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Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance
     

Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance

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by Mitzi Szereto (Editor), Rachel Caine (Afterword), Kate Douglas (Foreword by)
 

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Love, passion and sex . . . it’s all here in Darker Edge of Desire. Gothic literature has always possessed a dark attraction ripe with the promise of the forbidden and the sensual. In Darker Edge of Desire, Mitzi Szereto takes the sexualized Gothic and ratchets it up a few notches into the danger zone, opening a door into the darker side of lust

Overview

Love, passion and sex . . . it’s all here in Darker Edge of Desire. Gothic literature has always possessed a dark attraction ripe with the promise of the forbidden and the sensual. In Darker Edge of Desire, Mitzi Szereto takes the sexualized Gothic and ratchets it up a few notches into the danger zone, opening a door into the darker side of lust and love that only the courageous dare to venture through. Venturing even farther into the world of mystery and romance than she did in the critically acclaimed Red Velvet and Absinthe, Szereto creates an atmosphere with a distinct Gothic flavor where we explore our more forbidden desires. In these tales, love and lust (and kink!) know no boundaries, and all nature of beings —vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, ghosts, and succubae — abound. Tread carefully, danger and desire lie ahead!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/04/2014
Gothic is a misnomer for this anthology, as many of the 14 tales, including the more successful ones, lack the expected atmosphere. Worthy of note is Gary Earl Ross’s “Sister Bessie’s Boys,” a delicate story about growing up, overcoming loss, and truly attempting to know other people. Another strong story is Szereto’s own “The Dracula Club,” about a Dracula-obsessed American who follows her dreams to Transylvania and finds more than she expected. The most Gothic of the successful stories, Jo Wu’s “Devoured by Envy,” charts ballerina Giselle’s self-destructive obsession with a man who refused her sexual overtures and married another woman. Two of the weakest inclusions, Benji Bright’s “Blood Soup” and Rosalía Zizzo’s “The Alchemist’s Daughter,” suffer from muddled settings and overwrought premises. Most disappointing of all is Adrian Ludens’s “Reynold’s Tale,” which portrays Poe as a tortured homosexual destroyed by the secrets the eponymous narrator reveals to him. The few gems in this very mixed assortment are all but drowned out by the other entries. (Oct.)
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"Diverse, edgy, and infused with fantasy and horror, this chilling anthology of incendiary short stories is certainly not your typical Halloween romance anthology, but it will appeal to fans of the dark, erotic, and forbidden who don’t expect traditional love stories or “happily ever afters.”"—Library Journal

"If you a looking for something a little edgy, sometimes morose, and often sinfully sexy, you will find it here. What I like about these stories is their originality. They are not your cookie-cutter romance or slasher tales. Here you have a fantastic collection of authors who give you captivating characters and unique story lines." - Coffee Time Romance

"Darker Edge of Desire does not provide us with experimental horror nor does it give us neatly wrapped stories. What it does provide is excitement, scads of it. This book is really excellent, each story as delightful as the last."- Fresh Fiction

“When your midnight cravings come calling, Darker Edge of Desire is the book you want on your nightstand. Wedged between these covers are fourteen tales of seduction and submission, from lust most carnal to virginal awakenings—even (despite the title) moments of achingly tender sweetness. Darker Edge of Desire is a chocolate box assortment of stories that depict passion in all its varieties, most—but not all—of them with a supernatural twist, no two of them the same. Bon appetit.”—Alma Katsu, author of The Taker Trilogy

"Many moments of erotic bliss that required a cold shower to cool down. A good amount of horror too…vampires, werewolves, murder, and lots more from several writers you’ll want to keep on your radar." —Living Dead Magazine

"Madness. Darkness. Death, and what might lie beyond. Gothic fiction takes us to the edge of comfort, icing our wonder with a blast of cold terror as we confront the unknown – including the unplumbed depths of our own own hidden desires. Mitzi Szereto’s latest anthology marries the tropes of the Gothic genre with graphic erotic content. The results are surprisingly varied, transcending the clichés of windswept moors, haunted mansions and buried crypts to provide some impressively original tales."–Erotica Revealed

