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There has always been a special relationship between queer culture and horror. Horror is a genre about the ‘other’ and being a part of queer culture often comes with feelings of ‘otherness’ or being an outsider based on your desires…maybe you see a freak onscreen during a midnight madness screening and you think to yourself, Well, I feel like a freak too. Maybe the monste There has always been a special relationship between queer culture and horror. Horror is a genre about the ‘other’ and being a part of queer culture often comes with feelings of ‘otherness’ or being an outsider based on your desires…maybe you see a freak onscreen during a midnight madness screening and you think to yourself, Well, I feel like a freak too. Maybe the monster is just misunderstood…we all hunger for something, right? Dark Rainbow: Queer Erotic Horror is the first volume of a short fiction anthology series edited by award-wining queer writer and editor Andrew Robertson. Published under Riverdale Avenue Books’ Afraid imprint, it features many members of the Horror Writers Association along with writers from all over the world. Dark Rainbow contains 15 tales of dark appetites, hidden fantasies, sex and slashers including new work from Angel Leigh McCoy, Jeff C. Stevenson, Sèphera Girón, Julianne Snow, Derek Clendening, Spinster Eskie, Lindsay King-Miller and many more.


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There has always been a special relationship between queer culture and horror. Horror is a genre about the ‘other’ and being a part of queer culture often comes with feelings of ‘otherness’ or being an outsider based on your desires…maybe you see a freak onscreen during a midnight madness screening and you think to yourself, Well, I feel like a freak too. Maybe the monste There has always been a special relationship between queer culture and horror. Horror is a genre about the ‘other’ and being a part of queer culture often comes with feelings of ‘otherness’ or being an outsider based on your desires…maybe you see a freak onscreen during a midnight madness screening and you think to yourself, Well, I feel like a freak too. Maybe the monster is just misunderstood…we all hunger for something, right? Dark Rainbow: Queer Erotic Horror is the first volume of a short fiction anthology series edited by award-wining queer writer and editor Andrew Robertson. Published under Riverdale Avenue Books’ Afraid imprint, it features many members of the Horror Writers Association along with writers from all over the world. Dark Rainbow contains 15 tales of dark appetites, hidden fantasies, sex and slashers including new work from Angel Leigh McCoy, Jeff C. Stevenson, Sèphera Girón, Julianne Snow, Derek Clendening, Spinster Eskie, Lindsay King-Miller and many more.

37 review for Dark Rainbow: Queer Erotic Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joc

