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Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side of urban fantasy. When night falls and the shadows stir, the adults come out to play! In this all-new collection, ten top writers of fantasy, science fiction, and mystery explore the intersection of adventure and romance with tales of love, just plain lust, betrayal, and seduction that range in time from the present to over Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side of urban fantasy. When night falls and the shadows stir, the adults come out to play! In this all-new collection, ten top writers of fantasy, science fiction, and mystery explore the intersection of adventure and romance with tales of love, just plain lust, betrayal, and seduction that range in time from the present to over a century ago, in places from rural America to teeming London, and in tone from lighthearted comedy to noir. Best-selling writers Tanya Huff, Caitlin Kittredge, and Toni L.P. Kelner join Dana Cameron, Sarah A. Hoyt, John Lambshead, Diana Rowland, Mark L. Van Name, and two hot new talents to create a dazzling cast of vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, and more in a world where lovers are, literally, dying for it.


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Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side of urban fantasy. When night falls and the shadows stir, the adults come out to play! In this all-new collection, ten top writers of fantasy, science fiction, and mystery explore the intersection of adventure and romance with tales of love, just plain lust, betrayal, and seduction that range in time from the present to over Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side of urban fantasy. When night falls and the shadows stir, the adults come out to play! In this all-new collection, ten top writers of fantasy, science fiction, and mystery explore the intersection of adventure and romance with tales of love, just plain lust, betrayal, and seduction that range in time from the present to over a century ago, in places from rural America to teeming London, and in tone from lighthearted comedy to noir. Best-selling writers Tanya Huff, Caitlin Kittredge, and Toni L.P. Kelner join Dana Cameron, Sarah A. Hoyt, John Lambshead, Diana Rowland, Mark L. Van Name, and two hot new talents to create a dazzling cast of vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, and more in a world where lovers are, literally, dying for it.

