Dark Night of the Soul: Dark Erotica

Burlesque Press

Night lasts a thousand hours. Forty sleeps—an endless desert of time when no one cares what happens to you until day.

Helene has given up. Only concern for her sister's grave medical condition tethers her to the world she dreams of escaping through death. If only she could bring herself to end it.

Caught out at night getting medicine for her sister, Helene is captured and taken as a slave for Gabriel, the mysterious ruler of the city.

Helene, I will take your struggle away. I will bring you back to life.”

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The King's Pleasure is the third novella in the dark erotica anthology: Submissive Fairy Tales by Kitty Thomas.


In the kingdom of Himeros, Abigail is despised for her gypsy heritage. Pushed to the fringes of society, she’s forced to break the law in order to help feed her family. When a castle guard catches her stealing bread, he intends to cut off her hand for the offense.

Niall has just taken the throne and is determined to prove he isn’t a monster like his father. Awakened by the cries of a gypsy, he spares her from the guard’s blade and takes her as his slave instead. When he learns she doesn’t understand the kingdom’s carnal ways, he becomes determined to strip her of all inhibitions until her every desire is in service to the king’s pleasure.

*This work is a novella of 21,000 words. Depending on reading speed, 1-2 hours of reading time.

This book is intended for an adult audience.


What Readers are Saying About The King's Pleasure:

"The King's Pleasure is the third novella in Kitty Thomas' erotic fairy tale collection. This novella was my favorite one out of all of them. It pushed every one of my dark, erotic, kinky buttons." - AsianCocoa

"If you are a fan of Kitty Thomas, you will not be disappointed with this story. Leave it to Ms. Thomas to blur the lines of fantasy and reality in a sensational combination of BDSM elements and a solid story resulting in a great read!" - Bookie Nookie

"As with all of Kitty Thomas's erotica novellas, `The King's Pleasure' is a world unto itself and a succulent little slice of story. There's so much packed into this little novella; politics, love, romance and a beautifully erotic tale between a king and his `slave' (whose love turns a kingdom on its head). Beautiful, as always, I can't wait for Thomas's next novel, `The Last Girl'" -Dee18

"This is some of Kitty's best writing yet: hot sex, awesome characters, great world, and the deep psychological exploration of the kink lifestyle that marks all of Kitty's work." -Nattie Jones

"The night after I had read The King's Pleasure, I picked up another of her books called Guilty Pleasures which was just so intense and sizzling hot!

I can honestly say I'm hooked on Kitty!" -Amazon Customer

"If you are interested in reading dark erotica, I would recommend the novels. Comfort Food is the most disturbing, and good literature is often disturbing. Tender Mercies is the best love story, and likely to be a favorite." -E. Wakeman

What Other Authors are Saying About The King's Pleasure:

“King’s Pleasure pushed all my buttons. The vulnerable heroine, and the perverse and powerful king who you suspect still has a golden heart… A hot, well-imagined fantasy world and sexy, touching emotional interaction. This is Happily Ever After for the kinky set!” – Annabel Joseph, author of Odalisque.

“Another amazing read from Kitty Thomas. One thing I can count on from this author is to create a read unlike anything else on the market. From fantasy to sci-fi to contemporary, her books always defy categorization. Whatever the setting, when I want the real deal when it comes to exploring master/slave relationships, I turn to Kitty’s stories. With work that’s powerful, sexy and intense, she never fails to deliver.” ~ Cari Quinn, author of Provoke Me

More dark literary erotica by Kitty Thomas:

Dark Erotic Novels:

Comfort Food
Guilty Pleasures
Tender Mercies
The Last Girl
Submissive Fairy Tales (latest release--anthology of The Auction, Awakening, and The King's Pleasure.)
Big Sky
Mafia Captive

Blood Mate

Dark Erotic Novellas:

The Auction


Note: This work is not 50 Shades of Grey, however, if you enjoy work like 50 Shades of Grey, you may also enjoy Kitty Thomas' dark erotica.


If you like Kitty Thomas, consider trying some of these other great authors:

CJ Roberts, Tiffany Reisz, Annabel Joseph, Pepper Winters, Anna Zaires, Aleatha Romig, Skye Warren, Cherise Sinclair

 Kitty writes dark literary erotica, usually with a kinky master/slave theme and a hint of bdsm and captive erotica elements.

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When a potential threat against her life forces Eva Daily to seek shelter on another world, she has only one option available to her. She must offer herself to the Interstellar Bride Program. After a deeply humiliating assessment of her suitability, Eva will be assigned a mate and transported to his world to become his bride. 

Upon arriving on the desert planet Trion, Eva soon learns that things are quite different than she is used to on Earth. Her assigned mate, the powerful, handsome High Councilor Tark, makes it clear that she will be expected to submit to him completely, and she quickly discovers that disobedience will earn her a painful, embarrassing spanking on her bare bottom. 

