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101. Distorture (Black Ice Books)
by Rob Hardin
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Asin: 1573660272
Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Black Ice Books
Sales Rank: 967460
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Distorture is a very unusual, elegantly designed (and illustrated) collection of short stories and a few poetic essays--densely embroidered with expressions like "a sandpainting of empty bodies and fixed lamprey eyes," and "the stained remains lay plainly disembrained." Rob Hardin is dark, challenging, cruel, and often hilarious. He alludes to Charles Baudelaire, David Koresh, Jacques Lacan, Joel-Peter Witkin, Minnie Mouse. He gives us "Twenty-Five Reasons for Liking Horror." He is a musician as well as writer, and he surgically splices what he calls "linear dissonant counterpoint" right into the reader's brain. Poppy Z. Brite found Distorture so disturbing, she couldn't finish it. For me, Hardin's word-magic induces a gorgeous, razor-edged nightmare from which I wish never to awake. I think Jim Goad, author of The Redneck Manifesto, sums it up best: "There is a brief moment in which the abused shakes off his chrysalis and turns into the abuser. This book freezes that moment and runs it through a series of rigorous forensic tests." ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Junk
This book is junk. The writer tries to be clever, but fails. Hackneyed, uninspired sentences, bland violence, and an incredible amount of pretense. No wonder this writer has no other books out. One pitch, one miss. At least I didn't spend too much money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too much writing, not enough said
Hardin's writing is engorged with creative descriptions
of unattractive things. I like really excellent descriptions
of unattractive things. Full and creative descriptive writing
used to good effect can make for engrossing and vivid stories.

Unfortunately, all Hardin gives us in Distorture are full
and creative descriptions tossed at the reader like chang
being thrown to a street creature. You see what I mean?
If he can learn to string these evocative phrases into a
cohesive picture, he will be a force to be reckoned with.
His choices of subject for his vignettes are intriguing and
his take on the subjects interesting.

I will be keeping an eye out for his future work, but
Distorture was not worth the time I spent reading it.

5-0 out of 5 stars a beautifully orchestrated song translated to words
My brain has been reduced to a pool of clear liquid; as I type this it is dripping methodically out of my ears. I hope it doesn't stain the carpet. Rob Hardin is to blame for this, and really, it's an experience I wish I could repeat over and over again. Distorture is pure, distilled intelligence blended with the most basic of human emotions to create a collection of stories that scarify the mind and leave the reader in utter awe. Excuse me while my head implodes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dissonant Portraiture.
Witness today's overhip lit: rock lyric quoting, gutter-worshipping fiction by those who mistake posture for content. As if fiction must reverberate with the quirks and affectations of fleeting fads to ensure its validity. As if it can't stand on its own without a crutch of trendy reference. As if literature is not itself a genuine art form, but a pallid lifestyle slide-show, its anemic screen earning merit only when it throws off the correct volley of shabby-pop imagery: Crack. Prostitutes. Meaningful alterna-tunes. Painfully conscious yet infuriatingly unexamined slouching.

A cursory glance at Rob Hardin's short story collection, Distorture, might lead one to identify it with the above. After all, the opening tale, "Knives for a Narcoleptic," seems to have all the attributes in place: a street-level Alphabet City backdrop, delinquent youths with names like "Ratboy;" drugs, music, scarification, mutilation, etc. However, these surface symptoms aren't given the treatment we've come to expect from the slacker hacks: This time around, the characters aren't archetypes or constructs supporting a trite political or cultural stance. Neither grubby angels nor totems of cool, they are instead substantial and ironic explorations. The teens in this story who play grisly doctor with an unconscious woman are each cast in an unsympathetic light that reveals more sinuous personality curves than dreamed of by ten sex-positive pornographers. (And, yes, despite the naturalistic characterization, it's still a very *artificial* scenario -- but why shouldn't it be? This is fiction, not journalism.) Behold adolescent Tim's never-neatly-resolved conflict of lust and scruple: "He's probably only ever lost it about girls with scars. He swabs the blood off her stomach, the edges of the scalpel's lineations still transparent white. He puts his lips to the design, feels horrible, pulls away. Then sneaks another look, lives there for days. He ministers to her back, imagining scenarios in which he alone cares for her-his whispered enchantments resurrecting her health." Clearly, this isn't some simple role-playing fantasy designed to reinforce one's comfy notions of outsider status: Pandering to the reader has no place in serious characterization. Real psychic perspectives are agonizing labyrinths-never pat, never easy. Though a twit, Tim is granted dimension-a brave move, and the best one in this case, even if it means that Hardin's refusal to flatten the story's dynamics into a sermon will be construed by the witless as cruel or unsympathetic. In fact, it's often in this very absence of a comfort level that the author's ambitions are most visible, and we see that this type of debased scenario has at last been put to profound use.

