Stranger by Night, by Michael Garrett, Jeff Gelb

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The Hot Blood series are tales of erotic horror, which is the best combination ever. When something as personal and sensitive as sex is mixed with horror, what could possible scare you shitless more? So I set out to explore them all, all 13 books of the series, thus Project Hot Blood.

First, some info about my rating system. The level of paranormal of each story is one to five, one meaning it surely can happen in real life, five meaning it’s utterly something paranormal. The level of sex describes how graphic is the sex in each story, one to five, one being tame a bedtime story told by a nun, five being a detailed script for a hardcore porn movie. My rating’s from one to ten, it’s based on the balance of horror and erotic, so getting five in ‘level of sex’ doesn’t automatically mean an above average rating from me. It’s based on the wtf-ness of the ending, how freaked out I am, how nightmare-generating it is. One being rubbish, ten being masterpiece. It’s time to move on to the sixth book in my Project Hot Blood. Let's begin.

Take It As It Comes
Tom Piccirilli
Book six started with a bang with this short story that again showcased what the ‘Hot Blood’ series is all about, horror and sex mixed together to create something extreme. It’s about a hostage situation in a diner, where the unfortunate customers, held at gunpoint, were made to perform despicable things. It’s definitely an exciting story with a nice twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. The sex was violent, with an added aspect that makes the reader really squirm and be uncomfortable and it’s definitely not politically correct in any shape or form. And the words used to describe the horrible things were extraordinarily detailed. I mean the saliva thing? Gave me goosebumps only a good thriller/horror can provide.
Length: 12 pages
Level of Sex: 4, for the graphic and violent aspect of the sex
My rating: 8 out of 10

The Body in the Window
Ramsey Campbell
So basically, this is a story of a rich business man looking for some action on his work trip, nothing special. Or is it? Well, 18 pages is not exactly short for a short story, it unraveled slooooowly. And was the reveal worth it in the end? Not really, not for me at least. It was too large of a build-up with nothing to show for it in the end.
Length: 18 pages
Level of Sex: 3, otherwise quite tame, but guess it was a tat kinky
My rating: 5 out of 10

Jacking In
Brinke Stevens
Ah, for a story that was in a book from over 20 years ago, we naughty people seem to have the same kind of fantasies, but ‘Jacking In’ seemed oddly timely because virtual reality is finally here. I got to try the Playstation’s VR and the very first thing I wanted to try was to watch porn with it. The fiction described in this story can well become our reality sooner than we expected. So it’s about the extremely realistic virtual reality designed for doing naughty things in the safe confinement of your own home.

vnash's review

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dark fast-paced
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


These short stories were great fun to read for horror fans.