An intimate examination from her new mate leaves Eva blushing crimson, but to her surprise Tark’s mastery of her body arouses her beyond anything she could have ever imagined. Soon enough she finds herself naked, bound, and unable to resist the urge to beg for more as his skillful lovemaking brings her to one shattering climax after another. 

It doesn’t take long, however, for Eva to realize that there is much more to Tark than just a dominant brute who will not hesitate to take his misbehaving wife over his knee and redden her bare bottom thoroughly. But just as her passion for him begins to blossom into love, events back on Earth threaten to tear her away from him forever. Can Eva find a way to remain at Tark’s side and in his bed, or will she be left with nothing but memories of the man who has claimed both her body and her heart? 

Publisher’s Note: Assigned a Mate is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, medical play, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
When circumstances leave her with little choice but to volunteer for the Interstellar Bride Program, Hannah Johnson finds herself matched with not one but two mates. Her soon-to-be husbands are warriors of the planet Prillon, a world whose men are known far and wide for their prowess both in battle and in bed. 

Following her transport to a starship halfway across the galaxy, Hannah awakens in the presence of Zane Deston, the huge, fiercely handsome commander of the Prillon fleet. After informing her that she is now his mate, as well as the mate of his second, Zane takes it upon himself to supervise as Hannah is thoroughly and intimately examined. Her failure to properly cooperate with the ship’s doctor earns her a painful, embarrassing spanking on her bare bottom, but it is her body’s response to the exam which truly leaves her blushing. 

Though Hannah is shocked by the prospect of being shared by Zane and his second, the equally handsome warrior Dare, she cannot hide her arousal as her two dominant mates take their time in mastering her body. As the day of the claiming ceremony approaches, Hannah begins to long for the moment when Zane and Dare will make her fully theirs, but can she risk giving her heart to men who might die in battle any day? 

Publisher’s Note: Mated to the Warriors is a stand-alone book set in the same world as Assigned a Mate. It is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, medical play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
Warning: Big Sky is DARK literary erotica meant for an emotionally mature, adult audience. This work is not romance. Nor is it "50 Shades". Do not expect an HEA.

If you are familiar with this author's work and enjoyed Comfort Food, you may also enjoy this title. If you are unfamiliar with this author, you might first want to try some of her tamer/lighter works such as Blood Mate or Mafia Captive to see if her style might be for you.

Big Sky is a work of fiction and neither the author nor the publisher condone the behavior of any characters in real life.


Veronica Cason lives in a small apartment with no clear view of the sky. It's uncertain which might crush her first: her debt or the buildings squeezed in so tight that they surround her like ominous sentinels. She can't breathe in the city. Her success is a lie, and her debt is coming to collect her--unless someone else gets there first.

When a stranger offers her a job at a ranch, it feels like salvation, but it could also mean her death if his motives aren't pure. Which door has the tiger behind it? The claustrophobia of the city or ranch life under an open sky?


What Readers are Saying about Big Sky:

"Kitty Thomas writes amazing dark erotica, so what, you ask, did I learn about myself from reading her latest book?
I learned that I must be getting jaded and I am a sucker for a grieving man." -JillyP

"Preface to say that this is dark edgy erotica, not for those looking for pure romance. But if this is your genre, then Big SKy is a must read. Well-crafted story with complex characters. I am hooked on Kitty Thomas!" -K. Victoria Smith

"Big Sky was a good dark erotic story by Kitty Thomas and I think one of the darkest ones that she has written. I highly recommend Big Sky to all fans of dark erotica." -AsianCocoa

"Kitty writes fictional stories that are dark erotica, so going into this novel I knew what to expect. While this book definitely has some dark and twisted things happening in it that I don't personally agree with, I couldn't help but justify everything that happened. In a lot of ways, I felt that Luke really was saving Veronica and giving her a do-over. Only Kitty Thomas can take something so morally wrong and make it seem right." -KC Book Girl

"If you are a Kitty Thomas fan, this is a must-read. If you've never read Kitty Thomas before, and you think you can handle reading dark erotica, don't start here. Go read Comfort Food, and if you love it, come back and read Big Sky. It's perfect." Amazon Customer

"This is one of the strangest erotic novels I have ever read, and trust me, that is really saying something. I don't even know how to describe the book. I guess it's best described as a dark erotic novel, but that just doesn't seem quite enough."  - Charles M Smith II

"Kitty Thomas had done it again. She's ensnared me in her web of dark and disquieting words. The dark subject matter of BIG SKY rivals that of COMFORT FOOD (a book that still haunts my thoughts years after reading). Let's just say that the antagonist/hero in BIG SKY makes Master from COMFORT FOOD seem like a well-adjusted individual. ;-) And, yes, in Kitty's world, the hero and antagonist are usually the same person." -Book of Secrets

"The writing was brilliant and I loved how the author went there and I conmend her for that. Just some of the scenes were too much and in the end I felt truly sorry for Veronica. I guess her only savior is that beautiful blue sky. Out of a 5 I’m giving this book 3 stars. Prepare yourself this book is not for everyone, but if you do read please go in with an open mind. This book was very good."  - Lynne

"In the end, I was struck by the sadness of unrequited love of two individuals, which to me was the theme of the story. Not the fetishism or the dark themes, but two very lonely and broken people trying to heal the only way they knew how.

