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Stranger by Night (#6 Hot Blood Series) – Book review, part 1/2

490209And the Project Hot Blood continues, a little reading project to go through a 13-book series of erotic horror short stories. I’ve already read five books of the series, and you can read my previous reviews and some info about the reading project here and the reviews of the fifth book can be read here for part one, and here for part two. Let’s begin on book six now, ‘Stranger by Night‘. Spoilers kept to the minimum.

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. 😀 Count me in! And of course something goes wrong, otherwise, there won’t be a story. Although the ending wasn’t as satisfying as I would have hoped, but the journey was so entertaining.
Length: 28 pages
Level of Sex: 3, could actually be a lot more graphic considering the theme
My rating: 8 out of 10 

End of the Road
Edo van Belkom
Here’s something short and sweet. 😀 Ah what men wouldn’t do for the promise of sex. It’s a cautionary tale more than anything. A story about a hitch-hiking young man getting a ride from a fella who made an offer the young man couldn’t refuse. And boys, when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The big reveal was great although they could have taken it farther.
Length: 10 pages
Level of Sex: 1, there was only the idea of sex
My rating: 7 out of 10 

Just Sex
Michael Garrett
Hardly ever, sex is just sex. It’s more than that for both or at least one. And hardly ever both would want to stop at the same time. In the name of science, two book-writers get it on in the bedroom in order to write better erotica. I know, cheesy af. And the ending? Along the same lines.
Length: 19 pages
Level of Sex: 2, good old regular vanilla sex
My rating: 5 out of 10 

Skin Deep
Christa Faust
Weird, mysterious and very very nasty. The kind of sex scenes, if you could even call them that, that would make your skin crawl and not in a positive way. It’s a story about working girls being used… and the ending is quite chilling to say the least. Really a story you have to read to believe.
Length: 11 pages
Level of Sex: 4, just because it kinda took the tentacle porn to the next level
My rating: 7 out of 10 

Home Movies
Bruce Jones
So you are visiting your BFF and you found her incoherent telling you a story about sex and betrayal that steadily turns more and more disturbing. Potentially a very interesting story and I guess the style the story was written in was supposed to suck you in and make you feel like you are right there yourself. But that kind of story telling style takes skills and ‘Home Movies’ was just very annoying and boring to me. I did like the idea though.
Length: 10 pages
Level of Sex: 1, again, just stories of sex
My rating: 5 out of 10 

The Jajouka Penis-Beetle
Graham Masterton
A very long that was worth every minute spent on reading. Well, you can probably guess what kind of tone this story was going to be in, if the title of the story is ‘The Jajouka Penis-Beetle’. It’s unfortunately not a story about an exotic sounding drink. It’s about bugs. Penis bugs, bugs in penises. Yup. But what took this story to the next level was that even though you saw what was coming miles away, you still had to admire the fact that they actually did take it that far and in a very very kinky way too. Gods I love erotic horror.
Length: 34 pages
Level of Sex: 5, well what did you expect from a story with that kind of title? 😀 Kinky, nasty and so messy. 😛
My rating: 9 out of 10 

Wendy Rathbone
A very sad story. It’s about a morbidly obese, bed-bound young woman whose survival pretty much depended on her doting enabling mother. And then one day, the mother didn’t show up with breakfast. I know, doesn’t sound very sexy, right? Well, I guess as interesting of a story as ‘Beached’ was, the sex part was actually a tat bit clued on and out of place. I might’ve even liked it more without the forced erotica which is very tame anyways, at least in my eyes. I guess the truth that came out slowly did give the whole thing a chilling aspect. In the end, it’s still just a very sad story.
Length: 19 pages
Level of Sex: 1, forced and just a little
My rating: 8 out of 10 


That’s it for this round. Come back next Saturday for part 2!


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