The Museum of Deviant Desires by Fulani
Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5
This is an 11 story anthology containing some pretty darn extraordinary writing.
Fulani’s writing is nuanced but accessible and of great quality, and his grasp of both the submissive and dominant mindset is spot on and comes through in every story. There is BDSM content in every story.
Many of the stories are . . . I don’t know what to call it. Edgy, modern, industrial-flavored stories full of unlikely situations, grit, grease, and urban decay. Some are very strange, some are very sexy, and all are quite memorable. There is not a single boring moment here, even when the situations didn’t strike me as sexy.
The stories that don’t fit this pattern are extraordinary as well, and contain some of my favorites. He enjoys the psychological angle, the anticipation, and evokes these things quite well . . . and sometimes stops there. Sadistic.
Standouts here are Poppy Seeks Pain, Waiting, Voiceover, and the title track, Museum of Deviant Desires.
The only misstep, and it is a tiny one, is a little bit of problematic language re: transgendered individuals in the title story. It could easily have been the viewpoint character, and not the author, but as much as I hate doing it, I feel obligated to call people out for it. But it’s only two instances early on, and no actual for-sure trans* individuals appear in the story, so nothing goes horribly, horribly wrong (as I was afraid it might).
So: absolutely recommended if you are looking for something gritty, modern, playful, and strange.
Reviewed by Amanda