Anyway, I hit the web hard on Monday, posting two Valentine's-Day-appropriate reviews.
First stop is "Cthulhurotica" edited by Carrie Cuinn, over which I gushed at Rise Reviews:
What you, as the reader, must know about “Cthulhurotica” is the anthology’s conviction. I’ve never read an anthology so sure in its identity, with a such a strong voice or as consistent in its theme. From concept to execution, I couldn’t find a fault within these pages. The covert art, the internal illustrations, the content, everything fits. Honestly, “Cthulhurotica” is also the first book I’ve read to justify its existence and then give an intimate confession about its secrets. I’m talking about the essays at the back of the anthology.
Then I also comment on a second anthology with monstrous affections, namely "Rigor Amortis," edited by Jaym Gates and Erika Holt. I review the anthology at Innsmouth Free Press.
Rigor Amortis is a thing of beauty. Robert Nixon provides a simple, yet arousing and fitting cover, which sets the tone for the anthology. Galen Dara and Miranda Jean ensure the booklet, if I may call Rigor Amortis that for its 134 pages, has sufficient interior illustrations. Those I found most spectacular grace the four alliterative sections: Romance, Revenge, Risk, and the kinky Raunch. The creators aim for consistency in tone and establishing a forbidden sort of sensuality.
Both anthologies challenge sexuality and gender politics. I'd recommend both, personally.
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