I love Poppy's novels (Liquor, Soul Kitchen, etc.) and I truly enjoy paranormals. I knew this was to be erotic when I requested it. What I got were a conglomeration of stories that were mostly blood and gore in truly disjointed story lines. I can't wait to get it out of my house.
This book wasn't at all what I expected. I have never read anything by Poppy Z. Brite, and from her setting this book up, I woulnd't ever read anything she wrote either. Some of the stories in this book had no taste what so ever. Some made no sense. Granted this isn't her fault per say, Because she didn't write them, but she did read them and decided to use them in this book. There were a few good stories in this book, but in my opinion definitely not enough to buy this book, or even read it.
This book was not what I expected in the least. This book claims to be tales of vampire erotica, but there was very little if any erotica at all involved. The choices for the stories, too, were awful--like authors trying to write a big "L" literature piece in the vein of Bram Stoker. I think of vampire erotica to be just that--erotic, not something trying to be lofty and literary. I do not recommend wasting your time with this one.
Some of the stories were a little too "artsy" for me; nothing really to do with vampires in any sense that I could relate to. The book got better as I continued through the stories and I really enjoyed several of them. Overall, an interesting read.
My cover is different.
The title is misleading. This does not fall under my definition of erotica or normal definitions of vampire in a lot of the stories. Most of the stories were really verbose, where you had to read the sentence more than once and it still didn't have any substance to it when it was digested. And some of the stories were down right gross (a female 'vampire' that sucks unborn fetuses for food). Ugh! I forced myself to finish it just so I could cross it off my list. It took me about three weeks to read when I normally read a book in a couple of days. I only paid $.50 for it at a sale but even if you get it free, I'd pass it by. There way too many good books out there to catch up on than to waste time on something like this. A real disappointment.
Like scotch or very dry martinis, these 20 servings of "vampiric erotica" may be for many a resistible acquired taste. Those who do wind up enjoying this controversial new literature that goes "deeper than horror, beyond fear, to explore our darkest, most intimate hungers" may, however, find this anthology intoxicating. In it, the beast is beautiful, a situation probed by Charles de Lint, Gene Wolfe, and less-known others. Celebrating "unspeakable intimacies," the stories explore the subversive appeal of vampirism in all its manifestations as readers meet a color-blind veterinarian mysteriously--and, without regular refills, only temporarily--restored to a world of color by a strange elixir from a prostitute's third nipple; a vampire whose dying, mortal wife has nourished him for years by allowing him to hurt her, then draw her sensations of fear and pain from her for his own sustenance; and a pair of lesbians who literally copulate the father of one to death. Not as mainstream as Ann Rice, this anthology might be most comfortable in extensive and specialized horror collections. Whitney Scott
This book was awful. I couldn't even follow the majority of the stories in this book. There was maybe 1 or 2 stories that I did like, but I didn't LOVE any of them. I didn't even finish reading a couple of them.
The classic horror tale is about fear. But now there is a controversial new literature of the macabre that goes deeper than horror, beyond fear, to explore our darkest, most intimate hungers. The ones lovers are even forbidden to share.
Beyond fear, beyond horror, beyond temptation, there is a realm of the senses that only the boldest may enter. An acclaimed master of the dark fantastic, author Poppy Z. Brite has brought together the genre's most powerful and original writers to reinvent the literature of the macabre and give it a distinctly erotic spin.
A shameless celebration of unspeakable intimacies, the stories within explore our most sinister and irrepressible hungers, those that even lovers are forbidden to share.
Prepare to experience sensuality that entices, enslaves, terrorizes, and destroys. It is not for everyone. But neither is the night.