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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Dagan Books (December 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983137307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983137306
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you think this anthology amounts to little more than tentacle porn, think again.

Carrie Cuinn has assembled short stories that are not merely about monsters having sex, though more than a couple do feature some remarkably ... unusual intimate encounters. The majority of stories come from authors who explore jealousy, loneliness, betrayal, morbid curiosity, and a slew of other facets, all wrapped up in a pastiche that is either directly influenced by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft or at least offer allusions to those stories.

Personally, I'm not much of a Lovecraft fan. That is to say I am not among those who deify the man and his work. Certainly, there is something to the mythos he created that has latched on to the minds of readers, and I do find the broader ideas of his stories to be quite appealing. But, the suffusion of his bigotry is noticeable to a point that makes some stories unpalatable, and the rather dated flourish to his prose only makes it harder to appreciate his stories. I'm not one to close myself off to an artist's work though, as I still manage to appreciate Roman Polanski's films, so I had no qualms in seeing what other authors could provide as a way to better understand Lovecraft's work.

I found most of the stories avoided imitation and provided their own styles, though there were a couple of instances where the language felt so Lovecraftian it almost felt satirical. The real draw for me was the way the stories approached existing characters and settings from a whole new vantage point, and its through this method that I came to enjoy the stories and hop on board the bandwagon.

The stories I liked most were varied.
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If I was reading this book again, I would start back to front, because the essays at the back set up the novel (albeit there may be a few spoilers) perfectly, giving the reader a greater understanding and appreciation for why someone would want to eroticize the Lovecraftian Universe, and how that Universe has evolved from 1920's pulp fiction to modern cult fiction. Being a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft (his writing, not his personal life) I am always amazed at how his works slowly and methodically have shaped the genres of science fiction, mystery, and horror, but can at the same time, be the most popular and influential unknown set of works on the planet. Go into a room wearing a Cthulhu T-shirt, and mostly you will get blank stares, with maybe one or two thumbs up (or more if you are in a goth bar or IT office). This next stage in the evolution of HPL's works would probably have him spinning in his grave, but I think it totally works. I'm not going to list the stories I loved or hated, but I will say that, speaking strictly in terms of erotic fiction and romance, you aren't going to find better writing than this book. In fact, after all the "tentacle lovin" is over, what you are really left with is some amazing story telling, and that IS the core of Lovecraftian literature. This is not just Cthulhu porn, these stories are fresh, and they capture the hearts and minds of the reader, while at the same time, push the boundaries of this genre to their limits, probably extending those limits considerably. So, if I loved it so much, why not 5 stars? That is a good question that is hard to answer. The writing is great, the theme is fine, the eroticism is relatively tasteful, but I didn't LOVE this book.Read more ›
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Initially I was shown this by a friend where I started reading it out loud to our gathering in a dramatic fashion to make light of the entire idea. However, once I finished the first story I was hooked. It wasn't the tentacle porn I thought it would be. It was dark and chilling but also erotic. It wasn't graphic. I was so impressed I immediately whipped out the phone and ordered a copy of my very own. I love each tale included and recommend it to anyone who has just a little darkness in their personal fantasies. And any HP Lovecraft fan will go absolutely gaga over the references and familiar settings.
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This delightful collection of short stories, art, and poetry pays homage to the Lovecraftian universe through tales of horror with a side of erotica. Tastefully written/drawn, the best among them subtly address issues of gender and sexuality. GLBTQ friendly. I recommend it to Lovecraft fans as well as those interested in commentary on sexuality and gender.
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Combining the monstrous science fiction horror of Lovecraft with the literary erotic word must've been a hard task for the writers featured in the collection. The stories range from creepy to cute to downright arousing, touching on all ranges of attraction. Some writers dip into the bisexual landscape while others are a tad more conservative. In "Transfigured Night," K.V. Taylor spills out a homoerotic tale that skirts on necrophilia. Whereas, in "Le Ciél Ouvert," Kirsten Brown introduces us to a character whose sexual appetite can only be sated by something otherworldly. "The C-Word" by Don Pizarro, a May-December romance is reignited in the town of Innsmouth, showing that love has no age boundaries, as well as, cursed ones.

The collection is well worth the read for lovers of the Cthulhu Mythos, as well as, those who simply just love. The collection also includes three essays, beautifully drawn images, and a few lines of Lovecraft's poetry.
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