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21. Dark Thirst
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40. I Shudder at Your Touch: 22 Tales

21. Dark Thirst
by Omar Tyree, Donna Hill, Monica Jackson, Kevin S. Brockenbrough, Linda Addison
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Asin: 0743496663
Catlog: Book (2004-10-05)
Publisher: Pocket
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A haunting anthology of vampire fiction -- one that brings a colorful new dimension to one of the world's most erotic and enduring myths.



writing as The Urban Griot

The Old South falls prey to a handsome young vampire with a real taste for the ladies. Love at first bite never hurt so good.


The mafia is no match for the wicked charms of a beautiful young vampire once she's let loose on the New York City streets.


Can a pair of fangs help a sister burn more calories? A full-figured woman goes on a thirst-quenching search for the perfect low-carb diet.


It's a matter of life and the living dead for a half-vampire whose greatest wish is to save lives...and become human again.


A sensuous vampire thirsts for something more...but can she find it without getting a dagger in her own heart?


A vengeful vampire pushes one woman to the edge, unaware that her family secret gives her the power to fight back.

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22. Bound in Blood: The Erotic Journey of a Vampire
by David Thomas Lord
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars New Millenium Vampire
I read most of these other reviews before I read BOUND IN BLOOD. I'm glad I did. It was because of the weak reviews that I picked it up.

The book's a shocker.

For many year's we've been treated to humanized vampires who have retained their human emotions and with them cluttering displays of pathos and bathos. David Thomas Lord did none of that. His vampire, Jean-Luc, is the second most evil monster I've ever come across. His mother, Noel, comes in first!

This novel comes closer to true art than any horror novel ever has, and it's his first book! Horror literature! Who'd have thought it! If it is to become a series (as was hinted at), I can't wait.

In a time when horror has become either splatter-punk, gangsta nonsense or simply horrified romance novels, BOUND IN BLOOD soars above the pack. Lord's characters, notably Jack, Noel, Claude and Laura, are timeless. Their commentaries on the mortal world around them are bitingly true and murderously satiric.

Lord's prose is absolutely top-notch. No contemporary horror writer can touch him. The book is a marvel of information. Lessons on art, music, theater and fashion only add dimension to the underlying story of betrayal and revenge between lovers and between mother and son.

It is a violent book. Violence in the most cruel and most surprising ways. It is full of sex too. Some readers may not be up for the amount of sex and violence in this book. But it's not gratuitous. Jack lures his victims with his sexuality. Or, perhaps, with theirs. As for the violence? Well, it's a horror story involving a creature who drinks the blood of mortals. He's not Mary Poppins, or for that matter, Lestat.

I've been a lifelong fan of horror stories and horror writers. David Thomas Lord has more than justified my addiction. I only wish that there were more stars to give this guy.

5-0 out of 5 stars SHARP & BITING
David Thomas Lord does a sensational job on his debut novel. Sexy and violent, it's the best vampire book I've read in many, many years. The central character, the vampire Jack, is a cold-hearted monster, a handsome sex-machine and also glib and witty. Unlike the current vogue of humanizing vampires, Lord unleashes a true monster on the mean streets of New York City, one without pity and remorse. It's great to see that somebody remembered what vampires were supposed to be about! While tearing down some of the overused elements of the traditional vampire legend, Lord creates lots of new lore and new ways of looking at vampires. Alternately sexy, funny and horrifying, you'll want to keep the lights on for this one. I've heard that it's the first in a series. Can't wait for his new one! If you like your horror hot and chilling, you'll want to read this one too.

4-0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS THE SEQUEL
I loved this book.. I don't have anything bad to say about it.. The end did make me stress a bit.. but It will all be okay if there is a Sequel.. and I've HEARD it's out of print already.. but it was only just released.. which irritates me..
I encourage anyone to read this book who's in for a good 'gay' vampire story... it hot, and a great read that keeps you interested.. He's a different 'more hip' version of Lestat..
I WANT THE SEQUEL.. I hate that I can't know what happens next..

2-0 out of 5 stars Where's the sex and action???
This book would fall into the same category as many movies I have seen. It COULD had been a great book if they just would have developed it more and gave more detail into the parts people want to read. For on thing, the author spends 2 pages, max, describing what is suppose to be an erotic "kiss of death" from the vampire yet spends half a chapter describing some theater in the book. Let's be real people! I bought this book to be scared, intrigued, and turned on. Not to get tips on home decor'.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great til the end...
I picked up this book in anticipation of a long plane trip. I was completely enthralled in the book, loved the characters, the plot, everything. Until I read the last two chapters. I had been rooting for "Jack" (the vampiristic protagonist) and Claude (the one who seemed like a perfect lifetime partner for Jack) throughout the whole book. Unfortunately, Jack's untimely demise hit me about like the book hit the far wall of the room only seconds later. I would still buy and read the next book, if indeed this turns out to be series, if nothing else, only to see what happens next.

Bound in Blood is a wonderfully written book. Even the ending is well-written. It just didn't follow the story-line that I wanted it to follow. This is not the Author's fault by any means, but I feel that the ending may hinder one's enjoyment of the completion of the story. Just be forewarned... ... Read more

23. The Sex Virus
by Darrell Bain
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A clandestine society, financed by a billionaire, has created a new infectious virus capable of inserting genes which determine the way individuals feel about sex. The FBI and CDC have been targeted first, in hopes that infected personnel will hamper any investigation. The virus spreads rapidly, but its effects are not noticed by individuals to begin with-and when discovered, the change in sexual attitudes is not recognized as something induced into the body from an outside source. When an FBI investigator finally does suspect that something unusual is going on, the Center for Disease Control is contacted and brought into the investigation. It is quickly discovered that indeed a virus capable of changing sexual attitudes is spreading over the world. While the FBI and CDC are racing to discover the originators of the virus and to create a cure or vaccine, the investigation is hampered by the fact that the agents themselves are becoming infected. The men and women trying desperately to stop the sex virus have to cope with their own changed attitudes and hope the virus can be stopped before society is irrevocably changed. And it may already be too late. ... Read more

24. Love in Vein II : Eighteen More Tales of Vampiric Erotica
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Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
Publisher: Eos
Sales Rank: 151613
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars An okay vampire anthology
Firstly, the book wasn't bad, but it wasn't exceptional either. Its claim of being "erotic" are a little premature. Sure, some of the stories are sexy, but not too many are erotic, and some are just borderline crude (as in bad sex crude, not stimulating crude). I even had to skip over one story (but I came back to it eventually) because it was just that bad.

