Queer Fear by Erin Sneath, EE Ottoman, Zach Sweets, Ariel Graham and KA Merikan


Title: Queer Fear
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 121
Characters: Multi-Characters
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Dark Themes, Horror, Romance
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

It’s long been known that fear and arousal create the same type of response inside the human body. Putting them together, then, is a recipe for a scorchingly hot time. Queer Fear does just that by exploring the world of erotic horror. It’s the ultimate marriage of lust and terror, the perfect blend of dark horror elements with sensuality and erotic content. This isn’t some safe and sparkly paranormal romance; this is the place where angels fear to tread, and so would you, if you had any sense. Turn back before it’s too late!

We begin with Reading Arteries, where a new designer drug engineered to force feelings of lust in those who take it. When the men hired to steal the formula decide to try it out, they end up addicted to love. Then, in The Possession of Lawrence Eugene Davis, following the death of his father, Lawrence has returned to his family’s ranch, but is quickly set upon by a demonic presence. Hope for release comes with the conveniently-appearing Elijah, but the deal he offers may be just as unholy as the demon itself. Next, The Dark Revelation brings us Derek, constantly at war with his darker half, a demon who uses Derek’s body to rape and kill. And though Derek tries to isolate himself from people, nowhere is truly empty, and Derek’s demon hungers again. The Pain Cycle follows Luke, despondent over the disappearance of his lover six months ago. When he witnesses a friend dragged into a tunnel by a hideous creature, he gives chase, only to learn the chilling truth about his lover—and who knows how many others. Finally, in Matthew Powers Lives!, a porn shoot in a former mental hospital is plagued by strange equipment failures, leading the crew to believe the site is haunted. For Matthew, those fears are confirmed when a restless spirit confronts him personally, and he’s a hottie!

Review:

Anthologies can be a tricky read. I’ve read several of them where there might be a story or two that didn’t keep my interest. I can honestly say that Queer Fear definitely delivered! Between the mystery, scary moments and steamy sex, this is Queer Fear is an anthology not to be missed!

Reading Arteries
by Erin Sneath 3 out of 5 Kisses

This story disturbed me a little. I thought the premise to it was interesting, but maybe because it felt rushed, it didn’t jive with me in some way. I did like the chemistry between the two men. I thought the whole scenario of taking a drug to make them fall *temporarily* in lust with each other was interesting and disturbing at the same time. If the author meant to creep me out, then it worked!

The Possession of Lawrence Eugene Davis by EE Ottoman 4.5 out of 5 Kisses

I enjoyed this story a lot. It read like a fast-paced novel and before I knew it, the story was over. There is plenty of action, mystery and intrigue that kept me anticipating what was going to happen next. I found myself liking Lawrence and Elijah and I hated to see it come to an end.

The Dark Revelation by Zach Sweets 5 out of 5 Kisses

Wow! From the first sentence to the last word, this story kept me on the edge of my seat. It read as if it was a true horror book, but with a romantic twist. I liked how Mr. Sweets seemed to really know his characters and wrote them in a way that I found myself really caring about them. I’m definitely going to be looking out for more books written by him.

The Pain Cycle by Ariel Graham 4.25 out of 5 Kisses

This short was filled with action and intrigue. I really liked the main hero Luke and found myself really rooting for everything to go alright for him. I thought the secondary characters were interesting and enjoyed the action filled fight scene. Very enjoyable horror story!

Matthew Power’s Lives!
By KA Merikan 5 out of 5 Kisses!

I really enjoy KA Merikan’s stories. They always have a very unique voice and I love their characters. This story definitely had a creepy feel to it. Between the spooky things that went on at the mental hospital and the hot chemistry between Matt and Will, this was one of my favorites. I will say it had a little bit of a bittersweet ending to me, but I still loved it and wished there was more of it.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Please Welcome the Fabulous, Zach Sweets!!