The influences at work in Distorture result in ornate and complex prose that further subverts the familiar subject matter. It's no mistake that names like Dowson, Poe and Beddoes surface sporadically in the texts, and if the autobiographical essay "An Inquiry Into Subjective Evolution" is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the passage on Baudelaire's significance comes off as earnest. Hardin repeatedly utilizes 19th Century literary aesthetics to achieve effect in a manner that still manages to sound thoroughly modern, thus demonstrating the enduring strengths of Edwardian dissipation and French Decadence. Musical influences abound as well: A trained musician, Hardin is clearly mindful of counterpoint when using articulate, elegant language to verbalize surreal and futuristic imagery: "Fish-eyed, famished, I gaped at addiction's fata morgana; I'd never seen a giant skull before, but there it was, sprouting quads and veinage like the lode that squats on a victim's bulging neck." Composers' names come up often, and one group of pieces, which appear to have been based around musical structures, is gathered in a separate section labeled "Orchestrations." Fortunately, Hardin displays a wide musical palette, ranging from discordant fugues ("Matterland") to darkly harmonious chaconnes ("Val Demar's Pear").

With all of this going for Distorture, it's odd that many of the book's readers seem to notice only its most superficial, sensational qualities-corpses, rough trade, Lower East Side appeal, etc. These elements, integral as they often are to the stories, are still merely the subject matter. The real reason to pick up Distorture is not because it might define your subculture or tell you what it's like on the streets. This is a volume of carefully wrought and revised, icepick-sharp prose. It's the work of an author who invests a great measure of thought into his writing. This may not seem fashionable, but it's what we need.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pretentious exercise in self-display
"Distorture" is a plodding and self-regarding debut from writer-studio musician Rob Hardin. "Distorture"is by far inferior to the stories of another writer/musician, M. Gira, titled "The Consumer", which explore virtually the same themes with greater success. The stories in Hardin's collection, by contrast, propounded by its promoters in such empty, gimmicky phrases as "fiercely modern" and "lyrically demented", are not only dreary and unattractive, but artificial, with strained attempts at pseudo-erudition. Hardin strives for originality with the steadfastness of a constipator trying to unburden his agonised bowels, the result being discordant thought, fragmentary narratives, unfathomably elaborate page layouts and illustrations, in addition to forced, obviously "concocted" imagery, e.g. "the stained remains lay plainly disembrained" and so forth. Here is a quotation more illustrative of Hardin's "word-magic" and "profundity": "When writing seems poised like a window between reader & speaker, its opacity is gloved in a veneer of transparence." A prize for the first who is able to decipher this delirious, almost self-parodying rattle of words. ... Read more


102. Half Past the Witching Hour
by Terry Lloyd Vinson
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103. Sex Macabre
by Amarantha Knight
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Catlog: Book (1996-07-01)
Publisher: Rhinoceros Publications
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars interesting variety
There are a variety of authors included in this book, some of whom I was rather surprised to see in such "hardcore" surroundings, not always pleasantly. A few of the stories are titillating and interesting while some (toward the end of the book)belong in the last few Hot Blood books along with the rest of the erotic horror schlock. But the good stories by the truly talented authors are what make this book worth reading and owning. ... Read more


104. The Kiss
by Kathryn Reines
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: Avon Books (Mm)
Sales Rank: 933460
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars not the usual vampire book
If you like vampire romance the traditional way such as writers like Amanda Ashley, Feehan, etc, you will not like this book. It starts out with a good story and then goes downhill from there, I skipped about 29 pages just to get through to the end. The way a vampire is turned is gross and ridiculous (males have to have (...) intercourse with other male vampires while they are having (...)with a female vampire, and more) If you like vampire stories that have the male vampire falling in love and staying with his love and defending her, etc, DO NOT get this book. Its trash.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not your average Vampire story
I enjoyed this story. I was impressed by the uniqueness of it. There were several things that were different about it compared to other Vampire storys-The way a Vampire is turned, the process they go through ,ect.
It was an interesting variation from the genre.It makes you want to keep reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars horrifically sexy read, enticing
this book was full of sex, suspense, and action. It was also a very sad story, especially when maria loses her true love, gregor. Some parts of the story can be a bit boring, especially the part of rebecca's former lover eric chases her through Romania to find her. However, the plot still stays fast-paced and alive, so it's a good read, and makes up for it. It's also good that the author made this take place in Romania, the same place where bram stoker's dracula takes place. We get to learn a lot about the nazis and vampires beacuse it's in the same place where the greatest of horror stories and vampire stories ever became published, so it's good it took place in romania. I learned that the drinking of human blood isn't purely evil, but it's a way for the undead to express their love in allusion to sexuality. Lastly, the ending is a bit elusive and ambiguous, so you're left for yourself to decide what happens at the very end. An evasive ending can be more enticing and the mysteriousness can be illuminating. Overall, an excellant, darkly gruesome, wonderfully sexy read!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Vampire Novels I Have Ever Read
While fleeing Nazis in prewar Berlin, two Americans (Richard Anderson and Rebecca Bittan) are invited to seek refuge in a Romanian castle owned by Countess Maria Viroslav and her husband, Count Alexander Viroslav. (The latter two are vampires.) Neither Richard nor Rebecca are ready for what will come next: a fierce double play of seduction to create two more vampires. And the count and countess certainly have no limits to how far they will go sexually. Homophobics beware.