There are some exceptional stories in the book such as Gaiman's short story and Brian Hodge's novella The Dripping of Sundered Wineskin, but most of the stories are only mediocre, and while they're not completely horrible, they're nothing to call home about. If you collect vampire stories as I do, then this isn't a bad addition to the collection, but if you're looking for good vampire erotica, I suggest looking elsewhere.

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely spine-tingling, not as erotic as expected
Brite has done an excellent job of collecting a number of vampire and vampire-like short stories to keep readers both entertained and thinking. I especially enjoyed the "Sundered Wineskins" story, which made me think about the nature of God and worship. (Plus, that short story tied in with a short story by the same author in the original "Love in Vein" collection -- how clever!) Not all the stories were as enjoyable; "Dusting the Flowers," for example, was a turn-off and made little sense, since we never got to see precisely what motivated the characters. I did expect more sex, but on the other hand, the physical sensuousness, in its broader term, was there in abundance. Overall an enjoyable book.

3-0 out of 5 stars 5 + 1 / 2 = 3 stars
All of the stories in this collection are highly original, which is rare when it comes to the hackneyed subject of vampires. I loved approximately half of the stories in this anthology. The other half was a bit too much, too taboo for my tastes.

3-0 out of 5 stars Stronger collection than the first Love in Vein anthology
After reading Love in Vein, I approached Love in Vein II with trepidation. I was pleased to find that this was a collection of strong, imaginative stories. A few of the stories weren't really my taste, but they were all well written.

I do have to say that while the stories were almost always about sex in one way or another, I only found a couple slightly erotic. In fact several of the stories are not suited for the squemish -- or the less open-minded.

Ignoring the lack of erotica, the collection was quite strong. The opening story, in particular, was brilliant. I won't give the plot away, but it was a clever re-telling of a classic story.

If you like vampire stories and you are willing to stretch your definition of 'vampire' you'll probably enjoy these short stories, but don't expect a 'can't put it down' read.

5-0 out of 5 stars for the dark tortured soul that has everything
there is no need to buy you candles or other instruments of torture for you fear the daylight itself. for the dark & tortured soul who swears he/she has everything, you may wish to give them one of the love in vein books. my suggestion is to not give them anything sweet or easy on the eyes so why not start here? the 2nd volume of love in vein isn't something that you'll want to read & treasure forever but i think you just might need to check it out nevertheless. note of warning: this is a light-hearted read & i certainly don't recommend this book for young readers. love in vein is graphic, disturbing, & often explicit unlike goosebumps novels written by stine. now that we've addressed that, you should have a helluva time reading about the dark souls(even darker than ones we know) who do things which will definately constrict your throat. if anne rice is simply not as morose as you'd like, then these 18 fiendish tales of vampire erotica may very well satisfy your appetite. there are no tales here unfortunately written by the goddess of doom herself but she did carefully select some of the greatest works by other freakish writers who dare to illustrate worlds we've never visited before & should hope to never visit again. the characters here are far more punk than anything anne rice has ever written & many stories should leave you feeling a slight bit puzzled or a little light-headed as if our own blood were slowly being drained. great bedtime stories for couples if you are a couple of ghouls. unpleasant dreams!! ... Read more

25. Superheroes: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell
by Nigel Suckling, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell
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Asin: 1560253398
Catlog: Book (2001-10-10)
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
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Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Superheroes is a collection of awe-inspiring original artwork created by husband and wife team Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. Along with using a classic sense of style to create and master sensuous full color oil paintings, Boris Vallejo is best known as the visual creator of Conan the Barbarian. Combining strength with sensuality and infusing the human form with incredible power and motion, fantasy artist Julie Bell continues to use her metal flesh trademark to produce dramatic works of art. This collection overflows with superhuman characters captured in the act of saving the world, destroying evil protagonists and battling dark beasts. Featuring fantastic figures such as Spiderman, Captain America, and the X-Men, these paintings represent the best of Boris and Julie. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars dems r sum peerty pictures
90% of Julie's work is stunning. 60% of Boris's work is stunning. By far, Julie is the better artist. Turn to any page and if there is a beautiful picture on it, chances are Julie did it. If the picture looks odd like the person's face or body being deformed, chances are Boris did it. They both have their share of throw away paintings. Some of them are down right terrible. But when they get it right it really is a feast for the eyes. One downfall for this book is the information on the comic characters. Why does it say Storm has gray skin? Like time I checked she was African American and they don't have gray skin. There are a ton of mistakes on the characters but it doesn't really matter since the paintings are why you're buying the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Art, Bad Text....
Superheroes (Titled "Titans" in it's hardcover printing) mainly covers the art Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell produced for the Marvel Masterworks trasing card series in the mid-80's, with a few covers and misc. art thrown in for good measure. While it's nice to see the art at a larger size, the limited variety of poses gets old after a while. Boris and Julie use each other as models, so most of the faces look alike; The ones that don't look like them are based on bodybuilders, so the female characters have a very hard look to them, facially speaking. The colors are gorgeous, though. The real problem with the book is the text, by Nigel Suckling, who manages to live up to the first syllable of his last name. The book is riddled with spelling errors (Ogum, instead of Ogun), characters have the wrong names attatched to their paintings (Mariko and Yukio's names are transposed, as well as Yukio being called by the wrong name). The text passages show that Suckling didn't bother to get more than a passing familiarity with the comic characters; He describes Spider-Man as being bumbling...? His passages about Boris & Julie's views on time-travel & Geography are hilariously bad.
Superheroes is a nice book for fans of Boris & Julie; I would have liked more information on their techniques, and their opinions of the pieces, though. Anything to save me from Suckling's turgid prose....

