The Wild Side

Urban Fantasy with an Erotic Edge

The Wild Side is an anthology of edgy urban fantasy with an erotic edge written by a collection of authors who are adept at creating vivid word portraits and disconcerting situations. The eerie circumstances that the disparate protagonists find themselves in are thought-provoking and often disturbing but never boring.

Songs Sung Red by Tanya Huff gives a different look at Vicki Nelson, vampire, and her lover Mike Celluci with a disconcerting reminder of her interactions with her maker Henry as she deals with a siren manipulating her.

Gina Massel-Castater has an unconventional heroine in Careless of the Night. An unusual talent for invisibility allows the silver-haired mature woman to surprise her shapeshifting employer and convince him that they can become lovers and partners. A nice twist on the idea of cougar love.

Toni L P. Kelner's For a Good Time, Call... A witch who has been pitied by her family for having very little talent is startled when a layperson asks her for help to deal with the incubus that killed his niece.

Diana Rowland explores what happens when a publisher finds a girlfriend who will seduce him into publishing her writings in Fine Print.

In Sara Hoyt's Unawares the angel Uriel needs assistance to keep him anchored to this plane in order to continue to fight off vampires in Denver. Fortunately for them both, Serena Reis is quite willing to assist him.

Of Sex and Zombies by Ticia Drake Isom tells what happens when a fairy and a human attempt to have a wedding which is crashed by zombies.

Dana Cameron's Love Knot might be better titled Lust Artifact as the dangers of an innocuous vase and the attempts to adequately dispose of it are explored.

John Lambshead creates an eerie dark steampunk tale in Beauty is a Witch that depicts a chase through the stews of London and beyond.

Editor Mark L. Van Name introduces an intriguing character with The Long Dark Night of Diego Chan as he struggles to comply with the wishes of a good friend while resisting the blandishments of a vampire.

And last but not least, Caitline Kittredge wields her mesmerizing talent at character creation in Born Under a Bad Sign with her twist on fallen angels and demons in a noir tale set in mid-twentieth century America.

Book Blurb for The Wild Side

Take a walk on the “wild side” of urban fantasy.  When the werewolf cubs are asleep and the baby vamps are tucked into their coffins, the adults come out to play!  Feeling a bit undead and dying to shuffle off your toil and troubles and get it on?  You’ve come to the right place!  Spend some quality time lolling in the moonlight shadows with a love that only comes out at night.  From light-spirited romps to black-hearted noir, from steampunk London to the bleeding edge of the present, tales of love, eros, betrayal and seduction in a beguiling vein.  Best-sellers Tanya Huff, Caitlin Kittredge and Toni L.P. Kelner join Dana Cameron, Sarah A. Hoyt, John Lambshead, Diana Rowland and editor Mark L. Van Name create a dazzling cast of vampires, werewolves, witches and zombies, oh my.  Oh my.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 4.50