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Verdict by Parhelion – review

Title: Verdict
Author: Parehlion
Genre: Crime, BDSM
URL: truetales.org/
Part of the October 2005 issue of ‘True Tales
Other Information/warnings:Explicit sexual content, BDSM, violence
Summary:
A deputy sheriff wants more than justice from the judge in his courtroom

My review:

Parhelion is just one of those incredible authors who can pick a historical period or genre and get the voice so very accurately, you don’t realise you’re reading pastiche at all. I have to admit I was less amazed by this story than by the one of his I’d previously reviewed (Masks), but that doesn’t mean that Verdict isn’t enthralling or entertaining, or challenging. He doesn’t believe in stereotypical protagonists, and the older man, the less beautiful man, gets to strut their stuff in his stories as much as the pretty boys. The narrator in this is about as atypical as they come, so is his object of passion and the sex itself is also refreshingly outside the norm. It’s tender, erotic, but also intellectual – perhaps the personal interaction is better done than the actual sex, but it’s all good, and as an examination of unrequited desires finding an outlet, you’ll find few if any better stories handling the theme.

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Masks by Parhelion – review

Title: Masks
Author: Parhelion
Genre: Horror/fantasy
URL: Author’s site
Other Information/warnings: nothing explicit, except for creepy themes
Summary:
Rusty’s a typical gay owner of a metahuman memorabilia store. His best friend is a superhuman who eats people’s lives. And then…things get even more complicated.

This is part of the second issue of the JACK ezine
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My review:

Wow. My best advice would be to read this and download it before some canny commercial publisher snaps it and the rest of Parhelion’s writing up, and you have to *pay* for this – because one of these days, surely, if there is a deity, you *will* have to pay for this guy”s writing. This is stunning – a funny, fast-moving, full-realised horror fantasy, told like a text comic book, with sharp dialogue, real suspense and a total lack of predictability. So far the average level of net fiction, it soars like Helios itself above the pack.

Just go bloody read it. Then tell the author what you think.

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