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Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was an army brat, so I got to explore what was out there growing up. I used to live in Germany, but unfortunately, I don’t really remember it much. I finally settled in Arizona with my husband-to-be. As soon as Arizona legalizes same-sex marriage, we’re going to get married. :D Until then, that’s when I get lost into writing world where I can explore my fantasy on paper. I often add deafness to my characters because I myself am deaf.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted by Storm Moon Press, what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

Since I’m deaf… I signed furiously with excitement to my husband-to-be. At first, he didn’t understand what I was trying to say because, really, I didn’t sign appropriately. LOL I kept saying, “My demon got accepted! My demon! Holy F***, my demon’s gonna be out to public!” It took my partner a while to understand what I meant. I had to take a deep breath and explained to him, “Remember I told you I wrote a short demon story?” He nodded. “That’s the one that got accepted!” Of course, my punishment: sore in my cheeks after smiling too much. haha

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What forces brought you over to the GLBT Genre? Do you focus on one part of the QUILTBAG or do you write various identities, expressions, or orientations? What made you want to write what you do?

It just happened. I didn’t read enough gay books that had a deaf character in them, so I decided, why can’t I attempt at writing a gay story with deaf characters, which happened in my very first story I wrote for the M/M Romance Goodreads Group’s writing event back in 2011, Luscious Love. I mostly prefer to write a bit of horror in my stories. Zombie Rain was my first published story that had plenty of horror aspects to it. Dark Revelation, which is in Storm Moon Press’ Queer Fear anthology, is actually the first demon I have ever written. The first erotic horror, too. I want to expand my writing comfort zone by including different pairs in sexual orientations. It was only my second year of writing, so I have plenty of years of writing ahead of me.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Mystery one…? I’m intrigued. I’m going to be brave and choose the mystery one. :D

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How many hours a day do you spending writing?

It was never the same every day. Sometimes, I couldn’t write for several days or even weeks and then finally found my muse to write. I ended up wrote at least 4-10 hours in one day at that point. My muse pretty much makes the decision whether I should be writing or not writing. It’s so annoying! haha

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

It depends on my mood. If it was short, I tried to revise as I go along. Most of the time, I just write the first draft as fast as I can, and then I’ll go through to revise everything and, of course, send it to my writing group for grammar and typos. Then, I send it to beta for plot holes.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

Every time I tried to plan everything in advance, it went into a dead end. So, I write freely. It works for me.

Of your characters, do you have a favorite and why?

Oh boy, that’s a tough question. My favorite characters are Joss from False Assumptions and Derek/Kered from Dark Revelation. Joss—he’s the first character I wrote that is a cross-dresser. He was inspired by a friend of mine, and when I sent him a copy of False Assumptions, he said he loved it so much that he would tell it during his interview with Silent Grapevine. I was so relieved because I was afraid I’d be offending him, but he went speechless and loved it so much.

As for Derek/Kered, man, he’s such a fun character to write. He’s a demon in Dark Revelation. I nearly wept when I finished the book. I knew it was necessary to make that decision. As much as I want to tell you why, I would be spoiling the story. You can check it out in Storm Moon Press’ Queer Fear anthology.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

It happens to me more than often, sadly. I usually read when I’m having a writing block. Anything to keep me up with writing and the books helps me a lot. I often find my muse back from one of the books I read. Sometimes, it takes me few days up to few weeks. It’s really no fun.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

That’d be in my own office. With television connected to sound system so I can play my music loud. (Yes I can hear a little with my hearing aids on, in case you were wondering.)

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

Not really, if I am in serious writing mode, I just give my partner a face, and then he closes the door and keeps our dogs with him while I write. He understands my needs whenever I need to not be disturbed. But lately, I don’t mind being interrupted.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

Um, my sense of humor would be from the comedy horror movies. Shaun of the Dead, for example. With regular comedy movies, I rarely laugh. I don’t know why.

What question is your most frequently asked as an author?

