I’ve been ploughing my way through the sexy and disturbing Libidinous Zombie: An Erotic Horror Collection, edited by Rose Caraway and featuring Jade A. Waters, Tamsin Flowers, Remittance Girl, Allen Dusk, Malin James, Raziel Moore and Janine Ashbless. The summary reads:
This book is erotic. This book is horrifying. This book is cunning. This book is edgy, seductive, violent, fiendish, indecent, and unfair. This collection is a work of fiction. Consider yourself trigger warned.
Overall this erotic horror anthology is well-crafted and the stories and author voices are varied. Admittedly, a couple of the pieces didn’t do it for me, but that’s down to my personal tastes than the ideas themselves (all ideas are worthy of time and energy). The length of each piece provides bite-sized chunks of erotica that can be read during free moments. Stories that particularly stood out:
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, by Janine Ashbless, which has a terrific male POV voice and tight, active prose. The sex is intense, relentless and hot, much like the subject of the main character’s interest.
Devil Winds, by Rose Caraway was also strong, a delicious tale of vengeance with some evocative sensory descriptions. I love personification done well, and in this story the wind is very much a supporting character.
Alice in the Attic, by Malin James, a well-written story that explores mental illness, manipulation and inappropriate lust, with a nice twist at the end that I didn’t expect. I enjoy erotica that tantalises and makes me wait a little while for payoff.
I also stumbled upon Tasting the Doctors – A Thorough Public Exam, by Anna Cromwell. This story is extremely tongue-in-cheek and had me chuckling a number of times, and providing you go into it with that in mind the characters are an absolute riot. It’s fast-paced and not to be taken too seriously.
Young, sexy, and inexperienced Olivia finds herself reunited with the handsome, well-endowed Dr. Droll in yet another lusty encounter.
More reviews and recommendations to come soon.