I read "The Kiss" way back in high school ('96 or '97), and it's still one of my absolute favorites. If you like vampires, sex, and the 1930s, then I highly recommend you read this book. You won't be disappointed. Another good vampire book is "Dark Dance" by Tanith Lee, the first in its series, followed by two others: "Personal Darkness" and "Darkness, I".

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is so Intoxicating, I coudn't wait to buy it!
It drives U insane with lustful inquiries and steals the moment U R hidin in it. The imagination creates this wonderful masterpiece. It would make a great Movie, if only The movies were worthy of such seducing roles to make it as good as the book. I can't wait to read it again. ... Read more


105. The Big Payback
by Betty›B.››› Byers, Betty B. Byers
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
Publisher: Writers Club Press
Sales Rank: 1153693
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A mesmerizing, romantic thriller that holds you captive and hanging on for the next adventure. It’s an action-packed erotic teaser that brims with suspense and innuendo.The web that Edmond Waverly Windbrook III weaves will astound you.Rich and manipulative, he attracts the attention of the elegant and stunning Pepper Hankerson.Their complex encounters prove to be the impetus for an intriguing turn of events.

Micah McCall and Juanita Sanchez, Pepper’s two best friends, seek revenge for an attack that Pepper suffers.It’s an uphill battle, but they are determined to succeed.As fate would have it, they get their chance to intervene.They waste no time in stepping forward, insuring their vow of “the big payback”.

You’re in for the ride of your life and will be titillated by the steamy antics of all three MJP executives.The incomparable, dashing Johnny Diamond adds just the manly touch that will pull you in and keep you enamored.

Full of twists and turns that rivet, The Big Payback will catapult you from Atlanta to Acapulco and then on to the fashion capitals of Paris and Milan.

This is one read you won’t want to put down.It will keep you ensnared until you have turned the last page. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Payback CAN be sweet
Micah, Juanita and Pepper have been best friends since their teen years and have always had each other's back. When Pepper's husband, Edmond Waverly Windbrook III--a very sick and disturbed man--beats Pepper almost to death, Micah and Juanita seek the ultimate payback: the demise of Edmond. This is just a small intro to the world of Betty B. Byers' erotic thriller, "The Big Payback," a novel that is fast paced and full of intriguing characters that will keep your interests piqued.

What I enjoyed the most about "The Big Payback" is its smooth pacing. Byers has a tight style that enables her to tell readers exactly what they need to know and it made for a fast and smooth read. Characters are well drawn out, and I would dare anyone to find a character as despicable and mentally twisted as Edmond. I found myself wanting to get in on the payback and do some damage. Aside from the round characters, quick pacing and the multitude of plot twists that make the story compelling, I did have one major drawback. Throughout the story, sections of the story were "block quoted" and slowed my reading. These sections were meant to provide--I think--in depth analysis on a character's motivation, or to go into a flashback, etc. In the end, these sections were slow reading, and they felt like information that I wanted embedded into the story and not bracketed off from the story.

Overall, "The Big Payback" is a novel that I would definitely recommend, and I plan to check out Byers' previous work and take note of any future novels.

Shon Bacon

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Balance of Characters
Ms. Byers has a winner here, I can't wait for the movie version. The ladies (Nini, Micah & Pepper) are delicious and carefully treated by Ms. Byers. All-around great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bet on Betty!
Betty B. Byers has that touch...I couldn't put it down and I want more! Atlanta needs to have a Betty B. Byers Day - a must read for upwardly mobile urban professionals or anyone interested in a wonderful group of characters, each presented with the master touch of Betty. Guys & gals alike will love this one...she takes you on a journey from Atlanta to Acapulco, to Paris and Milan...then back to Atlanta. I want to seee these characters again, especially Johnny Diamond. Wait until you get a load of Edmond...all of the characters are essential to this well spun story. I've got to read Betty's Wired for Murder, but I can't wait for more of this group of characters in her promised sequel. Thank you Betty B. Byers - what a wonderful journey.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BIG PAYBACK
Outstanding work by Betty B. Byers...I couldn't put it down. It has a wonderful group of key characters with each providing an essential link to the overall storyline (i.e., they aren't around just to add characters)...I can't wait to see some of them again (perhaps a sequel soon?). Betty's eye for detail is superb and the ease in which she takes us from Atlanta to Acapulco, to Paris and Milan and back is without any effort on our part...we can just sit back and enjoy. I say, MORE from Betty B. Byers...she really puts her heart into her work...you know that she wants you to enjoy every step of the journey. Share this one with friends...you urban singles will love it. There should be a Betty B. Byers Day in Atlanta for her positive treatment of an often overlooked and/or downplayed portrayal of its rising stars and young professionals. Guys will love this book as much as the ladies...there's something for everyone. ... Read more