30 review for The Wild Side: Urban Fantasy with an Erotic Edge

  1. 4 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy Bite sized urban fantasy stories from some of the masters in the genre and a few new rising stars. With a couple exceptions, THE WILD SIDE offers solid writing, a wide variety of paranormal creatures, and tasty glimpses of characters and worlds I already want more of. Here is a mini review of each story: Songs Sung Red by Tanya Huff (25 pages), a Vicki Nelson story I’ve read the first four Vicki Nelson books, but apparently/>Here Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy Bite sized urban fantasy stories from some of the masters in the genre and a few new rising stars. With a couple exceptions, THE WILD SIDE offers solid writing, a wide variety of paranormal creatures, and tasty glimpses of characters and worlds I already want more of. Here is a mini review of each story: Songs Sung Red by Tanya Huff (25 pages), a Vicki Nelson story I’ve read the first four Vicki Nelson books, but apparently there is a HUGE development that takes place between book 5 and this story, so you might want to skip this one if you aren’t caught up. I won’t spoil it in my review. The story is about a Siren that manipulates Vicki and her lover Celluci as they investigate a murder in a club. There is actually a nice little romantic tone that shows just how deeply these two care about each other. In her afterward, Tanya revealed that this story was initially going to be an episode in the TV series before it was cancelled. Sexual Content: a few non graphic sex scenes Rating: 3/5 Careless of the Night by Gina Massel-Castater (26 pages) I believe this is the debut story for this author and it shows. The writing is overly descriptive, the dialog awkward and unnatural, the characters uninteresting, or in the case of the love interest, completely cardboard, and the plot an odd mix of reclaimed sexuality and shifter politics. The protagonist is a 50 year old cougar—an older woman not an actual cougar—who prowls bars looking for younger men before catching the eye of her younger boss. I don’t normally mind reading May December romances, but after lengthy passages about Liz’s full head of gray hair and various surgeries to force back the hands of time, I was acutely aware of the age discrepancy during the detailed sex scenes and and I found myself grimacing through them. Probably the worst short story I’ve ever read. Sexual Content: a few sex scenes Rating: 1/5 For a Good Time, Call... by Toni L.P. Kelner (28 pages) A clever and face paced story that revolves around a charming but unexceptional witch in a family of powerful but patronizing witches who is left behind to mind the shop while her family heads off for a magical retreat. When a stranger asks for help solving the murder of his niece, Maura reluctantly agrees to try even though her talents are limited to frying telephones. Turns out her talents are ideally suited to this particular case which involves an incubus and an unlimited calling plan. The character of Maura was extremely well developed and I hope Kelner considers writing more about the hapless witch with more powers than she knows. Sexual Content: References to masturbation. Phone sex. A brief sex scene Rating: 3/5 Fine Print by Diana Rowland (10 pages) I flipped ahead to read this story first since I’m a huge fan of Diana Rowland’s Kara Gillian series. She blends in depth world building with super sexy characters better than just about any other urban fantasy author today and in Fine Print she shows that she is no less adept when it comes to short stories. This is about a magazine editor who finds out his girlfriend is a demon and gives a whole new meaning to the clichéd ‘casting couch’. I enjoyed the male POV here and the brief flashbacks that revealed how the couple met. Sexual Content: Brief oral sex scene Rating: 4/5 Unawares by Sarah A. Hoyt (18 pages) Taken from the expression ‘Some have entertained angels unawares’ this story follows the survivor of a vampire attack who must rely on her quick thinking and a mysterious rescuer named Uriel Heaven to keep a pack of vampires from slaughtering her neighbors. When Uriel begins to loose his grasp on the human realm, he needs to indulge in something carnal to keep from ascending (hint: the subtitle of this anthology is urban fantasy with an erotic edge). Hoyt’s spin on angel mythology was excellent and practically begs for a more in depth story or series which is why I was very happy to read in her afterward that there is a full length novel featuring Uriel in the works. Sexual Content: a sex scene Rating: 3/5 Of Sex and Zombies by Ticia Drake Isom (28 pages) This was my favorite story in the bunch. It’s a wickedly fun tale that begins with an interspecies marriage between a human and a faerie that is interrupted by a zombie attack. When the groom is bitten, the bride enlists the help of the werewolf bestman, the faerie that loves her, and a Dr. Frankenstein type to find a cure before it’s too late. The dialog is sharp and playful throughout but especially between the bride and groom, and the worldbuilding much more robust than I would have expected from a short story. I’m thrilled to learn that the author is working on more stories for these characters. Sexual Content:a graphic sex scene Rating: 4/5 Love Knot by Dana Cameron (28 pages), a Fangborn story This was my second Fangborn short story (the first was The Night Things Changed from WOLFSBANE AND MISTLESTOE) about a secret family of vampires and werewolves. Vampire Claudia is once again the lead as she unwillingly takes custody of a magical artifact that elicits an extreme sexual response from anyone in its proximity. I didn’t connect quite as much to Claudia this time as in the previous story (I didn’t even realize it was the same character until I reread my review), but the dilemma she found herself in was entertaining especially as she was forced to go about her normal day and control her sudden sexual awareness. I was hoping for a bit more explanation by the end, but the punny last line had me smiling. Sexual Content: References to homosexuality. Masturbation. A non graphic orgy. Rating: 3/5 Beauty is a Witch by John Lambshead (28 pages) This is the story that made the least impression on me. I read the whole thing but never quite grasped what was going on. A witch spends a night running through the streets of London pursued by a wily demon. There are ghosts and other supernatural creatures that she runs into along the way, some who she learns later betrayed her to the demon. The writing was fine, but the story felt like the middle book in a series (it’s not) that assumed the reader had read all the previous installments. I just never connected with any of it. Sexual Content: a couple sex scenes one of which might be a rape? Rating: 2/5 The Long Dark Night of Diego Chan by Mark L. Van Name (34 pages) This was my second favorite story in the anthology and it marks the introduction of Diego Chan, a more than human James Bond type (think the Daniel Craig version) tracking down a terminally ill friend who may or may not be in the process of unwillingly becoming a vampire. The trail leads Diego to a sex club run by an old friend turned enemy. There is lots of intrigue here and hints at a massive operative network with resources and eyes everywhere. Diego is a character I won’t be forgetting soon. Only a few tantalizing details are revealed about his past and what he is, but it was more than enough to make me very, very happy that he’ll be getting his own series. Sexual Content: A majority of the story takes place in a sex club and various sexual activities are mentioned in passing Rating: 4/5 Born Under a Bad Sign by Caitlin Kittredge (28 pages) Kittridge’s story is the best of the bunch, but it’s not among my favorites. The writing is excellent on every level, but the story itself is quite ugly. It follows a fallen angel turned prostitute living in a whorehouse in Kansas in 1952 when a demon led gang of outlaws breaks in. The events that follow are savage and graphic. The sex scenes both before and after the gang arrives are either pitiable hollow encounters or brutal examples of human (and nonhuman) depravity. This one is not for the faint of heart. Sexual Content: Various sex scenes. References to homosexuality. Prostitution. Rape and battery Rating: 3/5