    This is an anthology of erotic horror stories, each with a LGBTQIA angle. Although, having said that, most of them are either lesbian or gay and not all of them are erotic but that didn’t necessarily detract from the story. As it the case with any anthology, there will be stories that blow you away and others that leave you indifferent. I enjoyed most of these and there were more stand-outs than fall-flats. Happy Halloween! Pip and Estella by Valerie Alexander Wonderfully dark and twisted retake o This is an anthology of erotic horror stories, each with a LGBTQIA angle. Although, having said that, most of them are either lesbian or gay and not all of them are erotic but that didn’t necessarily detract from the story. As it the case with any anthology, there will be stories that blow you away and others that leave you indifferent. I enjoyed most of these and there were more stand-outs than fall-flats. Happy Halloween! Pip and Estella by Valerie Alexander Wonderfully dark and twisted retake of Great Expectations. Estella is looking for a wealthy husband at her mother's constant urging. Love doesn't matter, only money and power. Mrs Havisham doesn't want the same fate to befall her daughter as it did her. Reclusive and bitter, she only comes out at night and is the worst nightmare for any of the suitors who fall in love with Estella. Great story and I loved the black humour in this. Goldilocks and Her undead Bear by Julianne Snow Goldy is a drag queen and her backup singers are Dave, Abe and Gavin. Goldilocks and Her Three Bears play sold out shows in all the downtown drag clubs nearly every night. One night she hears the screams from the audience before she sees the zombies. This one grossed me out a little, but that's the point, isn't it? Think of Me by Lindsay King-Miller Written from the point of view of Jess, Sasha's dead wife. Sasha is now with Taylor who loves her and wants to marry but also recognizes Sasha's love and loss of Jess. This is very beautifully written albeit incredibly sad. Odd Man Out by Derek Clendening Ben and Patrick are looking for a third in their relationship. Patrick thinks he's found the perfect guy in Mack. But Ben and Patrick are hiding a secret desire. This felt a little flat to me and was missing a sinister undertone which would have made it much darker and tense. Affliction by Spinster Eskie Perfectly horrible! This is written from the point of view of an escort who is talking directly to the reader. She's a highly paid prostitute but not for her looks or her sexual prowess, but for her affliction. I love the way this made me wince and my skin crawl. His Type by Sèphera Girón Tommy is out with his mates lamenting his poor choices in partners. He seems to choose men who take for a ride and fleece him. Later at a club he sees someone who is his type. This was a little slow to start but picks up pace and interest from about midway. The Life Model by Jim Towns Shy, wallflower Tara applies for a position as an artist's model at the local college. She finds being naked in front of strangers oddly freeing and not nearly as frightening as she'd thought. I quite enjoyed reading this one. It's higher on the erotic scale and lower on the horror than most of the other stories so far. The God Modulation by Kimberly Gondrella Cassidy and her boyfriend are in a band with Maverick. Cassidy doesn't like Maverick much but Lucien has been his protector since childhood and isn't prepared to ditch him. Maverick wants Lucien, he just needs Lucien to see that. There is no shying away from the horror of this one. Maverick's malevolence is palpable. Monday by Benjamin Johnson Stephen, in his last year of high school, warns classmate, Elias, that the other boys are out to get him. Elias offers him something in return. I loved the way this was written and the wonderful descriptions but I felt a little disappointed by the story. The Dark Gem by Lisi Damette Jolene Harris limps into the general store having to put up with the 'walked into a door again?' comments from the store keeper. Later, she waits for the return of her husband Barnaby. And waits. This is a western setting with saloons and brothels. Weirdly, this has been the easiest read so far, and by that I mean that it didn't freak me out. The Christ of St Jozef Church by Angel Leigh McCoy Michael, a doctor of economics, is in Tilburg, Netherlands, on the pretense of a conference. He's there for a holy transformation which will require a sacrifice from him. Then he meets Nicholaas. I was really uncomfortable reading this but also blown away by the unraveling of the story. Eye Contact by Jeff C Stevenson Steven was born without a pupil and iris in one eye. It was accepted by his peers when he was younger but high school was a different story. This is a good story but I'm not sure I'd class it as horror. Broken Lines of Salt and Flesh by Robert E Furey Dani goes over to her friend, Samantha's, house after she dumps her boyfriend having caught him cheating. Sam is a Wiccan and promises Dani she has some things that will help her. I'm not entirely sure what happened in this story even having read it twice. The Grave of Lilith by Harry F Rey Jonathan meets up with Richard in Jerusalem thanks to the introduction of a mutual friend. It's 1982 and Jonathan is there studying biblical archaeology and Richard is an archaeologist. Richard convinces him to go to a dig site which is normally closed to all. I didn't connect with this story or the characters. It took too long to get to the climax with information that didn't seem germane and didn't enhance my involvement in the story. The God of Small Favours by H P Medina Jin, Avocet and Jackdaw have made their way by boat to a house they intend to rob. Jin is not happy when he sees the windows open fearing the job will be too easy. In what seems like an abandoned house, the three split up. I thought this was quite a sweet story which is probably not the best reaction for a story in a horror anthology. Book received from Netgalley and Riverdale Avenue Books for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily Veinglory

