Saturday, December 10, 2016

Spotlight: All in Fear Anthology (Review)

Spotlight: All in Fear Anthology (Review)

Want something a bit different for the holidays? Horror has never looked this enticing! New release, All in Fear, is a gorgeous collection of horror tales from some of the hottest names in queer fiction. Be prepared to be titillated...and terrified.

All in Fear

By KJ Charles, Roan Parrish, J.A. Rock,
Steve Berman, Avon Gale, and Kris Ripper

Horror wears many faces, and its masks can be tantalizing. Some of the top names in queer fiction come together to spin their own versions of horror. Worlds rife with dark beauty and mystery, the familiar becoming terrible, creatures ethereal and alluring—and all bearing the gleam of love. Does hope lie along these grim passages or only doom? It will become clear. All in time—and all in fear.

Company by Roan Parrish
Nick Levy’s family is falling apart and he has no friends, but at least he can escape into the world of his favorite comic book series, The Face of the Vampire. Naturally, when the vampire in question shows up one day, Nick is enthralled. After all, what could be better than his own personal fantasy made real? Except that Nick isn’t exactly sure whether Michel is real or not. And when the arrival of a new boy in school promises romance, Nick sees a side of Michel he never could have imagined. This Michel is cruel, jealous . . . and he’ll do anything to keep Nick for himself.

Love Me True by Kris Ripper
Palmer's life is as good as it gets. Well, okay, so he hates his mind-numbing office job. But he's found a hot, smart, incredibly kinky guy. The sex is explosive. The power play is off the hook. And if he gets his way, Jon will soon be his husband.

When Palmer asks, Jon says yes. For the first time ever, Palmer thinks things might be really good. Sure, bad things happen in the worldto other people. But this is all he needs: Jon at the end of the day, in their bed, arms around him.

How could he have possibly been so stupid?

The Price of Meat by KJ Charles
Johanna Oakley will do anything to save her beloved Arabella from the cruelty of Mr Fogg’s madhouse—but ‘anything’ turns out to be more than she bargained for when she finds herself working for a man suspected of worse than murder. As Johanna is plunged from the horror of Sawney Reynard’s barber shop into the foul, lawless labyrinth at the heart of London, can she or anyone get out alive?

His Mouth Will Taste of Chernobyl by Steve Berman
Joining Zeta Psi isn’t Steve’s dream, it’s his dad’s. Nevertheless his dad’s gift of the mysterious Bailey flask gets Steve an in to the frat house, and maybe his best shot at being accepted on campus. But the flask’s silver sheen may only be lighting his way into the darkness at the heart of the frat—and the darkness he’s learning is within himself. Steve wants to choose who he is, but choices are dropping like flies as he learns the true mystery of the Bailey flask. How does he give back a gift that’s also a curse?

Legion: A Love Story by Avon Gale




Beauties by J.A. Rock
When Dr. Lester Usole attends an event at AI developer Carnificiality, he’s introduced to Beauties: artificial beings designed to provide tailored sexual experiences for their human owners. Lester isn’t interested in sex—but he is fascinated by Ira, a Beauty too violent to be sold.

Lester convinces Carnificiality to give Ira to him. Lester has always wanted the chance to work with an adult AI, and around Lester, Ira isn’t violent. He’s strangely innocent, uncannily perceptive, and his company does much to ease Lester’s loneliness. Except something’s not quite right: Ira roams at night, even when Lester’s sure he’s locked Ira’s door.

Soon Lester is certain of only one thing: Ira has a secret. Something that will link their pasts and change the course of their future—if Lester is willing to face what’s on the inside.

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“An engaging anthology of queer fiction filled with monsters, mysteries, and menace.”  — Kirkus Reviews

All In Fear is a collection of horror stories by various authors. This is not a book with HEA's or even romance really. So if that's what you need or want, this probably isn't for you. But if you like scary stories around a campfire this might just be the perfect book. 

