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Book Title: Beneath the Neon Moon|
The author of the book: Theda Black
Edition: TKB Books
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 6.4
Date of issue: July 12th 2010
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Two men wake up groggily to find they’re chained together in a basement. Sort of sounds like the beginning to a bad horror flick. Thankfully the story takes the premise and infuses a bit of horror, a bit of paranormal, some blood, off page gore and violence, and yet through it all the story is about the connection between the two men. Zach knows the big scary secret of why they’re in the basement but won’t tell Mal. So the story relies on the two men as they get to know each other and attempt to change fate. Whether they’re successful or not, you’ll have to read the story to find out.
Although I avoid horror stories completely I was intrigued by the set up here. It could have been a total cliché, but since the focus is not on the blood and creepy setting the story is engrossing and absorbing. I read it in one sitting and rather enjoyed it. The characters carry the story completely and this is above all about the connection that can form between men in a confusing and scary situation. Whether the men can use the connection, that chemistry to change their fate is at the heart of the story.
The characterization is what makes the story work so well. Zach is a damaged young man but not in a typical way. He’s been neglected by an absent loving drunk of a father. His father would drink and disappear for days leaving Zach hungry and alone. When his father is killed one day, Zach soon becomes a target for users due to his pretty looks. Yet Zach is not exactly a victim as he learns to survive and take care of himself. He still makes mistakes and one of those lands him chained in a basement with the injured Mal.
Mal is less well developed though he’s a central and important figure. He supposedly came from a loving family but this isn’t anywhere as fleshed out as Zach’s background. Instead Mal shines in his connection to Zach. Within just a few days the two men slowly develop something meaningful. They don’t need lasting declarations of love and promises for forever; they’re just not that type. Their lives have been altered by this event no matter what happens and they gather strength from each other. They have an instant chemistry which they act on and the sex scenes add another layer of intensity.
The writing is pretty good and it keeps the tension crackling. The atmosphere is well crafted with good descriptions. I could definitely envision the isolation, the barren area, and run down houses. The emotion is kept simmering, just enough so the pressure never releases but stays almost monotone with a constant awareness of fear and the unknown. The resolution is almost anti-climatic when it happens but is a good solution. The ending is bittersweet with not everything happening as you’d expect but then again, that feels more honest and realistic.
This is a really good creepy story that makes you think. It’s not your average horror and any blood and violence thankfully happens off page. Instead this will draw you in with the intensity and great characters. Not to mention you have to read it to find out what happens. The excellent cover art gives you an idea of what the story is about but if you’re looking for something slightly creepy, erotic, and interesting – check this out. It’s definitely not the cliché horror film it may sound like.
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Read information about the authorSometime author writing LGBT romance/suspense stories. Interested in edgy situations, intense relationships and passionate events, often with a dark story line.
She also published a short story collection as Klaudia Bara.
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