Libidinous Zombie Erotic Horror Anthology Review
by Pleasure Panel reviewer Emmanuelle de Maupassant
So many anthologies purport to be innovative, to reach into the margins, and go where others dare not. With Libidinous Zombie, here at last is a collection that delivers.
Eight authors, each with their own style and approach, take their turn to explore the nature of our erotic drive, relentless and destructive: the ‘Libidinous Zombie‘ within. As Remittance Girl so perfectly describes it: ‘the delicious marriage between horror and eroticism’.
Tamsin Flowers‘ poignant and well-drawn tale is evoked from the dystopian setting of a post-apocalyptic world, while Malin James gives us a compelling depiction of descent into the madness of sexual obsession, told from the confines of an early 20th century mental asylum. Skillfully, Malin takes us on a shadow journey, where nothing is quite as it seems.
Each tale arouses and horrifies, provoking both disgust and a compulsion to continue. However, perhaps, the true charm of these stories lies not in their eroticism, or in their conjuring of a sense of creeping dread, but in the unexpected, the tangled twist in the plot.
They offer insight into our darker side, into the thoughts we rarely admit to. They look into the heart of the voracious nature of lust. They peel back the layers of lies we tell ourselves, in our attempt to conceal aspects of our persona.
And, they offer warning: be careful of what you wish for, and how you behave.
The collection is a sumptuous feast in which each dish has its own flavour: gruesome and violent; rich and spicy; heart-breaking and bittersweet.
I devoured these diverse tales course by course, without rushing, wishing to savour them to the full, and to discern the particular ingredients which rendered them so very effective.
I shall purposefully avoid commentary on individual tales, for each should be experienced fresh by the reader, as if you were the only one to raise the curtain leading into the maze. Imagine that none has stepped this way before, and that your footsteps are the first to take each twist in the path. Only the author has passed this way ahead of you, and their vision is only part of the tale. The rest you bring with you, drawn from your own psyche, your own particular cocktail of preoccupations and desires.
You are the author of the tales as much as the writer, since your interpretation will be unique to you. What will you discover in the maze?
A collection worthy of your time, featuring:
– Emmanuelle de Maupassant
Emanuelle kindly offered to review this book from her own collection for the Pleasure Panel here at Cara Sutra. Thank you!
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