Friday Reads | Sluggo Snares a Vampire

Friday again! This week I’ve read Sluggo Snares a Vampire by Rick R. Reed. It was just what I was in the mood for and I might have laughed at the end…I’m sure that says more about me than the story, though.

Sluggo hangs around a lot of chatrooms looking for love. He’s presenting himself as Sir Raven, a wild-eyed Cuban stud, in reality, he’s not that much of stud. But, despite his receding hairline, a man takes interest in him. They’re chatting and then things turn weird.

I loved how this story turned creepy really quick. A good horror story where vampires don’t sparkle and piercing fangs don’t result in a mind-blowing orgasm. Not that I mind those kinds of stories now and then, but sometimes it’s nice when the monsters stay evil.

This is a free story (for now at least) so give it a go!

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Book Cover Sluggo Snares a Vampire by Rick R. ReedWhen Sluggo cruises online chat rooms, he isn’t looking for a hook-up; he’s looking for love. But love has a way of being elusive, especially when you’re not being honest. Presenting himself as “Sir Raven,” Sluggo promises his chat room cohorts he’s the “master of the night.”

And then he meets someone who challenges him — someone who claims the title “master of the night” as his own. TepesAllure’s enigmatic and flirtatious messages to Sluggo start out as fun banter, but quickly turn to eerie disquiet.

As the night unfolds, so do the advances of TepesAllure … and even when Sluggo tries to escape, he finds that getting out is not nearly as easy as getting in.

NOTE: This story appears in the author’s collection, Unhinged.

Genres: Gay / Erotic Horror / Dark Fantasy / Vampire


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Friday Reads | Dance With a Vampire

I’m continuing the week with more vampires. Dance With a Vampire by Fabian Black is a seven pages long story. I love short fiction. Many make the mistake of thinking it’s easy to write—it’s not. It takes a lot of skill. Authors who master the form can rip my heart out in just a few words where others leave me quite unaffected. In a novel, you have time to grow to like a character, but in short fiction, that connection has to be established in just a few lines.

This is the second story I’ve read by Fabian Black, and my heart might not have been ripped out but I wasn’t unaffected either. At first, I found the narration a bit strange, or maybe not the narration, but the story is written almost like a letter where the MC is talking to a ‘you’. I was thinking the MC was another of those in your face, bratty, young characters, and he kind of is, but there’s also some subtlety to this short story.

There is one thing that always annoys me, though. Why oh why do bisexual characters always have to be described as unreliable? In this short, short story it’s even pointed out twice.

I made a mental note never to date a bisexual again. It doubled the chances of being dumped. – p.2

Bisexual faux vampire types were notoriously unreliable, emotionally draining and generally unsatisfactory. – p.4

But if you’re in the mood for a bratty twenty-one-year-old waiting in line outside a nightclub on Halloween and some vampires with a hint of BDSM, then Dance With a Vampire is for you.

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A different kind of vampire tale, short and romantic, it uses a song title as a door into the story.


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Friday Reads |Watching Elijah Fall

I haven’t read much this week, I’ve been writing. How people manage to do both is a mystery to me. That being said, I did read one lovely little tale, Watching Elijah Fall by Amy Spector.

It’s one of those stories I will remember for a long time. Not because it traumatising in any way, it’s a genuinely sweet story about moving on. What I liked best was the mood, I snuggled down in my bed and fantasised about darkrooms and sexy, vulnerable Elijahs.

I’m really hoping there will be a sequel, and I have it on good authority that Evan, one of the characters in Watching Elijah Fall, does show up in Cold Fingers – A Love Story * If you’re looking for a Halloween read maybe you should start with that one instead, or why not pick up both of them!

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What have you been reading this week?


Book Cover Watching Elijah Fall
Book cover by Amy Spector

A simple story about moving past the terrible things that life throws at you and finding happiness on the other side.

Months after his breakup with a long-term boyfriend, Jacob Pierce is still more than a little fragile, he has withdrawn from life, his friends are concerned and even he knows that something needs to change. With the encouragement of his friends and a nudge from the newest member of Jacob’s small circle, he agrees to sign up for a film based photography class.

Elijah Fall, a widowed photography teacher, is exactly the man to bring Jacob back to life. But, while Jacob may have found the man of his dreams, will Elijah, someone who has lost everything once, be willing to risk his heart again?


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