Company by Roan Parish 

4.5 Stars!

Wow, this is quite a thought-provoking story. I almost cried at what Nick was experiencing. The way he was treated by his so-called friends, his family and how he was almost invisible. I have my theory about what it all really means, what truly was going on but I don't want to give too much information or give anything away. This is definitely a story you have to read for yourself. Form your own opinions about and see how you feel. I'm definitely interested in what people have to say about Company though. 

Love Me True by Kris Ripper 

2.5 Stars! (Writing not story)

"Do you know what the odds of hooking up with another non-monogamous bisexual switch are? Fucking astronomically low. Almost impossible."

That line right there was the beginning of the end for me. Sorry, but not my cup of tea. Not only did I not like a single character in the story but I just did not find myself feeling any empathy for anyone other than the victims of the sick serial killer.

Palmer was an idiot, full on stupid waste of space idiot. He made me sick and I do not feel sorry for him. Jon, well, I can't even waste my breath talking about him. Veronica, she's an idiot, too. Yep, I hated them all.

On a positive note though, while I could not stand this story, the writing was good. I know that sounds weird when I've criticized the story like I did but just because I didn't care for the content, doesn't mean I can appreciate the skill in creating it. And I made it through the whole thing (not that it's that long) without thinking about DNF.

His Mouth Will Taste of Chernobyl by Steve Berman 

3.5 Stars!

This one reminds me a little of the very first story. Steve aka Sippy is so sad inside. The whole tone when he's speaking or interacting with others is covered in a veil of sadness. Depression and in many ways isolation. Steve needs good people in his life but at every turn he seems to be getting knocked down.

I did enjoy this story but it is definitely hard to read in some parts without wanting to punch a few frat boys. I just hope Steve has a better life after the events in the story. Of course once his father finds out what has happened, who knows. 

Legion: A Love story by Avon Gale 

3.5 Stars!

Cain is a demon. Jason is a Marine. Most of the story is told through Jason's journal/emails to friends and people outside the containment center. Basically, he's supposed to record what the demon does through the day. Jason has been warned not to interact with the entity but that's hard to do and once he makes contact with him/it everything changes.

Definitely not my favorite of stories and the fact that we only get Jason's POV and his side of the correspondence was a bit strange. I really wanted more. The end was very different as well and in some ways I didn't even understand it.
Beauties by J.A. Rock 

4 Stars!

Artificial intelligence gone wrong. This story is creepy and wrong in so many different ways. From the beginning in which they are featuring AB's as they call them, being used sexually. The possibility of using them as things to rape and dominate, it's perverse and deviant. There are also infants that they use basically for research purposes.

Ira who is a very dangerous and troubled AB is the epitome of evil robot. He creeps me out from the first time we meet him to the last page. His character is not the least bit good.

The writing was, of course, well done and the stories entertaining. Many of them, however, would have been even better if they'd been longer. Of course I'm pretty sure that's the case with most short stories. I'm going to need a really good book with lots of romance now to use as a pick me up.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

About the Authors:

Steve Berman
Steve Berman loves to tell stories that are both queer and weird. He was a Zeta Psi back in his college days at and remembers being hazed. He survived and graduated and even earned a Masters Degree in Liberal Studies. He has written and sold over a hundred articles, essays, and short stories. His YA novel, Vintage, was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award.

KJ Charles
KJ Charles is a writer and freelance editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, and a cat with murder management issues. KJ writes mostly historical romance, mostly queer, often with fantasy or horror in there.

Find her on Twitter @kj_charles, pick up book info and free reads on her website at, get the infrequent newsletter at, or join her Facebook group, KJ Charles Chat, for sneak peeks and exclusives.

Avon Gale
Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

Connect with Avon:
Twitter: @avongalewrites
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Roan Parrish
Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

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Twitter: @RoanParrish

Kris Ripper
Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a little kid, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.

The site:
The Facebook group: Ripper's Irregulars:  

J.A. Rock
J.A. Rock is the author or coauthor of over twenty LGBTQ romance, suspense, and horror novels, as well as an occasional contributor to HuffPo Queer Voices. J.A. has received Lambda Literary and INDIEFAB Award nominations for Minotaur, and The Subs Club received the 2016 National Leather Association-International Pauline Reage Novel Award. J.A. lives in Chicago with an extremely judgmental dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

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