Monthly Archives: April 2015

KissCast Storytime

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The lovely and brilliant Molly Moore of Molly’s Daily Kiss has a new feature of her podcast, the KissCast. It’s a story time where different authors and bloggers read their own work. This sort of thing really excites me, especially the fact that fiction and nonfiction appear together in one episode, so when Molly asked if I’d like to contribute a piece, the answer was yes. (Actually, the answer was really OH MY GOD, YES! ARE YOU KIDDING?!? but I’m going to pretend I played it cool).

The piece I ended up recording is a short story called “Resurrection”. It was the third erotic story I ever had accepted for publication and was meant to appear in Best Men’s Erotica 2014. Sadly, the publisher closed before the anthology could be released, but I’ve always had a special attachment to this piece, so it made me really happy to read it for this episode. The story is HERE on my blog if you’d like to read the text.

There are three other authors in this episode and all of them turn in really impressive readings. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing B.D. Swain read live and she’s as good recorded as she is in person. Her story “Frame by Frame” is a subtle knock out. Likewise, my lovely friend and partner-in-crime, Jade A. Waters, turns in a flat out charming reading of her story, “Toys”. Rounding things out, Michael Malflic reads his post, “Watching her cum” with all of the straightforward, slightly wicked and very sexy perspective I’ve come to read in his writing.

It’s an impressive group and I’m proud to be in there with them. So, if you want to hear some amazingly hot sex writing read by the people that wrote the words, please do check the episode out.

Review: Darker Edge of Desire

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Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romanceedited by Mitzi Szereto. Tempted Romance. (February 2014).

There are collections that you read anytime, and those you save for when you’re in a certain mood. They aren’t for everyday, but when you’re ready for them, they’re perfect. It’s sort of like the difference between drinking a glass of wine while you cook dinner and drinking a Kir Royale while you order your steak.

Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance, Mitzi Szereto’s newest anthology for Cleis Press’s Tempted Romance imprint, is one of those collections that fits into the latter category. It’s all black velvet, moonlight and Kir Royale. Now, I’m going to be honest – this collection is not going to appeal to everyone, nor, as I’ve already implied, is it going to fit every mood. That said, if you have a fondness for Poe, gothic mansions, murderous husbands and lovely women committed to insane asylums of questionable repute, this will very likely suit you.

The anthology as a whole works because Ms. Szereto knows the subgenre very well, and her familiarity with gothic literature is evident in her choices. While all of the stories are reasonably good to excellent, the ones that truly stood out for me are those that nod directly at the gothic literature of the 19th century – “The Wicked Wife” by T.C. Mill, Adrien Ludens’s “Reynold’s Tale”, “Moonfall” by Rose de Fer and “Lightening in a Bottle” by Kim Knox.

These modern decedents of Poe, Bluebeard and Walpole made me smile as much as they turned me on. Let me clarify – they made me smile the smile of a lit. geek who majored in the Victorian novel. Intellectually, I enjoyed their cleverness as much as I emotionally and sexually enjoyed the hotness of the scenarios. Other standouts where “Blood Soup” by Benji Bright and “Devoured by Envy” by Jo Wu, based purely on the strength of the writing and the way the stories pulled me in. I’d have loved there to be more of both.

On the whole, I enjoyed the collection a great deal, but with that I have to acknowledge the fact that I have the occasional taste for the baroque, dark and gothic. If what I’ve described intrigues, then I would say that Darker Edge of Desire will be your cup of tea. That said, its appeal is pretty specific, so if you’re not into sex tinged with werewolves, revenge and mystery, I might suggest trying something else. For the right reader though, this collection is a treat.

You can find The Darker Edge of Desire at the following purveyors of fine erotic literature:

Amazon

Amazon, UK

Cleis Press

Barnes & Noble

Powell’s Books