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    The covers of urban fantasy novels often feature spunky heroines and their weapon of choice (fangs, claws, swords and guns) and probably attract the romantic minded reader at the same time they almost repel the more devout sword and sorcery fan. With their modern settings, vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, angels and a host of other supernatural beings, the books occupy a definite and growing niche, however, and urban fantasy, also known as paranormal romance, has become a wildly popular g The covers of urban fantasy novels often feature spunky heroines and their weapon of choice (fangs, claws, swords and guns) and probably attract the romantic minded reader at the same time they almost repel the more devout sword and sorcery fan. With their modern settings, vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, angels and a host of other supernatural beings, the books occupy a definite and growing niche, however, and urban fantasy, also known as paranormal romance, has become a wildly popular genre. I don’t mind a little romance, but I don’t read a lot of fantasy, urban, paranormal or otherwise. I like spaceships and aliens, which is why this anthology caught my attention. It’s edited by Mark L. Van Name, author of the ‘Jon And Lobo’ novels and editor of an anthology that celebrates an entirely different genre, transhumanism. In ‘The Wild Side’, editor Mark Van Name has pulled together a collection of stories that demonstrate just how varied urban fantasy can be. At the same time, this anthology shows just why it’s popular: sex sells. The majority of these tales have an erotic edge and some of them revolve around a liaison in much the way a regular romance novel might. All of the stories explore the supernatural, though, and a lot of them were quite entertaining. ‘Songs Sung Red’ by Tanya Huff makes a good start to the anthology. It sets a high standard for the other stories to follow. Tanya Huff writes a variety of fiction, from magical kingdoms to space marines. In between, she more than dabbles in urban fantasy. Her ‘Blood’ books feature a human detective, Vicki Nelson, and her partnership with a vampire, Henry Fitzroy. In ‘Songs Sung Red’, we catch up with Vicki after she’s been ‘changed’ and had returned to Mike Celluci, her former partner and on-again, off-again love interest. Now a vampire, she is subject to darkly erotic urges and the song of a siren makes them even harder to resist. As always, there is a case to be solved and between the secrets, she and Mike do just that. It’s hard to put a lot of history into a short story – where the characters come from, who they are and how they relate to one another - but Tanya Huff manages to do just that without overwhelming the reader with details they don’t need in order to appreciate this slice of life. The story stands well on its own and serves as an introduction or enticement to read the ‘Blood’ books. Another story I really enjoyed was ‘For A Good Time, Call...’ by Toni L. P. Kelner. Perhaps best known for the ‘Laura Fleming’ novels, Kelner writes about a witch this time. Maura Allaway isn’t a very good witch. She’s not the evil sort, she just hasn’t discovered her particular affinity, which makes her fairly useless in the opinion of the other more talented witches in her family. As if that were not enough to contend with, she also tends to destroy telephones, mobile phones and computers. In this story, Maura discovers that what she thinks is a curse might actually be a talent and uses her odd affinity to good effect in defeating a succubus who is making disturbingly erotic prank calls. I liked the upbeat feel of this story and the character of Maura herself. The story felt encapsulated, but I was left with the feeling I’d like to read more. I hope Toni Kelner decides to visit the Allaway witches again. ‘Of Sex And Zombies’ by Ticia Drake Isom is a riot. The wedding between Sylvie, a fairy, and Michael, a human, is over-run with zombies. The cops, one of which is a werewolf – because they make wonderful law enforcement officers, didn’t you know, arrive on the scene, but not quickly enough to prevent Michael from receiving a fatal zombie bite. The rest of the story is a rush to beat the clock, with the odd collection of humans and supernatural beings seeking a way to save Michael from a fate worse than death: becoming a zombie. Though the villain isn’t a surprise, I still enjoyed the story. Sometimes it’s more about the journey than the destination, right? The last story in the anthology, ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ by Caitlin Kittredge is fantastic. The writing alone hooked me, as did the dispassionate voice of the main character. We don’t learn her name until the very end of the story, but her name more than beside the point. She begins as a shell of a person and slowly evolves as events unfold and only really becomes a proper being at the end anyway. ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ is about Sam, a fallen angel who has vague memories and an even more vague purpose. Sam discovers she can’t quite deny all she was, however, and that despite having fallen, she still has the urge to save people. This is a rather simplistic summary, but sometimes it’s hard to so a story justice in a review. Best you read this one for yourselves. I’d not heard of Caitlin Kittredge before but after reading this story, I intend to try some of her novels, of which there are many to choose from. There are two other noteworthy stories in ‘The Wild Side’. I liked Sarah Hoyt’s entry, ‘Unawares’, even if only because I’m always eager to read her fiction. Briefly, the story involves something like a vampire apocalypse and a very sexy angel. I also enjoyed Mark Van Name’s ‘The Long Dark Night Of Diego Chan’. Again, I always enjoy reading his fiction and I hope he decides to visit Diego Chan in a full-length novel at some point after the next ‘Jon And Lobo’ book! While Urban Fantasy isn’t my usual thing, I did enjoy my visit to ‘The Wild Side’. I discovered another couple of authors I’d like to read more of and was happy to read different stories from a couple of favourites. Written for and originally published at sfcrowsnest.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Quite a good anthology, I liked every story except one. I really like that Van Name not only has a bit about the authors at the end of each story, but he also asked them each to write a something about their inspiration for their story, it made for even more interesting reading. Of course I flipped to the end and read that part first each time, I like spoilers in general, plus I thought it was more interesting reading with the author's intentions in mind. I also liked the mix between very experi Quite a good anthology, I liked every story except one. I really like that Van Name not only has a bit about the authors at the end of each story, but he also asked them each to write a something about their inspiration for their story, it made for even more interesting reading. Of course I flipped to the end and read that part first each time, I like spoilers in general, plus I thought it was more interesting reading with the author's intentions in mind. I also liked the mix between very experienced authors and newbies; it was fun to see some authors get their chance to be published for the first time, especially when they did really good jobs. Huff - Really good except I didn't get the end, it didn't make sense with the rest of the story. Suddenly love conquerors all, felt lazy. Massel-Castater - Good story. Doesn't address where Liz got her ability and I think mentioning that she had some form of it when she was younger weakened the sympathetic reaction women will have, but she may have done that to build on the story for future tales. It was still quite good, I'm looking forward to seeing more from her. Kelner - She's a really good short story writer, very consistent, always leaves me wanting more. And I don't like short stories much, so that's saying something. And the last line was great. Rowland - Very funny, lots of chuckles and one big laugh-out-loud moment. Short but sweet, a bit of an homage to fans and geeks everywhere. Hoyt - predictable Drake Isom - Good story. Maybe one or two too many characters for a short story, but a solid story that felt like a good start for a series, I hope she pursues it. Cameron - Fine. Typical. Didn't intrigue me enough to read a series about the characters. Which is fine because it turns out there isn't one, or not yet anyway. She has written at least one other short story about them, I see that one is in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe. But there was nothing unique enough to make me rush and reserve a book. It was enjoyable though, except the end, which was really irritating because you can't have it both ways; either in his presence it's just a vase or the inn is really romantic, not both. Lambshead - I didn't like that one. Slavery isn't sexy. Van Name - Great story. Lots of action, but with the heart that he always brings as well. He says that he's thinking about writing a series about Diego. I hope he does, even if it will distract him from Jon and Lobo. Plenty of authors manage more than one series at a time and the fans just have to be patient. Patience isn't my best virtue, but I do want to know more about Diego. Kittredge - I think I liked it. I liked the kind of noir setting and I do understand that very often women with no family or support didn't have a lot of options in the past, but I get kind of tired of hooker with a heart of gold stories. But it was well done and obviously was much more than that.