I’ve had some people ask me how I could write deaf characters before they realized I am deaf. Some ask me if I can beta their work. Most often, I can, and most of their work has deaf character in it. I will always find a way to help other authors to make sure they didn’t describe being deaf in a bad way. It has been fun.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m in my first round of edits on Unheard Destruction (It’s a continuation story from my short Valentine’s Day story Rusty’s Surprise.) I am hoping to finish a short bear story for Storm Moon Press’ Bear Season Anthology. There are a lot of projects I’ve been putting it on hold. Most of them would be horror ones. One of them is to expand the Luscious Love short I mentioned into novel-length piece.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your lifestyle as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive, both in your work and out of it?

Watch plenty of horror and romance movies, read many books, and balance my time with my partner. Sometimes, it only takes a glass of wine to get my creative mind going. Being away from technology for a couple of hours or days helps a lot, too.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the GLBT Genre?

Horror, Mystery, Thriller, and Sci-Fi.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer.

Astronaut.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Reading, watching movies, and spending time with my partner and furkids.

Any special projects from you at Storm Moon Press that came out recently or will be coming out soon we should watch for?

Dark Revelation in the Queer Fear anthology just came out a couple months back. Hopefully a bear story in future for another of their anthologies.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

I’m everywhere! Beware! Haha You can find me at my website, @zachsweets on Twitter, my Facebook page, and my Goodreads.

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Thank you for having me. Muse is calling me, so I can’t help you out with the kitchen. ;)

Why An Incubus Demon? – Zach Sweets on Queer Fear

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In “Dark Revelation”, my short story written for Storm Moon Press’ Queer Fear anthology, I decided to make a villain as a half human half demon. I’ve wanted to write an Incubus Demon for as long as I can remember. For this story, I actually opted out to research demon characteristics and made it my own. I haven’t read a lot of them, though, so I wrote how I’d imagined it in my head. For all I knew, Incubui loved sex, and hey, I could use that to my advantage to make it a darker-themed story. It wasn’t an aww type of story, either. My demon raped his prey before he killed it. The demon needed sex to fulfill his demonic needs.

Now, moving on to the appearance of the demon. I had my own vision for how the demon in my story would look, and here is a tiny snippet from “Dark Revelation” to show how I described the demon:

Skin went from light tan to bruised purple, covering his entire body. His nipples and tongue turned orange, and four horns sprouted: two on his forehead, and longer ones on either side of his head. His eyes shone red, bright enough to light the room. His pupils vanished.

That was what my demon looked like inside my head, and he didn’t have wings either. When I eventually checked out the image search engine to see what incubus demons looked like, they usually had at least two horns on their heads and large wings along with fangs. Why follow those and make the story unoriginal? I figured it would be better if I actually created my own look, reinventing the incubus demon in my own way instead of trying to go with the popularly accepted norm.

The opening for my short story was actually tough for me to write. I didn’t expect someone to disappear quickly, but it was how the story flowed. It gave me a chance to explore the human side of Derek from “Dark Revelation”. If Derek was completely human, he would find a wonderful man to spend his life with easily, but being a half human and half demon didn’t give him the happiness he so badly wanted. I tried for a balance between good and evil. Derek was able to be like that. The good side about Derek was he had the willpower to sacrifice himself by living in isolation away from people. So, after I succeed having Derek isolated, I had to figure out how to make the story more horror-centric so it would balance out with the erotic. I wanted to give the readers the entertainment of reading a bit on the romance side right along with the horror. That was when I added new people and made the demon go crazy with his demonic hungers.

I tried to avoid using too much gore because it was basically a cheat to make the story plain old scary. I needed to get the reader inside the main character’s head to show how afraid he is. Yes, there is gore in “Dark Revelation”. It is not like Derek’s half demon is actually a clean demon. Every kill the demon makes would be a mess. It’s part of the package, no matter how hard any one demon tries to avoid it. There will always be a mess. There will always be blood. I can promise you the fatal scene isn’t that bloody. I wanted to keep the gore part to a minimum and let the readers enjoy the scary part. At the same time, I hope it will make readers feel something for the victims. Because when I wrote the murder scene, I felt more sad for the victim and Derek who had to suffer the consequence for being around humans.