4-0 out of 5 stars Liked Julie, not so struck on Boris
The artwork, featured on a very popular series of Marvel trading cards, is powerful and brings a certain amount of realism to our favourite comic book heroes. The problem is, some heroes benefit from a more realistic look, while stylised characters such as the Hulk, tend to look a bit silly in such glorified detail. I tended to prefer Julie's style, more in proportion and more recognisable. The text describes Boris and Julie's relationship and their approach to their art, no doubt of interest to the budding artist but a bit dull for the average reader. However, all in all a powerful and exciting set of super hero artworks. ... Read more

26. KISS AND KILL HOT BLOOD VIII (The Hot Blood Series , No 8)
by Jeff Gelb
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Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good So Far
Well, I've read a good deal of the stories in this book, and I have to say, over all they are decent. Not as good as Fatal Attractions (book XI), but still decent. The best story so far was deffinatly "Route 666" and coming in second is "One More Notch." The worst so far are "The Heroine" and "Death Fetish."
I recomend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to get your blood boiling!
...P>Graham Masterton's HEROINE gets this anthology off to a bang with a chilling and powerful story of one woman's strength. Cliff wonders how Anne can be in two places at once but is so thrilled just to be with her he doesn't question her sudden appearances in his room. As her sexual demands get fiercer and more dangerous he realizes all isn't as it appears. The ending is shocking and moving.

In Deidre Cox's PLAYERS a woman betrayed by her man seeks out a "filth eater" to cleanse this cheating slime ball of his hurting ways. It's a wonderfully nasty tale of ultimate revenge.

The Healing Touch by Terry Campbell is reminiscent of the wonderfully wicked GEEK LOVE by Katherine Dunn. It tells the story of a woman with so deep a compassion for the afflicted she goes to amazing lengths to make them feel better. She sees beauty where others see only deformities. Ultimately her compassion gets out of hand and her need to be needed causes her to do a very terrifying thing.

Grieving over the loss of his wife a man longs to have just ONE LAST TIME with his beloved in Michael Garrett's touching story of eternal love. This one's a tear jerker, at least for me, anyway.

Nancy Holder ends things on a most repulsive note with BONUS NOTCHES. This is the tale of two bored housewives who go to frightening lengths to out do each other. What begins as a simple game of sexual one-upmanship takes a darkly dangerous turn as the stakes are continually raised. Frightening, dark and dirty ~ what more could you want?

Other contributors include: Brian Hodge, Graham Watkins, Thomas Roche, Rex Miller, Lynn Gauger, John B. Rosenman, Max Allan Collins, T. Diane Slatton, Ray Garton, Michael Garrett, Gary Brander, Thomas Tessier, and O'Neil De Noux.

In a collection of this size I'm sure readers will find some of the stories ho-hum, or predictable, some nothing to get all hot and bothered about and long time horror fans might spot a cliché or two but the good far out weigh the mediocre. Several of the stories are not only powerful but also very moving, some are surprisingly touching and there are even a few lighthearted stories (well, as lighthearted as horror gets). Overall it's a great mix that works for me and definitely delivers what it promises on the blurb.

4-0 out of 5 stars IT JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER!

4-0 out of 5 stars Hot Fun!
Erotic, yes? Shocking? er...somewhat... Fun? definitely! If you like horror erotica, you'll enjoy this juicy little book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sizzling, Erotic, Deadly!
The HOT BLOOD series should be on the bookshelf of every self-proclaimed erotic horror fan. Every book promises erotic delights, spiced up with some good old-fashioned sex and even some new-fashioned sex to boot. :) Some of the stories in this latest entry are down and out gorefests, while others are more erotically suspenseful. While not as up-to-standards as some of the others in the series (though I would argue that none of the books past the original trilogy can ever match the power of the original Hot, Hotter and Hottest Blood novels), the stories within are nonetheless compelling and a definite turn-on. Perhaps that's one of the hallmarks of this long-lived series Gelb and Garrett -- no story reads like any other one. Some have been published in porn magazines and others are totally new. But all share the same diabolically evil goal -- to get you hot, bothered, turned-on...and scared out of your wits. Don't miss out.... ... Read more

27. Shudder Again: 22 Tales of Sex and Horror
by Michele Slung
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Catlog: Book (1995-01-01)
Publisher: Roc
Sales Rank: 658385
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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A sequel to the anthology Locus deemed, "the best gathering of such stories ever," and Playboy called, "a home-alone, lock-the-doors, turn-on-all-the-lights collection of deliciously perverse tales." A mixture of sex and horror stories from authors including Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Nancy A. Collins. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Go Buy This Anthology
Go buy this anthology. Stories are superb. You will not be disappointed. I've read it like a year back, but some of them (Ballard's, Ligotti's) haunt me still.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not quite as erotic as I'd hoped for.
While several of the stories were very interesting, only 2 or 3 of them were what can truly be labeled as "erotica".

4-0 out of 5 stars Startlingly Horrific Short Stories
This volume contains one of the most terrifying short stories I have ever read: Ramsey Campbell's "Again." I defy anyone to read this story and not have their night's sleep disturbed. ... Read more

28. Climax: An Erotic Thriller and a Sizzling Romance
by Jacqueline DeGroot
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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An obsessed psychiatrist falls in love with a beautiful woman and her infant child. In order to secure their future together he selectively kills some of his patients. The detective who stumbles onto the case falls in love with her, too. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Spider Web
Jacqueline is an exciting writer; her book has it all; suspense; mystery; sex; romance. Looking forward to many more from a talented writer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Climax--True to Its name
Excellent work by this author. Having bought my autographed copy of the book at Sunset Beach, NC (where some of the book takes place) made it even sweeter to me that it was a worthwhile read. I highly recommend it for maintaining a high leve of intrigue.