  4. 5 out of 5

    C.

    Wildly uneven, minimally erotic.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Ten short stories revolving around vampires, shifters, demons in the city. Series: "Songs Sung Red" (Blood Books, 5.5??) The Stories Tanya Huff's "Songs Sung Red" creates a conflict between Vicki Nelson and Mike Celluci when a siren overpowers Vicki's human inclinations. Vicki has been changed and is living with Mike. Gina Massel-Castater's "Careless of the Night" was just too cute. Liz needs to feed her photographic habit and working for Armando gives her access to his studio equipment. A perfect habit, viewing people from behi"Careless/>Gina"Songs/>Tanya/>The/>

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    The sub-title to this collection of stories by ten talented authors is "Urban Fantasy with an Erotic Edge" and the fantastic cover art by renowned artist Dan Dos Santos certainly conveys that message. In his introduction Van Name tells us that the name for this anthology comes from Lou Reed's song Take a Walk on the Wild Side. Urban Fantasy is a very popular genre these days and includes urban and modern landscapes of varying sizes and "urban-ness." When Van Name invited his fellow authors to wr The sub-title to this collection of stories by ten talented authors is "Urban Fantasy with an Erotic Edge" and the fantastic cover art by renowned artist Dan Dos Santos certainly conveys that message. In his introduction Van Name tells us that the name for this anthology comes from Lou Reed's song Take a Walk on the Wild Side. Urban Fantasy is a very popular genre these days and includes urban and modern landscapes of varying sizes and "urban-ness." When Van Name invited his fellow authors to write these stories, he asked only that they combine Urban Fantasy and an erotic edge. How these elements were combined, he left up to each author. Each story is also followed by an afterward about the story and what inspired it. The opening story, 'Songs Sung Red', is by one of the biggest names in the book, Tanya Huff, and it is a story featuring private investigator - and vampire - Victoria Nelson. The Vicki Nelson series begins with Blood Price, and was made into a TV series in Canada a few years ago. In this story, Vicki is at a nightclub hunting her prey amidst the bumping and grinding young men and women when the club's singer seizes all of the attention in the club with her voice. Vicki can't understand how this can be a more powerful seduction than her vampiric charms, and when she goes backstage after the show to confront the singer, she finds herself at the mercy of this woman - and for the first time she is not in control. Van Name's contribution to the collection is 'The Long Dark Night of Diego Chan', in which Diego gets a text from the wife of a good friend he hasn't seen in a while saying that she needs his help because her dying husband has suddenly decided to become a vampire. Sam swore to his wife and his friends that he would never want to "live" as a vampire and that he'd rather die as human. Diego suspects that Sam was "taken" as a vampire against his will and that the effect will become permanent within 24 hours. Diego must travel from Raleigh to San Francisco to hunt down who took Sam and try to save him - if he can find him in time. The prime suspect is a former friend of Sam & Diego's named Matt, who runs a legal & above board vampire/human sex club. I definitely want to read more about Diego Chan down the road! As with any collection of short stories, some will appeal to readers more than others, but I don't remember any stories that I didn't like. Two of my other favorites are 'Careless of the Night' by Gina Massel-Castater and 'Love Knot' by Dana Cameron. I first heard about the book from Mark when he came to one of our book club meetings and he showed us the cover art on his tablet. We were all suitably impressed as many of us enjoy Urban Fantasy. If you do too, or if you like Erotic Stories (or both!) you'll want to take a walk on The Wild Side. Oh, and if you like Mark Van Name's writing, you may also want to check out his Jon & Lobo series of science fiction novels, starting with One Jump Ahead.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Perkins

    I received The Wild Side anthology from a blog contest that Dana Cameron participated in. I was so happy to have been on twitter with the contest went up and automatically jumped at commenting hoping that I would win the anthology so I could read Fangborn 3. I will read the rest of the Anthology at a later date and get the review up for the whole thing but for now I wanted to review Love Knot. We meet Justine at the beginning of the story and she has a huge problem she knows she can’t take I received The Wild Side anthology from a blog contest that Dana Cameron participated in. I was so happy to have been on twitter with the contest went up and automatically jumped at commenting hoping that I would win the anthology so I could read Fangborn 3. I will read the rest of the Anthology at a later date and get the review up for the whole thing but for now I wanted to review Love Knot. We meet Justine at the beginning of the story and she has a huge problem she knows she can’t take back to the Family, referring to the other vampires and werewolves, but she can only think to take the problem to Claudia. (We met Claudia in the first short story that took place in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe). Claudia is a vampire and has a lot of self-control and Justine hopes that the self-control aspect of Claudia can help her with the problem. You see, this vase that came into Justine’s possession has the power to turn anyone in its vacinity into a walking horn-ball. Yep, it causes people to be thrown into fits of lust willing to take anyone they see or encounter into the bedroom for a few romps. It’s got some unexplained power that can cause the end of the world if it gets into the wrong hands. Miss. Self-control herself has issues keeping her mind focused on the end of the tunnel. To make matters worse there are several dangerous people after the artifact and willing to do anything to get it back, including murder. This was another fun story for Dana’s Fangborn, Urban Fantasty series. I really enjoy it and hope that maybe one day she’ll be inspired to write a novel of our fun Characters. I was sad that Claudia’s brother, Gerry, wasn’t in this story except for his name being mentioned toward the end. I still want to know what is going to happen with him and his love interest at the end of story one. But it was fun to see Claudia in her own light and the fact that she has a boyfriend now. It would just be fun to get more in-depth with the world and get to know the characters even better. Until then I’ll continue to keep up with this series as short stories since they will still satisfy my craving for the world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jess Mahler