106. Too many blind spots in Kubrick sex thriller: Only filmaker's fanatics can endure this mess.(Metropolitan Times)(Arts & Entertainment)(Movies) : An article from: The Washington Times
by Gary Arnold
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This digital document is an article from The Washington Times, published by News World Communications, Inc. on July 16, 1999. The length of the article is 2438 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: Too many blind spots in Kubrick sex thriller: Only filmaker's fanatics can endure this mess.(Metropolitan Times)(Arts & Entertainment)(Movies)
Author: Gary Arnold
Publication: The Washington Times (Newspaper)
Date: July 16, 1999
Publisher: News World Communications, Inc.
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107. Uprising: The Suspense Thriller
by Randy Boyd
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What if a pop star as famous as Michael Jackson or Madonna, an athlete as big as Michael Jordan and a tycoon as powerful as Ted Turner were all secretly gay? What if they all joined forces to assassinate a homophobic, Jessie Helms-type senator? What if the FBI got wind of this threesome and assigned a straight undercover agent to investigate? A straight undercover agent who's a tough, blond, muscular ex-athlete, chosen because the bureau knows the pop star has an irresistible attraction to tough, blond, muscular ex-athletes?

Would the senator find a hole in his head, ending his re-election hopes? Would the gay community want such a violent solution? Would the closeted celebrities be cunning enough to pull it off? Or would they be done in by their own egos? Or worse--would the pop star succumb to his lust for a hunk of a dream man who's really out to bust what he snidely called the Gay Goodfellas?

These are the questions asked and answered in the sexy suspense thriller, Uprising by Randy Boyd. Uprising takes premises and situations previously commandeered by straight books and films--think Grisham, think Clancy, think Crichton--and claims them for the gay community.

Along the way, the novel takes twists and turns through such venues as the Hollywood Hills, Atlantic City, the NBA playoffs, LA's gay pride celebration and the back roads of the Deep South. And it's not just the celebrities who have all the fun and suspense. To wage their war, they team up with a radical group that suspiciously resembles the real life AIDS activist group known as ACT UP.

But Uprising is not just a homocentric perspective on politics, love and sex. The straight undercover agent posing as a gay activist is forced to re-examine his previously set-in-stone hetereosexist existence. At the heart of this thriller is a game of mental and physical cat and mouse between two men--one black and gay, the other straight and white. The FBI was right: the black pop star falls for the white ex-athlete/agent. Their lives become irrevocably intertwined. The agent wants the glory of busting a case he hopes will be bigger than O.J., but won't get what he needs--information and evidence--unless he truly becomes a gay man in every way, including sexually. The pop star is in love, but doesn't know how much he can trust this new romance until he can be completely honest about his plans for the assassination, a secret that, if revealed, would surely be the end of any uprising. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars This book made me think!
I'm a pacifist and Uprising made me very uncomfortable, but in a good way. It made me think about my views and was extremily entertaining. I'm not sure I've ever read anything like it. It's great to finally see black gay characters like Othello, the pop singer, in the lead role. The sexual tension between him and Raider, the straight white FBI agent was HOT!

5-0 out of 5 stars AN INVENTIVE GAY THRILLER
UPRISING by Randy Boyd is that rare creature, a gay political thriller. This kind of story is most often found in the work of Michael Crichton and John Gresham, not on the gay fiction shelves. I can actually only think of one other book like this one, Felice Picano's totally engrossing THE LURE. Both books deal with undercover espionage within gay political groups and both entertain their readers as well, if not better, than their straight counter parts.

UPRISING features Othello, one of the biggest music stars on the planet, and a closeted homosexual. After finding out that he is HIV positive, Othello has a burning need to help jump start a gay revolution. To this end he enlists two other high profile closet cases, one a media mogul (think Ted Turner) the other, Americas greatest basketball player (think Michael Jordan). Together these three become the "Wise men" anonymously funding gay charity work and covertly funding gay counter-bashing across the country. Into the picture steps Raider Kincaid, an undercover FBI agent and the walking epitome of everything Othello has ever wanted in a boyfriend. He is a former lacrosse star and blonde Adonis out to bust this gay conspiracy. He is a man's man, but is he as straight as he thinks he is?

It is my sincere wish that more novels like this were available in the gay market. Randy Boyd has truly created an exciting piece of fiction here, full of breath taking close calls and heart pounding bravado. At the same time we the reader care about the characters in this novel. All are three dimensional and beautifully thought out. Some might argue that the entire premise is too far fetched to be believed, but isn't that what a political thriller is all about? Does anyone really think THE FIRM was viable? NO...but that didn't stop it from selling a gazillion copies. If the story is riveting, and this one certainly is, we are able to suspend our disbelief and dive right in to the churning narrative pool. I could not stop eagerly swimming through this book until I reached the highly dramatic conclusion, and what more could work from this genre ask for?

