Fans of the paranormal will love this anthology with twenty stories of paranormal pleasures. The heroes and heroines of these stories may be cold-blooded but their antics are as hot as hell! From gorgeous ghosts and dirty demons to amorous apparitions and phantoms with a fetish, these ghoulish lovers are guaranteed to light up the darkest night.
Angel for Sale by Bertram Fox
During a night out at a fetish club, an adventurous couple buy a sweet, chained slave with wings from a dark and sinister domme, and all for the bargain price of one drink. When they take her home for spanking and sex, they think it’s just a game – but it turns out to be a truly heavenly experience.
Stray by Cherry Hedley
Sebastian is used to being boring. He has a boring job in IT. A boring flat in which he lives his boring life alone. On one predictably boring day, he finds a stray dog and takes it back to his flat. Suddenly, his life goes from boring to waking up with a beautiful, naked girl who is about to make his life very interesting indeed.
He is so Warm by Sommer Marsden
No one understands me. They call me The Hooker With A Heart Of Gold. That is the title of my legend … and of my spirit. But I had to do what I had to do. And every year I try to make it right. I try to feel again. I try so hard to get warm and feel human and connect. Like with that young man over there. I think his name is Dean. He looks like a good man. He would never hurt me. I think I want to know this man. Because he is so warm, I am so cold …
Willow by Beverly Langland
Until that night, Josh hadn’t thought he was frightened of anything. He didn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he took a shortcut through the darkness of Bracken Wood, despite a friend’s warning, he wasn’t so certain. What Josh didn’t expect was to have a beautiful wood nymph fall into his arms, but once he had hold of her, he didn’t want to let go. For a long time he had dreamed of finding the perfect girlfriend but, as the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for...
The Ultimate Voyeur by Marlene Yong
When Serena passes out at the moment she loses her virginity, she awakes to find herself imprisoned in an extraordinary situation, ripe with erotic possibilities, but beyond her expectations or understanding. Can she cope? And even if she does, what lies at the other end?
Bite by Deborah Castellano
Libby is a thirty something vampire, happily married to her husband, Travis. Travis and Libby have decided to take the ultimate plunge and make Travis a vampire. Of course, there are rules and regulations as to how the process is to be completed, including a hotel suite into which few would ever be granted entry. To Libby’s initial dismay, the rules also include taking a more natural and sexual approach …
Remembering Adelaide by Oliva London
Myles and Chad are the Odd Couple of collegiate life. Myles never gets any action while his friend is a sex magnet who takes conquests for granted. When a mysterious invitation arrives shortly before Halloween, Chad sees an opportunity to fix up Myles with some overdue fun. A gorgeous and randy woman answers the door of a presumably haunted house and it is Myles who outshines Chad’s performance for a change. What begins as an intoxicating ménage party will end in a night of shameless decadence… and haunting memories for the boys.
I Am the Moon by Tabitha Rayne
For two weeks, Rebecca has felt compelled to prowl the natural history section of the museum in search of wolf fur to wrap herself in. As her hunger intensifies, she loses control and is found indulging in her fantasies on an ancient pelt by a mysterious security guard. He takes her to his lair where Rebecca witnesses just how feral her desires can be …
Innocent Demon by Lynn Lang
Father Andreas is the preeminent exorcist in Italy, but his abilities are put to the ultimate test when a beautiful young nun becomes possessed by a powerful and lust-driven demon. In the priest’s absence, all the other exorcists fail to banish the entity, so Father Andreas must dare to take an unorthodox approach to rid her of it. But can he remove this evil sexual force without giving in to his passion for her? Or is that her only hope for salvation?
Unfinished Business by Lucy Felthouse
When Caitlin wakes up in a chapel of rest, she doesn’t feel any different from when she went to sleep. Which is bizarre, considering she’s stone cold dead, with no idea what happened, or why. Leaving her body behind, Caitlin goes in search of answers and ends up visiting her on-off boyfriend, Jacob, for a mind-blowing reunion which soon becomes their final, heart-rending goodbye.
