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81. EROTIC MYSTIQUE! Weirdly Spiritual
82. Quest for Sex, Truth & Reality
83. Somewhere in the Night: Eight
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84. Dragons, Myths & Mayhem
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85. The Darker Passions: Frankenstein
86. Hotter Blood: More Tales of Erotic
87. Daughters of Darkness Volume Three
88. Six Inch Spikes
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89. Suicide Casanova: A Psychosexual
90. Coven Volume Two: A Gallery Girls
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91. Carmilla : The Return
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92. I Shudder at Your Touch: Twenty
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93. Embraces: Dark Erotica
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94. Killing Me Softly: Erotic Tales
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95. Incubus (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
96. Lilitu
97. Dark Revenge: A Vampire Story
98. Flesh Fantastic
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99. Wolfpack Volume 1: A Gallery Girls
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100. Crimson Embrace Volume Five: A

81. EROTIC MYSTIQUE! Weirdly Spiritual & Otherworldly Erotica - Anthology of Erotic Horror & Science Fiction Short Stories
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The Stephen King of erotica is back with another spine-tingling, titillating collection! Erotic Mystique is Jett Ballou's best collection of horror/science fiction erotic stories to date. Strange and naughty erotic stories and fantasies. For the erotica enthusiast who likes something different, this is it!Author/editor Jett Ballou offers up 25 tantalizing tales that pull you in and keep you reading. Stories feature hot erotica and supernatural elements that hold your interest. Unusual tales that are odd, outright weird or otherwise otherworldly.An interesting read with stories that feature vampires, goddesses, shape-changers, a lady-reptile, robots, ghosts, and other assorted characters.

Favorite stories include 'My Knight' about a girl and boy in a dark woods and the old bones in a tree, the sexy vampire story in the old house, the old fellow who gets lucky with the most incredible young lady, and the coffin that doubles as a 'sex machine'! Lots of variety and interest.

Illustrated with surreal artwork by the author. 235 pages. Printable for reading offline. Warning explicit content. Adults only. ... Read more

82. Quest for Sex, Truth & Reality
by Edward Lee
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Asin: 1889186287
Catlog: Book (2002-06)
Publisher: Necro Pubns
Sales Rank: 384820
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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This is a reprint of the first and almost-impossible to find chapbook by Ed Lee. This is chapbook #3 in the Necro Chapbook line. Contains three stories, including "Pay Me," which is only available in this chapbook. Each story has excellent artwork by Erik Wilson. 300 chapbooks. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Best look elsewhere
This is a small collection of three stories dealing with the theme of a search for truth. All three involve a writer as the main character, presumably Lee's alter ego.

In the first story, "Goddess of the New Dark Age," a cancer-stricken author is literally haunted by his life's failures. He consults people of various stripes - a priest, a professor, a call girl - in an attempt to answer the question "what is real?"

The second story, "The Seeker," is essentially a rehash of the first, with added gore and the revolting acts that Lee is infamous for. It is perhaps meant for those who couldn't hold their attention on the previous story.

In the final story, "Pay Me," a writer visits a sex club and encounters an acquaintance he carried a torch for in high school. He soon finds she has changed in unspeakable ways. Lee tries to add weight to the story by telling us (in his afterword) that it is a philosophical tale. It's really just a soulless piece of pornography, and the inexplicable ending seems like a lame attempt to root it in the horror genre.

The first story is recommended. It is deep and surreal and the only well-written piece of the three, and earns this publication three stars. The others aren't worth the time it took to read them.

3-0 out of 5 stars This meat is sliced too thin'
I'm really glad that Edward Lee is better than this tiny chapter book. (and I do mean tiny, very thin) In my opinion, horror should be in-your-face; a fast, slap-happy read that leaves no doubts about what just happened. Lee gets a little bit, well, ethereal in this chapter book. A kind of wandering, dreamlike prose that belongs in space-type SF and not flat horror; for this book does contain some of the most gruesomely described horror I have ever encountered, definitely not for the faint of heart. The stories are still good, and the book is thin enough to read while waiting for a dentist appointment, but if you want something juicier in content and not just an indistinct wade through knee-high gore and splatter, pick up a different Lee and save this one for the waiting room.

Goddess of the New Dark Age: A story of a man dying of cancer, and of the ghost who follows him , whispering to him, as he seeks the meaning of what is real. Only in death will the ghost make reality clear to him. This is the best story of the three.

The Seeker: A man wanders through a quarantined zone, seeking truth and finding only revolting people and horrific acts of violence. When he does find what the army and he himself has been seeking, he discovers that he is capable of handling it when others are not. This is the most vague, and yet the goriest, of the three.

Pay Me: A man finds an old school mate in a Live-Sex bar, and witnesses her involvement in a pornographic stage show. Still wanting to see her, he gets involved with her only to find out she will recruit him for the show in horrible fashion. This is the most sexually graphic of the three, better than The Seeker but not as good as Goddess.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every Truth Has its Price
An author finds himself close to death and followed by a ghost that tells him to 'make her real.' So, his quest for enlightenment, to find the becoming mentioned before his terminal illness catches him begins. A town that is going mad, filled with horrific events that consume mind after mind, and a writer that thinks of himself as 'a seeker' journeying through it. Along the way he hears a voice, a voice that tells him not to turn away but to seek out what is real. A man listening to a voice inside his head journeys into a 'seedy' part of town, into a bar offering 'live shows,' finding someone he once loved in the process and also finding that, in time, truth is relative and it all changes. Every truth has a price.

