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Skin Effect: More Erotic Science Fiction and Fantasy Erotica by M. Christian skin

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Blurb:

At Last! M.Christian’s Highly Anticipated Sequel to His Legendary Erotic Science Fiction collection The Bachelor Machine!

With The Bachelor Machine, M.Christian set the bar for erotic science fiction stories. Now he has returned to the genre with a brand new collection that will amaze as well as arouse: Skin Effect – tales that push the envelopes of both science fiction as well as erotica in innovative and stimulating ways. Here are stories voyaging to the near as well as the far future, exploring the ultimate limits of sex and arousal.

With an introduction by the Chicano science fiction legend Ernest Hogan (author of High Aztech and Cortez On Jupiter), the stories in Skin Effect – some never before seen – are beyond BDSM, beyond fetish, beyond kink … and even beyond the limits of science fiction!

Story contents include:
[Title Forgotten]
Prêt-À-Porter
The Subsequent State
The Bell House Invitation
The Potter’s Wheel
Double Toil And Trouble
A Kiss Goodnight
–and more!

Plus a special, and very thoughtful Afterword by the author:
IT’S “NOT” THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT – AND I FEEL FINE

Review:

Going in to this book I knew I was going to find quality writing as I’ve read this author previously. While I’m not the biggest fan of science fiction I am a fan of M. Christian’s sex scenes. When they happen, they are hot and sexy. These stories are well written and clearly the product of an amazing imagination. A recommended read.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

incontrolIn Control: The Short Kinky Fiction of M. Christian

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Although the book In Control is subtitled The Short Kinky Fiction of M. Christian, by today’s standards most of the 18 stories in this anthology aren’t all that kinky. That’s not to imply they aren’t well written, because they are. In fact, it would be safe to say that this collection of short stories has a decidedly cerebral and artistic flair not often found in erotica.

The themes of the book’s stories vary greatly in both style and genre – sort of a smorgasbord effect. Many are straight forward erotica, while others touch on BDSM and same sex relationships. Some are really more romantic than they are erotic, and a couple could be categorized as mood pieces with erotic overtones. My favorite is an excerpt from the novel Brushes, which is a tale about the brother of an elite artist whose resemblance to his sibling enables him to seduce numerous art students that mistake him for his famous brother. While it doesn’t contain much erotic content, it is an interesting and thought provoking read.

Whether or not readers will enjoy this book will depend largely on their sensibilities and what their expectations are. Overall it is a satisfyingly literate book that periodically includes well-crafted erotic scenarios. Masturbation fodder it is not.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

My Love For All Things Bizarre edited by M. Christian

Link to buy My Love Of All That Is Bizarre

ASIN B0070OQ3SW

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 3

Review:

I have never read Sherlock Holmes. This title was erotic telling of Sherlock Holmes’ investigations. It was interesting but lacked my favorite theme of BDSM. There were some kinky moments but no real bondage, domination, submission, or sadomasochism. With each story I looked for hints of BDSM but really there was a bit of kink mixed in with stories about Sherlock Holmes and his partner John Watson.

For fans of the BDSM genre I would say pass this up, but for Sherlock Holmes fans looking for a kinky twist I would say give this a try. There are various authors and I would say my favorite was the voyeurism themed story. I always like the idea of seeing something naughty when you think no one is watching. What better to see than the secret life of Sherlock Holmes.

Reviewed by Sizzling Miss Kim

The Love That Never Dies edited by M Christian

http://www.amazon.com/LOVE-THAT-NEVER-DIES-ebook/dp/B008BFCIGA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351229997&sr=1-1&keywords=love+that+never+dies+m+christian 

ASIN B008BFCIGA

 Story Rating: 2.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2.5 out of 5

 Review:

This is a 19-story anthology with the dead, the undead, and undeath as a theme.  It’s not BDSM focused, but there’s some BDSM content scattered throughout.  Pleasantly, it’s not exclusively hetero in focus.  A good number of the stories featured male/male sexiness, which pleased me greatly – readers have broader tastes than most publishers realize, I think, and it’s good to see that being acknowledged more and more often.  It’s not so much with the female/female action, unfortunately.

Yes, the expected zombies and ghosts and vampires are here, but the story concepts are often quite creative, so, thematically, it’s varied and never tiresome.

And that’s about the best that can be said.  It’s lukewarm.  The sex is tepid, the writing lackluster and sometimes outright bad.  I hate saying it, because M. Christian has edited some stellar anthologies, but this isn’t among them.

There are a few standouts, and they really stand out.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s “The Wolf Man and the Mule” is full of vivid, beautiful language.  It is also part of a longer work, Dead Love, which completely explains and excuses the fact that it doesn’t make much sense.  It’s a story about drug trafficking in Amsterdam, which really doesn’t make it sound all that spectacular, but there are implications of werewolvery and there’s a lot of metaphor going on with drug use and zombies.  Again, beautiful writing.  The metaphor may sometimes miss its target, but at least she reaches.  She’s ambitious, and I expect to see more of her.

