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Since 1992, Circlet Press has employed a team of editors to select the finest short stories that mix erotic literature with science fiction and fantasy. Led by Cecilia Tan, editorial director and the house's founder, the team includes both in-house staff and dedicated freelancers.
on July 10, 2013 :
This was the second Lovecraftian themed erotica book I have read, and where the first one I read enjoyable, this one excelled in every way possible.
Circlet Press has done a fantastic job with this collection of Lovecraft themed erotic stories. Where some would leave out the heavier stuff and concentrate more on the erotic without the details, 'Whispers' has a nice range of both kinds of stories. There are those that concentrate on setting the mood over explicit details, but there are also those stories that revel in what they are presenting forth with writhing tentacles and unspeakable horrors doing unspeakable things.
'Whispers' is a well put together anthology, with an amazing collection of stories and writers under one cover. Never once did I wish a story was over, nor did I ever find myself skim reading over details. Instead, I was drawn into each story and immersed in well thought out stories, interesting characters, and well done sex.
Even if you don't get some of the wink-wink-nudge-nudges towards Lovecraft's stories, you will still enjoy this collection. Especially if you are into boneless tendrils caressing your body late at night.
It's hard to pick out anything that was truly off with this collection. Yes, as with any collection, there were stories that were far better than others. But even those stories were engaging and overall were a fun read all in all. The length of the collection was a bit shorter than I would have liked, but again, that all depends on the material they received, and the quality that they have more than makes up for it.
In the end, 'Whispers' was a fantastic read that did what it set out to do with flare and amazing skill. The others inside this collection deserve a read, and I look forward to seeing their other works to see if their skill carries over to their other pieces.
So if you are into unique erotic collections, Lovecraftian things that suck in the night (or blow, or f*ck, or...well, you get the picture), then this collection is right up your alley. Well written, overall really fun, I highly recommend it.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2012 :
About as odd as it sounds. Shares plot details with the Lovecraftian universe, but not so big on Lovecraft's characteristic xenophobic dread (probably a good thing for an erotic collection). I thought it was a little uneven; I liked Bernie Mojzes "Ink" and Elizabeth Reeves' funny/hot "The Dreams in the Laundromat" best.
(reviewed 88 days after purchase)