Three stories, one chapbook, and the label out-of-print on all this beast's previous release. That is what this work, by Edward Lee, comprises on its Quest For Sex, Truth, and Reality. It also entails something that's well written in its short, 35-page run, something that reflects upon its author while the main character's ' all reflecting on bits of Edward's internal struggle ' search for something more, and a more meaningful side of the gore writer's persona. Personally, I find this time period in his writing life an interesting one, filled with reflections of what is going on in the author's mind after each tale told, letting you into the painter's mindset as the scene was crafted. To me, that is an important keyhole to sometimes peek through because knowing the author, its knowing something behind-the-scenes.

For fans of Lee's writing, this is something that you'll want to definitely procure because the alternative to picking it up here is paying way too much for the out-of-print volumes of this, his first chapbook. Also, Pay Me, the third story in the book, is also listed as exclusive to the volume, so that makes it a nice find, too. Included herein is Goddess of a New Dark Age, The Seeker, and the before-mentioned piece, evening it out as something that is worth picking up. For anyone that has yet to check out Lee, you should bear in mind that he is a horror creator and incorporates the spilling of internal stimuli to get his message across. If this works for you and you want a tale coated in the renditional imagery of terror, then this is worth picking up.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lee's Upsetting Quest
Ed Lee is best known for spectacularly gruesome books like "The Bighead," or sick short stories like "Header." This little chapbook, entitled "Quest for Sex, Truth, and Reality" marks a significant departure for Lee. While the three stories included here still contain Lee's usual warped outlook on modern day society, the stories are much deeper than mere blood and guts tales. The three stories in this booklet are not easy to decipher, but in that respect they mirror our own individual search for truth and reality.

The first story, "Goddess of the New Dark Age," concerns a washed up writer dying of cancer and his attempt to seek the meaning of reality. He goes to the usual sources one would consider in such a quest, heading down to the university to talk to a philosophy professor. The professor gives him a long, academic rant that is neither illuminating nor coherent. The author turns to sex, finding nothing lurking there that reveals reality. Only when he recognizes that the reality of our time is horror heaped upon horror, the reality of man's cruelty and endless heartbreak, does he discover what is real.

Lee moves down darker trails in "The Seeker," a tale even more obscure than the previous story. A writer wonders into a strange town, encountering several weird people in a local bar while the army searches for something strange in the surrounding environs. A few stomach churning scenes later finds the writer encountering what the army is looking for. What it is and what it means is unclear, but the man discovers the object has bigger plans than corrupting the local townspeople. Lee writes that the symbolism of this story is that the things we seek out because we believe it is the truth often turn out to be something completely different. Hmmm.

"Pay Me" unavoidably deals with the quest for sex. In this pornographic yarn, a man named Smith runs across Lisa, an old school chum, in a seedy bar. She is even more attractive than he remembers, and the two make small talk over drinks for a time. Regrettably for Smith, he soon sees what her job is in this type of bar. The descriptions here are graphic in a tone that suggests certain magazines available only to those over eighteen. Smith and Lisa do spend the night together, resulting in Smith's incorporation into the stage show at the bar. Lee claims this story deals with the biggest fear of the 1980's, namely the shroud of sexual terror that descended over the country due to the AIDS virus.

Ed Lee fans will want to pick this slim book up quickly, since small press stuff tends to quickly fade from view. I do not pretend to understand these mysterious stories, but they are quite different from the usual Ed Lee fare. For instance, I do not remember any rednecks or hillbillies turning up in any of the stories, definitely a rare and noticeable occurrence for this author. Ultimately, it is nice to see a writer in the grue genre attempt to stretch his talents now and again even if he does not necessarily pull it off.

5-0 out of 5 stars SEEK THIS OUT
When I ordered this Necro chapbook, I didn't realize that I'd already read 2 of it's three stories ("The Goddess Of The Dark Age" and "The Seeker" were both in the author's 1st collection of short fiction - The Ushers). Knowing that now, I would still order this book as it is the only place (besides the original out of print chapbook by Tal) to get the 3rd story, "Pay Me". Having just finished Lee's Sex, Drugs & Power Tools, I had to shift gears a little bit as this collecion isn't as hardcore/in your face as S,D&PT. Don't take that the wrong way. If you like Edward Lee, you'll like this collection. Just don't go looking for a header. Be sure to check out the afterword that follows each story (and the picture of Lee smiling at the end). Seek out this chapbook now before it joins the Tal edition. ... Read more

83. Somewhere in the Night: Eight Gay Tales of the Supernatural
by Jeffrey N. McMahan
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Alyson Books
Sales Rank: 519590
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not much more than a writing exercise...
While I appreciate the attempts to entertain, these were not much more than empty story lines and characters which failed to entice me into wanting to know more about them.

3-0 out of 5 stars An honorable attempt but...
McMahan makes a valiant attempt in this collection of gay-themed horror stories, but the results are mixed. At times he turns phrases nicely and presents us with vivid images, but his insistence on using the present tense in all but two of the stories is irritating, distracting, and unnecessary. Reading fiction written in present tense always makes me feel like I'm on a tugboat on storm-tossed waters. I get confused and a bit dizzy.

