Serve Me by Anna Hedley, Fox Lee, Gabriel Belthir and Lor Rose

Title: Serve Me
Author: Anna Hedley, Fox Lee, Gabriel Belthir, and Lor Rose
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Characters: Multiple Characters
POV: Mixed
Sub-Genre: Gay Slavery Erotica
Kisses: 4


For some people there’s nothing more appealing than the idea of a man forced to serve against his will, as a second-class citizen: a slave. Despite the dark history surrounding forced servitude and slavery, there remains a growing desire for depictions of fetishized slavery fantasies. Like rape fantasy, the appeal for readers in slave fiction lies not in a desire for the actual act, but in the ability to explore such things in a safe space. Many people harbor a secret wish to be forced into certain acts that they know they want, but have been socially conditioned to abhor. Such is the core of the Serve Me anthology. Be warned: these are not stories of consensual, negotiated power exchange. The stories in this anthology focus on true sexualized, erotic slavery: stories of men forced, coerced, or otherwise bound into a second-class life servicing another in whatever ways their master sees fit.

Warnings/Themes: slavery, historical, vampire, fantasy, bondage, dubious consent, non-con, dark themes


The first thing I would say is pay attention to the warnings as the themes covered in these stories are not for the faint hearted. That said, it was only really the first story The Spoils that I was uncomfortable reading. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed these short stories each one taking perhaps half an hour to read; perfect for reading with your feet up and a cup of coffee. Each time I reached the end of a story, I wished there was a bit more so all in all a great read.

The Spoils by Anna Hedley

3 kisses out of 5


Idris is part of The Spoils of war: the last surviving member of a barbarian clan, he is famed in the gladiatorial arena for his bloody ruthlessness and outside the arena for his carnal appetites. His inner beast is calmed by the presence of his slave and lover, Theo, but to be true to his heart, Idris may have to risk breaking it.


For me The Spoils was the most difficult of the four stories and as it is the first in the anthology I did wonder what I had let myself in for. I quickly realized that this story had a strong theme of horror and violence which is not normally something I choose to read.

Set in an Ancient Grecian type world, a world that I know nothing about, I found myself distracted by trying to work out if all the Satyr and Maenads were real creatures or slaves dressed up to look like them.

Despite the violent start to the story I grew to like and sympathise with Idris as he experienced visions of the people he’d killed all at the bidding of his owner, Dominic. Idris’ confusion about these visions is reflected in the slightly disjointed nature of the writing. The arrival of his own slave Theo brings Idris immeasurable peace and this is reflected in the much smoother style of writing. A very clever trick by the author.

By the end of the story Idris has freed Theo and learned to forgive himself but Dominic is dead. Idris has been sold multiple times, each owner worse than the last as they find they can’t control him until Theo finds him again and they get their happy ever after.

As You Wish by Gabriel Belthir

4 kisses out of 5


Samuel has spent years striving toward the Viscount’s circles, where rich and fantastical parties are given and elaborate slave auctions held. He thinks he wants a young lover, but when he buys an Adonis known as Apollo, he realizes what he was truly missing. Now Apollo gives the orders, and it is Samuel saying, As You Wish.


This story was much more to my liking and is about the power exchange between master and slave.

It is well written with likable characters who genuinely seem to care for each other and pander to each other’s desires of domination and submission. Until that is, a scene towards the end of the story that is distinctly more non-con than anything that has gone before which stunned me and initially left me reeling.

This story definitely ended with me wanting more. The non-con scene was such a turning point in master/slave relationship that I really wanted to see how they progressed from the privacy of their own home out into public which is where the story was heading.

Life Is Unforgiving by Lor Rose

4 kisses out of 5


Life is Unforgiving for Aidan and Aaron, criminals who have been doomed to live as slaves to vampire masters, whose appetites can be agony… or bliss. When Aidan is given a new lease on life with a benevolent Master, his relief is tainted by pain at leaving Aaron behind; pain which only his Master Ryce has the power to end.


This is the only story in the collection told in the first person.

It is a classic tale of a cruel master who sells his beaten to a supposedly worse master who turns out to be unexpectedly nice. Set in a world where the slaves are often convicted criminals and known as bloodbags, the masters are vampires whose can bring pain or pleasure when they feed.

The story starts with Aiden being forcibly separated from fellow slave Aaron who he loves and being sold. Told from Aiden’s point of view we know he never expects to see Aaron again. It quickly becomes apparent that he has spent all his life as a slave frightened of his master and even though Ryce his new master does everything he can to ensure Aiden’s well-being, Aiden is afraid of him. Following a chance encounter with his previous owner and a lot of alone time, Aiden is reunited with Aaron and freed from slavery.

A downside of the story being told exclusively from Aiden’s point of view is that we don’t really learn much about the other characters and their motivations.

I loved the concept of this story and thoroughly enjoyed reading about Aiden and Ryce. I really felt sorry for Ryce at the end when he obviously believes that Aiden feels nothing for him and frees him.

