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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review: Erotic Shivers

Erotic Shivers by M.S. Tarot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A collection of six erotic horror stories.

Ratz in the Machine: A disgruntled video game developer codes his revenge and makes a victim of Jeff's sexy girlfriend.

The Hangin' Tree: A creepy tale about a tree no one should have disturbed.

The Bag Snatchers: Monsters disguise themselves in Halloween costumes to get the candy necessary for their mating and drive a psychiatrist to madness in the process.

Voices: A teenaged boy leaves a recorder running in his room and discovers a sexy ghost presence.

Lord of Devil's Night: One of M.S. Tarot's most disturbing stories. The story begins with a tragic, first-person account of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City in 1911. Flash-forward a hundred years and meet a serial arsonist in love with a good kerosene fire.

A Grimm Tribute: A disturbing tale of a homeless brother and sister who rob the wrong witch.

My Review:

What a collection this is. Yes, I've read almost all of them before, but I still love them. "Ratz in the Machine" is so sexy. The sex in this story is so hot, I got a tingle just selecting an excerpt. Creepy-weird and so damn hot. "The Hangin' Tree" is spooky. Just a simple, creepy tale that connects the reader to the truth of the earth. Rich language and powerful imagery makes this story great. "Voices" exposes a potential truth--disembodied spirits that live amongst us and have very clear desires. What if a being like that one exists in my own home? "The Bag Snatchers" is so in-your-face awful. Strange creatures disguising themselves as children, stealing candy, and devouring the males. And maybe they walk among us? Frightening concept.

"Lord of Devil's Night" is one of my favorite stories of all time. The Triangle Shirtwaist fire was a horrific tragedy, and MST gives it a face, the face of a young immigrant woman. The power in the first half of the story is the tragedy itself. Greedy men exploit women, and when a woman does one thing to give herself pleasure, it creates horrendous tragedy. Powerful.

In the second half of the story, we meet an arsonist--the Lord of Devil's Night. He's obsessed with the heat, the flame, the fire, and when he meets the Triangle Shirtwaist building, he finds the ecstasy of burning it down. My original comment on this story was that I felt like I was covered in soot and death when I finished reading. It's THAT powerful.

"A Grimm Tribute" is not my favorite in this collection. Way more horror than sexiness, but other readers will love it.

This is an amazing collection, and if you like horror, you will love it.

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