"Johnny Two-Face", about a ghoulish Halloween party, is just silly, and "This Apartment Possessed" turns out to be a mess. Still the title tale is impressive, with its moral conundrum that must always be at the heart of successful horror fiction. Here Andrew, the protagonist, a young vampire, reflects on his ability to bestow immortality on his victims. Andrew returns in "Hell is for Children", but only a dolt would not be able to figure out who the decapitator is in the first few pages. "Fantasyland" is probably the best story in the collection. Its theme, of escape from adversity through imagination, is familiar enough, but McMahan shows some skill in demarcating reality and fantasy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Somewhere in the Night
Well, if it bothers you - Andrew is a gay, 20 something vampire. If it doesn't, you'll find this book a lot of fun to read - I especially enjoyed the 2 Andrew stories and have also bought the other related books. Not all of the stories are as much fun - but all were worth reading. I have purchased more than one copy and have given a few to friends.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good collection of gay horror stories
I really enjoyed this book. The stories were diverse, from horrifying to lighthearted, and well thought out. One of the stories here provides the basis for his later book "Vampires Anonymous"

1-0 out of 5 stars not worth your money or time to read

84. Dragons, Myths & Mayhem
by Tommy Castillo
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Asin: 0865620431
Catlog: Book (2001-10-15)
Publisher: SQP
Sales Rank: 384157
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Illustrator Tommy Castillo makes a study of the classic myths and ancient tales that have both fascinated and frightened people throughout history. Taking a decidedly ?gothic horror? look at such story-time staples as ?Little Red Ridinghood?, ?Alice in Wonderland?, and ?The Wizard of Oz?, Castillo crafts traditional fairy tales into something much darker. With an obvious and overwhelming affection for dragons, Tommy brings these legendary reptiles to life in a myriad of styles and fashions. This book also contains a brilliant showcase of sketches and designs that feature the artist?s greatest labors of love. ... Read more

85. The Darker Passions: Frankenstein (Darker Passions)
by Amarantha Knight
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Circlet Press
Sales Rank: 341505
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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The mistress of erotic horror sets her sights on Mary Shelleys darkest creation. What if you could create a living, breathing human? What shocking acts could it be taught to perform, to desire, to love? Find out what pleasures await those who play God in another breathtaking installation in the popular Darker Passions series. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Anne Rice submits willinglyto Amarantha Knight, NO question
Great book. I don't like the style of Anne Rice's writting. I find it doesnt flow. Amarantha Knights work on the other hand slides like 2 objects that are exceptionally well greased. Would recommend Dracula, but certainly not Anne Rice's Beauty Series.....theres way too much crying!!

4-0 out of 5 stars for those with truly dark passions
This is NOT for the meek. It will definitely put off the weak willed. This type of book is truly only for those who have the darkest passions and wish to see them explored in a fiction format. I think the author was very clever in her approach to the classic story. I do feel that a comparison to Anne Rice isn't appropriate. Rice's work is "vanilla" to this deep dark chocolate; which for many is a delicious treat. I tremendously enjoyed this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you are a horror/fantasy fan, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!
This book (improperly) is listed under the category of "horror." The correct category would be "fetish/pornography." This is a poorly written, unimaginative take-off of the Ann Rice "Beauty" series. It lacks the talent, wit and true understanding of the subject matter displayed by Ann Rice if this is your "thing," and if it is not, you will be even more disappointed. For those not in the know, the subject is B&D (bondage and discipline), a branch of pornography known as "fetishism."

As mentioned, it lacks the true talent and understanding of the author it purports to copy. I personally do not care for this type of literature, although I am a firm 1st Amendment advocate. I don't think it should be prohibited; I just don't like cheap rip-offs. Be warned: If you want this sort of book, buy Ann Rice (writing under A. Rocquelaire) - don't waste your time on inferior mimics. ... Read more

86. Hotter Blood: More Tales of Erotic Horror
by Jeff Gelb, Michael Garrett
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Asin: 0671701495
Catlog: Book (1991-01-02)
Publisher: Pocket
Sales Rank: 735849
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars It maybe Hotter Blood, but yours will run cold!
I believe the 'Hot Blood' series is up to it's 10th volume now (who's counting anyway). This one's number two and heralds from 1991, but don't you for a second think it's even a bit dated.
This is erotic horror at it's best and in my opinion a lot of todays authors pale in comparison to what these guys diss out for you!

I read in the introduction that these were all original stories and that suprised a positive way! That's because the're all so good. My regards for Mister Gelb (once again) and Mister Garrett for really collection the cream of the crop, so to speak.
Highlights for me include Richard Laymon's 'The Tub (he's always been a favorite of mine, this one also doesn't disappoint), John Byrne's 'Nocturne' and Patrick Gates 'Hard men are hard to find' (another favorite author of mine, my apologies if I seem a bit chauvinistic by praising them).
I really enjoyed that most of these stories went of in completely different directions than you expected they'd go. I grew up with the eighties version of 'the Twilight Zone'...
Compared to most of the other stories Grant Morrison's 'Braille Encyclopedia' seems a bit out of place, but also in a positive way. I read somewhere that his story received multiple awards, and rightfully so. It maybe the best piece in the collection. It sure is harrowing, and really disturbing, with it's graphic descriptions of degrading sexacts and mutilation.