5-0 out of 5 stars Climax: Jack DeGroot
I highly recommend reading this book. It was very interesting, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I vacation at Sunset Beach, NC every summer so that made the book more interesting for me. I think Jack is a very talented writer. The characters in the book were all very strong.

Highly recommend this book to all!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
A great book. A real thriller. Sexy! This book was hard to put down and walk away from. This could really happen in life. I've been to Sunset Beach and reading this book made me feel like I was there all over again. I can't wait until she writes another book! ... Read more

29. Suicide Casanova
by Arthur Nersesian
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-15)
Publisher: Akashic Books
Sales Rank: 134889
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"Sick, depraved, and heartbreaking-in other words, a great read, a great book. Suicide Casanova is erotic noir and Nersesian's hard-boiled prose comes at you like a jailhouse confession."-Jonathan Ames, author of The Extra Man

Arthur Nersesian is the bestselling cult author of The Fuck-Up, Chinese Takeout, Manhattan Is a Loverboy and dogrun. The former managing editor of the Portable Lower East Side, he currently lives in New York City.

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by Jeff Gelb, Michael Garrett
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Pocket
Sales Rank: 161741
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This ninth installment in the Hot Blood series shows no sign of flagging imagination on the part of the contributors--not surprisingly, because the concept of erotic horror encompasses everything dark and sensual that can happen between two beings (human or otherwise). In fact, in a time when only a few original (or mostly original) anthologies are published each year, Jeff Gelb's and Michael Garrett's has become one to bank on. The 13 stories in Crimes of Passion include three reprints (all from relatively obscure publications such as The Ontario Review) and 11 original tales, by such authors as Ramsey Campbell, Greg Kihn, Lawrence Block, Brian Hodge, Brian Lumley, Tom Piccirilli, and Joyce Carol Oates. There's not a bad story in the bunch, and several are strikingly effective--such as Kihn's acid-tripping nightmare in late '60s San Francisco, Hodge's Bram-Stoker-nominated tale about a woman who dives so far into submissive prostitution she seems to break through into an alternate reality, and Oates's superb portrait of a promiscuous drifter on a mission from God. --Fiona Webster ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Erotic horror so good it's criminal!
Hot Blood: Stranger By Night is Gelb and Garrett's 9th book in the Hot Blood series, but it is by no means stale, or stories you've read before. Where most of the other Hot Blood books sample a variety of erotic horror, this volume leans more towards crime mixed with sex and violence, and probably served as a model for the current Flesh and Blood series.

This volume sports stories from such noted authors as Brian Lumley (Necros), Mike W. Barr (A Real Woman), Jeff Gelb (Tricks or Treat), and Ramsey Campbell (The Limits of Fantasy).

So if you feel like an demonic roller coaster ride into the nights and lows of human depravity, if you want a sexual charge on the way, then get in line to ride the Hot Blood: Crimes of Passion express.

5-0 out of 5 stars I couldn't wait for this one!
I have read all of the books in this series. However, I was "dying" to read this one, specifically because of Greg Kihn's and Brian Lumley's stories. Kihn mixes horror, erotica and the Summer of Love in the Haight perfectly for his freaky concoction. Brian Lumley did not disappoint either. I can always see what he has written, and he never fails to give me the chills. Of the others: the longer stories will entice you along with a lump in your throat and the shorter ones will surprise you with their twisted endings. A must read for fans of the series (no arm twisting here), and a good one for "beginners". Enjoy. ... Read more

31. Darkness Bound
by Larry Brooks
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Onyx Books
Sales Rank: 127992
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Bound In Pleasure

Two strangers meet. A woman without inhibitions...a man without limits...for a private game between two consenting adults...

Bound In Pain

They indulge every secret fantasy. But one of them has a secret yet to be shared...

Bound In Darkness

Now the real games are about to begin...

Darkness Bound

The Thriller Everyone Will Be Reading.

The Thriller Everyone Will Be Talking About.

The Thriller That Taps Into A Deep Well Of Erotic Obsession, Sexual Betrayal, Madness And Murder.

The Thriller That Goes All The Way...

Darkness Bound
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very fine debut
How could anyone not pick up this book just based on the cover? It is what caught my eye immediately! Fortunately the inside of the book is just as tantilizing as the outside. Larry Brooks has created a world that could just as easily happen to the average Joe, which is the really scary part. Dillon and his wife, Karen have separated. What looks like a chance meeting in a department store between Dillon and the Dark Lady is really something else, and as Dillon's obsession grows for this 'perfect' fantasy gal, the murder happens. The Dark Lady's husband is found dead and Dillon finds himself set up. You will find yourself easily caught up in the twists and turns as Dillon struggles to find a way out of the web the Dark Lady has spun.

All in all- a great read!

Thanks for reading :) **Pandora

4-0 out of 5 stars Be Careful: You just might get it!
Larry Brooks' DARKNESS BOUND could just have easily been called DARK PASSAGE. It is a wonderfully engrossing book. The story takes place in Seattle. The protagonist Dillon Masters has it all: he is movie star handsome, has a beautiful wife, a glamorous job and is the envy of friends and coworkers alike. But all is not right in Dillon's world. Dillon's beautiful wife wants Dillon out of the house so that she can find herself. Exit a sulking Dillon who takes up what he hopes to be a temporary residence at a Residence Inn. Poor Dillon! The last thing Dillon wants to deal with is his crumbling marriage. A day or two later after a rather defining encounter with his wife Karen, Dillon is taking a walk through Nordstrom's, thinking about his marriage when someone catches his eye. ' The woman was so beautiful that it hurt to look at her. She was the Dark Lady, and she was perfect'. A fix to take away the pain of the breakup? ' This was a woman...out of his league. A woman with the promise of a very palpable and unmanageable danger...An evil woman, in a way that men have found irresistible...who acted and dressed the lure the attention of her prey. The realization gave him an incredible amount of satisfaction, the private pleasure that he'd never been able to satisfactorily explain and that no woman in his life had ever understood'. Thus starts Dillon's dark passage into the nether world of sexual fantasy and deviation, murder and betrayal. You read that description of the Dark Lady and you want to say to Dillon: ' be careful of what you ask for because you just might get it'. And while he gets the Dark Lady, the unattainable woman of his darkest dreams, a woman who shares his sexual predilections, he almost doesn't get it. So much of how we see the world is in our heads. As I heard a troubled woman say once: 'My mind is like a gang infested neighborhood. I dare not go there by myself'. When Dillon finally realizes this truth he gives himself a chance agaist the minions of the Dark Lady. Dillon's roller coaster ride has enough twists and turns to keep the most casual reader of mystery fare on the edge of her seat; and, enough tension and drama to keep even the most experienced mystery buff riveted. And just when you think that Dillon is becoming a cliché, the author puts his novel into another gear; and off we go again.

