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Type of site
"Geek culture" blog
Available in English
Owner Anne C. Perry & Jared Shurin
Created by Various
Editor Anne C. Perry & Jared Shurin
Commercial No
Registration None
Launched 2008
Current status Online

Pornokitsch is a British "geek culture" blog that publishes reviews and news concerning speculative fiction and other genre fiction.


The website, established in 2008, is owned and edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin.[1] Other contributors include authors Becky Chambers, Kuzhali Manickavel, Erin Lindsey, Mahvesh Murad and Molly Tanzer, and previous contributors have included Rebecca Levene, David Bryher, Jesse Bullington, Joey Hi-Fi, Jon Morgan and other sci-fi and speculative fiction writers.[1].

The name of the website, a portmanteau of pornography and kitsch, is due to the "disposable and forgettable" nature of pornography mirroring the general reception of genre fiction, which is often seen as "the kitsch of the literary world".[2][3]

The Kitschies[edit]

From 2009 to 2013, the website organized the annual Kitschies award ceremony for "the year's most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic".[4][5][6] The awards are given in three categories; the "Red Tentacle" for best novel; the "Golden Tentacle" for best début; and the "Inky Tentacle" for best cover art.[5] From 2011 to 2013 it was sponsored by The Kraken Rum, who provide the GB£2,000 prize money and some bottles for prizes.[5] The prize has continued independently of Pornokitsch, and is now sponsored by the booksellers Blackwell UK.[1]

Jurassic London[edit]

Pornokitsch started a small non-profit publisher in 2011 named Jurassic London, commissioning anthologies of original work based around "contemporary, relevant topics".[2][6]


Pornokitsch was shortlisted for the 2011 BSFA Award for Best Non-Fiction and the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine.[7] The site won the 2013 British Fantasy Award for best non-fiction.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Official About page". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Tentacles & Pandemonium: Chatting with Pornokitsch". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  3. ^ Perry, Anne C. (2008-08-21). "Pornokitsch Explained - an explanation of the websites name". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  4. ^ "The Kitschies official site". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  5. ^ a b c Barnett, David (2013-01-18). "The Kitschies: a joyous SF shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  6. ^ a b "A Better Class Of Tentacle: Talking Genre Fiction With The Pornokitsch Crew". SFX. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  7. ^ Scott, Donna (23 January 2012). "BSFA Awards Shortlist Announced". BSFA. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "British Fantasy Society". Retrieved 2013-11-13. 

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