It really strikes me as odd that, in the author descriptions, the editors hail the writers in this anthology as pretty much the next big thing in horror. I myself know of most of them and have read quite a few of their works. But I consider myself a conaisseur and collector of rare horrorbooks. Let's be honest. To most of the Stephen King/ Dean Koontz horrorbuying population these writers will seem nothing but obscure.


5-0 out of 5 stars Now THIS is Erotic Horror!
I'm a huge fan of the Hot Blood series -- I don't think there's a better anthology series for erotic horror. But of all the books in the entire anthology, Hotter Blood is *the* book no erotic horror fan should be without. The final story in the book, The Braille Encyclopedia, is perhaps the most disturbing, most unbelievable and the most erotically frightening story I've ever read in this genre (and I've read a lot of stories in the field). A blind girl is taken on a journey into a nightmarish world where her affliction becomes a window into a new life for herself -- and discovers the Braille Encyclopedia and its secrets. This is THE epitome of what the erotic horror genre can and should be! ... Read more

87. Daughters of Darkness Volume Three : A Gallery Girls Book
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Asin: 0865620350
Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: SQP
Sales Rank: 837403
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Selling your soul to the Devil has never paid such delicious dividends! Here is a collection of satanic sirens who use their under-worldly charms to entrance and entrap mortal men to their eternal doom. This is the latest in one of our most popular line of books - fiery females in bed with the Dark Lord himself! Art by Boada, Tomas Giorello, Meriggi, Pelaez, Maraschi, Blas Gallego, Pascarelli, Torres, Quintabani, and others. Cover Painting by Dorian Cleavenger ... Read more

88. Six Inch Spikes
by Edo Van Belkom
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Asin: 1930997086
Catlog: Book (2001-03)
Publisher: Darktales Publications
Sales Rank: 1364820
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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16 stories of erotic horror from Bram Stoker Award winner Edo van Belkom, with a foreword by Michael Rowe. Stories include BLOOD BAIT, STRANGE ATTRACTION, LETTING GO and THE TERMINATRIX. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Revenge on Men
I can't believe that this author is a man. Some of the things that he has the women in his stories do to exact revenge against the men in their lives definately reads like a female author out to settle a score against men. Either that or a man that has met some very mean women.

Regardless, this book kept me laughing with lots of evil grins. Don't let the "erotic" turn you off -- I don't feel that anything in this book is extremely erotic in nature given the tone that it's written in. I've read more explicit scenes in modern day romance books.

Woman who read this can live variously though the woman in these stories who exact revenge on the men that have abused them. Men who read this might think twice before messing with the little ladies.

Regardless, these stories are a perfect read especially after a long hard day. ... Read more

89. Suicide Casanova: A Psychosexual Thriller
by Arthur Nersesian
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Asin: 1888451300
Catlog: Book (2002-07)
Publisher: Akashic Books
Sales Rank: 81119
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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From the author of New York cult-classic The Fuck-Up, Suicide Cassanova is a psycho-sexual thriller, a bold literary provocation that follows the path of sex-offender Leslie Cauldwell as he wrestles with his own culpability in the death of his wife. Seeking both redemption and release from Sky Pacifica, a porn actress-turned-soccer mom, Leslie haphazardly navigates the streets of a morphing New York City that is brought vividly to life through Nersesian's masterful depictions of his characters and the neighborhoods they inhabit.

Hardcover binding into hard-plastic video cassette case. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A sexual predator in the big city.
This is the first Nersesian book ive ever read and it will probably be the last. Its not that i didnt like, its a great book, but nothing special.The random philosopy was great, i couldnt get enough of hearing him describe the manner of people in ny city.Nersesians portrayal of life in ny was without a doubt fascinating and intriguing. Although the plot was weak and not so great of an ending, yet there was a sense of redemption at the end. However i think this book had some of the most unique characters ever, who wouldnt like a porn star turned soccer mom and a neurotic schizophrenic lawyer? I loved the characters.
I would recommend this novel to anyone, but beware of explicit sex scenes. And dont judge this book as a psychosexual thriller cause its not. the VHS packaging was a great idea too. overall this was a good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth a closer look
Publisher's Weekly states that the author of this novel has a "cult following." I've never read a Nersesian novel before, and I'm definitely not of the cult follower element, but I thought this was a great novel. I nearly didn't buy the book because of the unfortunate way the publisher opted to cover the book. But, believe me, it's worth a closer examination. This is not a genre novel. It is beyond the psychosexual thriller label it was given. This it literature. This is a carefully written, closely observed, character study that pulled me in from the first page, through the finely wrought time shifts, and on to the satisfyingly redeeming end page. I will certainly read more by this author, and if that makes me a cult follower, sign me up. Congratulations on your creation of a great piece of literature, Mr. Nersesian.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sex, Lies and Videotape
All you have to do is read the first line of Suicide Casanova [or for that matter, any of Nersesian?s books] and you are immediately swept into a twisted world of sex, porn, drugs, eroticism and true love riding on the edge. Nersesian is one of the few modern authors whose words jump off the page and catapult you into a whole new place. The read is great, the packaging rocks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sex in the City
Nersesian is the best. The literary value in all his writing is that he makes of New York a living, hilarious and often dangerous character. Porn, drugs and an occasional unfortunate death make Suicide Casanova a wild joyride from the 70's to the 90's. Anyone who's not afraid of the darker side of human nature will get into this book. Breaking formula, Nersesian's approach to story telling [not to mention the packaging] makes this novel a collector's item.

