SOME ARE SCIENCE-FICTION TALES
The Church exiles deviants off-planet. Humans sail the seas in living ships. A woman willingly becomes victim to tribal aliens. A time machine changes a couple's marriage. Humorous insanity in a religious dystopia. A man discovers the perfect woman. The Soviets race to beat the Americans to the moon--and beyond. A woman needs a high-tech solution to her marital problems.
OTHERS ARE FANTASY TALES
An undead woman hopes of being chosen by the Zombie King. A man weds a mermaid in a union destined to end in a year. A frustrated woman finds a supernatural cure for her woes. Four women offer godhood to a wino. A girl is sworn to celibacy, and her suitors risk death if they defile her. A princess kidnapped by a dragon is desperate for rescue by her one true love. A captured werewolf faces a bizarre deal.
SEVERAL ARE HORROR TALES
A voyeur sees more than he expects. An Ancient Demigod demands human sacrifices. A couple receive night visits from demons. A serial killer experiences a supernatural threat. A man flees a creature not quite his wife. A plague blackens the glass in a man's house. Strange auras tell a man to strangle a woman he's never met.
ALL ARE SALACIOUS TALES
And all of these stories have one thing in common: an erotic theme. Sex isn't the whole story, but it's always part of the story. These salacious tales will take you on journeys across genres, from romance to lust, from teases and titillations to explicit stories and graphic sex. There's something for everyone... and probably more stories for you than you might expect.
FEATURING 22 TALES
by J.T. Beckett • Milena Benini • Julie Dixon • David M. Fitzpatrick • Jane Gallagher • Janix Jenn • Amy Judkins • Holly Knight • E.W. Lee • William Markly O'Neal • Corwin Merrill • Robert M. Palmer • Frances Pauli • Dalibor Perkovic • Aleksandar Žiljak • and JOHN GRANT, two-time Hugo Award winner and winner of the Locus Award and World Fantasy Award
|Publisher:||Epic Saga Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am one of the contributors to 'Salacious Tales'. I'll leave it to others to comment on my two stories. This anthology isn't just titillating-- it is fascinating on several different levels. I live in Indiana. I'm very American. One of the things I particularly enjoyed about 'Salacious Tales' was the mix of international artists who contributed to it. And I can't sing enough praises for Aleksandar Ziljak's artwork. It takes this anthology to a Whole New Level. The drawing he did for my story 'Blood of Bacchus' just blows me away. His artwork for *all* the stories is incredible. Another favorite of mine is the drawing he did for "Opal Heart." And for Aleksandar's own story-- "Days of Orgone"-- the drawing of Joseph Stalin is perfect. Both of Aleksandar's stories-- "Argosy" and "Days of Orgone"-- are fun. I especially enjoyed "Days of Orgone", a look back at the 1960s Space Race, a glimpse behind the Iron Curtain. Adding to that feeling of globe-hopping is "Night in Berlin" by Milena Benini. In an alternate reality, the world is on the cusp of World War II and werewolves are known to be real. What that means in Germany is chilling... especially for the werewolves. And Milena's second fantasy story, "The Sea Bride" is also great. Dalibor Perkovic's "High-Tech Sex Lib" takes monogamous sex and complicates it to the N-th degree! There really isn't a bad story in the bunch. I'm not going to comment on all of them here but I enjoyed every one of them. For me, the science fiction stories were the most bizarre (although the three-eyed, three-breasted race in David Fitzpatrick's "Always a Prince, Never a Princess" was also enjoyably outlandish.) For some reason, "Love Thy Neighbor" by Janix Jenn resonated most especially for me. The idea of the church banning sexual deviants off-planet is a great foundation for a story and then adding a horny extraterrestrial to the mix makes it especially memorable. Julie Dixon's "Desperate Measures" dishes out more otherworldly sex... but the theme is very human: self discovery and self awareness. With a couple of the ET sci fi stories that portrayed ET sex, there was a definite "Ewww!" factor for me, but the sense of disgust was only mild, never over the top. And those stories *are* quite memorable! A different type of sci fi story I especially enjoyed was Jane Gallagher's: "Just a Toy." A woman isn't getting what she needs sexually from her husband... but the solution to her problem has always been right there, all along, silently adoring her. I loved this story. Of the fantasy offerings, I think I enjoyed "Virgin's Sacrifice" the most-- the hot tale of the young woman who's virginity is protected by a magical entity. She is supposed to remain a virgin for the sake of everyone in her tribe... but that's so very hard to do when your best friend keeps choosing the most virile guys to have sex with, while you watch from the shadows. Personally, I'm a big horror genre fan and so, as you might expect, the horror stories in 'Salacious Tales' really stood out for me. David Fitzpatrick's story "Succors for Incubation" is not only well-written, it's fascinating... and I couldn't agree more with the over-all theme. (On a side note: it was a pleasure working with David Fitzpatrick on this project. It took a long time to come to fruition but the final product was definitely worth the wait!) "Dinner and a Peepshow" by Robert M. Palmer and "I'm Running" by John Grant are both a fun blend of steamy and creepy. For me, however, the two stories by Corwin Merrill were the most satisfying. "Stranglehold" is about a man who sees a strange red aura around the neck of a woman he meets in his dreams. When the dream-lady becomes a reality, he still sees the aura and feels a terrible compulsion to strangle her. With this story, put "frightening" on one end of a seesaw and "erotic" on the other end-- then watch it rock back and forth. And then there is: "Call of Cunthulhu." This was my favorite story. It's like Lovecraft on Viagra. I didn't see the ending coming and the ending was thoroughly satisfying. There are five hundred pages here-- stories with great variety. It took me a while to read the entire anthology because I only read about two stories a night. Great bedtime stories! Again: I freely admit I'm one of the contributors so take my opinion for what you think its worth... but I highly recommend this book! It's both thought-provoking and very arousing.