3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but requires much suspension of incredulity
Unlike other amazon reviewers, I liked the last part of the book (more than "the ending") the best. I have had some of the fantasies that propel the action of the book. The convergence of the three "Wise Men" stretches disblief, but what gave me the most difficulty was believing that the FBI would send someone undercover with as little "basic training" (like, say vocabulary drill) or backgrounding as Raider has, and that anyone could cover up such ignorance.

Some of the characters (Freedom, Deon) were developed; others (Jasper, Bruce, and the way-too-unsuspicious Othello) were insufficiently developed (with Raider somewhere in between). The book was sufficiently interesting to keep me reading.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good read, but could be better
The premise of this book really got my attention, however I felt somewhat disappointed when it was all over. Although I enjoyed the book, I felt like it was missing that certain something that would have made it great. I wish that there could have been more exploration of The Three Wisemen and an epilogue about what happened to everyone. Overall, a good read, but I wouldn't spend my last dollar on it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A book I'd recommend to others
Uprising had me going till the very last page. I didn't know what was gonna happen. My only regret is that senator... well, I guess I won't give it away. Good book! ... Read more


108. Midnight Mistress: A Dark Erotic Thriller
by Audrey Godwin
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RADIO STEAM QUEEN BY NIGHT - A STALKER'S PREY BY DAY! Romance, breath-taking suspense, and steamy lovemaking distinguish this dazzling new erotic thriller by an author The Romance Studio hails as "a storyteller . willing to think the unthinkable and make it believable. [Audrey Godwin's work] grabs the reader by the throat and won't let go until the very last word."In Midnight Mistress, Brandi Heartt comes of age on the dirt roads and jumping jive joints of the deep south.At an early age she experiences a childhood tragedy and finds herself walking down a dirt road with a cardboard suitcase tied shut with a rope.It was that night that the scared little girl in her teens rose up out of the backwoods of her past and into a glittering future as the notorious steam queen of late night radio, Midnight Mistress.Living in the twinkling city of Los Angeles, she purrs and hisses night after night, making hot, scorching love to her microphone, her dark, whiskey voice covering the city like a sultry blanket.After finding herself engaged in a nail-scratching wrestling match with the station manager, she has her fill of "big city egos" and takes her sizzling Midnight Mistress façade down to the prim and proper city of Savannah.She proceeds to burn up the air waves with her sexy repartee, giving her prudish audience music to make love by.While playing cat and mouse with a deranged fan from out of her past, and causing a red hot scandal among the city officials, she finds the man of her dreams masquerading as a retarded janitor.His soft, liquid kisses leave her weak, but his guarded eyes that peer at her from behind long strands of gold, hide a secret... a secret so devastating that she backs away in disgust... a secret that lurks dark and mysterious behind his clever disguise!Cover: Mia Jennings Mia@somtel.net ... Read more


109. Hahrper & the Thing: A Funny Dirty Horror Novel
by Jeff Hylton
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Steven Isaac Hahrper has devoted his life to the absurdly romantic pursuit of women he barely knows. What Hahrper doesn't know, is that he is haunted by a terrible monster...an ancient Thing which feeds on Hahrper's senseless, fathomless lust.

When Hahrper tires of hollow affairs—and meets a woman with whom he could share true love—the Thing refuses to let Hahrper go. True love contains no nourishment for the Thing. And It will not lose Its fantastic meal-ticket Hahrper.

And, oh, what high jinks ensue...Terrifying visions. Devastatingly erotic visions. A full-length pornographic, yet moralistic Dr.Seuss-style story. Trips to fully-realized personal hells for Hahrper and all his friends. More naked women than even Hahrper could shake a stick at. And, of course, a climactic battle fought atop a fifteen hundred foot replica of Hahrper's own medium-sized pink penis.

All this pulse-pounding, boob-filled action is accompanied by such timeless Steve Hahrper-penned songs as:"Scrumdillyicious Poontang", "Magnet Face", "Why There Must Be Titty-bars In Heaven:", "On The Slopes Of Sarah", and "All Roads Lead To My Dick"...to name a few.

A modern fable about the triumph of true love...and the boundless idiocy of the human male. ... Read more


110. An underreported horror story: writing about the sex-slave trade is a dangerous assignment.(Letter From The Balkans) : An article from: American Journalism Review
by Sherry Ricchiardi
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Title: An underreported horror story: writing about the sex-slave trade is a dangerous assignment.(Letter From The Balkans)
Author: Sherry Ricchiardi
Publication: American Journalism Review (Refereed)
Date: August 1, 2003
Publisher: University of Maryland
Volume: 25Issue: 6Page: 29(1)

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111. Beyond Ordinary Sex
by Marguerite Cravatt
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Beyond Ordinary Sex is a tale of naughty girls. It is a dark comedy based on a true story. If you have ever been curious about Hollywood Call Girls, your curiosity will be satisfied because this story exposes the gritty reality of life in the sex industry.