1-0 out of 5 stars Inferior Nersesian
I've read a couple of other books by Arthur Nersesian and enjoyed them fairly well.They were certainly not great pieces of writing, but they were enjoyable enough, quick, mindless reads that I used to pass some uneventful evenings. This one, though, is the bottom of the barrel, something Nersesian should have either tossed or rewritten a few times. I've always found the endings in his books to be too hurried, not thought out enough. But in this one the whole novel feels that way. In addition, the book has one of the silliest marketing gimmicks I've ever seen. It is glued inside a plastic videocassette package, which makes it really difficult to read as you turn the pages. What were the publishers thinking when they came up with that design? I work in marketing, and it's the sort of ridiculous idea that I saw as an undergraduate, in other first year marketing students. We used to laugh at it then. The publisher surely should have been smart enough to come up with some other design. Send this one back for a rewrite and a repackaging! ... Read more

90. Coven Volume Two: A Gallery Girls Book
by Quintabani, Various
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Asin: 0865620458
Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
Publisher: SQP
Sales Rank: 595328
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The women of the coven remove all outer garments, and enter the circle.They evoke the ancient words, and chant together. Soon, their skin crackles with the life forces that rule every living thing. They are one with the universe, and can now channel its great power. Get to know the sexier side of the dark arts, in this second collection of gorgeous incantations! Arcane artwork by Daniel Pascarelli, Tomas Giorello, Arantza, James Ryman, Ruben Meriggi, Maraschi, DelRivero, Boada, and many others. ... Read more

91. Carmilla : The Return
by Kyle Marffin
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Asin: 1891946021
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: Design Image Group Inc.
Sales Rank: 560970
Average Customer Review: 3.44 out of 5 stars
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Ever since J. Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla--an important (and openly acknowledged) influence on Bram Stoker's Dracula--horror writers have celebrated lesbian vampires in print and in the cinema. It seems a bit surprising that before this novel, no one had written a faithful follow-up to the tale of Carmilla herself.

Kyle Marffin's Carmilla: The Return weaves flashbacks from Carmilla's undead past, starting in her 19th-century Austrian homeland and continuing into a story line set in the 1990s. Like many older vampires, she's a bit lost in the modern world, traveling with a meager knapsack containing an antique copy of In a Glass Darkly and a small pouch of gemstones. We get to know her character through its reflection in the women who become obsessed with her--especially the bright and restless Lauren, on whom Carmilla fixates as the one she hopes will join her in an idealized fantasy of vampires in love for centuries. Men will stubbornly intervene, though, to protect their daughters and girlfriends from predators like Carmilla, so eventually things come to a head during a snowstorm in the wilds of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. But Lauren has her wits about her: she's no romantic fool.

If you think you've read enough vampire books to last a lifetime, think again. This one's got restrained and skillful writing, a complex and believable love story, gorgeous scenery, sudden jolts of violence, and a thought-provoking final sequence that will keep you reading until the sun comes up.

Here's a suggestion: read Le Fanu's version, then read this next (and perhaps not last) take on the famous female vampire who loves nothing so much as a warm woman to pull into her bed. --Fiona Webster ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Sad
A rather sad story, actually. For two reasons. What happens to the primary characters, including Carmilla herself, is heartbreaking. But also, the author possesses a mediocre command of the English language, and the manuscript is rife with typos and grammatical errors. The author's writing is generally dry and uninspired--except for the last 75 pages or so. Then he seems to suddenly get turned on, or something, and he applies himself 100%. I basically liked all the plot developments, but they were blandly portrayed. I find that to be very sad. There was no fire, no lust, no fascination on the author's part. Until the last portion. So what happened? I can't explain it.

I think another customer reviewer remarked that the book's foundation--Carmilla's very existence--was implausible. I agree. I think you would, too, if you read this book.

The story's girl-girl love scenes brush up against an "R" rating . . . but they're basically prime time. That was sad, too; the first "Carmilla"--from the 19th century!--is widely acclaimed as the cornerstone of the lesbian vampire genre. Surely its "sequel" should do more than merely titillate.

So that's it. A vampire femme who likes girls . . . but her author is afraid to push the envelope. And you know what else? I bet I could write a story like this and it would ROCK.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb- Better Than the Original
Suppose Carmilla didn't die as in LeFanu's clasic short story? Suppose she survived and has been around some 300 years. In Carmilla the Return, everyone's favorite lesbian vampire survives and murders the girl who stays with her uncle, the Colonel. The Colonel investigates the death of his sister's child as Carmilla seduces a Chicago department store worker. She follows her on her vacation to Michigan's upper peninsula where the girl, Laurn, has rekindled an old relationship with Steve Michaels. In time, Carmilla takes precandence over Steve, Lauren becomes a vampire, and the two move back to Carmilla's home in Austria. Can Steve, the Colonel, and Lauren's father intervene? Read and find out!