DARKNESS BOUND was well edited and researched and reflects the author's eclectic background. The character development of the main actors was good to excellent. The dialogue was crisp, delightful and intelligent...except at the end when folks started talking too much while holding other folks at bay with loaded pistols in their hands. I have never believed in the TV version of soliloquy when you have the drop on someone. Still it is a vehicle that authors since Shakespeare have used to tie up lose ends; and, it almost works here. Larry Brooks is an excellent writer. I am anxious to read his next outing.

3-0 out of 5 stars So so.
Not one of my favorites. Not too erotic, not too thrilling. The first half of the book is much better than the the rest of it as the plot grows confusing and lost in details and in police investigation's procedures.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome thriller..IT IS NOT AN EROTIC NOVEL
Although this novel has some erotic elements in it, I would classify it as a thriller. And a very good one for that! You will find yourself unable to stop reading this fast paced novel with a masterfully crafted plot and events happening at great speed.

I followed this reading with Pressure points which is not nearly as good, but as for Darkness Bound I would say it is one of the finest first novels I have read in the last years.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great first novel. A thriller with some good twists.
Dillion's wife just asked him to move out claiming the need to find herself. So he moves into a hotel and begins contemplating their marriage. Dillion has dark fantasies his wife couldn't or wouldn't indulge him on and he wants a dream fantasy.

He begins an affair with a dark lady who promises fantasies can come true but he never expected the consequences and actions that follows his dark lady encounters.

There are twists and turns in this book and you will be surprised by a few of them in the end. Read the book a wonderful first book by Larry Brooks. He has a relaxed writing style that I enjoy reading and developes his characters nicely. His characters have some hidden depths that you discover along the way.

Take note there is action in this book but I found it to be very psychological. He really does get into the main characters head.

I gave this book a three because I enjoyed reading it but I can say the last few chapters dragged. All in all I will read the next book Pressure Points and already read Serpents Dance. This was a fast pace enjoyable read. ... Read more

32. The Marquis De Sade: The Complete Justine Philosophy in the Bedroom and Other Writings
by Marquis De Sade
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5-0 out of 5 stars as shocking today as 200+ years ago
"Philosophy In the Bedroom" is probably the goriest, most sexually graphic thing I've ever read, yet strangely arousing, I was actually putting myself in Eugenie's place at some moments. In an age were we are bombarded with sexual innuendo all day every day, Sade figuratively shoves our faces in it and blasts away every taboo possible. No wonder this caused such a stir in the late 1700's; it's amazing Sade wasn't burned at the stake, but he is proven immortal because his shocking stories are still titilating readers' true carnal natures centuries later. This book should rightfully be seen as a classic, while it was once the most forbidden pornography. It's still pornography, but porography that tells some philosophical truths about unrestrained human nature. If you are not squeamish, religious, or faint of heart, I recommend it. ... Read more

33. Of Elves and Vampires: Trinity's Mark
by Ella Scopilo
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34. Serpent's Dance
by Larry Brooks
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Find him. Seduce him.
Make him pay.

When Bernadette Kane investigates her sister's suspicious death, she falls into an erotically charged relationship-with her sister's mysterious lover. He's rich, powerful, and possibly guilty of murder. But has Bernadette stumbled upon the perfect plan to avenge her sister's death-or has she stepped into the same nightmarish trap?
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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning! Very highly recommended
When her sister's death is reported as suicide, Bernadette "Bernie" Kane does not believe it. Peggy would not have leapt from a sixth floor hotel window over a broken love affair. Although her sister's life had been through into upheaval over the discovery of her unfaithfulness, Peggy seemed happy enough over the looming divorce and affair with computer CEO Wesley.

Bernie enlists the aid of long time friend Eric Killen to locate the illusive Wesley, intending to prove his link to Peggy's death. Eric's research leads them to Wesley Edwards of Oar Research in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bernie cleverly arranges employment as a contractor, and engages a game meant to exact vengeance. Soon, however, Bernie finds herself caught in a maze of deception, secrets, and blood lust.

Author Larry Brooks pens an addictive suspense with SERPENT'S DANCE that readers will find mesmerizing. Seductive vengeance turns deadly when complex contradictions trap key players. Despite her resourcefulness, Bernie is ill prepared for secrets that go beyond her imagination. Wesley presents an enigmatic profile that at one baffles readers even while drawing them in. The sexual players known as Damian and Diana provide evocative, dangerous imagery and almost incomprehensible madness in a world where the serpent's dance is everything. An intriguing read filled with crisp prose detailing a dark and dangerous world, SERPENT'S DANCE comes very highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ab original and nmesmerizing supense thriller
Sisters Bernie and Peggy Kane remain very close in spite of distance and that Peggy married a loser. Thus, when Peggy's father-in-law calls to inform Bernie that her younger sister committed suicide she cannot believe it, Bernie knows that her sibling seemed happy with an upcoming divorce and an affair with computer CEO Wesley and his airplane.

