The list author says: "This is a pretty short list, because my library is presently "in transit". And, of course, I've made this a heterosexual list, meaning I need to sort out the surprisingly large number of gay books on the subject. It's likely this list will grow as I get more organized."
"WARNING! Having received comments on this one, such as "Maltese channels the Marquis deSade", let me forewarn that if you're not into your heterosexual S&M quite to the nth-degree, then this book, with its detailed and powerhouse Nazi-violent torture-chamber scenes, definitely won't be your variety of whips and chains!"
"Well, I couldn't very well include the Marquis deSade in this list and not the guy responsible for the term "masochism". So, here's the M&S (role-reversal intended) classic by none other than Leopold von Sacher-Masoch."
"Westerners sometimes forget that S&M isn't "just" something we came up with, and this book proves it. Here is a damned fascinating look-see at the nuances of Japanese rope bondage (with some mighty fine illustrations to boot -- pun intended)."