Erotic magazine The Amorist moves online-only after seven issues in print

Erotic magazine The Amorist has stopped publishing in print seven months after it launched, but will continue as a online-only title.

The monthly magazine, which looked to capitalist on the print audience left behind by the Erotic Review’s transition to digital, has said the current issue will be the last.

According to a letter from publisher James Pembroke to print subscribers, seen by Press Gazette, the title will “continue to publish new articles and stories” online at and in a weekly newsletter.

Pembroke, who also publishes The Oldie magazine, said: “I am writing to let you know that the current issue of the Amorist (issue seven) will be the final edition to be produced.”

He said the magazine had been recently approached by an investor “who showed a very serious interest in rescuing [it]”, but added: “Sadly, he has now decided not to go ahead but we needed to give him every chance.”

The Amorist launched in April, seven years after the Erotic Review went digital, with an intial print-run of 12,000 and a cover price of £4.95.

In an interview with Press Gazette at the launch, editor Rowan Pelling said: “It is more aimed at women and couples whereas the Erotic Review did seem to be a bit boys’ school smut.

“We had a conversation and it just went from there. James [Pembroke] was remarkably quick at finding backing and there does seem to be an appetite for it.”

The Amorist has an editorial team of four, including Pelling, a deputy editor, designer and features editor.


4 thoughts on “Erotic magazine The Amorist moves online-only after seven issues in print”

  1. Boys’ school smut? Not on my watch, Rowan!

    When she said (of The Amorist), “It is more aimed at women and couples whereas the Erotic Review did seem to be a bit boys’ school smut,” Rowan Pelling must have been talking about the Erotic Review under her own editorship Or perhaps she was referring to when her old boss, Felix Dennis, sold ER to the ‘top-shelf boys’.

    Indeed, I am a little confused here: on the ‘About’ page of The Amorist’s website, the following is stated:

    ‘The Erotic Review is known for its puckish humour, wide-ranging reviews, bold artwork, short stories and interrogation of all aspects of sexuality. Many well-known writers, artists and public figures became contributors or appeared in its pages.’ So – maybe not such ‘boys’ school smut’, after all.

    In 2007, three years after ER’s sale by Dennis to the inheritors of the Richard Desmond soft porn empire, I was able to buy it back from them for the same price Rowan bought it for, i.e. £1.00. And since then ER has been publishing anything but ‘boys’ school smut’.

    During this period Erotic Review has been aimed at those who want to be informed about – and entertained by – our take on contemporary human relations as well as sex and sexuality; we also regularly publish great erotic fiction (as evidenced by the huge success of ‘Desire’, an anthology of 100 erotic short stories, chosen by ER and Mariella Frostrup, published by Head of Zeus).

    Our free online magazine is for everybody, whether couples or singles, of any sexuality.

    Jamie Maclean
    Erotic Review

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