Thomas' stories aren't about shock value, they're about broken people. Yes, this one covers entirely new territory, and it's not for everyone, but it has a wonderfully bittersweet ending."  - Candice Bundy

"Big Sky is a sexual fantasy scenario packaged in realism, written in a way so that if the scenario could indeed be brought to life, how would it then play out in the most realistic fashion? And in my opinion, this is what Kitty Thomas does best. She IS able to merge fantasy with reality in a way that I think few authors of this genre can, and still make it layered and thoughtful with moments of real emotion." -iPollux

"I bought and inhaled this book immediately after reading Comfort Food. Wow. Kitty Thomas is a gutsy author, and I love that." - D. Green-Norris


More dark literary erotica by Kitty Thomas:


Erotic novels:

Comfort Food

Guilty Pleasures

Tender Mercies

The Last Girl

Mafia Captive

Blood Mate

Submissive Fairy Tales


Erotic novellas:


The King's Pleasure

The Auction


Note: This work is not 50 Shades of Grey, however, if you enjoy work like 50 Shades of Grey, you may also enjoy Kitty Thomas.

If you like Kitty Thomas, consider trying some of these other great authors:

CJ Roberts, Tiffany Reisz, Annabel Joseph, Pepper Winters, Anna Zaires, Aleatha Romig, Skye Warren, Cherise Sinclair

Kitty writes dark literary erotica, usually with a kinky master/slave theme and a hint of bdsm and captive erotica elements.

*If you enjoy Tender Mercies you will LOVE Broken Dolls.

Tender Mercies is a work of dark literary erotica.

“Grace. That word that finally meant something again. Mercy. Favor. Good will.”

Fed up with play kink, Grace Warner moves to an island that embraces erotic slavery to be with a man she met online. Within hours of her arrival, everything is ripped from her, and she quickly learns play is preferable to the realities of actual enslavement.

Asher Collins has spent the past year mourning and blaming himself for the death of his slave, Darcy. When Grace catches his eye at a showing, obviously abused, he becomes obsessed with buying her and finding a way to atone for his own past sins.

What Readers are Saying about Tender Mercies:

"I discovered Kitty Thomas last year with her novel `Comfort Food'. I likened that erotica novel (about extreme Stockholm syndrome) to literary wasabi - sinus clearing and somewhat unsettling, but also incredibly, breathtakingly powerful. So I went into `Tender Mercies' excitedly knowing that Kitty Thomas writes at the extreme-end of the erotica scale. She intrudes upon reader's comfort zones and pulls you (kicking and screaming) into an abrasive and compelling world of fetishism and erotica . . ." -Dee18

"I've first read "Comfort food" by Kitty Thomas and was so exquisitely shocked that I went forward into the BDSM romance genre. So far, I've read around 26 genre books by different authors and can honestly say that Kitty Thomas is one of the best.
Her stories feel real in a psychological kind of way, the events recounted could be really traumatizing but they are set in environments that keep the reader "safe". The heroines suffer and endure beyond reason but somehow they make it through stronger and empowered in their own realizations." -Lenanena

"I recommend it to adults, particularly those interested in aspects of BDSM." -Carocaro

"Tender Mercies is the type of psychological dark erotica, BDSM book that will leave readers who enjoy this type of literary fiction in awe at the brilliance of Kitty Thomas' writing and concepts. I said it after her last book and I'll say it again -- I don't know how she'll top this! :)" -Among the Muses

"I can't believe I have put off reading a Kitty Thomas book for so long! I thought "oh I've read dark erotica this won't be too shocking for me" but I was definitely surprised just how dark this book was. Some scenes definitely caused my stomach to churn and the writing reaches a deeper psychological level than other dark books I've read."  -R Nicole

"Kitty Thomas is such a wonderful writer; her take on dark erotica is wonderful and refreshing. It's harsh, and raw - please use caution if you are not used to dark erotica." -Mel

"So my favorite BDSM theme is where the submissive is abused / mistreated by a former Dom / Master and is healing and learning to trust a new Dom. This one fits the theme perfectly. From the first few pages I was hooked and flew right through the rest of it! I love everything I've read by Thomas and this is no exception." -Mrs thj

