I am a horror book lover yet this is my first time reading short horror stories by different writers in one volume. I was really impressed how well all the writing went together. No story was out of place and ever single one had some shocking, gory or totally out there ending. Of course the spicy part is that this is a collection of short erotic horror stories and man, some of them left me sitting there with my hand over my mouth in disbelief of the crazy story I just read. It appears to me that sex and horror go hand in hand like Hansel and Gretel and they are nearly synonymous with today's great writers of such genre.
Writers contributing to this volume were Lucy Taylor, Edward Lee, Sidney Williams, Graham Watkins, Michael Garrett, Jeff Gelb, Max Allan Collins, A.R. Morlan, Edo van Belkon, Jack Ketchum, Steve Rasnic Tem, Bentley Little, Claudia O'Keefe and my favorite writer of all time Graham Masterton.
I was only familiar with a handful of writers here but I simply loved all the stories. The book also gives a great foreword on the life and evolution of erotic fiction denouncing the myth of shame and making this great guilty pleasure a suitable past time. I mean I got this book at my local Manhattan library (and I bought a few others from the series) so no one should feel bad for reading this naughty stuff, it's simply too good to pass up.
Few pieces were totally gross and sinful; and only Edward Lee and few others could come up with such a bizarre, lewd, fleshly, filthy hot stories such as the ones I just read. If you are familiar with Lee, Ketchum, Little and Taylor you know what this book is about!
I don't want to spoil anything, since many of them are about 20 pages in length, and writing a short story is an art. It takes precise timing and skill that please take my word, if you like horror and you don't mind some steamy, kinky and lascivious writing then this is a fun hot read. Each story had a different take and some had males and some females as main characters, but they were not all they seemed. The good ones sure rotted fast and the bad ones only got worse. I loved this book!