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The Theater Of Dusk (A Short Story Collection)

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WARNING! The book contains material some readers may find shocking or offensive. Also, there are strong emotional triggers. Themes include BDSM, suicide, murder, violence, blood, scarification, non-consensual sex, M/M sex. If any of these offend you or could act as triggers, please refrain from buying it. Also, please be aware that some of the stories contain material suit ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published January 10th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 15th 2014)
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Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Note: Review paperback received in exchange for an honest review

4.5 this-book-deserves-more-recognition-than-crappy-“erotic”-books stars!

Book Song: Riverside by Agnes Obel

“We are all searching for someone whose demons play well with ours.” – Anonymous

I cannot stress how absolutely guilty I feel about the fact that I received the ebook back in October 2018 and I am just putting the review up.

The Theater Of Dusk is a collection of short stories specifically written with strong themes in
Lizbeth Gabriel
Dec 11, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
It took me a very long time to collect these thirteen short stories, around 8-9 years. I can't write at will. Each story came uninvited and unexpected, as it always happens, and demanded to be put down. Some were written because of events that happened to me or my friends, and I disguised them as fiction. Others were written because an idea occurred to me and I decided to pursue it. I am the protagonist in one, and a friend stars in another. In a sense, I am the protagonist in all as every singl ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
In it's entirety this book is a book filled with darkness. Each individual story contributes a little more to the depth created within the darkness and each story brings the reader further from the light and deeper into the whole that the book becomes. We become each character, however horrific that thought is, and we remain there throughout the book only to realise that through each tale the element of love does not exist. We reach the final curtain of the book to be shown that darkness doesn't ...more
Ilias Sellountos
Apr 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
I have had a hard time reading for a while now, so it took me much longer than usual to finish this small collection. I am not sure if - in this manner - I can do it justice.

"The Theater of Dusk" is comprised of 13 short stories. Vampires play an important role in it, though they are not omnipresent. There is aggression and tenderness, betrayal and helplessness, intersersed with some moments of peace and salvation. The book 's descriptions indulge the erotic element a lot, though what remains ce
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you like dark tales, if you're into the stories that take you into the depths of your own mind, then this is the right book for you.
The book starts with a very light, sweet story and, once you go through it, you'll see a life lesson. And life lessons, doubts of your own self, of your own existence, resemblances of old masters of dark tales will take you to a dark place. Enjoy. And thanks to the author for outing this book out there for us.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This time I'm reviewing the short story collection The Theater of Dusk by Lizbeth Gabriel. I don't read a lot of short story collections, so it was nice to read something a little different this time around. The Theater of Dusk consists of thirteen short stories, each self-contained, stand-alone narratives. Technically, everything is on point and professional. I found no typos, the formatting was professional, all that jazz. The cover is pretty good as well – it doesn't necessarily illustrate th ...more
Barb Shuler
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Firstly I am going to say, if you like dark, mysterious and slightly disturbing things.. this is the book for you. I can not be happier that this author and I crossed paths. This collection is a mix of dark, mystery and a little of the in between. What do I mean by that? Well, first off there is a line between here and there. This is on the borderline. It's a mix of emotions and darkness. Darkness that wraps you up in it's tight fisted hands and pulls you in close to kiss you so passionately tha ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't win this book on Goodreads, but I had entered to win it when it came up for giveaway. It was sent to me by the author for an honest review. First off, I'm not sure why people would be offended by this book of short stories. In my opinion, there are only a few stories that might offend people and one is "Interlude"and a few that might leave the reader scratching their heads like "The Sylph". The story that I enjoyed the most was "Endymion". All in all, I enjoyed this book. Each story mad ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very intriguing title and equally intriguing stories! I enjoyed it very much, I liked the mix of the innocence and magic of some stories with the darkness of some others. I loved how the author pictures the characters in a very personnal way, the stories are short but I felt like I knew these people since a long time! The descriptions are wonderful and very poetic, the endings very unexpected and surprising, some of them really make you want to stare at the last page for a bit longer. A very e ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt: A book with a time of day in the title

At turns dark, disturbing, erotic, sad, and even sweet.
Christos Io.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A collection of short, witty, articulate stories dealing with the grotesque, bizzare entities and the dark side of desire. Enjoyable and easy to read.
Elizabeth Vasilaki
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Let me begin by saying The Theater of Dusk is not easy or light reading. Though humour isn’t completely absent, the writer deals with subjects which make most people uncomfortable. Pain, blood, suicide, abusive relationships, rape, deceit, greed, BDSM, power games, betrayal and death are dishes on the menu. Killers, vampires, demons and humans paint a fragmented canvas of red, black and grey. Obsession walks hand in hand with self-destruction; there are no easy answers and often no way out. But ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A very descriptive selection of short stories which allows one to escape into the stories setting their imagination free. Each story takes you away to a new adventure and you are eager for more. A book that will sit amongst my most treasured books. I look forward to reading more by this talented author.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dark, gothic romance. Nice written, liked most of the stories. Will read it again in the future with a cup of tea.
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Lizbeth Gabriel, just like any other writer, enjoys the sound of her own voice far too much. She tells herself it's only fair, since there are so many other voices inside her head that do most of the talking. A while ago she published her first book, a short story collection. It is the product of almost ten years of writing and contains two award winning stories.
Lizbeth is presently engaged in hea

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