    DARK RAINBOW: QUEER EROTIC HORROR is what a short story anthology should be. Each story nails the theme of combining erotic and horror themes. Each story is distinct from the other. The stories have plots, themes, and originality. Some like “Goldilocks and her Undead Bear” are bizarre and stomach churning; others like “The Grave of Lilith” are more conceptual. Most are somewhere on the fantastic spectrum from magical realism, to paranormal, to high fantasy. The emphasis is on G and L, but ther DARK RAINBOW: QUEER EROTIC HORROR is what a short story anthology should be. Each story nails the theme of combining erotic and horror themes. Each story is distinct from the other. The stories have plots, themes, and originality. Some like “Goldilocks and her Undead Bear” are bizarre and stomach churning; others like “The Grave of Lilith” are more conceptual. Most are somewhere on the fantastic spectrum from magical realism, to paranormal, to high fantasy. The emphasis is on G and L, but there is also B, T, and a few other letters from the queer spectrum incorporated as aspects of the stories and their characters. The only thing that strikes me as at all overly predictable is the cover mashup of two arguable genre cliches—the skull and rainbow-- but I have no complaints about what is within. Review copy courtesy of Netgalley, 5/5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    Released just before Halloween this year, Dark Rainbow is an Anthology of Queer Erotic Horror edited Andrew Robertson is absolutely fantastic. Going into a collection like this, I usually hope to find a few really good stories, and resign myself to skimming over a few, but this was a solid, perfectly orchestrated collection of erotic horror that bleeds all the colors of the queer rainbow. The stories that really stood out for me . . . the ones that made me stop, shake my head, and walk away for a Released just before Halloween this year, Dark Rainbow is an Anthology of Queer Erotic Horror edited Andrew Robertson is absolutely fantastic. Going into a collection like this, I usually hope to find a few really good stories, and resign myself to skimming over a few, but this was a solid, perfectly orchestrated collection of erotic horror that bleeds all the colors of the queer rainbow. The stories that really stood out for me . . . the ones that made me stop, shake my head, and walk away for a moment . . . were as follows: Pip and Estella by Valerie Alexander is a weird Southern Gothic take on Great Expectations that was full of dark and dirty lesbian exploration, and which built slowly to a series of chilling climaxes. Goldilocks and her Undead Bear by Julianne Snow is my first favorite of the collection, the story of a fierce drag queen, her three gay bears, and a zombie outbreak. The battle at the club was fantastic, and that final line . . . it still makes me smile every time I think of it. Think of Me by Lindsay King-Miller is the story that absolutely blew me away, a deeply moving tale that explores the pain of suicide, the legacy we leave behind, and how even our best efforts to make amends can lead to some very dark acts. You need to read this. Stunningly powerful. Odd Man Out by Derek Clendening is a kind of a guilty pleasure, a story about horrible acts of violence and betrayal, but defined by twists that I thoroughly enjoyed. His Type by Sèphera Girón is a slow-burning story, one that takes a while to reveal it secrets, to tear away its erotic skin to reveal the horror beneath it, but once its demons break through it just keeps getting darker, weirder, and more viscerally intense. The Life Model by Jim Towns is a love story with supernatural elements, but even if I would be hard-pressed to define as horror, I absolutely loved the budding relationship between an introverted nude model and a shy painter. Just beautiful. The Dark Gem by Lisi Damette is a story that was just full of surprises, transforming both an abused woman and her husband through witchcraft at a strange brothel. It is darkly suggestive, but full of images that linger long after you are done reading. Broken Lines of Salt and Flesh by Robert E. Furey is another story of witchcraft and betrayal, marked by a wonderful bit of mystical seduction, an intensely exciting transformation, and the promise of something truly decadent. This is a story that is all in the details, and I loved it. The Grave of Lilith by Harry F. Rey is a story I was hesitant about at first, but which was entirely redeemed by the message in its final paragraph. It is a weird story, as much about faith and belief as love and lust, built around a terrifying archaeological exploration of a biblical site, with . . . well, I refuse to spoil it, but I loved the final bit about those who deserve to die. I deliberately avoided saying too much about the queer pairings in each story, but I was pleasantly surprised to find so much transgender content here, and even if it is more gay than lesbian, I still think Andrew Robertson did a wonderful job of paying respect to the entire queer spectrum of the Dark Rainbow. https://bibrary.blogspot.com/2018/12/...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Isaiah

    To read more reviews check out MI Book Reviews. I got an ARC of this book. I love horror. I love erotica. I love queer. I was ready. I was let down.  There were a few stories that were on the brink of interesting, but then fell short for me. One of the few stories that were interesting was the werewolf one, but I am not even sure that they were really werewolves and not something more monstrous. That one was on the brink, so close to being one I would recommend. It just didn't go quite far enough f To read more reviews check out MI Book Reviews. I got an ARC of this book. I love horror. I love erotica. I love queer. I was ready. I was let down.  There were a few stories that were on the brink of interesting, but then fell short for me. One of the few stories that were interesting was the werewolf one, but I am not even sure that they were really werewolves and not something more monstrous. That one was on the brink, so close to being one I would recommend. It just didn't go quite far enough for me. That was one of maybe three stories that I was almost happy with.  Most of the stories were ones I was counting down the time until they were done. They were not scary. They were not sexy. Some were barely even queer. I was left wondering why they were included in this anthology. There was one were the main bad guy was angry about being called gay, but then it ended with him having the worst example of bisexual representation I have ever seen sex. I really could have done without the need to have a potentially bisexual character be in the middle of a forced sex scene between his straight best friend and a girl, so he is with a man and woman at the same time. It was just a really bad time. There were just more and more examples of things I just didn't need in my life. A lesbian version of Great Expectations, but with mummification? Never really needed that, thank you. I was interested to see where things would go, but it was just a let down. Though this was one of the more interesting stories in the collection. I am just sad.  There really weren't any remarkable stories or word choices or really anything for me to cling to when it came to this collection. I am really disappointed. I was going to buy it for my partner, who is even bigger into horror than I am. I can't imagine him reading this book. It isn't any of the three things the title promised me. 