M., is a grad student and aspiring writer who manages a Hollywood apartment building. When she meets, Alise, a valley-girl rocker who is also a call girl, she becomes intrigued. Alise introduces M to Jewel, a stunning, natural beauty and Crystal, a gothic, new age, spiritualist ... Read more


112. GHOST STORY
by Peter Straub
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In life, not every sin goes unpunished.

GHOST STORY

For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past -- and get away with murder.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A classic!
"...your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions..." Joel, 3:3

In 1979, I discovered the novels of a guy named Stephen King and began reading more extensively in the horror genre. On the prowl for something similar, I happened on Straub's book in the library. I checked it out, little realizing that I had begun a decades long love affair with his work. It's now been almost twenty years since I read it the first time--I've read hundreds of books since then, but few thrilled me like Ghost Story.

Rereading it now, I realize the depth of Straub's accomplishment. Like the legendary storytellers to whom he pays homage, Straub has created a timeless tale of terror, an enduring classic. Reduced to its essentials, Ghost Story is a tale of supernatural revenge. As young men, Ricky Hawthorne, Sears James, Edward Wanderly, Lewis Benedikt and John Jaffrey accidentally kill a woman named Eva Galli. They panic, and decide to cover up her death. Placing her body in a borrowed car, they push the vehicle into a nearby lake. As the car sinks into the muck, they see a sight that haunts them for the rest of their lives: for a moment, it appears as if Eva is still alive, as they catch a glimpse of her face through the rear window. Shaken, they vow to keep her death a secret, and go on with their lives.

Fifty years later, the group still lives in their hometown of Milburn, NY, prosperous and content. Now known as The Chowder Society, they meet on a regular basis to swap ghost stories, but they never speak of Eva. Then, Edward Wanderly dies during a party given in the honor of an actress named Anne-Veronica Moore, apparently of fright. The remaining members experience a series of prophetic dreams in which several of them die. Unable to admit to themselves that Eva Galli has returned to haunt them, they send for Don Wanderley, Ed's nephew. A writer by trade, Don has penned a horror novel called The Nightwatcher, based, we later learn, on his own experiences with Eva, known to him as Alma Mobley.

Don's arrival in Milburn seems to send a signal to the evil which threatens the group, resulting in the deaths of two more of their number. The survivors band with Don and Peter Barnes, a young man whose mother has been killed by Eva and her minions. Together they struggle to locate and destroy their nemesis.

Straub sets the tone for the novel from its first sentences, which express a thought repeated throughout the book. Readers are immediately confronted with the question, "What's the worst thing you've ever done?," followed by the response, "I won't tell you that, but I'll tell you the worst thing that ever happened to me...the most dreadful thing..." Readers are filled with anticipation, wondering what the dreadful thing could be. Straub then proceeds to explore what Stephen King called "a very Jamesian theme...the idea that ghosts, in the end, adopt the motivations and perhaps the very souls of those who behold them." Straub leaves it unclear whether Eva/Alma/Anne Veronica could exist without her victims' belief to sustain her--we never know whether her existence is independent, symbiotic, or totally dependent on those she is out to destroy. Straub's clues muddy the waters, as when Eva and another shapeshifter are asked, "Who are you?" Their answer, "I am you, " is maddening and ambiguous.

Numerous readings reveal how much the book owes to Salem's Lot. Straub has publicly acknowledged this debt, stating that "I wanted to work on a large canvas. Salem's Lot showed me how to do this without getting lost among a lot of minor characters. Besides the large canvas I also wanted a certain largeness of effect. I had been imbued with the notion that horror stories are best when they are ambiguous and low key and restrained. Reading Salem's Lot, I realized that the idea was self defeating."

On reflection, the debt to Salem's Lot is obvious. Both feature small towns under siege from the supernatural. In both, the terror escalates until the towns are threatened with destruction--Jerusalem's Lot is consumed by purifying fire, while Milburn is decimated. In each, a writer's arrival in town seems to trigger disaster. Both writers strike up alliances with young teenagers whose lives are ruined by the terror, Ben Mears with Mark Petrie and Don Wanderly with Peter Barnes. Both forge an almost parental bond with their young allies, replacing those lost parents. In both, the evil lives on--Ben and Mark end up on the run, while Don, after ending the threat of Eva, presumably goes off to face her evil aunt.

In the end, however, Salem's Lot was merely a template, a guide which opened Straub's eyes more fully to the possibilities of horror. Ghost Story is a marriage of two sensibilities: King's, from which it derives its more operatic moments, and Straub's, in that it thoroughly fulfills his literary ambition to expand the boundaries of the traditional ghost story. It also stands as perhaps the first example of Straub's trademark exploration of the power of stories, of the capacity of stories to uncover the truth. Much as King's book stands as a tribute to writers like Bram Stoker and Richard Matheson, Straub's stands as a tribute to writers specifically referenced in the book (Hawthorne, Henry James) and those not (like Poe, Irving, Lovecraft, Bierce and M. R. James) but whose influence is there nonetheless.

