The Ghost Girl and Other Tales of Erotic Horror by R. Greco
Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5 Paddles
This is a collection of seventeen short stories that claim to be “erotic horror,” but fall short of the marks on both accounts. As a fan of the horror genre, perhaps my bar is set a little too high, but there was really no creep-out or suspense factor in any of these stories for me. As a fan of kink, what is portrayed here is lackluster and really didn’t spark even a hint of tingly excitement. That said, there are a few gems in the collection that are still worth the read.
”‘Acquired’ Reflection” has the makings of an excellent novella, or even a full novel for those who love the fringe sciences. Here we meet Mr. Lee Shearsen, an attractive eccentric with loads of cash and something to prove, and Jane, a forensic scientist full of skepticism who jumps at the chance to escape the lab. The last scene of the story was as close to suspenseful as any of them got and was very well written, but the kink seemed to be missing.
”Led Assway” is a hilarious bit of a romp. John is definitively an ass man who finds himself in a preposterous situation. I really can’t say much more without giving it all away. While not very horrific or kinky, it’s an exceptionally interesting piece.
“Suburban Convergence” is another funny story very light on the kink that has potential as horror/suspense. Louis and his brother Emil have to deal with crossing that bridge when they get to it in order to find the man who can help them figure out who’s messing with Louis. Strange magics are afoot as Louis, Emil, and their friend face off with a woman from Louis’ past.
Reviewed by darkest.ire