This is the first volume in a series of periodical collections of dark, adult and extreme original genre fiction that brings together three shocking short stories from M. L. Hart.
M. L. Hart's superb new collection, only available as an eBook in the Dollar Dreadful range, is all about sex and death. Each story, told in M. L. Hart's absolutely distinctive voice, tackles our eternal preoccupation with Eros and Thanatos, taking in themes of religion, power and control, mental illness, deviancy, violence, pyromania and murder. All three tales are deft, sensual and fully realised, maintaining their intrinsic force throughout. The stories do not fit easily into any one genre, featuring instead a blend of many that is characteristic of this exciting, unusual writer.
M. L. Hart cannot be contacted via Twitter or Facebook but the rousing new novella, 'The Ivory Hermaphrodite' will be available from the 451 ePublishing Haus soon.
- The Short Stories -
1) Freak of Nurture
If, out of the blue, you were offered your deepest desire, would you immediately recognize it for what it was and seize hold of it before it slipped through your fingers forever? And could you even be honest about what that desire might truly be? Could you forsake your whole way of life, throw over your loved ones and life-long beliefs to pursue something utterly unknown? Would you fall prey to temptation, not knowing where it might lead, what its consequences might be? Or would you purse your lips, turn your face away from everything you've ever wanted and refuse it in the name of propriety? Would you really leave behind the daily grind, the mortgage and the marital bed for something so deep and secret you can barely admit it to yourself?
Christian Trent, weary and soul-sore on the commute home late at night, is confronted with this very proposition...
2) The Voice of Ignition
Anton's deadly obsession is fuelled by the voice of ignition that always insists, cultivating his urge to burn, prompting pyromania. The voice tells Anton that arson is his holy mission, that he's destined to bring hell-fire to earth as the agent of fate, just and righteous. But despite his deep devotion to his fiery raison d'être, the voice is never satisfied. It whispers to him, 'Wouldn't it be wonderful to see them all burn?' and Anton cannot help but agree. And so the voice's incessancy drives him out on the prowl once again, cans of petrol in his car-boot and intent to commit arson in his heart...
3) A Tangle of Shadows
You are trying hard to recover from a devastating breakdown. Then, as if by chance, you meet the most lovely, glamorous woman you've ever encountered. She is extraordinarily beautiful and, consequently, far out of your league. So, it is entirely unexpected when she declares her desire for you, how her intention is to satisfy your every whim. And, astoundingly, she proceeds to do so, fulfilling all your needs with a style and nonchalance that captivates you. You are falling madly in love with her and she reciprocates, a new life of delight is unfolding before you like a map of paradise. Then, the rub. She tells you that she is in serious trouble, the kind of trouble that would only get worse if the police were called in. Without even realising it, you've been thoroughly enmeshed in a tangle of shadows and both your lives are at stake...