- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (July 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811864251
- ISBN-13: 978-0811864251
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bitten: Dark Erotic Stories Paperback – July 29, 2009
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About the Author
Susie Bright is a respected author, activist, performer, lecturer, audio show host, sex guru, teacher, and mom. She founded the first women's erotica book series, Herotica, and edited The Best American Erotica series from 1993-2008. She resides in Santa Cruz, California.
Top Customer Reviews
Good porn -- like the porn in "Bitten" -- gets you feeling what the characters are feeling. Even if what they're feeling, and doing, is physically impossible. And Susie Bright has a unique eye for good porn... an eye that was wide open with the stories in "Bitten." They are unique. They are exceptionally well written. And to call them "vivid" is a grotesque understatement. Lore Sjoberg once wrote that iced mocha "makes me happy to be alive, in the literal sense that it forcibly alters my brain chemistry." These stories forcibly altered my brain chemistry. It was like being violated, in the best possible way. It was like a masochistic fantasy in which a pitiless, unnervingly perceptive top forces me against my will, not just to do shameful and terrible things, but to want them.
If you like dark, spooky erotic fiction, you need to run to your nearest bookseller and buy this book right now. And if you don't much care for dark, spooky erotic fiction but you're curious to see what the fuss is about, I can't recommend a better place to start.
(Excerpted from a review written on the Blowfish Blog)
In this age of fewer restrictions on publishing erotica, it takes more to move and shock, but the same Gothic conventions hold. God and the Devil are sensual beings, with pressing wagers on our carnality. Innocence and ignorance are hazardous to one's health. If a story featuring demonic soul-eating and angelic sex could be called wistful, then Sera Gamble's The Devil's Invisible Scissors qualifies. It's a great story for the beginning of an anthology; it orients us that there will be passion, wisecracks, a simultaneous touching upon the profane and infinite, and much lubricity. Cross-Town Incubus by E.R. Stewart has the same mix of modern mores and old school thrills.
Some stories, such as Anne Tourney's The Resurrection Rose, make themselves felt immediately: It's a lush tale of floral decadence on the order of Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter. Jess Wells' The Rookery, Patrice Suncircle's Master Sarah and Tsaurah Litzky's The Witch of Jerome Avenue are also stories that have echoes of tales told through the ages... except for the steam and the sweat they generate.
There are three stories I'll read again, for their beauty: The Resurrection Rose, Greg Boyd's Pandora's Other Box and Lay Me Out Softly by Francesca Lia Block. Their modern-day fairy tale slant is distinctive, adult and memorable, and their language, inventive. There's one story I'll have to ration like the aforementioned chocolate, from Allison Lawless.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a beginner or season paranormal romance enthusiast then this is a book for you. I never thought that I would be into any kind of romance novels ever. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kimberly
Superb writing as usual chosen expertly by Susie Bright. I have read many anthologies and collections over the years, but this one contains many truly unique and exciting stories. Read morePublished on August 4, 2014 by Jessie Violet
The mini stories are interesting, mysterious and JUICY! Some better than others but over all always a fun book to go to in between my novels.Published on June 12, 2013 by Sydneymog
This was a literary compilation of crap. Many of the "Stories" were half-ended and seemed to be only a vehicle to write a bunch of (poorly done) hot, lurid sex... Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Laura/Arizona
Not at all whatI expected and I would recommend it to no one. I prefer different subject matter in my reading.Published on April 28, 2013 by Jeanne Baptiste
i did not like these short stories. they are strange and creepy. i regret that i wasted my time reading them.Published on April 15, 2013 by Tlbboonies
This was an incredible find. If you're into MESSED up stories, this is the book for you.
I personally didn't find most of the stories as a turn-on but if anything it was... Read more
This book is a lovely way to get a taste of a bunch of different authors, but unfortunately for me, many pieces were not to my tastesPublished on March 9, 2013 by Hilary Green