“Les Bon Temps” by C. C. Williams is short but intense, a Louisiana ghost story with a compellingly sexy and dangerous ghost, the leader of a slave revolt who went on to pillage and burn his way into local legend, and apparently into the afterlife.  I reread this one several times.  It’s male/male, and very hot.  I’ve got some Louisiana roots in the Baton Rouge area, so this one felt a little special.

Ralph Greco, Jr. gives us “The Man Who Visited; or, Poor Brother Ed” which, while not what I’d call sexy, is a really great concept that I believe is loosely based on an actual incident when what was thought to be a carnival gaff in a sideshow was discovered to be an actual well-preserved and mummified cowboy.  I do love some Wild Western history.  Anyway, the writing is solid.

Angelia Sparrow’s “Between Despair and Ecstasy” is a vampire story . . . and also a vampire-hunter story.  Highly recommended on that one.  I would love to read more in this setting, with these characters.  It’s male/male, featuring an immortal vampire hunter and his new apprentice, and it is both satisfyingly sexy and satisfyingly gory.

Jean-Marie Stine’s “A Pearl of Great Price” is poignant and disturbing in light of the ending, and more than that I can’t say without ruining the effect.  I’ll just tip my hat and say thanks.

Other than those, I really wasn’t grabbed by this one.  I suppose I’m making an utterly predictable pun, but . . . this one left me cold, guys.

Reviewed by Naamah

The Painted Doll by M. Christian

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Story Rating: 3  out of 5 Paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Painted Doll is a futuristic, sci-fi tale about a woman hiding in disguise as a Geisha to avoid being discovered by the underworld figure who hunts her and her lover.

Like all M. Christian work the book is well written, although I did find it a bit slow to start and a little confusing to understand what was happening in relation to the main character, Domino/Claire’s profession. As the story unfolds you are also let into the futuristic setting of the book and details surrounding the dual identity of the books protagonist. Something that’s not clear in the first few chapters.

The erotic portions of the book mainly revolve around the main character describing acts or scenarios as part of the technique she uses in her trade as the Erotist. A Geisha called Domino, who uses neurochemicals painted on her clients’ bodies to elicit reactions of ecstasy, arousal, pain, joy, anger or whatever emotion she feels the client needs. Even though the sex isn’t BDSM in nature I have given the kink factor of the book a score of three mainly because of the erotic and unusual nature of the acts.

As the story progresses you see the facade of Domino begin to crack and the author leads us into the psychological dilemma of leading a double life, trying to be someone you aren’t and being forced to live apart from the person you love. The emotional drama increases as the book reaches its conclusion and a few final twists make the story all the more interesting.

Painted Doll is a book that has a great mix of detail. It’s not an easy read. Some of the writing almost seemed poetic at times rather than simple narrative and the plot in the first few chapters was a little confusing, until details of the setting and characters dual life are revealed. Having said that, the novel is an interesting read and the erotically charged nature of Domino’s work add a big injection of erotica to the futuristic and sci-fi nature of the book.         

 Reviewed by Janny G.

1. When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?

Well, let’s see … my first published story was in the late-lamented magazine FutureSex, back in 1994. The story – “InterCore,” by the way, was then picked up for Best American Erotica (same year) and it all just kind of snowballed from there. While I’ve pretty much always wanted to be a writer it wasn’t until I stepped into the slippery, steamy, world of smut that I had any real success so – surprise – I’ve done most of my work there. But I also write non-fiction (including a book of my weird history pieces, Welcome to Weirdsville, which is coming out soon, and How To Write And Sell Erotica — my book on smut writing, and Pornotopia – which is non-fiction sex pieces); science fiction, fantasy, and horror (such as my collection, Love Without Gun Control); romance (see my novel Brushes), and lots of other stuff.

Here’s a quickie bio:

M. Christian is – among many things – an acknowledged master of erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many, many other anthologies, magazines, and Web sites.

He is the editor of 25 anthologies including the Best S/M Erotica series, Pirate Booty, My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica, The Burning Pen, Guilty Pleasures, The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi) and Confessions, Garden of Perverse, and Amazons (with Sage Vivant) as well as many others.

He is the author of the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, Licks & Promises, Filthy, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, Coming Together Presents M. Christian, Pornotopia, How To Write And Sell Erotica; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Brushes, Fingers Breadth, and Painted Doll. His site is www.mchristian.com.

In addition he is an Associate Editor for the adult industry web site YNOT, and is an Associate Publisher for Renaissance Books (which publishers groundbreaking BDSM as part of its Sizzler Imprint).

2. Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?