Recently, I had the vicarious pleasure of watching my thirteen year old daughter Leigh read this wonderful book for the first time. I took her enthusiastic reaction as validation of my long held opinion that Ghost Story is one of the finest horror novels of the past half century.

5-0 out of 5 stars "What's the most terrible thing you've ever done?"
"What's the most terrible thing you've ever done?"

"I won't tell you that, but I'll tell you the worst thing that ever happened to me...the most dreadful thing" This is how the book opens and comes to life. Boy, does it ever! I first read "Ghost Story" 22 years ago when I was 17 years old. I remember the movie coming out shortly after I read it. The movie version is okay, but really chops up the book. Where is the Lewis Benedikt character in the movie? ... and Edward Wanderly is the mayor of Milburn? No, I'm not going to do a review of the movie, but I must say, that if you really want to enjoy this classic book called "Ghost Story", by all means, read the book where the characters are so rich and full of life.

In Milburn, New York, Ricky Hawthorne, Sears James, Edward Wanderly, Lewis Benedikt and John Jaffrey are young friends on their way to professions in law and medicine. They accidentally kill a woman named Eva Galli. This group living in the 1920s panic and they decide the only thing they can do, cover up Eva's death. They put her "dead" body in a car that was loaned to them and together, push the vehicle into a lake. When the car is sinking they notice something that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Eva moves ("Jesus, she can't, she's dead!"). But yes, it appears that Eva is still alive and they see that she is grinning at them from the rear view window. Grinning! In the book, "Ghost Story" is a tale of supernatural revenge and the Eva Galli character is indeed very evil.

Return 50 years later to Milburn. The group of men are now called the Chowder Society. They have regular meetings and swap Ghost Stories, but have vowed not to speak of Eva Galli and her death. Suddenly, Edward Wanderly dies while interviewing a young actress named Anne-Veronica Moore at a party hosted by John Jaffrey. Edward apparently dies of fright. The remaining members of the Chowder Society are possessed by terrible nightmares where they die. They send for Edwards's young nephew, Don Wanderly, who is a writer of horror novels. Don wrote a recent book called "The Nightwatcher" based, we learn later, on his own experiences with Eva, known to him as Alma Mobley.

Peter Straub wrote a very cerebral book. Ghosts, known in the book as shape shifters, are entities that have been around when humans first began to gather knowledge. "We (Alma talking to Don inside one of Don's hallucinations) have always lived in your dreams and in your worst nightmares" ... the most dreadful thing!

5 Stars!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great...
I read this book because Stephen King praised it so highly in Dance Macabre. In that book, Straub admits what an inspiration 'Salem's Lot was. Reading Ghost Story, one is reminded of 'Salem's Lot. This is not a haunted house story - these "ghosts" can go anywhere and seemingly do anything. The entire town of Milburn is besieged by "ghosts" much the same way 'Salem's Lot is by vampires.

The story is fairly creepy. Five old men share a dark secret. One day a mysterious woman comes to town and the horrors begin. Anything more specific than that would be giving the fun away.

However, even though he is inspired by Stephen King, Peter Straub does not possess King's literary talent; his characters are two-dimensional and the writing seems curiously flat. He lacks King's ability to conjure vivid images and people. This is a bad thing simply because Ghost Story is a LONG novel. Don't read it if you are looking for an intellectual treat. However, if you are a dedicated horror fan, you will appreciate the scares within.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Ghost Story Ever
I was reading some of the reviews and saw that there are a couple of people who didn't like this book. Did they actually read it? I'm a big Stephen King fan and I was reading Danse Macarbe by SK and he recommended Ghost Story, as a matter of fact he seemed to feel it one of the best ghost story's ever written. I was so impressed by his recommendation that I bought the book and read it one cold November weekend in college. That was fifteen years ago and I can still remember being glued to the pages and having my hairs stand on edge. I can't stress enough how haunting the book is and how it just has you wondering what will happen next and something that all good horror novels have to have: characters you truly care about.Though the book is called Ghost Story there are other monsters here and they just make for a great ride.Buy it people you will not be disappointed.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this book for any use other than a sleep aid
After reading so many good reviews on this book, I decided to get it and give it a shot. I had read something by the same author many years ago and remember disliking his writing style (I felt it was on a 6th grade level), so I stayed away for a while. While I don't feel that the book was poorly written, it definitely was NOT good. At all.

This book is not scary. This book is not good. It's not even interesting. About 50% through the book there was one "tense moment," and the rest was drivel. By the end of this predictable book, I just couldn't wait for it to end. Finishing this book was a sheer act of willpower, and an agonizing few days. I would never read this book again, or recommend it to anyone. I will probably never read this author again either. I can't believe the book has so many positive reviews, it boggles my mind...