  5. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this book from NeGalley This is probably more of a 2.5 but I found myself skimming a lot after the halfway point so I had to round down. It's really not a bad collection so don't let my low rating turn you off, it just wasn't for me. I know it's entirely my fault because the word erotic is right there in the title, but I found myself getting really annoyed with all the sex in this anthology. Normally it wouldn't really be a problem but there are 15 stories in here and it I received an ARC copy of this book from NeGalley This is probably more of a 2.5 but I found myself skimming a lot after the halfway point so I had to round down. It's really not a bad collection so don't let my low rating turn you off, it just wasn't for me. I know it's entirely my fault because the word erotic is right there in the title, but I found myself getting really annoyed with all the sex in this anthology. Normally it wouldn't really be a problem but there are 15 stories in here and it's only about 160 pages which means every story is only ten pages long [most are probably less since the last two seemed a bit longer]. After you take away 2 or 3 pages to account for the mandatory sex scene, there's really not a ton of time left to fully develop the characters or plot. I absolutely love the idea of a queer horror collection and I'm not even against it being erotica, I just wish the book was longer to allow me more time to get into the stories.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This collection of short stories combines erotic content and horror, something that goes well together, in my opinion. The stories itself are very diverse in plot and protagonists, which I appreciate. Some stories are gory, some are haunting, and all are frightening in one way or another. There is quite some explicit subject matter but it doesn't feel cheap. My main c I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This collection of short stories combines erotic content and horror, something that goes well together, in my opinion. The stories itself are very diverse in plot and protagonists, which I appreciate. Some stories are gory, some are haunting, and all are frightening in one way or another. There is quite some explicit subject matter but it doesn't feel cheap. My main criticism is that most of the stories felt too short and lacked that something special to make them stand out. For a few of them, I didn't connect with the writing style at all, and for others, I felt that the characters needed more work to make me care about them. There was however one story that I just loved. Think of Me grabbed me right from the beginning. Lindsay King-Miller's words create an eerie but somehow beautiful and nostalgic atmosphere. Her plot, however, makes the reader feel regret, fears, and sadness. These two carry the main theme of suicide and its aftermath perfectly. Adding a paranormal twist to it is new and different. I am looking forward to reading more of her work. See my blog (spoilers possible!) here: https://ichleseblog.wordpress.com/201....