This book was a real page turner. As a fan of the original and Karstein Trilogy from Hammer Studios based on it, I approached this book with skepticism. Howver, the writer manages to pull off Carmilla in a modern setting brilliantly. You can grow to like Carmilla and don't feel sympathy for her victims. Lauren's vampirism is interesting, and leads to the conclusion. If you're a fan of the original, pick this up.

1-0 out of 5 stars Leave the classics alone!
Authors need to stop trying to cash in easy bucks and leave the classics alone.

We dont need prequels, sequels, or 'new adventures' of Dracula and Carmilla. How can you write dribble sequels on books a hundred years old anyway? Its a travesty.

Whats next? A mediocre author writting the continued adventures of Lord of the Rings?

2-0 out of 5 stars Cover better than the book
The problem with this novel is one of characterization. Carmilla is not particularly interesting, and comes off as a run-of-the-mill movie vampire out on conquest. She is somewhat juvenile and one-dimensional. The protagonist is even worse, amost like a castmember of "friends."

Horror novels need to be scary. They need moments of dread, tension, and angst. Carmilla: The Return simply fails to create a spooky atmosphere, and instead degenerates into late-night soft-porn. Even the sex is poorly handled.

Please read the original Carmilla by LeFanu -an infinitely better book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Carmilla - The Return
I think it is safe to say I did not enjoy this book. It was an abomination to the original by J. Sheridan Lefanu. The plot was in most places nonexistent, it seemed more like page after page of bad porn. There were serious plot gaps in the beginning which would in reality cause the 'return' to not even be possible. A major disappointment, I strongly warn against buying this book. ... Read more

92. I Shudder at Your Touch: Twenty Two Tales of Sex and Horror
by Michele Slung
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Catlog: Book (1991-05-01)
Publisher: New Amer Library Trade
Sales Rank: 793678
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I shudder at your touch
I bought this book in the early 90's and have read it with glee ever since then, dipping in every year or so when I've run out of anything else to to read. The stories within both scare and delight, my favourite being the delicious story by Christopher Fowler 'The Master Builder' ... Read more

93. Embraces: Dark Erotica
by Paula Guran
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-31)
Publisher: Venus or Vixen
Sales Rank: 470606
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Embraces: Dark Erotica is a literate and provocative approach to the type of fiction that came to be called erotic horror in the last decade or so. Contains twenty stories from authors such as Poppy Z. Brite, Nancy Holder, David J. Schow and John Shirley. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars interesting
I am an avid reader of slash, goth, horror, erotica, etc. While I found most of these stories to be well written (most do not have that sudden ending with no closure feeling that so many short stories suffer from these days).
With that being said - I do not feel there was much erotica. Some stories didn't even include any overt erotic/sexual references. But still - they were good.
I must add - one of the stories was the most disgusting (usually that's a good thing) concept/story I've ever read. And I'm one of those people that loved poppy z brites Exquisite Corpse.
Overall - it's a pretty good read but if you are looking for sex and erotic situations you may want to adjust your expectations to include more fantasy and very indirect type hints of maybe sexual situations.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dull erotica
I found the stories boring with too much homosexuality. I can not imagine anyone claiming to have written most of this dull supposedly imaginative tripe.

5-0 out of 5 stars Erotica was never so good
I bought this with Viscera by Cara Bruce. They are my 2 new favorite books. If you want erotica that's actually good, try these two!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
I enjoyed this book very much. I loved how each story was unique and strangely wonderful. Even the stories that made me cringe also intrigued me. I would have liked the book to be longer. I read through it quickly.

5-0 out of 5 stars EMBRACES: DARK EROTICA

94. Killing Me Softly: Erotic Tales of Unearthly Love
by Gardner Dozois
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Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm)
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3-0 out of 5 stars good stories; no erotica
The title is something of a misnomer: while the stories do center around the ghosts and love theme, not one of them could be considered 'erotica'. There are some good stories though (some of them previously unpublished) -- LeGuin's "Unchosen Love"; Mary Rosenblum's "The Gardener"; Pat Cadigan's "She's Not There"; Maureen F. McHugh's funny and touching "In The Air"; and Michael Stanwick's "North of Diddy-Wah-Diddy", about a train ride to hell.

5-0 out of 5 stars The book captured my heart. I couldnt put it down.
Killing Me Softly:Erotic Tales of Unearthly Love was the best book I have ever read. The author captured what true Love,Hate,Death and Life mean to people in every word that was written. This book captured my heart like no other in the world. It is truly a classic book of love stories.

4-0 out of 5 stars erotic, adult ghost stories
_Killing Me Softly_ edited by Gardner Dozois is a collection of short stories about love after death. Most of these stories are quite good - the adult equivalent of ghost stories with an erotic bent.

The authors represent a good cross-section of the fantasy, science fiction, and alternative fiction genres, and the collection sports some well-known names. Recommended for those who believe in the power of love after death and enjoy a good ghost story. ... Read more

95. Incubus (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
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Catlog: Book (2000-05-02)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Average Customer Review: 2.49 out of 5 stars
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Incubus (from Latin incubare, to lie upon): 1. an evil spirit or demon thought in medieval times to lie on women, seeking sexual intercourse; 2. a nightmare.
Succubus: a female demon who preys similarly on sleeping men.

The acclaimed author of Sister Wolf ("A powerful haunting tale"--Jean Strouse, Newsweek) and Group Sex ("A rich and original stunner"--Cleveland Plain Dealer) now gives us her most thrilling and beautifully written novel.

