Author: Garry Kilworth
In: Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Lust
Dates read: 25th January 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: The world was not just moving.
He’s stranded in a cit for the night, so he decides to go to a house of erotic fantasy. When he gets the extra special… well, it’s nothing like what he was expecting.
I really didn’t love the style of writing in this short story. But something about the tale really struck me. And lingered. For a long time afterwards. There was just something joyfully haunting and super weird about this tale that leaves it ingrained in my mind’s eye.
This is a super freaking weird, weird story. Which is why I didn’t actually mind it too much, once I got past the writing style. It was a little uncomfortable. But, considering I finished up 2019 by reading Alien Sex… it really wasn’t the uncomfortable. It also didn’t have that enlightening insight into the world that the Alien Sex stories tended to have. This was just a little bit lighter, and kind of good at making fun of people’s weird little bedroom perversions.
Sex is weird. I don’t think anyone can argue with that statement. The sex in this story, with prostitutes in some nameless Asian city… well, that just made it all that much weirder. Makes me glad that I’m sticking to my more vanilla sex…