When the police decide it is suicide due to a broken love affair as the cause of death, Bernie asks childhood friend Eric Killen to help her learn why Peggy jumped from the hotel window. Eric obtains information on Peggy's lover Wesley Edwards of Oar Research in Scottsdale, Arizona that enables Bernie to gains work as a contractor for the firm. She begins a sexual game of cat and mouse with Wesley. Initially thinking that she is the predator seeking vengeance, Bernie soon realizes she is the rodent caught in a deadly trap in which survival is all she can hope to achieve.

Few writers of passionate suspense thrillers can provide the complexities of plot that Larry Brooks achieves. SERPENT'S DANCE is an exciting tale of seductive vengeance that quickly turns into a deadlier affair. Bernie is a great heroine, but do not let her spot your weights for you while Wesley is an enigmatic charismatic opponent, not aware that he is the enemy. The support cast enables the audience to understand Bernie's demons and propels the story line forward. Most intriguing is the Sacramento chapters that at first seem as if they provide only shock value and are out of place, but ultimately contribute the full scope to an invigorating dark tale.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A darkly erotic psychological thriller
Lets just start by saying I read this 451 page novel in less than 36 hours it was so intriguing. Quite a feat for me, if it wasn't good I would have lost interest at 225 and put it down, but it was was an exciting, erotic read full of debauchery, death, and hope.

The book opens to a prologue introducing Bernedette Kane and her friend Eric Killen who are protecting her sister Peggy's honor in school. Years latter Peggy committs suicide over an extra marital affair but something doesn't feel right for Bernedette. Bernedette decides to find out if her sister was murdered or psychologically wounded to the point of suicide. Whatever it was she is on mission to find out. She goes on the only clue she has , her sister told her is first name and said he had a corporate jet.

She gets Eric to track down the plane and the name an comes up with a CEO of Oar Research named Wesley Edwards. Upon talking her way into a job at Oar she discovers Wesley doesn't seem to be what she originally thought but is still determined to find the truth but discovers something all together different.........

The book has several characters that are very interesting. Diana and Damien are the source of all the sexual debauchery and depravity. Their antics were cruel, dangerous, and involved many innocent people. They also were extremely exciting to read. Their anitcs also gave a look at S&M gone completely off kilter. They cared only for their own sexual release.

Over all the book demonstrates through many twists and turns that all relationships need some degree of love and hope to sustain and last. And I certainly felt an underlining tone of faith.

This is a fast paced book with lots of action, sex, death, and hope. You will be guessing all the way through it. I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Expect the unexpected.
Having to start my Brook's reading with Serpent's Dance and go backwards to his other two books, I was amazed at how well crafted each story was, and how daring Brook's was to stray away from the norm in this third writing. To tackle a subject as taboo as sexual deviancy is one thing, but to do it in such an erotic, exciting and fast paced way shows true, masterful writing. Brook's has broached a subject that none of us likes to admit we are curious about, yet we lose ourselves in the pages of Serpent's Dance because we can't get enough. This is a book to read and then read again...and I will do just that.

1-0 out of 5 stars DARK, CRUDE, NASTY!!
After reading the first two books by this writer, I was eager to read his third book. What a major disappointment! I was stunned!! This book made me sick to my stomach, it is dark, crude, and nasty! Yuck! Brooks, should go back to what he does best which is suspense and leave the other stuff alone. In my opinion he goes too far at times in his effort to be different. ... Read more

35. Dark Seductions: Tales of Erotic Horror
by Alice Alfonsi, John Scognamiglio
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars very dark and erotic
I thought this was a great book. I have read many erotic horror novels and found some to be very dry and unrealistic. This book has some stories that in some sick way could be very realistic which adds to the appeal of the book. I was very pleased with the content of the book. I personally highly recommend this book to everyone!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not What the Title Promises
I purchased this book with the expectation of getting turned on and being scared at the same time. Neither of these things happened with this book. The stories stopped just short of being sexy or horrific. I did read the whole book to give it a fair shake, but it never went anywhere. I think anyone seeking horror or erotica stories would do better to buy each of the genres in separate books.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Creepy Book!
If you like being spooked by books, this is the book to read. I have to put the book down to shake the darkness. The depth of the stories grows as each one is completed. A must read for those who like spine-chilling stories. ... Read more

36. Hot Blood XI: Fatal Attractions
by Michael Garrett, Jeff Gelb
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not The Usual...
This book was better than the last but in my opinion, it didn't live up to what I normally expect from the "Hot Blood" series. The collection of short stories managed to keep my attention but failed to keep me up at night. *laugh

2-0 out of 5 stars More of a Literary "Cold Shower" than Steamy Literature
The lastest collection of stories by authors Gelb and Garrett is a real mixed-bag of so-called erotic horror stories. The anthology begins with three or four stories detailing the deviant side of sexual horror. Hardly anything to get your pulse racing.

These stories are followed by a short group of stories that, in my mind, could more aptly be called erotic horror as these stories dwell upon themes based on romantic relationships, rather than deviant behavior. From this point on, the stories fall into the just plain weird category.

If you're a fan of the earlier books in the original series, I doubt that you'll find this collection to be a worthwhile addition to your library.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hotter by the Story
This new anthology from Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett stands right up there with the others in this series of erotic horror. Fatal Attraction fields a great line up of award winning pros and new names in the horror genre. The stories run the gamit from fetishes to shooting stars with a nice selection of blood and bodily fluids to keep things lubed up. These stories will keep coming back around to haunt your thoughts and pique your imagination as you contemplate new ways to spice up your own sex life.

