Edited by Mitzi Szereto
Cleis Press, $14.95, 224 pages

Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance. The title says it all: a collection of erotic romance by well-known erotic author and anthology editor Mitzi Szereto. Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, things that go bump in the night, creatures that would be right at home in a story by Stoker or Poe, coagulate on these pages, raw and exposed as readers haven’t seen them before, draped in danger and romance, lit by flickering candles and red tapestries that conjure desire beyond mere mortality.

It was a full moon.
The room was flooded by its brightness.
And then they were roaring together.

The classic Gothic writers, Mary Shelley, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, started it, and the gothic tale continues here, going beyond Anne Rice, with tales of paranormal erotic romance. From the southern gothic to fallen angels, this book offers exquisite and toe-curling romance, eroticism, danger, and a healthy dose of lust. The richness of this volume, like blood, chocolate and candlelight, cannot fail to please.

Axie Barclay

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