Short Story (7700 words)Genre(s): Gay Southern Gothic HorrorWhen handsome Doctor Nicholas Black brings his wagon full of patent medicines to Jonah's small town, it seems like the answer to the whole town's prayers. But the good doctor's cures don't come cheap, and for Jonah in particular there might be too high a price to pay. (M/M - For content labels and excerpt, see detShort Story (7700 words)Genre(s): Gay Southern Gothic HorrorWhen handsome Doctor Nicholas Black brings his wagon full of patent medicines to Jonah's small town, it seems like the answer to the whole town's prayers. But the good doctor's cures don't come cheap, and for Jonah in particular there might be too high a price to pay. (M/M - For content labels and excerpt, see details on publisher's site.)...
|Title||:||Devil's Bargain Devil's Kiss|
|Number of Pages||:||465 Pages|
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Devil's Bargain Devil's Kiss Reviews
What a slick piece of writing this is. For all that it's well written, and it absolutely is, this really is crying out to be a longer novella. An eerie and erotic (timeless) spin on the ultimate snake oil salesman.
This was deliciously creepy in all of the right ways. Hunter manages to draw on all the best concepts of dark romanticism for a story that is aptly set in the era of American Gothic. I really enjoyed the gradual buildup for Jonah realizing just what was going on - and why - and that he was caught in something much larger than he'd ever anticipated. Doctor Black is definitely a favorite. He's absolutely ruthless and has no moral qualms for any of his actions, all the while presenting his oh-so-magnanimous front for all the world to see. Until it comes time to pay, of course. Finally, I love that - sometimes - it's the bad guy who comes out on top in the end, and sometimes in such glorious ways at that.I would really like to see more with these characters. Eve, in particular, seems especially intriguing for all that she was featured in person for but a few short lines, and referenced a scant handful more by other characters.
Amazingly well written to create an atmosphere of both doom and suspense, so the reader is left desperate to find out what happens next. And that was also the problem for me. I felt this story was just the beginning of something special. But it ended with too many unanswered questions, and too much potential story yet untold. Still, 4 stars.
I've come across this author in a few anthologies and her stories always stand out for their quality. This one is no exception. It's a dark gem of a tale, very well told.
Intriguing short story that had me thinking for awhile! Extremely tightly written and with vivid characterization.
Creepy and wrong, but in the best way. Laylah's prose is both beautifully atmospheric and subtly revealing, so that the horrified realization of what's really going on sneaks up on you.
My first solo release! And a chance to write my favorite sort of charming, polite, devil-holds-the-high-cards villain.