New publisher Kensington Books has made an attractive book that will stand up nicely with the others in this horrifically steamy series.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST YET?
It's great to see the Hot Blood series back in action after ten previous volumes. Love the larger size of the book. Some familiar names here, including Max Allan Collins, Graham Masterton, David Schow, Nancy Holder and Brian Hodge deliver their usual excellent work. Director Mick Garris has a wild story involving the movie industry. And about half the book is stories by female writers, who offer uniquely erotic viewpoints. Gelb and Garrett may have given us the best Hot Blood volume ever - welcome back! ... Read more

37. WHY MEN DON'T GET ENOUGH SEX AND WOMEN DON'T GET ENOUGH LOVE : Getting What You Both Want Without Playing Games
by Peter D. Kramer
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for you men that want to understand women!
One of the few books that had CONCRETE examples that
explain why you can't understand your spouse. It helped
me understand women who can't say what they really mean

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Way to Find the Love You Know You Have
After five years of misunderstandings, miscommunications, and suffering from a lack of 'love', I took it upon myself to find out why and repair this hole permanently. I found this book and it has changed our lives in so many ways. We communicate much better, verbally, physically, and emotionally. We are still in repair mode, but a long way from where we were a few years ago. I recommend this book to Everyone with relationship problems. If you take it seriously, you will reap the benefits always.

1-0 out of 5 stars Tis There -0 points
This book is full of nothing but gender myths and sterotypes,and worst of all this writer is trying to base the behavior on the questionable and controveral gender studies,which can be deemed incoclusive at best,due to everyone's own unique and personal makeup as an individual. I read this book out of curiousity,to see how trully gender specific we as a society have become,and this is just another book trying to spew out questionable theories and present them as facts.Instead,I suggest you read books about how society polarizes the sexes culturally to behave differently in relationship. ... Read more

38. Richard Matheson: Collected Stories
by Richard Matheson, Stanley Wiater
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES, VOLUME ONE is an expanded tradepaperback version of the 1989 Dream/Press hardcover limited edition.We will be publishing it in 3 volumes, the first in 2003 and one each year following.

RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES is the gathering together of 86 Richard Matheson short stories, beginning with Born of Man and Woman from 1950 and ending with Duel from 1971.The stories were arranged by Matheson himself roughly in chronological order of original publication.There are also several tributes to Richard Matheson throughout the volumes from admirers such as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, William F. Nolan, and others.Finally, Matheson wrote a deeply revealing Introduction for the collection.As Matheson himself states in this Introduction, "A twenty-year period of creativity reduced to the psychological background of my output of fantasy and science-fiction stories.If this were a thesis, that would be my premise".

For the Volume One, editor Stanley Wiater has included:

> A "bibliophile" at the end of each story containing Matheson's very own commentary on the behind-the-scenes details of each story.Each story is also listed with it's original publication date and place of publication.

> A brand new introduction written expressly for this version of the book

Each subsequent volume of RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES that we publish will include the Matheson bibliophiles with each story. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars After you read this book, you will want more!
This little delicacy is the first of three collections of Matheson stories picked and arranged chronologically by publication date by Matheson himself. This volume covers 1950-1953 and contains 29 fabulous mind twisting and thought provoking stories from this writing icon. For a special splash of color, these are not just collected famous works, but also lesser known works from Matheson, which gives you a full course of Matheson for your palate.

Included in this book are two introductions (1989 & 2003) from the author. The reason is that the collection was first printed in 1989 as a limited hardcover edition. It wasn't until recent times that the idea of a trade paperback came into fruition. Also included are tributes to Matheson by the following authors: Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, and William F. Nolan.

Matheson has a knack of making you come full circle when reading his stories, and giving you that ending shock factor in a subtle way. The crème de la crème however, is that for the first time, after each of these fabulous stories, there are personal comments to the editor. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book, as you get to hear the story behind the story. Leave it to Matheson to give 110%

Within each story is a different pace, atmosphere, characters, settings, and plots. As stated before, there are 29 different adventures that Matheson takes you through, so to give a general overview of these criteria would not be conducive to this review. I will say however, that in general you get the fill you are craving after reading each story.

This book definitely gets 5 stars from me, Each story gives you an adventure that leaves you wanting more. The price on this baby is quite reasonable, so there is no excuse why you shouldn't run and buy it now. And just for the record, the other two vols. to follow will range through 1971. After you read this book, you will want more! I know I do!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nobody Does It Better
Richard Matheson -- He Is Legend! For those of us lucky enough to own the Dream Press edition of Matheson's collected stories, waiting for these new editions to come out has been relatively easy, but for everyone else, your dreams have come true. You'll find the source material for some of the most classic episodes of "The Twilight Zone" in these pages, as well as other stories that read as if they were written in the present, rather than forty or fifty years ago. Matheson frequently lives in his own genre, somewhere between horror, fantasy, and science fiction, and his short stories are truly priceless. Treat yourself to this book and relish in Matheson's ability to put normal people in strange and often chaotic situations. For the young writers out there, pull up a chair and study -- you'll learn much of the mechanics of good storytelling from one of the greats. Then check out "I Am Legend" and see a master running at top speed.

5-0 out of 5 stars from A to Z.
Finally a means to own all of Matheson's short stories in three TPB collections without having multiples of the same story. I've held off buying any of the other short story collections because I hate having the same story be in different books. I can't wait to get volumes 2 and 3. ... Read more

by Jeff Gelb, Michael Garrett
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This 10th annual edition of the Hot Blood series amply provesthat erotic horror is no passing fad: the physical and psychological connections between bodies in lust and bodies in extremis appear to stimulate the imaginations of horror writers as few other themes can. And the behavior of people in sexual situations is always open to new turns of the screw. As Lawrence Block writes in the effective opening tale, "Three in the Side Pocket," "People always got more interesting when you handed them something they didn't expect. Especially if it wasn't what they wanted. Especially if it was painful, or frightening, or both."

The 17 original tales in Hot Blood X include a brilliant, shocking story about radical body-sculpting by the underrecognized Brian Hodge, an atmospheric Civil War piece by Stephen Gresham, a wry suspended-time tale by Graham Masterton (inspired by Peter Weir's film Picnic at Hanging Rock), and a fine tale about fire fetishism by Bentley Little. The other well-crafted stories are by Ramsey Campbell, Max Allan Collins (with Barbara Collins), O'Neil De Noux, Dawn Dunn, Nancy Holder, Greg Kihn, Marthayn Pelegrimas (with Robert J. Randisi), Melanie Tem, Judy Tracy, Graham Watkins, and each of the editors (Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett).

