Title: Tricks and Treats: Twenty Tales of Terror and Romance
Author: Michael C. Cornelius
Publisher: MLR Press
Characters: Zombies, Vampires, Demons, Flesh Eating Creatures, Ghosts and many More!
POV: 1st and 3rd person
Sub-Genre: Horror, Romance
Most men are beasts, but in Tricks and Treats: Twenty Tales of Gay Terror and Romance, beasts are the last thing to worry about. Imagine a world where giant squid fly through the air, where unnatural forces dwell in a bathroom stall, where zombies close in on your too-cute salon, and where a guy may only be interested in your heart because it tastes delicious. First dates are frightening and relationships can be disturbing. But Tricks and Treats shows there is nothing scarier than falling in love…
Tricks and Treats is a single authored anthology filled with everything from romance, to sit on the edge of your seat horror stories that will make sure you’re not sitting alone in the dark. An interesting thing about this book was that each and every story immediately captured and kept my attention. All twenty stories were not only creative and interesting; all of the characters were well written and highly addictive to read about as well.
Another one of the many reasons why I loved this book was the way the author is able to bring in a mixture of humor, horror, romance and even some hot sex into the different stories. I found myself experiencing a multitude of emotions while I read this book. There were characters that made me laugh out loud from their wit and crazy antics, and there were characters that I was highly sympathetic with their plight to escape the dire situation they somehow found themselves in, or monster they found themselves with. Each character was different and no two characters were the same. Some were noble and some likeable and there were even some I thought deserved to get their comeuppance in the end. With each story I wasn’t sure how it would end…would the hero or heroes get away with their lives intact or not? This was another thing that was refreshingly different about this book as well as the mystery and anticipation of how each story was going to come out. Believe me when I say there are many surprises and twists and turns throughout the book that kept this reader captivated with it until I finished the last one.
Tricks and Treats was definitely a read that was a breath of fresh air for me, and one that I know I’ll re-read when I’m in the mood for something different than my normal everyday horror story or gay romance. I loved it and I highly recommend it to those who love a little fear and more with their romance.
Reviewed By: Gabbi