I’ve been in the scene since ’88 (1988, smartass) or so and while I seriously love the folks I’ve met there I’m actually more a sensualist than a hardcore player. One reason I love the scene is that the people I’ve met have all pretty much been in touch with their sexuality – a very refreshing thing compared to the ‘real’ world. If you want to look me up, by the way, I’m “MChristian” on Fetlife … and pretty much everywhere else.

3. At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?

To be honest, at first it was simply because that’s what people (and publishers) were buying , but since then I come to really love writing power-dynamic stories — there is just so much to play with! It’s like having sex, and relationships, dialed up to 11 … plus being able to get really into the added dimensions of power dynamics and more. What can be better than that?

I’m also an Associate Publisher for the really-really-really great Renaissance Books, which puts out fantastic BDSM erotica as part of its Sizzler Imprint. So if you’re an author with have enough stories for a collection (about 40,000 words) or a novel let’s talk! We handle erotica but also SF, horror, suspense, and romance as well. I really can’t say enough good things about them – and that’s not just because they pay me.

4. Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in?

I’ve promised the fantastic Renaissance Books a male dom novel, so I am kind of stoked about that – and I have a few other kinky/crazy books in mind as well for the future and my pal R. Greco and I are working on an age play anthology, called Daddy’s Little Girl (which I believe just closed for submissions, sorry) which I’m looking very forward to. But as far as a kink that I haven’t touched yet I have been curious about doing something that explores the deep-down stuff … the underlying forces in everyone that comes out as BDSM. I touched a bit on that in my new book, Finger’s Breadth, but I’d like to explore it even more.

5. What is your favorite fetish? Why?

I do have a certain fondness for BBWs — though I wouldn’t call that really a fetish as I’ve always been attracted to people and not bodies: what gets me going is being with someone who is playful, imaginative, sensual, kind, and smart – no matter what they look like. Beyond that I’m always interested in trying all kinds of new things – sexual or otherwise – and so am open to all kinds of things. As I like to say, you never know what you may like – or be good at – until you try. That works for writing as well as sex….

6. What might be something of interest to your fans that you don’t think they know about you?

Let’s see … my hobbies include photography, robotics, making weird little art things, and food (eating and not, alas, making); and running a few fun blogs: Meine Kleine Fabrik is a celebration of the fun and the just-plain weird, and Frequently Felt is the same but sexy. I’ve also been photographed a few times – and a little research on your part (cough … Michael Rosen … cough) might turn up a rather famous shot of moi.

7. What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?

Funny story: back some years ago I was at a party and ended up chatting with this fellow writer – who, it turns out, had written a piece for a magazine that I, too, was in. When I told him what story I’d written his face went a little white and he said that he’d like my story so much that he’d masturbated to it. Punchline: because I had more than one story in that magazine I’d been asked to use a pseudonym for that one particular tale – a female pseudonym. While I hated tricking him like that I felt a surge of pride that he’d never once felt that I was a guy and not a girl. Ah, the power of fiction….

8. If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?

That’s a very tough call as I’ve written a lot of stuff – gay thrillers, lesbian SF adventures, straight romances … you name it – but one of my ‘famous’ books is my gay collection Dirty Words, which is being reprinted by Renaissance Books and should be out very soon. My non-smutty vampire novel, Very Bloody Marys, is also being reprinted as is my cyberpunk erotic book, Painted Doll, and my gay thriller, Me2 – all by Renaissance. My other queer collection, Filthy Boys, is available and so are my science fiction erotica collections Rude Mechanicals, and Better Than The Real Thing (both out in print as Technorotica, out soon) and The Bachelor Machine (this one is from Circlet Press). Finger’s Breadth – my very, very strange queer erotic horror novel – is also out from Zumaya. I also have info on all my other books – plus the new ones in the works – on my site at www.mchristian.com.

9. Do you attend BDSM, kink, or fetish conferences? Or do you attend any other “vanilla” type of conferences? Attending any in the near future you want to mention?

I do try to make it to as many events as I can – money and time permitting, of course: both as a lecturer as well as a participant. I also attend and teach at a lot of San Francisco Bay Area venues – so keep an eye on my site for info on where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing. Oh, and if you are running a venue drop me a line: I’ve taught at everything from kinky shindigs like Floating World, the Northwest Leather Celebration, the Center For Sex and Culture, The National Sexuality Symposium, and Winter Solstice to non-smutty events like Baycon, Fogcon, World Horror, and World Science Fiction conventions.

Photo credit to Shilo McCabe.

Finger’s Breadth
M. Christian
Zumaya Boundless [link to buy]
ISBN-10: 1934841463
ISBN-13: 978-1934841464

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

This book is not usually the sort thing I’d read. The description is gay/horror; the cover is a hand with part of a digit missing, so normally I’d probably give it a miss. I’m so glad I didn’t. The book blurb from Amazon says you have never read a book like fingers breadth, which is the most accurate description of this book I’ve seen. I started reading with trepidation. I’m not into horror and I have a knack for turning the written word into a vibrant image in my mind. My hesitation came from what I might end up visualizing, as I read about the attacks on gay men, who are drugged, and have their finger (or part of it) cut off. I didn’t need to worry, as it turned out having a finger cut off isn’t the most horrifying part of the storyline.