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113. Ancient Blood - Holiday Stalking
by Kate Hill
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It's Christmastime and vampire Vincent Dilorenzo can't take much more of the good will and cheer. When he's drafted into helping with a church charity drive, he thinks his problems can't get any worse. Then an old rival appears to resurrect painful memories of a past love. Little does Vincent know that an even truer love awaits him during his most dreaded holiday season. ... Read more


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115. Dark Inheritance
by Elaine Feinstein
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A stylish, erotic literary thriller set in Rome. ... Read more


116. Dealer Takes All
by William C. Kemble
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A new strain of serial killer is on the loose in the United States, and his motivation is different from any other known in recorded history. How can he be caught is he doesn't fit the common profile? If the detectives are unable to understand his driving force, he just may be unstoppable.

He has unlimited financial backing and could easily be showcased on Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous. Living aboard the Ivory Swan Song, a magnificent yacht, he vacations between strikes. Detailed descriptions invite you aboard this floating palace where you will vividly enjoy the views, taste the gourmet foods and relax in the lap of luxury.

One thing is for sure. This perp does not like cops. His M.O. is always different with each case.Tauntingly, he leaves the same printed message with each body. In the end, we will find out if the'Dealer Takes All'.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dealer Takes All
I truly enjoyed this first book by local author William C. Kemble. The characters were quite interresting and the plot compelling. There were so many fascinating twists that made me think! I was on the edge of my seat until the very end of the book. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the yacht where the killer spent time between his maniacal sprees. I sure hope that this is not the only novel that this gifted writer plans on releasing. ... Read more


117. The Transition of Sinful Sadie
by Dann Hazel
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Dann Hazel’s riveting psychological thriller explodes with passion and conflict as three people “in transition” struggle—with each other, with a culture that misunderstands them, and with themselves—to find comfort in a world in which they do not belong. Paul Lyles (a.k.a. Sadie Bedenbaugh), a male-to-female transsexual, fights desperately to remain in a deteriorating relationship—and his upcoming surgery certainly won’t help. Wally Bedenbaugh, a closeted gay televangelist, finds himself on a collision course with his faith, his spouse and a domestic terrorist. And Duncan Trace, a religious extremist losing touch with reality, follows a murderous path as he plots the destruction of a media empire.

The Transition of Sinful Sadie is a riveting exploration of fanaticism and terrorism—and the redemptive power of love and acceptance.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Southern dis-Comfort and shenanigans galore
This novel poses an interesting and painful question for gay men. If you had a lover for eight years and then he wanted to become a "she" would you be willing to give up your gay self-identity and continue in what would then be a heterosexual relationship? Okay, what if you were the head of a phenomenally successful televangelist empire and had millions of followers who adored both you as the minister and your "wife" who was really a man--would you then want to risk losing it all if you broke up with "her"? The Transition of Sinful Sadie has to be one of the most unique, absorbing, and entertaining novels I have read in a long time. It has all the intrigue of Jim and Tammy Faye
Bakker's ruined empire, the trappings of a mystery-suspense thriller, a whole rafter full of interesting and twisted characters, as well as a heart as deep as the South. How all the elements play out as this masterful writer weaves his tale is certainly not predictable, and you find yourself rooting for the
darndest people. Every time you begin a new segment of the story or start a new chapter, you'll do so with one eye shut, one eye wide open, afraid to look and afraid not to look. Almost any one of the characters could hold center stage in the title. Each one is finely drawn with his/her own unique traits. Even the villain is at times a sympathetic character. Well worth the read and deserves great recognition as a truly unique work of fiction. ---Ronald L. Donaghe, author of The Salvation Mongers. ... Read more


118. I Shudder at Your Touch: Four Tales of Sex and Horror (2 Audio Cassettes)
by Michelle Slung
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119. Wannabe-erotic thriller 'Femme Fatale' a bust.(FLORIDA WEST) : An article from: Sarasota Herald Tribune
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This digital document is an article from Sarasota Herald Tribune, published by Sarasota Herald-Tribune on November 6, 2002. The length of the article is 417 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: Wannabe-erotic thriller 'Femme Fatale' a bust.(FLORIDA WEST)
Publication: Sarasota Herald Tribune (Newspaper)
Date: November 6, 2002
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120. Guilty
by Sky Gilbert, Sky Gillbert
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4-0 out of 5 stars An entertaining comic-thriller for the adventurous reader
Sky Gilbert makes a very successful transition into narrative prose with his first novel, a comic-thriller. In true Gilbert fashion, the novel is outlandish and shocking, but suprisingly educational for those unfamiliar with the politico-sexual intricacies of the homosexual community. I'm certain in several years time, "Guilty" will emerge as a groundbreaking novel, as sure to instigate debate as it will entertain. ... Read more


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