        Surrounded by hills and pasturelands, the town of Dry Falls is a thriving agricultural community. The town itself and St. Anthony's, the local church, are deeply rooted in the natural order--blissfully ordinary and uneventful. But suddenly life in Dry Falls begins to go awry. A heat wave spikes in March; a three-month drought blights farms and gardens; animals give birth to monsters; women complain of sexual persecution. As one uncanny incident follows another, the natural order is disrupted. The townspeople seem to be living under a glass bell: the conditions in Dry Falls extend only as far as its borders--over the town line the weather is seasonable and crops ripen on schedule.

        Marital discord has reached epidemic proportions. In one-third of the households in town, men have lost sexual desire and the women blame them. Henry Lieber is the rector of St. Anthony's. He is an arch-believer, but his faith in the Christian God is wavering. He seeks proof of the spiritual dimension in any form, and will take it as he finds it. His wife, Cora, an expert cook and gardener, is a self-professed materialist, believing that the natural world is wise and orderly, and that the supernatural is the creation of a morbid mind or the product of wishful thinking.

        Evidence of the mysterious evil grows. An outline of the incubus experience gradually emerges. Although the attacker of the townswomen is invisible, every victim refers to it as "he." And it is clear to Henry Lieber, the self-appointed chief investigator, that the Dry Falls invader is both one and many. It takes the shape of traditional entities--an incubus demon, a succubus, a Frankenstein monster, an extraterrestrial, the Blessed Virgin. Its complex and absurd intelligence can masquerade as every kind of supernatural phenomenon.What kind of interaction does it want? Why is Dry Falls the target of demonic infestation? How can Henry Lieber, with his limited Christian magic, prevail against it? There is one thing the townspeople of Dry Falls can be certain of: if one invasion is repelled, another will follow . . .

        Incubus is a novel that lures us into its spellbound world and holds us enthralled.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A horror novel that makes you think
I had to add my two-cent worth and agree with those readers who reviewed this book and found it to be a wonderfully written novel of a woman's, and a towns, descent into hell. Arensberg has taken the myth of the incubus, (an evil spirit that lies on women in their sleep, pinning them down to have sexual intercourse with them), and has asked the question "What if?". What makes this story truly frightening is the way she blends the myth of the incubus into a 21st century setting, a small town in Maine in 1974. Told in retrospective by Cora Whitman, the wife of the local Episcopal minister, she begins to notice the subtle changes that are happening to the people of Dry Falls. But then things take a nasty turn, and Cora finds herself a victim of the evil that has settled over Dry Falls. Arensberg writes with a slow, matter of fact pace yet she is able to evoke a sense of doom and despair. She is a wonderful writer, the scenes she creates pull you in with characters that are real and fully developed. Arensberg has written a horror novel of a higher caliber, and she is one hell of a storyteller.

3-0 out of 5 stars Post-Modern Battle Between Good and Evil
Whatever the larger story, allegorical or not, that Ann Arensberg weaves within the more than competent text of her horror novel "Incubus", her lack of sustaining the suspense and her inability to create an empathic connection with any of the ravaged women in her Hawthornian-cloned New England town, renders that second literary dimension where "message" and "symbolism" may be concealed, too obscure and tedious to determine.

Is "Incubus" on a literary level, a retelling in reverse of one of Hawthorne's dark contemplative tales pitting good against evil? Is it like "Young Goodman Brown", the short story of a psychological journey where middle-aged faithless Cora, wife of an Episcopalian minister has been so inured by the late 20/21st century fascination in all things New Age mystical that her innate skepticism turns her towards finding an explanation for the odd occurrences in Dry Falls, Maine in the realm of aliens and UFOS rather than in believing in an actual manifestation of good old fashioned evil of the-tempting-by-Satan brand? Christianity and its traditions are not strong enough or viable enough to conquer the oddball extra-terrestrial imaginings that it does not define; its function is to save the soul. But what if you don't have a soul to save? What good is Christianity then?

What a great concept for a story. If only it had worked on a purely suspenseful level. But, alas, I must submit to the bewilderment conjurred by Arensberg's mundane style that works when describing gardening hints, recipe advise and disdain over husband Henry's lack of interest in the more intimate realms of married life. Does she employ this same straight-forward technique when describing her coupling with the incubus of the title simply because she wants to appear 21st century jaded, immune to the truely horrific after a steady diet of the likes of Hannabal Lector and Freddy Kruger in all their graphic gory splendor? Perhaps. Or maybe she is just giving a respectful nod to old Nathaniel, imitating his 19th century style.

And how this would have worked, if only the story had taken on big black leathery bat wings and soared into that part of the psyche that shakes weak traditions and the most steadfast of religious foundations. "Incubus" just doesn't go there---and I am not talking about Stephen King territory; throughout my reading of this novel I felt the need to beg for some episode which actually left my skin in a goosebump state on a purely mind game level. All of Arensberg's clever little Hawthorne reversals travel within a medium which doesn't have the clout to deliver any impact. We, the readers, wallow in our own jadedness, we wait for something to happen, some momentous moment where it will all click and allow some back-pedaling insight to wash over the montony of the story. This never happens. Alas.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too mundane for horror genre
Cora's endless details of her mundane life drag this story down. The interesting scenes are buried in and amongst the chit-chatty monologues about her mother's garden, (...), her cooking, and the weather.

