Strangehouse Books takes horror, erotica and a dash of weird, pops everything into a blender and liquifies it into what becomes Strange Sex, a Strange Anthology. Each of stories toe the imaginary lines between right and wrong. Your reaction to the stories will depend greatly on how twisted your mind is, they will either gross you out or turn you on but overall they will entertain you with a new idea. If you’re tired of all the “usual” horror stories (or bored of the regular guy on girl erotica), this is definitely the book for you.
When it comes to short stories, it’s difficult to say something about it without giving too much away. (This explains why some of the story descriptions sound like movie tag lines.)
No spoilers have been used in the writing of this review.
Interloper by D.F Noble – A man who’s life has been thwarted in life seeks answers. He manages to find them in the most unusual place.
Love Bites by David C. Hayes – Andy Crank has a disturbing fetish and no one to share it with. Until he comes across the newscast from which stems the idea that changes his life.
Pulmonary Ed by Rich Bottles, Jr. – Pulmonary Ed is the kind of loser you don’t want near your children, however, he eventually finds himself in a position of authority over the public. As scary as the latter sounds, Ed doesn’t work alone.
Appetites by Mike Lombardo – Everyone has a sexual appetite, but in some, it’s much stronger than others.
Foreigner by D.F. Noble – It seems like you haven’t been yourself lately… in more ways than one.
The Language of Love by Amanda Williams – Aliens have managed to coexist with humans for years. A young woman begins to wonder if it would it possible for a human and her dinosaur like teacher’s assistant to connect on “other” levels?
Deth Morgue by Elizadeth Hetherington – Edith is a quiet, lesbian coroner who normally keeps to herself. That is until Morianna, the sultry new employee, shows up for her first day of work.
Vagary by Justin Roberts – Sam’s sexual appetite is starting to rule his life. When he confides in his friend Eric about his issue, Eric tells him about a whorehouse where, as long as you follow the rules, all your fantasies can come true. However, the rules are never to be broken, as Sam will soon find out.
F*ck or Feast by Craig Mullins – Normals and mutants now inhabit the world turned wasteland. You are captured, taken prisoner and brought to the city, Darkham. You and two other normals are taken to a room where you’re left in wait. Unfortunately, your future doesn’t look very promising.
Cinnamon by D.F. Noble – In 2032, humans have perfected androids for all their needs. Cinnamon is the first self-aware android who’s had enough of human need and decides to do something about it.
Cotton Candy by Kevin Strange – Girls in a literature class receive a strange text from their professor informing them to meet in the classroom at 8pm on a Saturday. When they arrive, the classroom is strangely filled with plush animals and furry costumes. On the desk is a manuscript entitled “Cotton Candy” penned by their recently absent teacher which will hopefully explain what’s going on.
Necrosaurus Rex by Nicholas Day – When things go wrong for Alice, they really go wrong. Martin, a janitor struggles with who he really is. Time travel and dinosaurs add element of science and mystery to this strangely erotic tale of finding out where you belong.
The Sexorcist by Kyle Noble – A young girl is possessed by a powerful demon and the priests understand the only way to rid her of her unwanted guest is to perform a sexorcism.
Strange Sex: A Strange Anthology can be purchased here in paperback format.
*(The great cover art was thanks to Shamus Beyale and his website can be found here.)
I deem this book Mandy-tory reading.
Sometimes a title of a book strikes a chord and sticks with you. Maybe it’s because it moves you, maybe it reminds you of something from your past, or if you’re like me, it’s cause it’s got a huge swear word in the title.
This exact thing happened to me when I saw the cover for the collection of stories by D.F. Noble called Scary F*cking Stories. (I’d explain the * is really a “u” but I’m sure everyone figured that out already.) These weren’t just stories, these were f*cking stories.
I HAD to have it.
I waited and waited for it to be released by Strangehouse Books,
I ordered it from Amazon and it arrived. 😀
I didn’t get around to reading it until now and I’m glad I did.
Scary F*cking Stories contains ten short stories and an introduction by the author himself. The introduction informs the reader about the paranormal experiences Noble and his relatives have been involved in at the family farm house.
The stories in this collection cover a wide variety of themes, from monsters to weird weather patterns, to paranormal experiences and even aliens.
The Cellar – A short story about a teenage virtuoso, Marcus, and his psychologist, Shelly Andrews. Shelly delves into Marcus’ subconscious to help him through a tough time, but is she prepared to deal with what she uncovers?
Through The Walls – A babysitter loses a child and her sanity but leaves behind a letter and security camera footage that may hold the key to the truth.
Loop Road – Steven is on his way to visit his uncle when an accident on Loop road has him running in circles. The journey is sometimes more than half the battle.
Contact Schematic – This quick read outlines how to use strategically placed mirrors to induce a “visionary state”. The author also includes an email if the readers decide they want to share their experiences.
Wait In Line – The military has evacuated your city into refugee camps. People must comply or they are put to death. You move along with the herd like everyone else, but where are you heading?
Dead Wrong – A letter from a man to his brother which could change everything.
James – Sam’s dreams turn to nightmares the moment she moves into her aunt and uncle’s place. What or who is the reason for the horrible things she sees when she sleeps?
The Pen Or Sword. The Ghost Or Gun. – An employee decides to torment his boss with the ultimate practical joke but something happens that wasn’t in his plans.
The Blood Tide – Strange clouds roll in, condemning the patrons of a small gas station to face the most horrifying storm ever.
The Doorman – An autistic boy disappears and his parents entertain some extreme ideas to find him.
Night Cap – In the final part of the book, Noble addresses more of his personal strange experiences that all have a common denominator, the tiny town of Bunker Hill.
Scary F*cking Stories was a fun read. Noble’s retelling of his paranormal personal experiences in the introduction helps set the tone of the book early on. The stories were imaginative, entertaining and progressed easily. Noble takes the things that use to go bump in the night to a new level.
Stories deserving extra mention are Wait In Line, The Pen Or Sword. The Ghost Or Gun and The Blood Tide.