Researching Stories, Or I'm Surprise I Don't Get Spam From Pornhub

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I often joke that considering my Google search history for writing research purposes, the FBI must have a massive file on me. I can't comment on some of my searches since they are far from PG rated. Suffice to say I'm surprised I don't get Pornhub spam in my email box. If you've seen it on Urban Dictionary, I've searched for it, LOL.

I mentioned this topic on Facebook and my friends told me about their bizarre search histories which are research for their fiction. Here are a few:

1. Wetlands (It's not just nature. It's an X rated novel.)
2. What is the best acid to dissolve a human body and how much would you need?
3. Exploding Coffin Syndrome
4. Direct quote from a friend that made me cackle: Anytime I get the urge to date again I search videos for “extreme blowjobs” and I’m like totally cured. That idea goes straight away.
5. How to start a cult
6. How to kill large groups of people with little to no DNA evidence.
7. Animal/human sex
8. Human taxidermy
9. Who is dead – for updating quizzes

Of course, someone commented that responding to my post didn't help. LOL

With Google at my fingertips, there is very little I cannot find online. Any time I have a question or concern about horror, sex, erotic writing, and romance, I go to Google. It does take some doing to separate the wheat from the chaff, but I invariably find what I'm looking for. I used to write for Sexis Magazine and the U. K. publication nuts4chic. My articles ran the gamut of topics from men faking orgasms to hotel sex. I often relied on breaking and weird news stories to inspire my articles. The fallout from these searches has been both infuriating and humorous.

My privacy has been invaded on numerous occasions. I'm sure readers have experienced searching for something on Google – say, lactation fetish – and find their Facebook timelines full of bra ads. Social media spies on us. I find that to be a bit disconcerting but it's a fact of life and I can't avoid it. The purpose of social media is not to help connect us with friends and family but to send our information to advertisers who will spam our email boxes with junk. My Amazon, Google, and Facebook searches and commentary influence the kinds of ads Facebook tosses my way.

I'll continue to conduct my writing research as I see fit. I just have to get used to my inbox being full of spam about erectile dysfunction tablets, the best horror novels of the season, the latest erotica awards, and singles groups for older people. That last one is ironic since I'm happily married and not going to stray. I've added my email to the government's no spam list but they somehow still find me. Despite the annoyance, I will find information I need on a wide variety of erotic and horrific topics that are necessary for my fiction writing. And I'll have fun doing it.


Elizabeth Black writes in a wide variety of genres including erotica, erotic romance, horror, and dark fiction. She lives on the Massachusetts coast with her husband, son, and her three cats. Coming in September, 2019 – her story "The Beautiful Moves in Curves" will appear in "Dangerous Curves Ahead", an anthology of sexy stories about plus-sized women. Also, her horror story "Can You See It?" now appears in The Horror Zine Magazine – Summer 2019 issue. Look for these books at Amazon.

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