Track 28: BDSM

Welcome to episode twenty-eight of the Mixtape Book Club Podcast.

In this episode, Ellen and Mal welcome back author CBFirestarter to discuss fics involving BDSM (or Bondage, Dominant, Submissive/Sadism, Masochism). Fics include CBFirestarter’s War Wounds, I Wanna Get Outside (Of Me) by emwebb17, Beg Pretty For Me by kittimau, and “Yes, Sir” by Redamber79, among others.

You can find our Mixtape Book Club Ao3 collection here, containing the stories we’ve discussed on the podcast so far.

As always, Mixtape Book Club contains swearing and discussion of adult topics. Please listen at your own discretion, with attention paid to any little ears that might be nearby!

Our Guest – CBFirestarter

You can find all of CB’s Destiel works on AO3 under CBFirestarter.

CB’s other BDSM fics include:

War Wounds by CBFirestarter

Published 2019/20, total 77k words, E

Surviving the war had been one of the hardest things Dean had ever done. Coming home from the war is proving to be even harder. Lost and adrift, he feels like he’s drowning. When he happens upon a horse farm looking for help it might just be the lifeline he’s been looking for.

When Cas meets the new farm hand he sees the same injured look in those eyes he’s seen time and again in the horses he’s rescued. Can he break through to Dean the way he has with his horses? Teach him to trust, to surrender, to connect. Can he break down Dean’s defenses without destroying his own? Maybe with a little hope and a little rope they can find a way through together.

I Wanna Get Outside (Of Me) by emwebb17
Published for DCBB 2015, 143k words, E
Art by esper-aroon

Dean is a novice in the dom/sub world asked by his employer as a desperate last resort to be a sub for his recluse of a brother, Castiel. Castiel is a diagnosed OCD suffering from PTSD and agoraphobia, mysophobia, and dystychiphobia. Needless to say—he’s a mess who hasn’t stepped out of his home in literally seven years. The only times Gabriel can see traces of the way his brother used to be is when he feels in control—specifically when he has control over a sub. However, due to his idiosyncrasies and paranoia, keeping a sub around has been impossible. Enter Dean, who’s not a very traditional submissive, to try his hand at subbing for the hermit.

Beg Pretty For Me by kittimau
Published 2020, 5600 words, E

Team Free Will won, Dean and Cas are in love, and all is right with the world.

         “Cas…” His eyes flutter closed, mind slipping into the warm, pleasant haze of that special place, the one that allows him release, relief. Peace. Heart pounding in his chest, he fights the temptation to touch himself through the delicate material because Cas hasn’t told him to yet and he wants to be good.

          “I want to hear you say it, Dean.”

          “Fuck…” He swallows thickly. “Yeah. I-I feel beautiful.”

“Yes, Sir” by Redamber79
Published 2020, 6015 words, E

Dean’s earned himself a spanking, but keeps losing the count. Cas decides it’s time to up the ante for his punishment.

Other BDSM Fics

Thanks to all our friends in PB Discord for being so generous with recommendations!

Tag analysis

This chart was created by scraping all Castiel/Dean Winchester fic metadata where the tags included either “BDSM” and or “Dom/sub”, then wrangling them to account for differences in the tags (eg the Dom Castiel count includes Dom Castiel, Dom Cas, Dominant Castiel, Dom!Cas, etc).

Mouse over the bars to see which tag it represents. You can click the “Full Screen”button in the bottom right corner to see the full chart. (Ellen is a Tableau novice but enjoying mucking around with it)

Other links

What’s your favorite BDSM fic? Please let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Our intro music is “Angel with a Shotgun” by The Cab, arranged by Ellen 🙂


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