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bogi Takács

    (I read this for Transcendent 4 purposes, but I do not recommend it for the trans content. Not planning on reviewing it at length)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Dear editors: It is simply not enough to offer an anthology based on a single gimmick alone (in this case queer authors/protagonists). You gotta deliver. And if the stories contained within your collection have no other noticeable qualities to offer besides their protagonists being gay, transgender or what the heck so ever, you have not done your job. In fact you just screwed someone out of their hard-earned money. I know we live in a time where everything allegedly „inclusive“ is mindlessly appl Dear editors: It is simply not enough to offer an anthology based on a single gimmick alone (in this case queer authors/protagonists). You gotta deliver. And if the stories contained within your collection have no other noticeable qualities to offer besides their protagonists being gay, transgender or what the heck so ever, you have not done your job. In fact you just screwed someone out of their hard-earned money. I know we live in a time where everything allegedly „inclusive“ is mindlessly applauded just for the sake of being so but to be honest I do not really give a flying f*ck. Just being „woke“ might be enough to win you a Hugo these days but thankfully the horror genre has so far been mostly spared the kind of ridiculous shenanigans the sci-fi and fantasy community is going through at the moment. I probably read more than a dozen horror anthologies per year ranging from the usual suspects like Ellen Datlow‘s "The Best Horror of the Year" to more niche and theme-centered compilations like "Hardboiled Horror" or "World War Cthulhu". They are always a mixed bag due to their very nature but even the worst ones maintain a certain level of quality. This however is one of the weakest collections I have read in ages. Maybe even the worst one I have ever laid my hands on. The majority of this collection is at the level of fan fiction or creepy pasta at best. The writing is clumsy, the plots predictable and self-serving while the characters (*cough*) stumble through cringeworthy and pretentious dialogue. The horror element feels tacked on in most cases (if it is there at all) and the authors show little to no knowledge of the genre‘s tropes and workings, simply rehashing stuff that has been done to death (and much better) already. Everything seems to act as cheap device to set things up for some form of sex scene or the likes for an audience of „Twilight“ readers looking for something more beefy after „50 Shades Of Grey“. And talking about sex: Declaring this as „erotic horror“ is downright laughable as most of the included authors lack any form of prosaic skill to evoke anything feeling remotely erotic and obviously seem to mistake blunt descriptions of sexual intercourse with the beauty of the flesh. And those who know me, know this has nothing to do with me being a prude but everything to do with asthetics. If the carnal delights found in a Clive Barker story for example are painted with a wonderfully lush brush this here is the doodling of a kindergarten child. You can make out what is is supposed to be but it also ends right there. Heck even good old pulpy Ray Garton shows more skill at erotica in horror than 95% of the authors presented here and I guess this says something. To be honest: This came very close to being a one star review but I felt bad for the very few halfway decent authors in this collection that at least show some minor talent for being thrown into this pile of garbage with the rest of the lot. Edit: Nah, it is just too bad. One star it is. Sorry, gotta be honest. *** Piece by Piece Ratings **** 2/5 - Pip and Estella by Valerie Alexander The gothic setting of this story with a femme fatale living in a run-down mansion with her man-eating, murdering mother in a southern swamp full of alligators and an old witch could have been the perfect backdrop for an excellent horror story. Unfortunately Alexander uses the paper-thin and rather predictable plot she develops as a cheap vehicle for setting up a generic sex scene that takes up half the story that is littered with annoyingly pretentious dialogue that finally leads to an ending that is maybe unexpected but only due to it being all out of character for the main protagonist given her previous arc. Sloppy. 1/5 - Goldilocks And Her Undead Bear by Julianne Snow Generic zombie fare with clumsy writing. If this would not have a drag queen as the main protagonist and henceforth fit this collection obviously desperate for content, this story would probably never seen print. Writing-wise this is a train wreck: The hobnailed fellatio scene at the beginning feels utterly lost and tacked on simply for garnering attention, the info-dump via the TV-speaker in the middle is as dowdy as it was unnecessary since everyone who has not been living under a rock since „The Night of the Living Dead“ already knows at that point that we are dealing with zombies. The characters lack any form of characterization and therefore simply feel like the author‘s sock puppets existing only to drive the plot instead of coming alive. Waste of time. 3/5 - Think Of Me by Lindsay King-Miller This was actually quite decent with an interesting premise. Lindsay King-Miller‘s prose is sometimes lacking the punch needed to really bring the story home but she definitely leaves a lasting impression with me and I will keep an eye out for more material from her. Maybe we were just off to a rough start with this. 2/5 - Odd Man Out by Derek Clendening Simplistic little story full of poor dialogue the usual sex scenes and an ending you will have seen coming from miles away. One extra star because I like me my cannibalism. ;o) 2/5 - Affliction by Spinster Eskie The story is off to an intriguing start and then literally goes nowhere. The conclusion is banal and the morality projected on the lawyer is annoying. Well, at least we are spared the seemingly obligatory pointless sex scene which is a bonus. 1/5 His Type by Sèphera Girón Same old, same old right here: Simple, generic and foreseeable with bland prose and basically non existing characters. Irrelevant and amateurish stuff that probably would not have seen the light of day if it wasn‘t for digital publishing. 1/5 The Life Model by Jim Towns Oh my god, this is pretty much like a third-rate erotic story you would find in a cheap adult magazine and there is literally not a SINGLE horror element until the last page. Said ending is so embarrassingly generic that it physically hurts and was probably just tacked on to make the story fit the collection. Avoid at all cost. 2/5 The God Modulation by Kimberly Gondrella Good idea, flawed execution. Especially the amateurish shifts in POV and tense are annoying. Whether or not the initial sex scene does anything for the story needs to be questioned as well. Oh, and any story that uses the word „mansplaining“ automatically gets a rating penalty. 1/5 Monday by Benjamin Johnson This is basically nothing. Really. There is no suspense, no drama, no prose - in fact: there is nothing here that so much as faintly reminds of serious writing. It is so boring, so blunt it almost hurts and is probably taken from a Twilight-Fan-Fiction collection. Seriously, there are so many great authors out there and you print trash like this? Not to mention the virtual assault on your readers. 2/5 The Dark Gem by Lisa Damette Another generic story with non-existing characters, a plot so paper thin you need a frickin' microscope to find anything at all. A little bit of effort here, guys? Come on. And why set the whole in thing in the wild west when literally nothing is done with the scenario at all? This felt as if was written in 2 hours max. It basically deserves a one star rating but in comparison to some of the other toxic waste presented in this collection the writing is at least not totally amateurish. Hence the two stars. And because I am feeling generous today. 1/5 The Christ of St. Jozef Church by Angel Leigh McCoy Well, let‘s start with the positives first: McCoy has a decent eye for catching the interesting details of a moment in order to set the scene. However the story is utterly pointless and its over before it really begins without having offered anything in the departments of suspense or erotica. Completely forgettable is probably the right term for this joke of a short story. 1/5 Eye Contact by Jeff C. Stevenson This is your story? This really is your story?! Disjointed, no suspense curve, no real relevance of the stories premise. This is not even up to par with a lot of the fan fiction out there. Seriously. And this is supposedly an established author with several novels out (if you believe the blurb in the back of the book)? 1/5 - Broken Lines of Salt and Flesh by Robert E. Furey Good title but the story doesn‘t deliver. This is creepy pasta level at max. I know I am repeating myself but this is again amateurish, pointless and blessed with non-existent characters, dull prose as well as a self-serving plot (if you can even call it that). Flat out boring. 1/5 The Grave of Lilith by Harry F. Rey Oh, the cringe is strong with this one. The first part is the usual crude writing, bad dialogue and fan fiction erotica found all over this collection. However in the final act this turns into some kind of a megalomaniac vision where the protagonist all over sudden becomes a super powerful demon in service of Lilith punishing all those heterosexual or bisexual guys who screw another man and then won‘t admit they are gay so the protagonists rips them apart. This feels like the daydream of an angry and frustrated teen that just hit puberty. What the fuck is this and how are we supposed to take it seriously? 1/5 The God of Small Favors by H.P. Medina Utterly useless. Set in a fantasy world (of which the author dumps way to many names for a short story) the story deals with a petty thief that finds the owner of the house he is robbing to be a horny incubus that gives our little burglar the romp of his live. And there you have the entire story with the act itself taking up the complete second half. Not only is the story utter rubbish but it completely lacks any real horror elements (in a fantasy world I pretty much expect some weird creatures so this is not enough). So what the heck is it doing in this collection? Phew, it's over. I can hardly believe I survived this with all of my brain cells intact. I can however only suggest to not do this at home and let trained and professional garbage-selectors deal with toxic waste like this. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are mine and are neither influenced by the publisher nor the author (which I guess should be obvious).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lee

