Synopses & Reviews
If the Candle Goes Out... Surrender to the Dark
Gothic literature has always possessed a dark attraction ripe with the promise of the forbidden and the sensual. In Darker Edge of Desire, Mitzi Szereto has brought together out-of-this-world romance and fantasy writers who let passion drive the heartbeat of their paranormal tales—from a woodland populated with howling coyotes, to a mysterious underworld filled with steam and fire, and a castle made from rose-colored glass. Venturing even further into the world of supernatural romance than she did in the critically acclaimed Red Velvet and Absinthe, Szereto conjures an atmosphere filled with the distinct Gothic flavors of thrilling danger and exquisite eroticism. In these tales, love and longing know no boundaries, while all nature of beings—vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, ghosts and creatures with no name—abound after the sun goes down. Wildly creative and exhilaratingly romantic, the stories in Szereto’s expertly crafted collection will satisfy every midnight craving.
"Gothic is a misnomer for this anthology, as many of the 14 tales, including the more successful ones, lack the expected atmosphere. Worthy of note is Gary Earl Ross's 'Sister Bessie's Boys,' a delicate story about growing up, overcoming loss, and truly attempting to know other people. Another strong story is Szereto's own 'The Dracula Club,' about a Dracula-obsessed American who follows her dreams to Transylvania and finds more than she expected. The most Gothic of the successful stories, Jo Wu's 'Devoured by Envy,' charts ballerina Giselle's self-destructive obsession with a man who refused her sexual overtures and married another woman. Two of the weakest inclusions, Benji Bright's 'Blood Soup' and RosalÃa Zizzo's 'The Alchemist's Daughter,' suffer from muddled settings and overwrought premises. Most disappointing of all is Adrian Ludens's 'Reynold's Tale,' which portrays Poe as a tortured homosexual destroyed by the secrets the eponymous narrator reveals to him. The few gems in this very mixed assortment are all but drowned out by the other entries. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Diverse, edgy, and infused with fantasy and horror, this chilling anthology of incendiary short stories is certainly not your typical Halloween romance anthology, but it will appeal to fans of the dark, erotic, and forbidden who dont expect traditional love stories or happily ever afters.”"
"If you a looking for something a little edgy, sometimes morose, and often sinfully sexy, you will find it here. What I like about these stories is their originality. They are not your cookie-cutter romance or slasher tales. Here you have a fantastic collection of authors who give you captivating characters and unique story lines." - Coffee Time Romance
"Darker Edge of Desire does not provide us with experimental horror nor does it give us neatly wrapped stories. What it does provide is excitement, scads of it. This book is really excellent, each story as delightful as the last."- Fresh Fiction
When your midnight cravings come calling, Darker Edge of Desire is the book you want on your nightstand. Wedged between these covers are fourteen tales of seduction and submission, from lust most carnal to virginal awakeningseven (despite the title) moments of achingly tender sweetness. Darker Edge of Desire is a chocolate box assortment of stories that depict passion in all its varieties, mostbut not allof them with a supernatural twist, no two of them the same. Bon appetit.”
Alma Katsu, author of The Taker Trilogy
"Many moments of erotic bliss that required a cold shower to cool down. A good amount of horror too
vampires, werewolves, murder, and lots more from several writers youll want to keep on your radar." Living Dead Magazine
"Madness. Darkness. Death, and what might lie beyond. Gothic fiction takes us to the edge of comfort, icing our wonder with a blast of cold terror as we confront the unknown including the unplumbed depths of our own own hidden desires. Mitzi Szeretos latest anthology marries the tropes of the Gothic genre with graphic erotic content. The results are surprisingly varied, transcending the clichés of windswept moors, haunted mansions and buried crypts to provide some impressively original tales."
"Desire can be so intricately, beautifully twisted, so perfect in its dark and dangerous attraction that no other choice exists but to follow that compelling lure without regard to safety or personal danger, often down paths better not traveled. Yet following that twisted, dark and dangerous way is rife with promise even when tainted with despair. Is the lure truly the darkness, or is it hope? Hope for something more, for something sublime. Theres only one way to find out all you need do is put fear aside and step into the dark, cross into the Darker Edge of Desire."
Kate Douglas, author of Wolf Tales
In this collections great dark tales of sex and murder, fear and love, pain and pleasure, we see not only ourselves, but we also shine a candle on our collective past, and that is a powerful and exciting journey.”
Rachel Caine, author of Glass Houses
"Darker Edge of Desire has it all, Love, Passion and Sex! Mitzi Szereto beckons to the call, taking us with her into the risque world of the Gothic."
Books, Reviews, Etc.
Love, passion and sex . . . its all here in Darker Edge of Desire
. Gothic literature has always possessed a dark attraction ripe with the promise of the forbidden and the sensual. In Darker Edge of Desire
, Mitzi Szereto takes the sexualized Gothic and ratchets it up a few notches into the danger zone, opening a door into the darker side of lust and love that only the courageous dare to venture through. Venturing even farther into the world of mystery and romance than she did in the critically acclaimed Red Velvet and Absinthe
, Szereto creates an atmosphere with a distinct Gothic flavor where we explore our more forbidden desires. In these tales, love and lust (and kink!) know no boundaries, and all nature of beings vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, ghosts, and succubae abound. Tread carefully, danger and desire lie ahead!
About the Author
is an author and anthology editor of erotic and multi-genre fiction and nonfiction. She has her own blog Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szeretos Weblog (mitziszereto.com/blog), and a web TV channel Mitzi TV (mitziszereto.com/tv), which covers the quirky side of London. Her books include In Sleeping Beautys Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales, Getting Even: Revenge Stories, The New Black Lace Book of Womens Sexual Fantasies, Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, Silk Sheets: Collected Stories
, and the Erotic Travel Tales
anthologies. She divides her time between Atlanta and London.