Intrigued? Then I think it’s time for you to enjoy the short except from “Dark Revelation” below. I hope you like it and check out the Queer Fear anthology.


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“Look at us on our fifth date.” Derek Fowell chuckled weakly, feeling nervous. Against his better judgment, his feelings for Matthew Zee had grown. Something was different about him, but Derek couldn’t pinpoint it. For now, he wanted to enjoy the meal and get to know Matthew better.

Matthew smiled and showed off his perfect, straight white teeth. “So far, I’m enjoying your company.”

“I agree. How was your day at work?”

“Ready to order?” the waitress interrupted.

“I’d like to get a strawberry salad with chicken. Can you put the dressing on the side, please?” Matthew smiled first at the waitress, and then at Derek.

“Absolutely. And you, sir?”

“I’ll have the same, but with steak. Medium-rare, please.”

“I’m sorry, sir. We can only serve medium and above for the steak.”

“Medium’s fine, thanks.” Derek handed the menus to the waitress.

Once the waitress left, Matthew cleared his throat. “My day at work wasn’t bad. I just cleaned patients’ teeth and tightened a kid’s braces. Nothing exciting.” He chuckled and took a sip of red wine. “What about you? You never told me what it is you do.”

“Oh, I don’t work. My parents died several years ago, and they left me a rather large sum of money. I made a smart investment, and so far, it’s working out. I’m financially secure for the foreseeable future.

“Ah, I’m jealous. I’d love to not to ever work again.”

Their meals were delivered, and they ate in silence. Derek took his chance to watch Matthew eating. Strong sweet scents attacked his nose, he sniffed deeply. Mix of strawberry and his pheromones. Matthew clearly became horny just as soon as Derek slid his right foot toward his. Matthew’s cheeks grew red and avoid making an eye contact to Derek. Grinning, he changed his attention to his salad. Everything in his view turned red and something inside him awoke. Squeezing his eyes shut, breathing slowly, and his breath ceased the minute he heard his inner voice. He’s horny and smells delicious, it growled.

Shut up, Derek mentally shouted back at that inner voice. He shook his head, and his vision was back to normal. Colors and all. It wasn’t his demon eyes looking up at Matthew’s puzzled face. “Excuse me. Nature calls.” Derek walked away before Matthew could respond. Derek was pissed. It had been four dates without even a peep. It wasn’t until things had become more personal between him and Matthew that the inner voice had decided to speak up. Derek locked the door behind him in the restroom, and then his legs gave out. His muscles twitched, his body shook, and his head might as well be splitting open as the demon he valiantly fought took control of his limbs.

“About the fucking time. I’m back!” the demonic voice crackled.

Derek screamed in the demon’s head. You can’t do this. Not Matthew! Please, I
beg you. I’ll do anything as long as you don’t touch Matthew. Please!


Did the demon keep his promise to Derek? The answer is in “The Dark Revelation”. You can find this story along with four other erotic horror shorts at Storm Moon Press’s book store: Click HERE.

Zach Sweets is an army brat originally from El Paso, TX. He now resides in Arizona, where he moved to start a new adventure with his partner and dog. Zach writes as often as he can and likes to push himself with writing challenges. Joining the M/M Romance group on Goodreads.com has immensely boosted his motivation to become a successful Deaf author, writing about man to man love, with some horror thrown in for good measure. His latest short story, “The Dark Revelation”, is now available in Storm Moon Press’ Queer Fear anthology. Zach can be found on Twitter @ZachSweets.

Zach Sweets and Zombies Tour

Growing a Love for Zombies

People often asked me why I’m obsessed with zombies. They are the disgusting creatures that exist in the films and books. What can I say? They are fascinating creatures, too. Think about it, if they were to exist, wouldn’t you be curious as to what was going on inside of their heads? Did they scream for help but a disease that was making him/her doing the horrible things had trapped them? Maybe disease was their excuse for becoming a cannibal?

