Title: Until I Fade: An Anthology
Author: Kol Anderson
Length: 330 Pages (Kindle)
Category: Horror, Psychological Thriller
At a Glance: If you’ve never read Kol Anderson, be it because he’s new to you or because of the intimidating warnings, I would recommend starting here. From paranormal to psychological, clever twists and turns, this anthology has it all. You won’t be disappointed.
Reviewed By: Lynn
Blurb: Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
Destiny is a strange thing. It can be fickle at times, and it can make you miss out on incredible connections that would set you on the journey of your lifetime. But the thing is, you’ll never know what you missed out on.
Sometimes Destiny takes pity on you and lets you meet the person you are supposed to, at just the right time. When Jensen first saw Liam, he lost his heart. Even if it took him a while to realize that. It’s okay, though. He had to grow and learn some more before he was the man Liam needed to save him from a life he was trapped in.
Supernatural forces collide to give Jensen the strength he needs to evolve into the man Liam waited his whole life for, and when their souls finally slam into each other, neither will be the same again.
WARNINGS: VIOLENCE, DUB-CON, NON-CON, ABUSE, VIOLENCE
It’s the worst feeling in the world, seeing him with someone else. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do, no limits I won’t go to get him back. But he won’t give me a chance. He won’t so much as look at me because he thinks I don’t belong to him anymore.
But that’s the whole thing.
I don’t belong anywhere.
Doesn’t matter where I go or who I am with I am always alone. There is something wrong with me, there has to be because no one else seems quite as miserable at being without a master.
But don’t we all owe our freedom to something?
People are slaves, aren’t they? To their jobs, to their partners, to their children, even to their lifestyles?
We all have those little kinks that we don’t tell anyone about, because we think we’re going to be judged for them, and because we’re slaves to society’s rules.
In a world where slavery is the norm I’m a slave to my needs.
And I need to get him back.
WARNINGS: HARDCORE BDSM, DUB-CON, NON-CON
Samuel “Sin” Taylor doesn’t know the difference between sex and intimacy, but maybe that’s not his fault. He grew up in a world where it was easier to get physical pleasure than to find love. But as a prostitute working the streets, Sin thinks he’s finally found his true calling. After all sex is the one thing he’s good at, right? But when Isaac enters his life through mere coincidence, Sin finds it a relief to be someone other than Sin.
How long can he keep up the charade?
WARNINGS: DUB-CON, NON-CON, ABUSE, VIOLENCE, DRUG USE
Ever felt like the world thinks you’re crazy? Welcome to my world. I tried normal, but eventually the truth catches up to you. Thank God for Evan, he believes me. But no man is a saint, and eventually the stories of aliens and tentacles and kidnappings just become too much for anyone to believe anymore.
But I know what happened. I know what they did to me. The voices are calling me back now. They’re calling me to be with her, my daughter. And I can’t resist it anymore.
WARNINGS: ABUSE, SELF HARM, OFF PAGE NON-CON AND KIDNAPPING, VIOLENCE
A collection of brand new and previously published Kol Anderson taboo shorts. Newly edited and never before seen stories.
Review: Every time I read one of Mr. Anderson’s books, I know I’m about to plunge into a very dark realm. I freaking love it! I am fully immersed in the worlds he creates. It’s like he holds your hand and guides you through the darkness. At the end, you’re either thankfully relieved or shocked into silence. I think what I love most about this author’s writing is his ability to bring you into the story and not let go. Even with the most extreme scenes imaginable, you just can’t look away. His characters are not easily forgotten. They are tragic, yet beautiful.
Until I Fade is a collection of short stories with a diverse mix of characters, themes, each one very different and highly entertaining. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark is something a little different from this author, being that it’s paranormal. We have vampires, rent boys, and a mob boss. All of these ingredients makes for an interesting read and a fascinating ending. We also revisit two previously released stories, Slave and Sin. It was a treat to go back and read these characters again. They are incredible stories that remind me of why I love this author. Last but not least we have Fugue. I wasn’t too sure where this story was headed, but by the time it dawned on me what was going on, I got body slammed by an ending I was not expecting.
Again, read every word in the blurb. Kol Anderson writes very, very dark; his style won’t be for everyone. But if you’ve never read Kol Anderson, be it because he’s new to you or because of the intimidating author/publisher warnings, I would recommend starting here. From paranormal to psychological, clever twists and turns, this anthology has it all. You won’t be disappointed.
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