Distraction by Maxine Marsh
For three days each month, Eric transforms into a huge and terrifying werewolf so to keep himself and others safe, he voluntarily imprisons himself in a fortified cellar. Clara, his girlfriend, shares the responsibility of keeping him behind bars in his savage state – from a safe distance. But one night, when it seems he might break free, she is forced to use all her charms to distract him until sunrise.
Out of this World by Bel Anderson
Alone in an old house, I felt a little jumpy, especially when a floorboard creaked and I thought Dave had come home from his trip early and caught me with my fingers where they shouldn’t be. Missing him and making do with a bit of dirty talk on the phone, I was getting pretty desperate, but pleasuring myself was just something I wasn’t that good at – not until that night, that is. Who would be able to resist invisible hands and lips, especially when their owner was telling you how beautiful you are? A lesson in loving myself was what I needed, and it was just what I got.
The Orthodox Gift by Carmel Lockyer
Maya’s life has changed a lot recently – she’s moved to London, rediscovered her Jewish heritage and married her Orthodox cousin, Jonathon. The biggest surprise is what she discovers at her mother-in-law’s house one Shabbat – the sexiest monster ever, and one completely committed to pleasing even the most demanding Jewish Princess … as long as her wishes are purely carnal!
Mourner for Hire by Giselle Renarde
When out-of-work actor Dahlia is offered an easy gig at the cemetery, she scoops it up. All she has to do is visit grave sites on behalf of her clients, who have better things to do than pay their respects to their dearly departed. Dahlia talks to the spirits. That’s not part of the job, it just helps to pass the time. Bobby is her favourite – until he talks back! And when this supremely solid spirit follows Dahlia home, she finds him impossible to resist.
Fantasy Woman by Landon Dixon
It was a lazy, midsummer afternoon at the office, and he was bored out of his skull. So, naturally, he bored into other people’s skulls, using his ability to read minds – dirty minds – to liven up the workday. And all was going well, arousingly well, until someone else suddenly got into his head. That’s when fantasy took a sordid turn for reality, and head-hopping would never be the same for him again.
The Call of the Night by Tabitha Rayne
The Call of The Night is a lesbian vampire romp in the woods. Leah finds herself on an evening walk on the outskirts of town being confronted by a mysterious cloaked woman who commands her to follow her into the forest...
House of Seven Inches by Michael Bracken
Located just south of the middle of nowhere, the two-storey house has stood empty ever since the previous owner disappeared several years earlier. The new owner – a gay, would-be writer who left a bad relationship in the city – moves in and begins an extensive renovation project. He soon learns to appreciate the solitude ... until he suspects he isn’t alone.
Incubus At Your Service by Maggie Morton
When Nell gets up one morning, she’s shocked to see the almost completely naked (but completely gorgeous) stranger in her kitchen, doing her dishes. When he turns around, though, he’s identical to the man who was in her dreams last night, doing very naughty things to her. And if that wasn’t weird enough, he tells her he’s an early birthday present, from I & S Cleaning Services. His sudden appearance in her kitchen isn’t the only surprise, though – it turns out that I & S stands for Incubus and Succubus, and that means she’s just about to experience more pleasure than she ever has before.
Skyggen by Giselle Renarde
There’s nothing like a holiday to forget one’s urban anxieties. Little does Mirjam know she lost something essential during her stay at a rustic vacation villa – she lost her shadow! When she returns home without her darker self, Mirjam can no longer cope with everyday pressures. Before long, she quits her job and takes ill. Life becomes very shabby until one day a flamboyant young woman crashes through her door. It’s Skyggen, her lost shadow, now engaged to marry a very wealthy man. In Skyggen’s presence, Mirjam’s capacity for jealousy and duplicity resurface. Perhaps Mirjam can even win back all that is rightfully hers ...
Lord Nano’s Nemesis by Slave Nano
A mysterious highwaywoman emerges out of the evening mist to inflict her special brand of retribution on Lord Nano for his debauched behaviour in the brothels of 18th century Leeds. A flesh and blood female avenger or a ghostly phantom? Whoever she is, by the end of the evening, he will be stripped, cruelly tormented and wickedly humiliated. Has Lord Nano finally met his Nemesis?