I tried my best to get into this book but after 200 hundred pages, the horror bits were just too far and few between. There was too much local gossip. I think the author was trying to write in the style of Lovecraft but she kept getting bogged down in too much detail.

4-0 out of 5 stars Disturbing but a tad too slow for my tastes
I managed to find the book both compelling and, at the same time, a bit tedious. The underlying story was interesting enough for me to want to continue turning the pages while I often became frustrated at Cora's rambling style of telling the story and her lengthy descriptions of everything surrounding her. Some details were interesting (gardening) while others made me smile (especially those of her friends sex lives) but many were just plain dull. This tidbit, taken from a scene where Cora is describing herself, could just as well describe the author's method of telling her story: "When he (Cora's husband) told me a story I made him repeat himself. When he baptized an infant I asked him to describe the christening dress." (...)Guess this book disturbed me on a level that I wasn't aware of! And, here I thought I was too jaded to be bothered by a story.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great...
I was expecting a ton of "scares" but only really got a a small handful. There was an amazingly intense scene involving a dog, and that one scene alone is worth a star! But, the author spent way too much time talking about "cooking and gardening" that it took me out of the main storyline. She brought up a number of very interesting ideas and concepts that I would have liked to see explored more, but...and the ending left me a tiny bit confused. Overall, I would recommend the novel, but it could have been great, when it ended up being good! ... Read more

96. Lilitu
by Russell W. Patt
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Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
Publisher: Writer's Showcase Press
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Lilitu, aka Lilith, is well known as the Demoness Queen Succubus who has sex with men as they slumber. She is purported to be the wicked demoness who causes infants to suddenly die in their cribs. Is she this horrible monster? The Patriarch would lead you to believe so. Is there some great conspiracy fostered by the ancients? Was the story of Lilith deliberately omitted from the Book of Genesis?

Follow Professor Gerard Cantowski, a self proclaimed celibate, through a whirlwind of erotic hauntings, seemingly demonic visitations, and almost devilish sexual encounters as he discovers the truth. Walk a few miles in his shoes down the road of discovery that leads him to the New Matriarch and the apocalyptic end of the Patriarch. ... Read more

97. Dark Revenge: A Vampire Story
by Liberty
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
Publisher: Writers Club Press
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Dark shadows fall across the shores of the Atlantic Ocean as an evil being arrives in Florida. Karl Braun takes revenge against the man who tried to destroy him a half century earlier.In this erotic vampire tale, five terrified people unite to battle the forces of evil. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars True Vampire Story
I liked this book a lot. Its not the kind of vampire that you want to like but I liked the characters. In his life, the vampire has stayed many places, he was made a vampire while in the intention of commiting adultry but his lady in the night turned out to be a differnt kind of lady of the night than he expected.
Fearing for his life, the vampire flees from Brazil where the inhabitants there have caught on to him. He comes to Florida and inadvertantly encounters a few people who set off his desire for revenge against a man that tried to destroy him while he was in India. The vampire is originally from Germany.
In Florida, the vampire causes much pain. However, he should have gone someplace else instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleased
I was looking at the vast collection of vampire fiction and was suprised to find a book that has captured the feel of the original works. I've always liked vampire fiction but have found new books trying to change the nature of the beast and am pleased to say that this story still has the beast in original form. Two fangs, controlled with more of the raw lust of blood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark Revenge
Dark Revenge is a horror vampire novel filled with tension. The same as in real life, the characters don't suspect a vampire is in the works as, the same as in real life, who would suspect such a thing. If someone told them, they would probably laugh, but before this novel is over, no one is laughing.

The vampire has it in for one of the main characters and the vampire does everything he can to destroy this man mentally before attacking him physically.

Worth a read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
I bought and read this book and really enjoyed it. It was smooth read that kept my interest from beginning to end. I found myself actually afraid of this vampire. Worth a read, no doubt about it! ... Read more

98. Flesh Fantastic
by Amarantha Knight
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Catlog: Book (1995-09-01)
Publisher: Rhinoceros Publications
Sales Rank: 1101430
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99. Wolfpack Volume 1: A Gallery Girls Book
by Various
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: SQP
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In the company of animals they travel, as no other humans can. These are women who command the creatures of the land, sky, and sea to do their bidding. Fearsome wolves, noble eagles, wild gorillas, even lions and tigers and bears - oh my! They're all held under the thrall of their female leaders. Illustrating such fanciful and fantastic images are: Tomas Giorello, Boada, Daniel Pascarelli, Mike Hoffman, Del Rivero, Ruben Meriggi, Bachs, Quintabani, and Maraschi to name just a few. ... Read more

100. Crimson Embrace Volume Five: A Gallery Girls Book
by Not Applicable (Na ), Various
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Catlog: Book (1999-04-15)
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To sustain their bizarre "life"-styles, these undead divas use their irresistible charms and unquenchable thirsts to take another poor fool's life. Their last moments however, are drenched in pure scarlet ecstasy! Vampire vixens, alluringly illustrated by such nocturnal notables as Mitch Byrd, Maraschi, Fastner & Larson, Mike Hoffman, James Ryman, Flint Henry, Blas Gallego, Tomas Giorello, and many more. Cover by Greg Loudon. ... Read more

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