Takashima’s Pet by Fox Lee

4.5 kisses out of 5


Yuta is a gentle giant who joins a local gang for the sense of family that they can provide, but when they leave him high and dry in the middle of a failed heist, it’s his captor, Takashima, who shows him what family can really mean as the vicious gang enforcer tenderly turns him into Takashima’s Pet.


Set in Japan amid a culture of underworld gangs, it might as well have been sent in outer space for all I knew of that world. That said the author does a really good job showing how miserable Yuta is within his gang family and how they bully him.

Left alone to face the consequences of a robbery gone wrong Yuta comes to the attention of Takashima, the biggest baddest member of the biggest baddest gang. Given the choice between death and being Takashima’s newest form of entertainment, Yuka chooses the latter.

Yuka’s first 24 hours with Takashima are fairly hardcore but Takashima isn’t the monster that we’re led to expect. The blurb describes Yuta as a gentle giant but as the book progressed I really came to think of Takashima as the gentle giant and I loved him just as much as I came to love Yuka. I found myself cheering Yuka on when he’s forced to confront his previous gang members and hoping that Takashima would live up to his vicious reputation when he joined that party.

In my opinion this was the best story in this anthology.

Reviewed By: Smidgeson

Welcome, Gabriel Belthir


Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

I’ll take some coffee, thanks. (Zie adds plenty of hazelnut creamer and sugar.)


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m a stay-at-home spouse, I help run Inkstained Succubus, and I occasionally write sexy people doing sexy things to each other.

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

(laughs) I think it was something along the lines of “Holy Flying F***nuts, Batman.” Lily of the Wastelands was my first independently published short story at the time. I’ve had two more accepted at this point, and it still makes me bounce all over the house and get insufferable for the husband for a while.

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?

I’ve written all sorts of things at this point. My first short story was a lesbian post-apocalyptic, and the other two are a steampunk M/M slavery and a genderqueer fantasy. I’ve also done a novel with another publisher that was space opera. I’ve got varied tastes, I’d say. As a genderqueer person, I love exploring people’s relationships to other people, regardless of gender. True love doesn’t have a genre.

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.

Ooh! Cake!


How many hours a day do you spending writing?

I’d say I’m not as dedicated as all that. I’m a frenetic writer. When it’s ready, I’m churning out close to 4,000 words a day. When it’s not ready, I’m plogging away at world-building and other little snippets or doing research, so very little typing at all. Writing, for me, should pour like water.

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

Give and take, really. There’s a method to the madness.

  1. World-building (various sketch writings)
  2. Outlining (Character pieces, voice work, and not nearly as organized as it sounds)
  3. Chapter-by-chapters (Pounding it out)
  4. Mid-to-late plot review (Making sure it works, first content edits about ¾ of the way through)
  5. Doing a little dance when ‘the end’ appears on the page.
  6. Regretting the little dance when running through first round edits before sending to the publisher.
  7. Send!

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

It’s never so elegant as planning. Writing is like darts. As long as the dartboard is designed, and you know kind of where to go, the characters will head the right direction, give or take. If you cut them out of the process altogether, you miss out on some really interesting things they can come up with.

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

Oh, wow. Every one of my characters has a little of me in them. Most end up talking in my head. I love Evie (Lily of the Wastelands) for her aggressive stance and heroism. Samuel and I have a lot in common (“As You Wish”) in desiring to appear in control and secretly wanting to give it away. And I explored my first genderqueer character in Vesh (“Of All The Days”) and had a lot of fun seeing how it worked out in fantasy.


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

All the time. Music. Music is the key. If I don’t have my music to inspire little music-videos in my head, I’m usually stuck.

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

It’s changed three times, but I’m hoping to get it back to something normal soon.

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

Oh, absolutely. Leave me alone! (laughs)

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

(makes a face) Ooh. The tough questions. Um, I’m not the silly humor kind of person. I like quips and dry humor a lot. I was raised on masterpiece theater, and later on Rowan Atkinson and Eddie Izzard. My favorite funny movie is ‘Noises Off’. Situational humor is good, too, but I’ve never liked ‘chaotic stupid’ gags or embarrassing humor.

What question is your most frequently asked as an author?

I’m not certain I’ve been an author long enough to be asked much at all. I think the most I’ve gotten is “When are you going to write more?”

What are you working on now?

There’s several things in the pipelines. None of them have been water quite yet, but I’m cultivating them carefully.

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?

I role-play, listen to music, and keep up on current research as best I can.

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

Science-fiction and fantasy, mostly. I don’t see myself as writing sex, I see myself writing exciting adventures with sex in them. As such, I tend to read more mainstream works or other adventure stories. I recently re-read Anne McCaffrey’s Freedom series.

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

Oh god, Astronaut. Total Astronaut. Gimme a ship and a star to sail her to.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Camping, Gaming, Graphic Design, and being a fairy Godparent.

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

Lily‘s been out a while, so I’d probably say to watch for “As You Wish” in the Serve Me anthology. It’s actually the first short I finished, and it’s hot and lovely.

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

You can find me at my author-site. It has all the connections to the places I’m active and how to contact me.

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!!

Oh, sure. (Picks up a broom)