I edited, published, and contributed to this, but I think it's fair that I recognize the book's many talented authors (including Hugo Award winner John Grant). My guidelines required that the stories have plot-vital erotic elements, but that the stories had to be about other things. I didn't want the sort of cheap sex stories you'd find wrapped in plastic at the magazine stand; I wanted good writing, engaging ideas, and thought-provoking plots. The result is an anthology with a wide range of unique tales, with erotic elements ranging from teasing and titillating to explicit and hardcore. I have read all these stories at least 20 times, and they're still great reads for me. I don't have enough room to review them here, but I'll list them with their back-cover taglines. (Longer breakdown at another major online bookseller.) Here are 22 stories in 500+ pages, in a wide variety of genres, and with 23 interior illustrations by Aleksandar Ziljak (who also did the cover). There's something for everyone, and you might find you enjoy those in genres that aren't usually your thing. "OPAL HEART" by Frances Pauli (undead) An undead woman hopes to be chosen by the Zombie King. "LOVE THY NEIGHBOR" by Janix Jenn (sci-fi) The Church exiles deviants off-planet. "DINNER AND A PEEPSHOW" by Robert Palmer (horror/vampire) A voyeur sees more than he expects. "ARGOSY" by Aleksandar Ziljak (sci-fi) Humans sail the seas in living ships. "THE SEA BRIDE" by Milena Benini (fantasy/mermaid) A man weds a mermaid in a doomed union. "PRIMAL URGE" by Holly Knight (fantasy) A frustrated woman finds a paranormal cure for her woes. "DESPERATE MEASURES" by Julie Dixon (sci-fi/alien world) A woman willingly becomes victim to tribal aliens. "VIRGIN'S SACRIFICE" by Jane Gallagher (fantasy/otherworld) A girl sworn to celibacy is deadly to disbelieving suitors. "HI-TECH SEX LIB" by Dalibor Perkovic (sci-fi/time travel) A time machine changes a couple's marriage. "BLOOD OF BACCHUS" by William Markly O'Neal (fantasy/deity) Four women offer godhood to a wino. "CALL OF CUNTHULHU" by Corwin Merrill (horror/Cthulhu) An Ancient Demigod demands human sacrifices from a sadistic minion. "TOMMY'S ADVENTURES IN GLORYLAND" by E.W. Lee (sci-fi/dystopian alternate reality) Humorous insanity in a religious dystopia. "THE PERFECT WOMAN" by Amy Judkins (sci-fi/android) A man discovers the perfect woman. "SUCCORS FOR INCUBATION" by David M. Fitzpatrick (dark fantasy) A couple receives unwelcome nightly visits from demons. "I'M RUNNING" by John Grant (contemporary dark fantasy) A man flees a creature not quite his wife. "FLATTERY WILL GET YOU NOWHERE" by William Markly O'Neal (horror) A serial killer experiences a supernatural threat. "OBSIDIAN PHAGE" by J.T. Beckett (contemporary dark fantasy) A bizarre plague blackens the glass in a man's house. "JUST A TOY" by Jane Gallagher (sci-fi) A woman needs a high-tech solution to her marital problems. "STRANGLEHOLD" by Corwin Merrill (horror) Strange auras tell a man to strangle a woman he's never met. "DAYS OF ORGONE" by Aleksandar Ziljak (sci-fi/alternate history) The Soviets race to beat the Americans to the moon and beyond. "NIGHT IN BERLIN" by Milena Benini (fantasy/werewolf) A captured werewolf faces a bizarre deal. "ALWAYS A PRINCE, NEVER A PRINCESS" by David M. Fitzpatrick (sword & sorcery) A princess kidnapped by a dragon is desperate for rescue by her one true love. Best, -David M. Fitzpatrick, Editor