I'd promised my editor a funny piece about the people who write and read romantic fiction, but what I found wasn't a joke.
The struggles of being a first-time author trying to stitch together a publicity tour for a book published by a small press.
"I Breastfeed My Dad", "Lover Paid Thugs £50 to Burn Me Alive", "SOS! Psycho in Our Flowerbed!"
Following 2014's "EroticaGate", sex-with-monsters books are still going strong.
We talked to founders Julia Scheele and Sarah Broadman about their Riot Grrrl revival zine, Double Dare Ya, and took a look at some of its artwork.
As the mag announces its closure after 18 years, an ex-staffer remembers her time there in all its perverse glory.
Or is it just an excuse to flog more trashy celeb autobiographies at Christmas?