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New Lovers 9: Fantasian

by Larissa Pham



“An erotic thriller [and] a meditation on power and the self”

—Adalena Kavanagh, Electric Literature

"What makes Fantasian smarter than most erotica is that it doesn't try to convince you that these orgasms are The Best Orgasms of All Time"

—Christine Smallwood, Bookforum

“An antidote to the comparative ocean of mass-produced and self-published smut”

—Anna Fitzpatrick, ELLE Magazine

"Fires, sex, desire, murder, and the loss and creation of “the self” are the building blocks of this breezy, dark novella...and at the end of it we’re flustered, looking back at someone we don’t quite recognize"

—Rebekah Kirkman, Baltimore City Paper

"I began having better sex in the weeks I read and reread Larissa Pham’s debut novel, Fantasian, and if there is any justification for spending money on literature, that’s got to be at the top of the list"

—Ben Fama, BOMB Magazine

A young Asian woman's life at Yale takes a dizzying turn when she meets Dolores—her doppelgänger—at a party. As they begin to merge into each other’s social and sexual worlds, it becomes impossible to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. When Dolores' boyfriend and his twin brother enter into this pas de deux, identities and couplings spin off into a sinister and perverse web of illusions. Fantasian is Single White Female for the dawn of a new sexual fluidity.

Fantasian by Larissa Pham is one of the New Lovers, a series of short erotic fiction published by Badlands Unlimited. Inspired by Maurice Girodias’ legendary Olympia Press, New Lovers features the raw and uncut writings of authors new to the erotic romance genre. Each story has its own unique take on relationships, intimacy, and sex, as well as the complexities that bedevil contemporary life and culture today.

Each novella in the New Lovers series is an independent story of about 12,000 – 18,000 words in length. Fantasian weaves a complex web of desire, obsession, and deception that goes deep into the mind games of college couplings.

The design of New Lovers pays homage to the classic covers of the books published by Olympia Press. The “soft-touch” lamination and embossed lettering on the front covers of the paperback editions make these novellas a precious edition to any library. Both paperback and ebook editions feature special color endpaper artworks by Paul Chan.


ISBN: 978-1-936440-09-2

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-943263-04-2

120 pages

4.5" x 7"


Larissa Pham

Larissa Pham is a writer living in Brooklyn. She has written for Adult, Guernica, The Nation and Nerve. Pham studied painting and art history at Yale University.... more