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Lethal Kisses: 19 Stories of Sex, Death and…

Lethal Kisses: 19 Stories of Sex, Death and Revenge

by Ellen Datlow (Editor)

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** Warmer - A. R. Morlan
Third-rate model is called to the office of a notoriously sleazy record producer. She's understandably nervous about the meeting, but it turns out that his proposal is something different that she expected.
I wasn't won over by this story. The dialogue between the two characters didn't feel authentic, and the 'horror' aspect of of the story was all jammed up into the very end, feeling unnecessarily rushed and glossed-over.

*** Anamorphosis - Caitlín R. Kiernan
Hard-boiled noir morphs into something weirder and more strange. Deacon is a psychic, reluctantly helping the police with crime scene investigations. His ambivalence is well-depicted, as he's caught between a sincere desire to help victims, and the horrors and pain the job forces him to confront. Here, the case involves a missing little girl, known to have been abducted by the worst kind of abusers.

55 • A Grub Street Tale - Thomas Tessier
67 • Back in the Dunes - Terry Lamsley
95 • Leave Me Alone God Damn You - Joyce Carol Oates
109 • Butcher's Logic - Roberta Lannes
123 • A Lie for A Lie - Pat Cadigan
143 • Keeping Alice - Simon Ings
179 • A Punch in the Doughnut - David J. Schow
191 • Unforgotten - Christopher Fowler
213 • O, Rare and Most Exquisite - Douglas Clegg
229 • Martyr and Pesty - Jonathan Lethem
237 • Foreign Bodies - Michael Marshall Smith
283 • Ships - Michael Swanwick and Jack Dann
303 • The Dreadful Day of Judgment - Ruth Rendell
317 • A Flock of Lawn Flamingos - Pat Murphy
335 • Touch Me Everyplace - Michael Cadnum
343 • The Screaming Man - Richard Christian Matheson
349 • Rare Promise - Mike O'Driscoll [as by M. M. O'Driscoll ]

Full disclosure... when I requested this book, I thought it was a new publication (it's not) and I thought it was vampire stories (also not). That's what happens when you just see the name "Ellen Datlow" and stop right there and hit "request." Nevertheless... !
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Datlow, EllenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cadigan, PatContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cadnum, MichaelContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clegg, DouglasContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dann, JackContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fowler, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ings, SimonContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kiernan, Caitlín R.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lamsley, TerryContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lannes, RobertaContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lethem, JonathanContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matheson, Richard ChristianContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morlan, A. R.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murphy, PatContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Driscoll, M. M.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarrolContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rendell, RuthContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schow, David J.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Michael MarshallContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Swanwick, MichaelContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Christian Matheson, and many more venture into the darkest corners of the human psyche in this compilation of wicked acts of payback. From Shakespeare to Poe, revenge has always been one of the great themes in literature. This anthology contains eighteen stories of ruthless vengeance. A philanderer spends a night with one nameless woman too many. A second-rate music video talent turns down a chance at superstardom and escapes a deadly contract. A comedy duo realizes that retribution is no laughing matter. And a single woman must face the shocking reasons for her solitary lifestyle. Multiple-award-winning editor Ellen Datlow commissioned these and fourteen other tales from some of the most talented authors of our time to make up Lethal Kisses. Available for the first time in the United States, this is a collection of eighteen horrifying tales on evening the score. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ellen Datlow, including rare photos from the editor's personal collection.… (more)

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