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Sweet Oblivion 2: Snare by Jordan Castillo Price – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Sweet Oblivion 2: Snare
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Genre: Vampire/horror
URL: Changeling Press
Price: US $4.49
Other Information/warnings: Blood play, explicit m/m, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:

With summer ending and temperatures dipping low at night, Michael’s eager to get his leather jacket back, and although Wild Bill could easily vamp any sales clerk into giving Michael some new duds, it wouldn’t be quite the same as the jacket he left at his parents’ house. Not unless the malls have begun selling clothing with Rohypnol and ketamine sewn into the seams.

The return of the jacket comes with a price: a new cell phone from Michael’s parents. Surprisingly, Wild Bill encourages Michael to keep the phone. After all, Michael wouldn’t want to be the only twenty-one-year-old in the world without one. Seems innocent enough… right?

But you never know where an innocent gift will lead. Michael worries the phone may be some shiny bait, meant to lure him closer to his family, and then, college. Everyone seems so intent on getting Michael to enroll, but he’s busy looking to catch a vampire…

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Hold the Dark by Frank Tuttle – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Hold the Dark
Author: Frank Tuttle
Genre: Fantasy/horror
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $4.50
Other Information/warnings: Gore, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Demons in a feeding frenzy drive the world-weary Markhat to the brink…

A Markhat story.

Quiet, hard-working seamstresses aren’t the kind that normally go missing, even in a tough town like Rannit. Martha Hoobin’s disappearance, though, quickly draws Markhat into a deadly struggle between a halfdead blood cult and the infamous sorcerer known only as the Corpsemaster.

A powerful magical artifact may be both his only hope of survival—and the source of his own inescapable damnation.

Markat’s search leads him to the one thing that’s been missing in his life. But even love’s awesome power may not save him from the darkness that’s been unleashed inside his own soul.

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Gods and Monsters – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Title: Gods and Monsters
Director: Bill Condon
Genre: Drama
URL: Amazon
Price: US$10.49+shipping
Other Information/Warnings: None
Summary: A compassionate speculation about the final days of James Whale, the director of Frankenstein and 20 other films of the 1930s and ’40s, who was openly gay at a time when homosexuality in Hollywood was discreetly concealed. Whale is in failing health, recovering from a “touch of stroke” and haunted by flashes of the past that the stroke has brought on.  The flashbacks are countered by Whale’s present-day attraction to a newly hired yard worker Clayton Boone.  The friendship that develops between the handsome gardener and Whale is tenuous at first and then rises to a level of mutual respect and genuine friendship.  But is Whale’s motivation in befriending Clay more than pure?  Are there ulterior motives at work here?

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Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Title: Lost Souls
Poppy Z. Brite
Contemporary horror, vampire, literary fiction
Price: US$7.99
Other Information/warnings: drug usage, incest, rape, domestic violence, violence, gore, explicit m/m sex
Summary [from the original edition]:
They are the children of the night, dressed in black, adrift without an anchor, looking for love, acceptance, a meaning in their lives.

Nothing discovers his true name on the handwritten note that was pinned to his baby blanket eighteen years earlier. It sings in his blood, telling him that all he believed himself to be is false. The discovery that he is a vampire, and the son of a vampire, seems the most natural thing in the world to him.

Ann finds herself drawn to one of the three pale, partying strangers who come to town. They drink wine that tastes almost like blood. And the small one, Zillah, has the most amazing green eyes.

Ghost has always had visions and sensations that come from beyond his small town, from beyond the world of the living. Now his powers lead him away from home to New Orleans in a desperate attempt to save Ann from her new companions, and to save Nothing from himself.

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Moloka’i by Alan Brennert – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ Title: Moloka’i
Author: Alan Brennert
Genre: Historical Fiction, Hawaiiana
URL: Amazon
Price: US$11.16
Warnings: None
Summary (from the publisher): This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place–and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.

Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then on day, a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i.  Here her life is supposed to end — but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.

