’t, however, agree on bailing on the “The Myth of One True Self” idea, belief, or in the case of my slant; spiritual understanding.

    There is only one true self, but we are only a co-creator of that expression, so I suggest you need remove the mask of duality to play with that. I get that you meant otherwise, but i feel if your in the know; keeping the back door open for others discovering what you have, would be a graceful addition to your writing.

    Do you know what I mean? If you don’t, then I simply disagree and have no request of you, but, I think you do.

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