    Dark Rainbow: Queer Erotic Horror. The title and cover art say it all. These are all tales of queer erotic horror, ranging from the poetic to the graphic to the damn-near extreme. And I love it all. The diversity and creativity of the stories was enjoyable and exhausting. It is a shelf-worthy collection. I would encourage you to read the brief Introduction by Andrew Robertson. It is interesting and insightful and, in my opinion, the perfect prelude to the stories that follow. Let us look at these Dark Rainbow: Queer Erotic Horror. The title and cover art say it all. These are all tales of queer erotic horror, ranging from the poetic to the graphic to the damn-near extreme. And I love it all. The diversity and creativity of the stories was enjoyable and exhausting. It is a shelf-worthy collection. I would encourage you to read the brief Introduction by Andrew Robertson. It is interesting and insightful and, in my opinion, the perfect prelude to the stories that follow. Let us look at these delectable offerings, shall we? “Pip and Estella” by Valerie Alexander is dark, passionate, and tragic. There is a subtle depth to this story that is emphasized by the differences in how the violence and erotica are presented. Beautiful horror. “Goldilocks and her Undead Bear” by Julianne Snow is a shocking little zombie short with an ending that still has me saying, “Oh no she didn’t!” “Think of Me” by Lindsay King-Miller is a deep psychological horror story that will wrench conflicting emotions from your soul. I confess that as a person of limited knowledge of certain lifestyles, some of the nuance was almost lost on me. Almost. Subtly and skillfully done. Applause! “Odd Man Out” by Derek Clendening rides the line of extreme horror with bold, explicit writing, horrifying subject matter, and a heart-pounding climax and ending. Pun intended. This is a very well-executed story! “Affliction” by Spinster Eskie is a cold psychological horror narrative that will chill you to your bones. “His Type” by Sèphera Girón is an engrossing erotic suspense thriller with excellent characters and characterization. “The Life Model” by Jim Towns is a beautiful, erotic piece with a shocking surprise ending. This was just a joy to read. “The God Modulation” by Kimberly Gondrella is a mind-scrambling visceral tale of jealousy, madness, and music. “Monday” by Benjamin Johnson is a haunting story of longing, belonging, and creatures of the night. I found it viscerally beautiful. “The Dark Gem” by Lisi Damette is intense and creative. It redefines “monster” and evokes empathy for the presumed “bad guy.” Very enjoyable. “The Christ of St. Jozef Church” by Angel Leigh McCoy is elegant and enthralling. A masterwork of dark first-person prose, this story flows with tension and sorrow and depth. Delicate foreshadowing culminates in a horrific climax and mind-bending ending. This one will linger for weeks to come. “Eye Contact” by Jeff C. Stevenson is a deep tale of unexplainable wonders and realistic terrors. “Broken Lines of Salt and Flesh” by Robert E Furey is a graphic little horror short of good intentions gone horrifically bad. “The Grave of Lilith” by Harry F Rey starts out mysterious, turns dark, then turns visceral. This graphic, horrifying tale delivers the unexpected as it sucks you in and violates your mind. “The God of Small Favors” by H.P. Medina is a tale of suspense and horror and wickedness and seduction with a surprise ending that will leave you breathless. It was tense and terrifying and erotic and left me spent. And so ends the collection of stories. The pages that follow the stories contain a delightful About the Authors section that I personally enjoyed. These writers were all new to me, but I desire more of them. Of their work, I mean, of course. I feel mentally violated and emotionally spent. What a great collection!