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Collision Course by K. A. Mitchell – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ Title: Collision Course
Author: K. A. Mitchell
Genre: Contemporary erotic
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $5.50
Other Information/warnings:Light S/M (spanking), blood, violence, explicit m/m, language
Summary [from the publisher]:
Immovable object? Meet the irresistible force.
Paramedic Aaron Chase doesn’t have anything against love. It just comes with a lot of responsibility, like when he had to raise his sister and brothers after their drug-addicted mom took off for good. Now that the last one is off to college, Aaron’s anticipating enjoying life on his own terms. He certainly wasn’t expecting Joey Miller to accidentally drop into his life.
Joey’s sexy, funny and annoyingly optimistic, and his tendency to get into trouble keeps sending him Aaron’s way. Even the fact that Joey works for the hated social work system isn’t reason enough to keep him out of Aaron’s bed.
Joey knows all about love. He’s fallen in it ten times—he thinks. It’s not that he can’t tell the difference between sex and love. All that experience has to count for something, right? With Aaron it’s different. Maybe because there’s something to fight for.
This time Joey’s fallen for good. He’s not going to let number eleven get away.

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Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Title: Drawing Blood
Author: Poppy Z. Brite
Genre: Gay contemporary horror
URL: Amazon
Price: US$7.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m sex, gore, violence, murder, drug use
Summary (from the original edition): Robert McGee is a man living under a dark cloud. Acclaimed cartoonist of the underground comic Birdland, he has moved his family from Texas to New Orleans and finally to Missing Mile, North Carolina. But Robert is unable to escape the drinking and violence that have become as natural to him as breathing. Soon after he and his family settle into a decrepit farmhouse, Robert kills his wife, his younger son, and then himself. Only his five-year-old son, Trevor, is left alive.

Twenty years later Trevor McGee, also a cartoonist, returns to Missing Mile to the house in which his family once lived. He has been running from the truth for years, and finally realizes he must face his demons. He fears that what happened to his father will happen to him. “But if it does,” Trevor thinks, “at least I won’t have anyone to kill.”  Then he befriends Zachary Bosch, a computer hacker from New Orleans running from the law.

In the house, which Trevor calls Birdland, they must confront more than bad memories. For the house carries its own dark force, which threatens to envelope Trevor in the past and destroy him.
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Almost like being in love by Steve Kluger – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ Title: Almost like being in love
Author: Steve Kluger
Genre: Comedy romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $13.95
Other Information/warnings: none
Summary [from the publisher]:
A high school jock and nerd fall in love senior year, only to part after an amazing summer of discovery to attend their respective colleges. They keep in touch at first, but then slowly drift apart.Flash forward twenty years.

Travis and Craig both have great lives, careers, and loves. But something is missing …. Travis is the first to figure it out. He’s still in love with Craig, and come what may, he’s going after the boy who captured his heart, even if it means forsaking his job, making a fool of himself, and entering the great unknown. Told in narrative, letters, checklists, and more, this is the must-read novel for anyone who’s wondered what ever happened to that first great love.

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Colin Farrell’s Penis by Philip Huang – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ Title: Colin Farrell’s Penis
Author: Philip Huang
Genre: Contemporary humor
URL: Velvet Mafia (Part of Velvet Mafia: Dangerous Queer Fiction, Issue 22.) Now part of A Pornography of Grief anthology
Price: Free From US $5.99
Other Information/warnings: Not Safe For Work image accompanying story

Ya have about three minutes to spare and want a good chuckle? Then pop over to the always excellent Velvet Mafia: Dangerous Queer Fiction and take a look at this fine, fun story by Philip Huang. With some nice humor and a refreshing brevity of words, author Huang manages to get some laughs and poke some well-deserved fun at the propensities of the gay community. And he manages to do both while lampooning the general ass-hatery of Hollywood celebutants. All this in under 500 words! Flash fiction at its finest. Huang is not an author I have ever read before, but after this little piece, I will be certain to read more.


I was an alien cat toy by Ann Somerville – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ Title: I was an alien cat toy
Author: Ann Somerville
Genre: Fantasy/Speculative Fiction
URL: Smashwords
Price: US4.99
Other Information/warnings: Non-consensual sex, inter-species sex, adult themes.
Summary [from Author]: Temin crash lands on an unexplored planet and gets up front and personal with the natives – who are giant felines.

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