Questions can go on and on for rest of your life until it actually exists. Now, the real answer to the reason why zombies have been one of my obsessions: they scare me. I like to challenge myself by facing the creatures/objects that is likely to scare me off. To me, that’s a sense of adventure. In my opinion, I think zombies are the scariest one. Sure, there are werewolves and vampires that should be on the top of the list. But werewolves and vampires can act human when they want to. Zombies couldn’t. There’s no way to reason with a zombie because all zombies want is to eat human flesh.

In addition to werewolves and vampires, they can be sexy anytime they want to. Zombie, on other hand, can’t stay sexy. Their body decayed after every minute they wander the Earth. Skins falling apart, bruises show more, blood turns black, bones easily become breakable and the list goes on. They will smell so horrible that can make you puke. Their spirits fade. In some people’s mind, they’re the bodies for demon to possess. Except the demons can’t control its mind since zombies go on their instincts and that is food. Any sight of blood, they go crazy. Not an ideal body to possess, don’t you agree?

Watching one of my favorite shows The Walking Dead makes me fall in love with zombies all over again. They were exactly what I picture in my head. How their bodies change when they’d been turned into one of them. My heart beat faster every time the dead-walkers were chasing the survivors. While witnessing the events on the shows, I can imagine if it was me that was running away from the large number of zombies. I definitely will be screaming for my life and run as fast as I ever can. Then I started to imagine, what if I have a boyfriend with me and what would I have done?

That’s when Zombie Rain comes in. With love, anything is possible and love gives the strength to survive. Jake is a weak character until his love has gotten stronger then he becomes the strongest character in the book.

“Rex,” I wailed. As I was sobbing, my eyes started to hurt badly. A powerful purple shot out, and I stared right at the zombie king. The king’s orange laser collided with my purple, but my pain was far stronger. It was enough to force him backwards through the air until his back hit a tree. The trunk shattered.

Now you see Jake has gotten much stronger after a zombie hurt Rex. Love is one of best way to make an individual become stronger than s/he ever get in s/he entire life. I know for the fact that it is all true because I’ve experienced it myself in the past. I was driving and my ex-lover was in the passenger seat. A car ran through red light and hit us. The door on the passenger side was stuck and I open it as if it wasn’t even stuck. It was the moment when I want to get my ex-lover out of the car before it exploded (Yeah, I watched too much action films). The next day, I tried to open the door again and I couldn’t. Not even a budge. That’s how I apply the strength to Zombie Rain. It was all adrenaline rushes.

Do you love zombies or do you hate them?

Blurb:

Jake’s world is torn apart when his son dies, killed by a little girl who has infected him with a strange disease. Soon, Jake’s entire hometown is overtaken by the disease. A disease that turns them into flesh-craving monsters. The combination of tragedy and horror is almost more than Jake can take, but then he meets Rex, a man who has been struggling through the horror in search of more survivors. The two men travel together, searching for answers and other survivors, the growing bond between them the only bright light in their dark world.

But then that light is taken brutally away, and Jake is left struggling to find it again, fighting against insurmountable odds and growing despair …

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About Me:

Zach, an army brat, was born in El Paso, TX, and has lived in North Carolina, Germany, Kansas, California, and the District of Columbia, before graduating from University of Baltimore in May 2010, with a degree in Applied Information Technology. He now resides in Arizona, where he moved to start a new adventure with his partner and dog.

In his spare time, Zach enjoys reading, mainly horror. He enjoys doing outdoor activities, and he runs on a daily basis. He participates in charitable running events, from 5k up to marathon distances.

Zach writes as often as he can and likes to push himself with writing challenges. Joining the M/M Romance group on Goodreads.com has immensely boosted his motivation to become a successful Deaf author, writing about man to man love, with some horror thrown in for good measure.

When he is not writing or reading, Zach likes to practice his web design and development skills. He loves to hang out with love of his life as often as he can, finding things to do inside and outside the house, whether it be yard work, hiking, bike riding, walking their dog, eating out at a cozy diner, or just loving.

You can find Zach at his website, share books with Zach on Goodreads, follow Zach on Twitter, or friend Zach on Facebook.