  10. 5 out of 5

    J.A. Sullivan

    Something that has always bothered me is the misconception that horror promotes violent sexual acts. Instead, I think of the genre as a place to tackle all the aspects of humanity which polite society would prefer to ignore. Dark Rainbow: Queer Erotic Horror is a fantastic example of bringing together our multifaceted human condition. Lust, greed, survival, grief, and a search for acceptance are just a few of the themes presented within the 15 stories of this anthology. And although each story i Something that has always bothered me is the misconception that horror promotes violent sexual acts. Instead, I think of the genre as a place to tackle all the aspects of humanity which polite society would prefer to ignore. Dark Rainbow: Queer Erotic Horror is a fantastic example of bringing together our multifaceted human condition. Lust, greed, survival, grief, and a search for acceptance are just a few of the themes presented within the 15 stories of this anthology. And although each story is told through the perspective of queer culture, everyone can relate to these themes, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Meet a drag queen with a unique approach to waiting out a zombie apocalypse in “Goldilocks and her Undead Bear” by Julianne Snow. Take a trip back to the Old West where witchcraft and a brothel offer Jolene an escape from her abusive husband in “The Dark Gem” by Lisi Damette. Follow Tara, a model for a life drawing class, as she learns to love herself and explores her sexuality with artist Robyn in “The Life Model” by Jim Towns. My favourite in the collection was “Think of Me” by Lindsay King-Miller. The story is told from the perspective of Jess, as her spirit is trapped in our world by her grieving wife. While the concept captured my interest straight away, the strength of the writing was superb and had me hanging on every word. Longing, guilt, and being tethered to the past are just a few of the emotions this beautiful and poignant story evokes. Of course, like all anthologies, not every story resonated with me, but I thought all were well composed. Personally, I would have liked a deeper sense of horror in some of the stories. There are definitely a few tales that barely held an element of fear. However, most contained enough fright and dread to keep me happy. Overall, the range of characters, situations, and styles kept the book feeling fresh throughout, and I’m eager to read more works by many of the featured authors. Keep in mind each entry contains erotic elements, so if you’re feeling prudish this is not a book for you. But, for those of you looking for steamy horror, this book has something for most tastes. The hotness factor ranges from tender first kisses all the way up to needing a cold shower after reading, and everything in between. Dark Rainbow: Queer Erotic Horror is a wonderful anthology which holds true to its title bringing the reader a full spectrum of delights, both in terms of erotica and horror. **This review first appeared on http://kendallreviews.com/ **

  11. 4 out of 5

    C. Chambers

    Thank you to Netgally the the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review: Wow... this was not made for me. Besides that point, this collection varies in terms of quality and commentary. It's attempt at connecting an LGBT+ audience to the horror genre is sound, but the execution leaves the question of what makes horror important in the first place. If you want to visualize the suffering placed on people of various ethnic or personal backgrounds, than horror can be an excellent Thank you to Netgally the the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review: Wow... this was not made for me. Besides that point, this collection varies in terms of quality and commentary. It's attempt at connecting an LGBT+ audience to the horror genre is sound, but the execution leaves the question of what makes horror important in the first place. If you want to visualize the suffering placed on people of various ethnic or personal backgrounds, than horror can be an excellent medium. The issues comes from the balance of displaying strife in the individual without isolating an entire class of people. The erotic portion aside, this collection pushes more towards isolation than connection. A gay man has a gay relationship and is haunted by gay ghosts?... like... no. Don't DO that. Instead, take a page out of the comic Infidel and tell the story of strife among the backdrop of a real world. It shouldn't be the fact that the characters ARE gay that makes the stories unique, but the fact they are PEOPLE undergoing incredible adversity. Anyways, I didn't enjoy this and wouldn't recommend it in any way. 0.5/5 stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

