Sexy Supernatural Encounters

Se has always mixed well with a splash of horror and this anthology just further reinforces that connection. In addition to the typical vampire and werewolf stories which are so popular these days, this collection also delivers a wide variety of other supernatural and paranormal encounters.
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Pros:
• A good variety of stories, avoiding tired cliches for the most part
• Most are quite well written
Cons:
• A few weaker stories, although all are enjoyable enough
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review

About author

Red Velvet and Absinthe was edited by Mitzi Szereto, editor of numerous other erotica anthologies. She's also an established author and well-known internet personality with an active blog and Mitzi TV, an online video site dedicated to "all things quirky and London."

Mitzi Szerato wrote one of stories in this anthology; the others were contributed by Rose de Fer, Janine Ashbless, Elizabeth Daniels, Anna Meadows, Charlotte Stein, Zander Vyne, Evan Mora, Ashley Lister, Sharon Bidwell, Claire Buckingham, Giselle Renarde, Carrie Williams, Tahira Iqbal, and Bonnie Dee.
    • Multiple contributoring authors
    • Well known author

Content / Style / Audience

The book is labeled "paranormal romance," which is an apt description of the stories inside. You'll find the usual werewolves, vampires, and ghosts, but the majority of the stories explore more creative ideas.

This title is geared towards a rather broad audience; most fans of erotica should find multiple stories to enjoy. I would only recommend avoiding it if you completely dislike horror or supernatural tales. Aside from two or three exceptions, most of the stories involve heterosexual couples.
    • Erotica
    • Fiction
    • Good mix of styles and content

Design

The cover is attractive and eye-catching, but the inside is laid out in a straightforward, easy-to-read manner, as I'd expect from a book published by Cleis Press. As usual, the text is set in a well-chosen font which is easy on the eyes.

The book is a typical trade paperback size, at 8" by 5.5", with 225 pages.
    • Soft cover

Personal comments

I didn't particularly enjoy "The Blood Moon Kiss" written by Mitzi Svereto. I generally prefer that anthology editors not include any of their own work in a collection and this is a good example of why I feel that way. I felt the story was rather weak and derivative, as well as being more predictable than most of the others in this book.

I much preferred "Snowlight, Moonlight" by Rose de Fer. This story combines bondage with werewolves, making for an extremely erotic experience. Janine Ashbless's "Cover Him in Darkness" was another favorite of mine, a very unique and well-paced story about the liberation of a fallen angel, as well as a young woman's sexuality. "Painted" and "Dolly" were other very creative stories which avoided the usual cliches and delivered intriguing plots in addition to hot sex.
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  • Chris15461
    Chris15461  
    thanks for the review
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    Blooddragon  
    Thank you!
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