"The story is beautiful, and I love the characters. While the book is essentially dark erotica and non-consensual bdsm, Kitty Thomas still manages to create a beautiful romance between master and slave." -lunaselene

"Wow! This book was well written, intelligent dialogue, graphic without being raunchy. I enjoyed the story and it was my second BDSM book. Kitty Thomas has "mad" skills as a writer and I look forward to reading her other books." - Maxine Holmes

"As I mentioned earlier, I am in awe of Kitty Thomas' storytelling abilities. I was deeply caught up in the psychological conditioning in her novel Comfort Food and was titillated by the kinky sexual training in Guilty Pleasures. But the plot twists and multi-layered characters in Tender Mercies have made this book another one of my favorites." -AsianCocoa

"I first became aware of Kitty Thomas's work with Comfort Food, a book I can honestly say I will never forget. While Kitty writes about subject matter that not everyone is comfortable with, she does so in a way that I find to be deft and almost lyrical. Though her current published stories are contemporary, she creates new worlds while drawing from very real elements of BDSM and total power exchange relationships." - Cari Quinn

"I didn't think anything could top Kitty Thomas's Comfort Food, but boy was I wrong. The minute I had Tender Mercies downloaded to my Kindle, I itched to read it. Had it not been for the fact I was deep in addiction with my last read, I could have easily ditched it like I have so many others in favour of what is fast becoming an obsession with Thomas's writing style and her darkly psychological / emotional take on the world of BDSM." -J. Valentino

"I'm always skeptical about erotic novels. I don't want to read it and be disappointed at how quickly the author can push through the build-up of characters, backstory, plot, and emotions just to get to the (seemingly) "good stuff".

With that said, I want to read more of Ms. Thomas's work because it did everything but that. I was hooked within the first few sentences, and continued to read it straight through in one sitting (after a break or two for snacks, that is)."  - Renee

"this book was great in that it didn't hide the fact that BDSM relationships sometimes are dangerous and abusive. I liked the realism" -doo3477

"Kitty Thomas is the queen of darker reads and I love her for it. Tender Mercies didnt disappoint at all. If you like the darker reads you will enjoy Kitty Thomas and her books." -Lisa C

"One very good reason not to trust strange men you meet on the Internet. A dark story about the darker side of BDSM." - Joy Pelloquin

"Kitty Thomas writes darkly erotic novels that are not easily forgotten; Tender Mercies is no exception. Her psychologically disturbing yet erotic stories take the reader on a journey of submission and trust as a way to fulfillment. Comfort Food, Guilty Pleasures, and Tender Mercies all explore the slave/master dynamic, but she manages to make the story different and intriguing each time. Her stories are well-crafted and even though the scenarios are fantastical in a kinky, masochistic sense, I don't have any trouble falling right into her stories and becoming fully vested in the characters and their experiences. I am slightly disturbed by how much I enjoy her books; as if something this dark should not be enjoyed, but I do. Very much." -Loves FAB Romance


"...about building trust and showcase that dominance and submission is a game between lovers and not about abuse." - Booklover101

What Authors are Saying about Tender Mercies:

“Kitty Thomas’s hottest book yet . . . emotionally gripping and painfully real . . . impossible to read and remain untouched.” – Annabel Joseph, author of Owning Wednesday

“Tender Mercies is a heart-rending tale that proves Prince Charming doesn’t always come charging in with a white steed . . . Sometimes it’s just a piece of paper and a platinum collar.” – Claudia D. Christian, author of Devil’s Descent II: Impure

“I have never been more invested in a piece of fiction in my life. Kitty Thomas writes with a passion and purpose so pure she makes her readers live and breathe every word.” – Emma Petersen, author of Reign of Pleasure

“An eerie and disturbing story tempered with compassion and love. I couldn’t put it down.” – Fallon Blake, author of Wrapped Around Your Finger

“Intense and dark. Tender and sweet.” -Nattie Jones, author of The Street Urchin

More dark literary erotica by Kitty Thomas:

Dark Erotic Novels:
Comfort Food
Guilty Pleasures
The Last Girl
Submissive Fairy Tales (latest release---anthology of The Auction, Awakening, and The King's Pleasure)
Big Sky
Mafia Captive

Blood Mate

Erotic Novellas:
The Auction
The King's Pleasure


Note: This work is not 50 Shades of Grey, however, if you enjoy work like 50 Shades of Grey, you may also enjoy Kitty Thomas' dark erotica. 

If you like Kitty Thomas, consider trying some of these other great authors:

CJ Roberts, Tiffany Reisz, Annabel Joseph, Pepper Winters, Anna Zaires, Aleatha Romig, Skye Warren, Cherise Sinclair

Kitty writes dark literary erotica, usually with a kinkymaster/slave theme and a hint of bdsm and captive erotica elements.

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