    Dark Rainbow is a collection of short stories featuring a mix of queer horror and erotica. Honestly, it wasn’t as queer as I thought it would be. There’s a lot of LGBT themes in this one, with most of them about males on males. If that’s supposed to be the queer part of the book, then it is not the kind of queer I’m looking for. In fact, there’s another book by the same publisher: “Borderlands” which in my opinion contains more queer than this one, especially the one with the girl and the head o Dark Rainbow is a collection of short stories featuring a mix of queer horror and erotica. Honestly, it wasn’t as queer as I thought it would be. There’s a lot of LGBT themes in this one, with most of them about males on males. If that’s supposed to be the queer part of the book, then it is not the kind of queer I’m looking for. In fact, there’s another book by the same publisher: “Borderlands” which in my opinion contains more queer than this one, especially the one with the girl and the head on life support. Stephen, I think. That one actually stuck with me till now. I recommend that book over this. If you ask me, I don’t think I will remember any of the stories from here a week later

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dorie

    Dark Rainbow: Anthology of Queer Erotic Horror by Andrew Robertson & Sephera Giron 2018 Riverdale Avenue Books 3.4 /5 What a perfect pairing. Horror and queer erotica. It works!! Everyone of the 15 stories have an element of fear or suspense and alot of sex. Sex more than horror drive these stories, each about 10-15 pages. I wish there were more horror centered, but this was still a wild, and scary collection. Some new authors, to me....Valerie Alexander, Lindsay King-Miller, Sephera Giron, and Jef Dark Rainbow: Anthology of Queer Erotic Horror by Andrew Robertson & Sephera Giron 2018 Riverdale Avenue Books 3.4 /5 What a perfect pairing. Horror and queer erotica. It works!! Everyone of the 15 stories have an element of fear or suspense and alot of sex. Sex more than horror drive these stories, each about 10-15 pages. I wish there were more horror centered, but this was still a wild, and scary collection. Some new authors, to me....Valerie Alexander, Lindsay King-Miller, Sephera Giron, and Jeff C. Sherman. Thanks to Riverdale Ave. Books and net galley for the e-book ARC for a fair and honest review. #DarkRainbow #Netgalley

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Anthology of Queer Erotic Horror. I think I missed the word Erotic when I requested this book. I love horror and the queer angle was not a problem. I just am not a big fan of erotica. If I try to overlook that part, it was not a bad read, but that is often hard to overlook. I am giving this a 3 star, not so much because it was a 3 star read for me, but because it was my mistake not catching the Erotic part in the title.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I made a few attempts at picking this title up and completing the review. Sadly, this collection wasn't for me. I love horror and LGBTQ+ stories and content and this one just didn't connect with me. That being said, all of the stories are well-written. It just wasn't something that worked for me. I made a few attempts at picking this title up and completing the review. Sadly, this collection wasn't for me. I love horror and LGBTQ+ stories and content and this one just didn't connect with me. That being said, all of the stories are well-written. It just wasn't something that worked for me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alan D.D.

    Wow. Wow. Wow. I never thought such a combination could give so good results. There were stories that didn't surprise me at first, but things improve story after story. Each one has its own macabre charm. Wow. Wow. Wow. I never thought such a combination could give so good results. There were stories that didn't surprise me at first, but things improve story after story. Each one has its own macabre charm.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    This is my first time reading a book from Riverdale Avenue Books, and I'll definitely be back for more. While there were some minor typos and basic editing errors in the second half of the book, this is definitely worth your time if the description catches your interest. Andrew Robertson has put together quite a compelling collection of queer, erotic horror stories. I was pleased that not all of the stories had tragic endings, and also pleased that the horror element was pretty prominent thoroug This is my first time reading a book from Riverdale Avenue Books, and I'll definitely be back for more. While there were some minor typos and basic editing errors in the second half of the book, this is definitely worth your time if the description catches your interest. Andrew Robertson has put together quite a compelling collection of queer, erotic horror stories. I was pleased that not all of the stories had tragic endings, and also pleased that the horror element was pretty prominent thoroughout. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone feeling prudish, because there are definitely some pretty graphic sex scenes. If you're looking for queer flavor in your paranormal erotica, this is definitely the book for you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    gray

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    Amy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patrice Leonard

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bernadette Donnelly

  24. 5 out of 5

    Harry Rey

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jasper

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  27. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  28. 4 out of 5

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  32. 5 out of 5

    Chris Duffy

  33. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Mendenhall

  34. 5 out of 5

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  35. 4 out of 5

    Angel McCoy

  36. 5 out of 5

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