Penthouse, Cleis Press Strike Publishing Deal

Rhett Pardon

NEW YORK — FriendFinder Networks' Penthouse division and Cleis Press announced today that they have struck a deal to collaborate and publish the new Penthouse Variations On series.

The Penthouse Variations On line will feature six co-branded collections of erotica, with each collection centered around a specific theme. The first title will be Penthouse Variations On Oral, a compilation of provocative pieces of fiction.

Cleis Press has published sexuality guides and fiction since its founding in 1980 and has earned a reputation for literary erotica that especially appeals to female readers. Its core authors include Tristan Taormino, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Violet Blue, Kristina Wright and Delilah Devlin.

For decades, Penthouse has published Variations, dedicated to written fantasies on girl-on-girl, BDSM and ménage à trois.

"We are excited by this opportunity to expand the readerships of both Cleis and Penthouse in this fresh cross-pollination of sex-positive culture," Cleis Press co-founder Felice Newman said. "Together, we plan to develop a unique series that will take the erotica market by storm.”

Penthouse Variations On series will be distributed by Publishers Group West.