If you aren't yet collecting the Hot Blood series, start now, before the previous volumes go out of print. Nearly every year, a tale in this series is a finalist or winner of a Bram Stoker Award. --Fiona Webster ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Titillating Terrifying Tales
If you've never read a Hot Blood book, than start now. Never before has such a series of smart, original, gripping horror stories been put together. Normally with an anthology you have a few stories that are just boring, or pointless. That's not the case with Hot Blood X. Each and every story grabs you by the throat and won't let go or ease up until your done, and you've barely caught your breath before you're lusting for the next story.

In this anthology are 17 original tales by such horror notables as Bentley Little, Brian Hodge, Ramsey Campbell and Jeff Gelb. Each and every story is chilling, and each will leave you breathless wanting your next bit of Hot Blood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still HOT after all these years
The stories in this book will keep you intertained from the begining to the end and that is rare for any anthology. This book is well worth the price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still sizzling hot -- not cold yet!
One would think by the tenth novel in a series, the author would be struggling for ideas. That's the advantage of an anthology; the more authors you have, the better the chance that the ideas remain fresh and new. Hot Blood X doesn't let down, though there are a couple of stories that strain to fit into the Hot Blood mold in terms of eroticism. As the series editors wrote in a previous Hot Blood novel, keeping that balance between eroticism and out-and-out porn is difficult. It becomes even more difficult when you're adding horror to the mix. However, most of the stories in Hot Blood X stand true to the balance being achieved and beyond. This tenth novel to the anthology didn't disappoint me. I was repulsed, aroused, shocked, excited and even scared. :) Worth a read, I promise!

2-0 out of 5 stars Almost a let-down from the previous hot blood books
Although I am a great fan of the entire hot blood series, I was rather disappointed at reading their latest addition. For the most part the writers seemed to be trying to desperatly stretch their imaginations to come up with something new. It failed, in my opinion. Although the book had one great redeeming value. The last story in the book had a chilling electrifying quality, especially for all those "curious" web surfers...overall, I would have expected more from the editors, but a select few stories saved a bit of face. Worth it only if you're a die hard erotic horror fan. ... Read more

40. I Shudder at Your Touch: 22 Tales of Sex and Horror
by Michele Slung
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5-0 out of 5 stars I shuddered when it was finished...
A fantastic and enlivening respite from long, lengthy novels, this is a great book to travel with you or to keep beside your bed for a nice short story before bedtime; fully packed with stories that are sure to give your dreams a writhing twist of delectation. Some of the best horror writer's work can be found between the pages of this anthology, spanning from early works written in the 20's to more modern tales.

Don't let the title scare you away, none of the stories are very explicit in either the sex or the horror area, it is more an imaginative collection geared towards the strange, and relationships, and often strange relationships, coupled with a bit of gore and sex.

Stephen King has a lovely piece in this compilation, written back in 1986 before he contracted diarrhea of the mouth and pen, called "The Revelations of Becka Paulson" about a woman who is cleaning out her husbands things, and his .22 gun goes off and shoots her in the head. She wakes up on the floor, and has no idea how she got the hole in her forehead, but strange things begin to happen when the picture of Jesus sitting atop their TV begins talking to her.
Robert Aickman, master of the ethereal glimpse through the horror mirror, has a strange tale of "boy meets girl", inside a sideshow tent in a traveling carnival. Patrick McGrath has a lovely little piece that ponders whether people who see vampires are mad.
Thomas Disch writes of a despondent girl's appointment with Death himself; Stephen Donaldson's The Conqueror Worm involves a marital spat interrupted by the odd appearance of a malevolent centipede, and Clive Barker has included a masterpiece called Jaqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament.

Other notable mentions are Carolyn Banks "Salon Satin", Angela Carter's "Master", Christopher Fowler's "The Master Builder", and May Sinclair's "The Villa Desiree".

Unlike a lot of anthologies where you need to pick through the bad stories to get to the good ones, there was only one story in this entire collection that I mildly disliked. Truly a great effort by Michele Slung in her obvious pickiness at gathering the shorts, this is an all around great book to own and pack around with you. Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Tales Of Horror
Michele Slung is an editor who knows a good story when she sees one. In this anthology, she mixes classical pieces with modern ones, popular authors with lesser-knowns, and eventually ends up with a collection of short stories that offers many frights, many chills, and a whole lot of fun.

The anthology opens with Stephen King's pieces The Revelation of Becka Paulson and closes with a piece by Clive Barker. It's no coincidence that the two biggest names featured in this anthology open and closes the book. Both stories concentrate on women suffering from dementia. They are both unnerving in their own strange little ways. The two masters of horror are at their very best with these stories.

Other stories that are worthy of reading in this anthology are Patrick McGrath's Cleave The Vampire, a strange little tale of dementia, Christopher Fowler's The Master Builder, Jonathan Carroll's A Quarter Past You, Robert Hichens's How Love Came to Professor Guildea and Eric McCormack's The Festival.

Unfortunately, like all anothologies, this one has its share of stinkers, though this anthology has less than usual. Valerie Martin's Sea Lovers is a story that has no real point of view and it never really ends up anywhere. And Ruth Rendell's A Glowing Future shows promise, but it never really reaches its full potential. And you can see that ending coming from miles away! There are also a few more stories that are slightly unmemorable.

I also have to mention that Robert Aickman's story The Swords is very shocking, disturbing and a great tale of horror. They just don't right 'em like that anymore!

All in all, I Shudder At Your Touch is a good anthology that offers many stories that crosses genres and that are often very distubring and terrifying in their own little ways. This anthology made me discover many new authors that I cannot wait to read again, and I'm sure it'll do the same to you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Generally a mixed bag
The stories in this book are interesting, but ambivalence is the common theme of them all. If you like more explicit horror or erotica, don't get taken in by the title. This anthology is not really that titilating. ... Read more

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