There were many things I loved about this book. The author spares us gruesome details in relation to the attacks, and in some instances the act itself is done in a caring manner. He doesn’t limit his storytelling to a few main characters who tell the story and its impact on those around them. This is a book about a community that’s being terrorized, so there is a community of characters depicted throughout the book. Like many of us who are avid readers, I can usually get to a point in a story where I can predict the ending. Not so with Fingers Breadth. The book turned into something I never expected, a psychological mind twist, an immersion into the human condition and how people react to trauma, whether they are the victim of it or merely a spectator from a community perspective. The truly horrifying aspect of the book was the community response to what was taking place. Totally believable reactions of hatred, fear, violence, and the need to be part of what was going on by copying actions, or self inflicting injuries. The heinous act of mutilation becomes secondary, almost an afterthought, to the popular perceptions missing part of a digit evokes.

What about the BDSM? There’s none really, unless you class cutting part of a digit off as a kinky or a fetish. There is one instance of a character who agrees to be slave of sorts, only because the character sees it as a way to feel safe. One or two references to people being into kinky activity like whips and chains, but it’s not a main component of the book. Still, I wouldn’t let that stop me from reading the book. If you need a lifestyle excuse to read Fingers Breadth then the book fits really well into the mental BDSM category, it’s a total mind fuck. As for the sex it’s M/M but not terribly descriptive like you’d find it in some forms of erotic fiction, you know the characters are having sex, but it’s almost a perfunctory description of the act. It happens, but it’s no big deal and it’s not the most important part of the book.

Because nothing in the world is perfect, there were a few things I found difficult about reading Fingers Breadth. It took me a few chapters to get used to the quick switch between characters, and to figure out what was going on…that is, I’m looking at a community perspective, not just a few points of view. The other thing was the writing style, some parts of the book are written like a chat session, newspaper reports or quotes and constant repetitive thoughts of some characters. In the end it all added to the story, but it’s not your straight out, easy flowing read from beginning to end. However, those things didn’t stop me from reading and enjoying it.

I realize this book is probably not for everyone, but if you enjoy something different, being taken on a psychological trip rather than solely an emotional one, then give it a try. You’ll probably enjoy it like I did.

Reviewed by JannyGee

Bondage by the Bay
edited by M. Christian
Sizzler Editions [link to buy]
ASIN B005EC3NRQ

Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles

Are you ready for a buffet catered by a chef with eclectic tastes? M. Christian’s Bondage by the Bay provides sensual appetizers to meaty entrées. There are a couple of sweet dessert stories as well as a couple of dishes I’d have rather left untouched. This is the double-edged sword of an anthology. I’m generally not fond of anthologies for a good reason. I don’t always like the writing material or styles of all the authors included. The more authors, the less likely I’m going to enjoy the anthology. The plus side of an anthology is I’m introduced to authors I haven’t read before and I’m able to discover a true gem.

In Bondage by the Bay, the tying theme other than sex is that it revolves around San Francisco California. If the book was designed to perpetuate the image of San Francisco as a hedonist haven, it succeeded. Some of the stories were light and sweet. One that I found amusing and light was a couple celebrating their anniversary in a top flat. The Dom husband and the sub wife enjoyed a D/s interlude sans their children. The first few stories were a bit more intense with edge play and mind fuck tactics. I enjoy edge play as well as the mind fuck tactics. I was particularly delighted with the fear and terror play session. I did not enjoy the edge play where someone was repeatedly punched. I found it tasteless and a complete turn off. If I want to watch punching, I’ll tune into my favourite sport – UFC. Punching isn’t sexual nor is a turn on for me when applied to BDSM sexual play.

I did find a few others hot – such as the piano player with his voyeuristic tendencies and the surprise gift where a man submitting to a Domme is taken by another man. I found the writing styles of each author varied greatly. Some were a pleasure to read, smooth and potent like a fine whiskey. A few were crass like bottom shelf liqueurs with a burn and taste that I could do without. I was originally going to compare a few to the bawdiness of a burlesque show until I realized the ones I didn’t enjoy were because it came across as a dirty back alley glory hole. In particular the slut of San Francisco did nothing for me except laugh at the stupidity of a woman who wants a bareback dick in her pussy after it’s just been in her ass.

Overall, the majority of the stories were enjoyable with some hot sexy scenes. I would find this anthology comparable to Penthouse Letters with a bondage focus and much better quality writing. I recommend this book to BDSM lovers who enjoy trying a little bit of everything.

Reviewed by Book Addict