Committing to marry Travis was no problem. After all, he was a doctor, he was as sarcastic as I was. He liked playing darts, drinking tequila and watching burlesque with me at Dita’s. His impressive resumé also included being an animal in the sack, incredible tidiness (a must for me), kindness, ohmigod hotness and, the best part, he was as crazy in love with me as I was with him. It also helped that he didn’t care that I wasn’t human.
I didn’t hesitate to say yes when he asked me to marry him, I loved that we got married in a no-muss-no-fuss ceremony at the Justice of the Peace and had the reception at Dita’s, both of us dying laughing watching our family dancing with the performing troupe.
Travis didn’t mind that my super-cool vampire power wasn’t actually super-cool – most vampires became amazingly hot or really strong or fast or persuasive, but everyone changed somehow due to their DNA. No, according to the manual, I got attention to detail as my power. Great for my job as an accountant, awesome to balance our chequebook, not what I would exactly call sexy. But he didn’t care, just like he never pushed me to turn him. He got it, he read the newspapers just like I did, he knew how complicated vampire divorce was. It made my head spin just thinking about it and that was saying something. Staying together for a human lifespan was hard enough, for vampires it was almost impossible.
It’s not like I was a hundred years old or anything, I had chosen to turn once I was 19 (the grand finale for my adolescent rebellion). Everything was already a matter of state law before I was even born anyway, thanks to the Equal Rights for Non-Humans Movement. No, Travis and I were actually the same age when we got married, even if we didn’t look it. Our private joke was that he got to have a wife with the young looks of a third wife and the brain of a first wife.
We had been married for ten years and I was blowing out candles on my 35th birthday cake (which I still insisted on, even if I didn’t eat more than a teaspoon of it) and I realised my wish was actually to spend the rest of my actual life together with him. Naturally, I reacted awesomely to this revelation by hyperventilating, which is really embarrassing when you don’t even need to breathe any more. I refused to talk about it for a week, trying to play it off as a panic attack, which he wasn’t buying at all, but he left me alone about it. Finally, I got up the nerve to ask him and he smiled his gorgeous smile and said yes, of course.
When his number came up in the lottery, I quickly realised a lot had changed in the 16 years since I had been made a vampire. We needed a pre-immortality pre-nup to try to keep the red tape to a minimum in case things didn’t work out. Definitely more testing, I had to give blood work as well as complete an exam to demonstrate that I wasn’t a sociopath or anything. The county needed references, my W2, and of course our lawyer needed to witness the document asserting that I would be Travis’s legal guardian for a period of five years (which of course caused me to heckle him endlessly). I glided through all of this effortlessly, right up until I was informed of the change in procedure in the actual … well, procedure.
‘Don’t we just put him under at the hospital and the council witnesses it?’ I asked in confusion at the Office of Non-Human Affairs.
The Liason to the Office of the Council of Vampire Affairs for our county looked down her nose through her glasses at me. ‘You could do it that way,’ she said primly. ‘Of course we advocate for a more natural approach now. Studies have shown it’s much better for –’ she glanced down at her paper ‘– Travis. A quicker recovery time, a better bond between you and he …’
I ran my tongue over my incisors, another nervous habit I had acquired over the years, catching myself before I drew blood. ‘Natural?’
‘Yes, we find it’s best that you do the exchange post-coitus in situations involving parties with romantic involvement,’ she said, matter-of-factly.
Travis laughed under his breath so I quickly stepped on his foot to shut him up. ‘Like, the council, um, will …’
‘Watch the entire process? Of course, dear.’
The blood drained from my face and pooled in my stomach. ‘The entire process?’ I said faintly.
Gwennan Thomas has twenty years’ experience as a writer and editor in the book and magazine publishing business. Mentored by Xcite author and editor-in-chief Elizabeth Coldwell, she started out as a regular contributor to Erotic Stories magazine, and co-founded the Guild of Erotic Writers. She previously worked on the original Black Lace and Nexus imprints and joined Xcite as an editor in summer 2012.