"Desire can be so intricately, beautifully twisted, so perfect in its dark and dangerous attraction that no other choice exists but to follow that compelling lure without regard to safety or personal danger, often down paths better not traveled. Yet following that twisted, dark and dangerous way is rife with promise even when tainted with despair. Is the lure truly the darkness, or is it hope? Hope for something more, for something sublime. There’s only one way to find out — all you need do is put fear aside and step into the dark, cross into the Darker Edge of Desire."—Kate Douglas, author of Wolf Tales

“In this collection’s great dark tales of sex and murder, fear and love, pain and pleasure, we see not only ourselves, but we also shine a candle on our collective past, and that is a powerful and exciting journey.” —Rachel Caine, author of Glass Houses

"Darker Edge of Desire has it all, Love, Passion and Sex! Mitzi Szereto beckons to the call, taking us with her into the risque world of the Gothic."—Books, Reviews, Etc.

Library Journal
10/15/2014
All the subversive decadence of the classic risqué gothic is on display as 14 authors take it to new heights and dimensions, putting totally different spins on love, lust, and desire in this haunting collection. Drawing heavily on legend, myth, and fairy-tale traditions, the writers experiment with a fascinating variety of themes and characters—paranormal and otherwise—adding their own erotic, sometimes kinky, but always explicit touches to produce stories that are surprising, tantalizing, and terrifying—and definitely unforgettable. VERDICT Diverse, edgy, and infused with fantasy and horror, this chilling anthology of incendiary short stories is certainly not your typical Halloween romance anthology, but it will appeal to fans of the dark, erotic, and forbidden who don't expect traditional love stories or "happily ever afters." Note: Tempted Romance is a new erotic romance imprint launched this fall by Cleis Press.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940550008
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Publication date:
12/02/2014
Pages:
235
Sales rank:
1,358,577
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Mitzi Szereto is an author and anthology editor of erotic and multi-genre fiction and nonfiction. She has her own blog Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog (mitziszereto.com/blog), and a web TV channel Mitzi TV (mitziszereto.com/tv), which covers the quirky side of London. Her books include The Wilde Passions of Dorian Grey, Red Velvet and Absinthe, Thrones of Desire, Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, and Normal for Norfolk: The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles. She divides her time between Atlanta and London.

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Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
YGK More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with stories of mystery, romance, erotica, and the paranormal which makes it like nothing I’ve ever read before. It is an eclectic mix all in one that never leaves you hanging. It is perfect for an exciting late night read.
CuriousPlumber More than 1 year ago
Darker Edge of Desire is a beautifully written romantic sojourn into the world of vampires, goths, and other creatures of the night. Though the tales may be compared to Twilight and the multitude of other teen romance fiction, I felt the stories were more mature and presented the characters in more adult situations. My only complaint is that some of the tales aren't as creepy as I wanted them to be. But one thing the stories never lack is suspense, romance, and sex, and lots of it. And who, my friends is going to complain about that?
mjalleen More than 1 year ago
Sexy and Dark, this book has it all. Darker Edge of Desire is an enticing collection of 14 tales sure to tantalize even the most unshakable stiff. These Gothic Tales of Romance caress the shadowy limits of the intimate innermost psyche. Passions ignite throughout these stories of lust, suspense, desire, and intrigue. Creatures and characters both strange and familiar escape the imagination, kindle the affections, and burn with a fervor only quenched by the intoxication of pure carnal euphoria. Mitzi Szereto successfully scares up an assortment of stories ranging from the delicate sweetness of romance to the carnal heat of the erotic. The collected authors, including Szereto herself, are artists in their field, bringing out the darkness and desires of the body and soul. This book is worthy of five stars from those who love the Gothic romance and erotica genres.