Tentacle Sex: Not So Niche After All By Jayne Lockwood

Greetings and very many thanks to the lovely people at Divine Magazine for supporting the release of my first sci-fi romance novel, Euphoria. Just to be clear, the book isn’t an erotic novel. The genre is sci-fi/fantasy/romance, and tentacle sex is just one facet of the book.

I say “romance” loosely because Euphoria came about after I asked myself this question. Can tentacle sex belong in any book and not be considered niche? I had seen a fair amount of erotic novels involving said appendages, and a lot of it was for a very acquired taste.

It made me think. Could I write a sex scene involving tentacles which didn’t veer into graphic porn? Very soon afterwards, my nonbinary alien, Vardam, was born. They have tentacles in their fingers (six on each hand) which are sheathed until they need to use them (for hunting and gathering, restraining evil CEO’s, seducing recalcitrant scientists, education…) Vardam also has other lovely qualities, but this post is all about the tentacles.

After some digging, I discovered that people seem to be genuinely intrigued by them. The thought of willingly subjecting oneself to a myriad of gentle sensations, waking each nerve ending, bringing your whole body to life; it’s not too much of a stretch to see the appeal. That’s effectively what Vardam wants to do with Kurt. Bring him back to life and open his eyes to sensation, pleasure and beauty. Make him feel in the same way they have experienced since their arrival on Earth. 

For those of you not convinced by appeal of tentacles, consider this. Being cradled and/or restrained hints at kinbaku (Japanese rope bondage.) There can be beauty and grace in all forms of sexual acts, and tentacles are no exception. Once you think of the growing appeal of BDSM, it all begins to make more sense. Euphoria isn’t about BDSM, far from it, but to understand the appeal of tentacles, it helps to make that analogy. Vardam’s tentacles are warm and silken with added luminescence. They are also incredibly strong. Each one can carry the weight of a grown man, yet for the most part they remain hidden as Vardam is reluctant to reveal all their secrets until they have to.

Finally, In Euphoria, Kurt is afraid of showing love. He’s so buttoned up, he has shut out his teenaged daughter and ruined his marriage, yet inside he’s craving the affection he was denied as a child. When Vardam arrives, they are not afraid of anything. They sense his pain and want to soothe it, and the tentacles play a big part in getting what they want. Yet in the end, it isn’t about coercion or submission, it’s about two beings reaching out to each other for love and nurturing, and whether it be with tentacles or ropes or just hands and words, there’s nothing niche about that.

It’s human nature, even for some extra-terrestrials.


FUN FACT! Euphoria was never actually meant to see the light of day, but I couldn’t resist showing it to a friend. (“Read this. If it ever got out it would end my writing career. Enjoy….”) The rest is …. (fill in the blanks.)

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It might take the arrival of an alien being to remind an isolated man what it means to be human.

With a stressful job, his boss breathing down his neck for profitable results, and an estranged wife and daughter, scientist Kurt Lomax doesn’t think life can get much harder. Until a nonbinary extraterrestrial with an otherworldly beauty, captivating elegance, and a wicked sense of humor inconveniently shows up at his apartment.

Vardam watched the destruction of their own world, and they don’t want to see the same thing happen on Earth. They are lonely, and feelings soon develop between them and the supposedly straight scientist—feelings Kurt reciprocates, much to his confusion.

The arrival of cheery interpreter Tom Soames—whose Goth appearance belies a gentle heart—is like a ray of sunshine in the somber lab. He acts as matchmaker for man and tentacled extraterrestrial, unwittingly instigating a national crisis when the news breaks out.

But will a misunderstanding ruin Kurt and Vardam’s chances for happiness together—along with the hope for peace between humanity and the Var?

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About the Author 

Jayne Lockwood has always wanted to learn to fly. Spending free time honing her Peter Pan skills on an aerial hoop, she also creates flights of fancy in her books, mingling sex and romance with angst and a healthy dash of dark humor.

Since she was a small child, Jayne has always sympathized with the villain. It all began with Alice Cooper, even though she was banned from listening to his music by her mother. From wanting to sail away with Captain Hook or redeeming the Child Catcher, the antihero has been an enduring fascination ever since.

Jayne is an outwardly respectable member of an English village community. She also is one of the founder members of WROTE podcast, which is dedicated to showcasing LGBTQA authors and their work, and now writes book reviews as well as diverse fiction.

She is also in a sub/Dom relationship with a cat called Keith.


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