    "Edge" is definitely the key word in the title - if you are looking for full on erotica, you won't find it here. Since a lot of other reviews seem to have been disappointed by that, I figured I'd get it out of the way first. The one thing these stories have in common is they all involve sex and/or romance. Beyond that, each story is a world unto itself. And there are some very interesting worlds here. Some stories are part of larger series, others are originals. Like all an "Edge" is definitely the key word in the title - if you are looking for full on erotica, you won't find it here. Since a lot of other reviews seem to have been disappointed by that, I figured I'd get it out of the way first. The one thing these stories have in common is they all involve sex and/or romance. Beyond that, each story is a world unto itself. And there are some very interesting worlds here. Some stories are part of larger series, others are originals. Like all anthologies, the stories were a range. All of them were at least enjoyable, and many were quite good. I've re-read the collection several times since I first bought it, several of the stories continue to be enjoyable on the second, third or fourth reading. Overall a good read that I'd recommend to fans of paranormal romance and adult fantasy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Glennis

    This collection has several writers in it I have read before so I decided to give it a whirl. For the most part the stories don't seem to be from previous universes of the various writers. The Huff story was my favorite and I have to admit I liked the afterwords by the writers as to why they chose that story and give info if there is more in that setting. The down side is I seemed to be spoiled by some other thematically centric short story collections so this was a bit more of father afield in This collection has several writers in it I have read before so I decided to give it a whirl. For the most part the stories don't seem to be from previous universes of the various writers. The Huff story was my favorite and I have to admit I liked the afterwords by the writers as to why they chose that story and give info if there is more in that setting. The down side is I seemed to be spoiled by some other thematically centric short story collections so this was a bit more of father afield in theme sense but a interesting read all the same.

  10. 4 out of 5

    gremlin

    This anthology was very uneven for me. I enjoyed Tanya Huff's story including Vicki Nelson and Mike against a foe. Toni L.P. Kelner's story of a witch and a phone-sex incubus was entertaining. Diana Rowland's story of an editor and a demon was amusing. Ticia Drake Isom's "Of Sex and Zombies" was interesting - a world I might not might hearing more about. Mark L. Van Name (also the editor) had a story of Diego Chan, who doesn't know what he is, running off to help a friend. This anthology was very uneven for me. I enjoyed Tanya Huff's story including Vicki Nelson and Mike against a foe. Toni L.P. Kelner's story of a witch and a phone-sex incubus was entertaining. Diana Rowland's story of an editor and a demon was amusing. Ticia Drake Isom's "Of Sex and Zombies" was interesting - a world I might not might hearing more about. Mark L. Van Name (also the editor) had a story of Diego Chan, who doesn't know what he is, running off to help a friend. The other five stories ranged from meh to weird to eww.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    This was a good collection of stories with sex/sexuality as a centerpiece of each, yet I hesitate to label any of it as solidly in the "erotica" category. For several stories, sex is a backdrop for the real plot, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It means these stories easily stand up on their own. My favorites from this collection were: "Fine Print," "Unawares," "Beauty Is a Witch," and "The Long Dark Night of Diego Chan."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Massively underwhelmed by the first two stories, although I usually enjoy Tanya Huff. The second story, with a silver haired invisible woman, was not just unsexy but actively repellant, in part from the details of plastic surgery to make the heroine attractive at 50... Sorry, but the age was fine, the surgery details were just ?!??!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cissa

    The stories in this one were mostly pretty good, though a couple seemed awkwardly written to me. It's not all the usual vamps and weres- though there's some of that; several of the authors did a thoughtful and idiosyncratic take on some of the basic urban fantasy cliches.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Morbus Iff

    Eh. The erotica wasn't that interesting (or barely even existed), but I suppose that's what "edge" means.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Poussinette (Sophie)

    Short story collection, very inegal in quality.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen Desmond

    A good compilation - naughty but very nice stories, some more sexy than others.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sctechsorceress

    A pretty good collection of short fiction. I'fe added a couple of new authors to my list to look for.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    Mostly pretty forgettable stuff. Caitlin Kittredge's story held my interest though.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Gorman

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Tyndall

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ruthsidra

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Smith

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shmily1990

  24. 4 out of 5

    Raicara

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  27. 4 out of 5

    Molly

  28. 4 out of 5

    David

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria Itliong

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynx

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