Adults Only

Edited by Joanne Hichens
Fiction Erotica
July 2014


Welcome to Adults Only, a collection of stories of love, lust, sex and sensuality. Within these pages lies a wonderful range of modern sex writing: stories that are raw, dangerous and powerful, as well as those that are delicate, sensitive and poignant; provocative stories that titillate the senses, as well as perverse stories that are riotously funny. Erotica, tragedy, comedy, drama (but not quite pornography). An anthology from established authors and rising talents, Adults Only is South African short-story writing at its best.

• Winner of the 2016 NIHSS Edited Fiction Volume Award

• Winner of the BooksLIVE Top Fiction Book of 2014

Adults Only is the second Short.Sharp.Stories annual anthology, produced in conjunction with the National Arts Festival. The judging panel consisted of Heather Parker Lewis, Helen Moffett and Zukiswa Wanner. See


Editor of Adults Only, Joanne Hichens is the curator of the Short.Sharp.Stories awards. She is also an author, editor, blogger and creative writing teacher. Her novel Divine Justice, featuring PI Rae Valentine, was named a Top Ten Killer Thriller by the Sunday Times and a Top Ten LitNet Read for 2011. The follow-up title Sweet Paradise was published in 2016


"The book is a gem. Adults Only is a nuanced, sensitive and intelligent collection of fine stories that stimulate in the broadest sense, representing a wide range of erotic engagement. The best of them nudge the reader to a deep introspection of his or her own encounters with love and lust." – Liesl Jobson, Business Day

"4 STARS. There's something weirdly comforting and delightful about these erotic shorts… Plenty of genres are explored – from magic realism to horror – and the stories are more than just titillating; they celebrate our differences and our fetishes." – Jennifer Platt, Sunday Times

"An amazing and varied, brave and creative collection of stories’– Heather Parker Lewis

"Wonderful short stories." – Karin Schimke, Cape Times

"Whatever you’re looking for – filth, fantasy, tenderness, suspense or a grand belly laugh – you’ll find it here." – Helena S. Paige

"Hats off to the editor and all the authors for their daring explorations of the minefields of sexualities… Every reader will find something to please or disturb them… Adults Only is a fascinating read which showcases the diversity, audacity and vibrancy of South African fiction." – Karina Magdalena Szczurek, Cape Times

"A collection of stories filled with lust, laughter and delight… When I first received my copy, I thought it would be your average so-called erotic fiction novel that tries to sell itself with sex.  Boy, was I wrong… I definitely recommend that you pick up a copy." – Women24

"Erotica at its best… sex writing in South Africa has come out of the closet." – Brian Joss, Cape Community Newspapers 

Winner of the 2016 NIHSS Edited Fiction Volume Award

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